Face-to-Face Colorado is an organization that seeks to foster an empowered and connected community of people affected by cleft lip and/or cleft palate across the state. We work with youth born with clefts, their families, friends and care providers to ensure they have the resources to thrive and be agents of social change in their communities. Our goals are to (1) promote a warm and comfortable environment for people affected by clefts to connect, (2) empower people affected by clefts to share their stories with one another and the public and (3) encourage positive representations of clefts.
We dedicate ourselves to building sustainable and reciprocal relationships with our constituents including our clients, volunteers, community partners and donors. Our organization values:
- Community built within a caring and team-oriented environment.
- Respect for one another and our unique experiences.
- Creativity and art as means to create social change.
Face-to-Face Colorado began in 2011 as a collaboration between Children’s Hospital Colorado Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic and the Colorado College Collaborative for Community Engaged Leadership. Jamie Bell and Marley Hamrick, both young women born with cleft lip and palate, wanted to provide the local resources for other families that they sought while growing up in Colorado. Jamie Idelberg, the Coordinator at Children’s Hospital Colorado Cleft Palate Clinic, connected Bell and Hamrick and offered the encouragement and resources needed to develop Face-to-Face Colorado. After the three women organized the first event in December, 2011, they realized that Colorado families affected by cleft lip and palate wanted ongoing programs around the state. What began as a school project for Hamrick and an interest in volunteering for Bell has since grown to a state-wide organization. The first Board of Directors joined Face-to-Face in 2014 when the organization obtained their 501(c)3 status. The organization has continued to grow with the generous support of the Board of Directors, volunteers, community partners, and donors.