The El Paso and Teller County Self-Help Center gets a facelift

lawsuitThe El Paso and Teller County Self-Help Center will host a ribbon cutting at 7:15 a.m. Friday at the El Paso County Courthouse, 270 S. Tejon St.

The Self Help Center is a legal services center open to the citizens of El Paso and Teller counties who want to research and file legal processes on their own. The center provides brochures on a wide range of subjects including divorce, child support, domestic violence, wage assignment, mediation and victim’s rights. Free resource information is also available on sealing records, getting legal help, parenting classes, CASA exchange programs, counseling, therapy and pro-se clinics that provide free help for those filing for divorce and custody.

The ribbon cutting celebrates the work of a core group of  Leadership Pikes Peak Class of 2013 graduates, the El Paso County Bar Association and the county clerk’s office to upgrade the space, making it more user-friendly. Due to a $500 sponsorship from Aspire IP, many significant improvements to accessibility and service at the Self-Help Center were completed.

Lisa Younger Anderson, self-represented litigant coordinator with the center, said the space was, “uninviting and not a welcoming place for our customers to fill out their paperwork.”  The team determined that the center needed a new volunteer manual and an updated, more contemporary space.  The LPP group re-arranged and replaced furniture, painted, put up signage and installed a flatscreen TV to scroll timely announcements and community information and updated the manual.

“The majority of our clients would rather be spending their time somewhere else, but we have heard so much about how the room is so much more inviting than it was in the past,” said Eric Burton, also a self-represented litigant coordinator. “The $500 sponsorship from Aspire IP ensured that all the pieces were tied together for the space.”

Additional in-kind support came from Christofferson Commercial Builders and Vikki Walton’s interior design.