Archive for the ‘Stories of Impact’ Category

Summit Community Care Clinic

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Over the course of the last two years, Summit County has seen an alarming increase in the number of children reporting thoughts of suicide. Proactive and preventative behavioral health services are needed more than ever to assist medically underserved children. As the only safety-net health care provider in Summit County, Summit Community Care Clinic (SCCC) works to offer exceptional patient- centered health services while simultaneously keeping patient cost low. The integrated care model developed by SCCC effectively screens for suicide and mental health risk factors, connecting children in need to professional, quality, and affordable help. (more…)

College Readiness and Success Program

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

In 2011 when Alyssa Young’s school counselor recommended the College Readiness and Success Program (CRSP), neither she nor her mother, Michelle, had ever considered higher education an option. With no knowledge of financial aid opportunities, they believed the financial burden too great to overcome. With the help of CRSP and  ambassadors from the Emerging Leadership Development Program, Alyssa and Michelle quickly learned about flexible community college courses and financial aid opportunities. (more…)

Stories of Impact: Westside CARES

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Joanna French

Westside CARES proves that it takes the generosity and commitment from the community to assist our residents in need. Through the partnership of 21 member churches on the west side of Colorado Springs, many individuals and families receive the emergency assistance and support necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. (more…)

Stories of Impact: Youth Find a Home at Urban Peak

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014


Attempting to rise out of homelessness while simultaneously negotiating the responsibilities of adulthood can be immensely challenging. Youth experiencing homelessness face significant obstacles. Without Urban Peak Colorado Springs, many of these youth would not have the services and support necessary to find stable housing and realize their full potential. (more…)

Stories of Impact: The Waldo Canyon Fire Assistance Fund

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

The Waldo Canyon Fire began June 23, 2012 and was one of the most devastating fires in Colorado’s History.  It took two lives, destroyed more than 246 homes, and affected countless others.  Its impact on the surrounding community was immense, and its severity resonated nationally.  Local nonprofits, public departments, and individuals stepped up in its wake to mitigate what they could, but no one could have anticipated the resources demanded by fire recovery. (more…)

Stories of Impact: La Veta Fire Protection District

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

During the spring of 2013, La Veta Fire Protection Chief David DeTray asked the district’s board of directors for permission to pursue an El Pomar Foundation Wild Land Fire Fund grant. Before his organization could apply for funding, the volunteer fire district 15 miles west of Walsenburg caught fire. (more…)

Stories of Impact: Centro de la Familia

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014


Joanna French

Moving to a new community can be overwhelming for any individual. For those who are simultaneously struggling to learn English, adapt to the cultural norms of the United States, perhaps escape domestic violence, and become better parents, Centro de la Familia is there to help. (more…)

Stories of Impact: Angel Baskets

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Joanna French

For many outsiders, Telluride brings to mind luxurious ski homes and five star restaurants.  Yet, the reality for many people is far less glamorous.  For many families struggling with poverty, Angel Baskets can provide a helping hand and a step towards self-sufficiency.


Stories of Impact: Gunnison Food Pantry

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

To many, Gunnison Colorado is a stunningly beautiful mountain town that offers world class outdoor activities and great views.  It can also be cold, isolating, and bleak if you are experiencing times of hardship or financial instability.  While life in rural Colorado can be idyllic, the remoteness can also lead to a lack of resources and support systems for residents.

The Gunnison County Food Pantry is a small nonprofit operated by a few key staff and many volunteers who serve their community through countless hours of work and generous donations.  The pantry seeks to serve those in need by providing food assistance in a kind, confidential and supportive environment.  The pantry recognizes the difficulty in asking for temporary help, especially in a small town where individuals in need may be neighbors or friends.  Carl and Ruthie Long started the food pantry out of their love for the people of the Gunnison Valley. As the new Executive Director Jeanette Klepinger said, “Carl and Ruthie Long gave six years of their lives to insuring that the food bank stayed open every week, all year long,” and Klepinger stated that she too wants to live her life in service to others. All citizens can access the food bank, and the organization never turns anyone away. “We assist everyone at their point of need because you can still have a business, a home, property and go through an unfortunate circumstance, such as illness, unemployment, divorce, disability and have no food,” says Klepinger.

The food bank, while small, is the difference between a child going to bed hungry and putting food on the table. One client commented, “I am waiting for food stamps, which may take a month to activate and the food pantry is helping me feed my family.”

In 2012, the food bank in Gunnison County served 1,937 people. Many businesses partner with the food bank to keep Gunnison County citizens from experiencing the pangs of hunger. Two local grocery stores, a natural food store, churches and endless individual donors provide food for the organization.  In rural Colorado, it truly does take a village.

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Stories of Impact: ChildSafe

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

For a child who has suffered abuse, the future can feel bleak, even impossible. It can be difficult to trust adults again and often times, children turn to substances or other destructive behaviors to cope with the trauma they experience. (more…)