Peer Navigator Program transitioned to Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence

Posted 04/01/2015

Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence, Colorado Springs, CO:  Veterans transitioning out of the military will continue to receive training, education and job-placement assistance thanks to a recently-approved grant from the Adolph Coors Foundation. 

Over the past two years, the Peer Navigator Veterans Integration Program (VIP) has helped  268 veterans find meaningful employment.   The program, previously operated by AspenPointe, will now be managed by Mt. Carmel Center for Excellence beginning on April 1.

“Our hats off to AspenPointe and its staff for all of their work to place our veterans in meaningful jobs,” said John Jackson, Executive Director of the Adolph Coors Foundation. “We look forward to seeing the program flourish under the leadership of Col. McLaughlin, David Shoup and the entire VIP team.”

Mt. Carmel’s mission is to provide wellness programs and transitional services with special emphasis on veterans, military and their families. It also delivers space, expertise and resources in collaboration with community to partners. 

Veterans currently enrolled in the program will experience no interruption in service as a result of the transition.  Additionally, they will have opportunities to enroll in all services offered at Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence. 

AspenPointe has a rich history of creating new programs and services in response to unmet needs in the community. Since its inception, the Peer Navigator program has helped over 1,500 veterans with assistance in community integration, resource connection and career development. 

However, in recent years, AspenPointe’s attention has shifted to healthcare in response to Medicaid expansion as part of the Affordable Care Act.

“At the same time, amazing organizations like the Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence have stepped forward to continue to serve our military heroes who valiantly served us. The Peer Navigator program, the veterans and families it serves, could not be in better hands,” said Dr. Mick Pattinson, president and CEO of AspenPointe.

Mt. Carmel leadership includes Jay Cimino, CEO, Gina Cimino, President and retired Army Col. Bob McLaughlin, chief operating officer and recent Ft. Carson garrison commander.
Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence will open its doors late this summer as a one-stop center geared specifically toward veterans and their family members. An interim center at 1540 Auto Mall Loop providing employment services for veterans through the Veterans Integration Program and with a satellite operation of the Pikes Peak Workforce Center exclusively serving veterans and their families. 

Transitioning military personnel seeking assistance should call the Program Manager David Shoup at 719-377-0484 or visit the website at

Any media questions should be directed to Bob McLaughlin at 719-325-6565 or

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