Archive for February, 2014

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…)

From Team USA to Team Colorado

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Ashley Cornelius

The Olympics convene the best and brightest athletes from around the world to compete not only for medals, but also for their country.  The whole world watches as these fine-tuned athletes compete in a myriad of sports showcasing their strength, endurance, and perseverance.  National pride is ever present during the games for athletes and audiences alike. Citizens from across the globe share in both the pride of its champions’ accomplishments and the sorrow of their defeats. (more…)

He Came Wearing Flip Flops

Friday, February 21st, 2014


Katy Rees

A boy, just slightly younger than me, shyly entered the Boardroom with a crock-pot full of chilly and a plate full of corn bread. He and his comrades graciously cooked the meal for us. After recognizing the welcoming atmosphere with a few friendly smiles and words from the Board, instant ease and confidence radiated from his expression.  As he proceeded to exit, I noticed two flip-flops slapping at his heels. (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…)

When browsing gifts for your sweetheart, avoid castles in Austria.

Friday, February 14th, 2014

During their many world travels, the Penrose’s came across numerous one of kind pieces of art and furniture for their home and the Broadmoor Hotel. One such piece is the famed chandelier, which currently hangs in the main dining room of Penrose House.

The chandelier is aesthetically beautiful and the story behind it speaks to Mr. Penrose’s persistence and strong love for Julie. (more…)


Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Ryan Patterson

“Good luck with your interview.” “You too, man, nice to meet you.” Those were the last words I exchanged with a complete stranger on a subway car jolting from the San Francisco International Airport to the heart of city.  He was on his way to an interview at UC-Berkley as a potential candidate for a PhD program in microbiology.  The next day, he and fourteen other candidates were slated for a series of interviews followed by a casual dinner with the department professors. (more…)

Another Side of Colorado

Friday, February 7th, 2014


Joanna French

At an early age, my parents began teaching my brother and me to backpack, hike, and rock-climb, instilling in us an appreciation for the rugged beauty characterizing Colorado. While I am privileged to experience my state’s well-known natural landscape I am drawn to serving Colorado’s communities because of their often-overlooked complexity. After working with numerous unseen, subjugated populations in my home state, I am dedicated to the mission of serving, understanding and further advocating for these diverse groups. (more…)

Trustee Approved Grants

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The Trustees of El Pomar Foundation met recently to consider grant proposals and recommendations from Regional Councils. They approved nearly 130 grants totaling more than $1.7 million. Recipients represent 39 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.orgClick here to view the list of approved grants.