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CASA of the Pikes Peak Region: Celebrating 25 Years of Life-Changing Child Advocacy

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

In 1977, a Seattle judge, worried about poor decisions being made on behalf of at-risk children, put out a request for community volunteers willing to provide advocacy and support for these children in court. 50 people responded, creating the organization Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

Here in Colorado Springs, studies conducted in the 1980s revealed abused and neglected children living in El Paso and Teller counties lacked adequate representation and advocacy in the legal system.  CASA’s volunteer-driven advocacy was identified as the best means to alleviate this troubling trend. In 1989, with start-up funding from El Pomar Foundation and The Junior League, CASA of the Pikes Peak Region was formed and began recruiting and training volunteers to advocate for children experiencing abuse, neglect, or domestic conflict. CASA advocates represent the best interests of children by attending court hearings, communicating with lawyers and social workers, and ensuring that each child ends up in a loving home able to provide the consistent support needed for future success.

 

 

 

 

Today, CASA of the Pikes Peak Region will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Since forming as a local chapter, CASA of the Pikes Peak Region has helped over 10,000 children receive the support they need to overcome abuse and extreme domestic conflict.

Despite all of the organization’s successes, challenges still remain. In The Gazette, executive director Trudy Strewler Hodges states that only half of the 1,000 neglected and abused children eligible to receive an advocate actually receives one. The organization hopes to shrink this gap by 2020, in addition to continuing to combat high levels of child abuse in the region.

While the challenges ahead are significant, CASA of the Pikes Peak Region has provided our community with 25 years of life-changing impact. Thank you to all of the staff, volunteers, and supporters of the organization for making such a positive difference in our community.

To learn more about CASA of the Pikes Peak Region, visit their website.

 

Trustees Approved Grants

Friday, August 15th, 2014

The Trustees of El Pomar Foundation met in July to consider and approve grant requests, including those from the Wild Land Fire Fund and Regional Councils. As a result, they approved 64 grants totaling nearly $1 million. Recipients represent 29 counties from across the state of Colorado.

Grant recipients are listed below. To learn more about El Pomar Foundation’s grantmaking and community stewardship programs visit www.elpomar.org. (more…)

Outward Bound 2014

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Recently, members of El Pomar’s Fellowship Program embarked on a week-long backpacking excursion with the Colorado Outward Bound School near Marble, Colorado. The Fellows crossed rivers, climbed mountains, endured thunderstorms, built shelters, and through it all, developed stronger relationships and a greater sense of compassion and teamwork. Below are several reflections on the experience from some of this year’s 1st year Fellows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exhibits, Race Cars, and Records…Oh My

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Andy Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diversity of Penrose Legacy on Full Display in Weeks Ahead

As the 92nd annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb rolls around this Sunday, June 29th, the usual excitement will be compounded by two additional events commemorating the Penrose Legacy.

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Trustees Approved Grants

Monday, June 9th, 2014

The Trustees of El Pomar Foundation met in May to consider and approve grant requests, including those from the Ferrand Fund and Regional Councils. As a result, they approved 44 grants totaling more than $2.5 million. Recipients represent 29 counties from across the state of Colorado.

Grant recipients are listed below. To learn more about El Pomar Foundation’s grantmaking and community stewardship programs visit www.elpomar.org. (more…)

Introducing the Summer Internship Class of 2014!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

El Pomar’s Internship Program provides a unique summer experience for continuing undergraduate students. Interns receive an introduction to the nonprofit sector and an opportunity to develop professional interests and skills.

Terrell Brown (Outreach Programs)

  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Montana State University ‘16
  • Business Marketing

Terrell is a member of the Montana State basketball team. Aside from playing basketball, Terrell enjoys shopping, working out, and spending time with his family. In the future, he aspires to positively impact the youth in his community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At The Broadmoor… Diamonds are Forever

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Beau Kelly

In April of 1917, the construction of the Broadmoor Hotel began.  Spencer Penrose spared no expenses in the development of the first class resort designed to attract national and international guests. In a little over a year, he invested over $3 million to construct his dream hotel, modeled after Europe’s finest hostelries. The Broadmoor opened in June of 1918 with 350 guest rooms and the aura of a European grand hotel. The Penrose’s never felt that the Broadmoor was “finished,” and they continued to invest their fortune to improve the iconic hotel. The couple added polo grounds, a rodeo stadium, an ice rink, and a second golf course to improve the luxurious experience in Colorado Springs. (more…)

El Pomar Welcomes Three New Trustees

Monday, May 12th, 2014

El Pomar Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Lt Gen Michael Gould, Timothy Travis and Jen Johnson Livsey to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

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Trustee Approved Grants

Friday, April 25th, 2014

The Trustees of El Pomar Foundation met recently to consider and approve grant requests, including those from the Ackerman Fund, Hambrick Fund, and Regional Councils. As a result, they approved 80 grants totaling more than $1.7 million. Recipients represent 28 counties from across the state of Colorado.

Grant recipients are listed below. To learn more about El Pomar Foundation’s grantmaking and community stewardship programs visit www.elpomar.org. (more…)

Creating Change through Cavity Prevention

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

The competitive advantage of the Regional Partnerships program is that each Regional Council is geographically-based, allowing for the full utilization of local knowledge and expertise. According to the Telluride Foundation’s 2006 Health Needs Assessment, oral health care and the lack of dental care providers for low income children was one of the top health concerns for residents in Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties. With this data in hand, the San Juan Regional Council began exploring opportunities to make an impact. Ultimately, the Telluride Foundation, headed by former San Juan Regional Council Member, Paul Major, founded the San Juan Kids Cavity Prevention Program (SKIPPY) in partnership with the Montrose Community Dental Clinic and the Forsyth Institute in Boston as a local health initiative. (more…)