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Partners In Housing Newsletter

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$15,000 Myron Stratton Home Grant

A Legacy of Caring for Others

Tom Kelley Retires

Casino Night is Back!

FEBRUARY ஃ 2011

No Empty Stockings At PIH! This past holiday season, Partners In Housing was thrilled to be selected as the newest agency in The Gazette's Empty Stocking Fund! Perhaps nowhere is the philanthropic spirit of Colorado Springs more evident than in the annual Empty Stocking Fund campaign. Every year, thousands of residents make donations to this campaign, which supports human service organizations that provide critical safety-net services for our community. Donations are matched by the El Pomar Foundation and the Bruni Foundation, making every gift help even more!

PIH Executive Director Frank Stampf summed up the mood of excitement at PIH: “All of us at Partners In Housing are thrilled to be the newest partner agency in the Empty Stocking Fund! What a great way to mark our 20th anniversary year of assisting homeless families with children to achieve self-sufficiency! We are especially grateful for the generous financial support the Fund provides, particularly when the demand for our services is the highest it's been in our 20-year history. Equally important is the Empty Stocking Fund's ability to raise our community's awareness of the issues surrounding family homelessness and how they can help.

PIH joins 14 other human service agencies that receive support through the Fund. This year, the Gazette reached its goal of raising $1 million to help local charities. Approximately $20,000 of this amount will assist Partners In Housing in our mission of helping homeless families achieve selfsufficiency.

Once again, the people of the Pikes Peak region have shown their selfless generosity in helping those in need. Congratulations to the Empty Stocking Fund team for making the $1 million goal, and our heartfelt thanks to everyone in the community who donated so willingly to help others in need."

Elena, You Make a Difference People who want to make a difference in the lives of Elana counting her donation with others find PIH Finance Officer Mary Segner ways to do it! Take Elena Barnes, six years old, who wanted to do something to help homeless children. Her mother, Janina, did a web search and found Partners In Housing. She told Elena about our

program and how we help families with children learn to become selfsufficient, so they won't ever be homeless again. Mom and daughter decided to have a Bake Sale for Partners In Housing. They made up a menu of “goodies” that they like to make. Elena went around her neighborhood, taking orders from neighbors and friends. Then, they planned a baking day! Elena helped prepare the orders for

delivery. She made $35.68, and her mom and dad matched what she made for a total gift of $71.37. Elena chose to have her money go to the Child Enrichment Center at Colorado House. Thank you Elena! If your family would like to support homeless children at Partners In Housing, please call Donnis Martin at 325-5830 for great ideas about how we all can make a difference!

Providing Homeless Families with Children the Hope and Opportunity to Achieve Self-Suffieciency Through Supportive Services and Transitional Housing


A Legacy of Caring for Others “The choices we make in our lives are so significant, even if we don’t know it at the time.” Lee looked over her breakfast at an outreach function with Partners In Housing. “Who would have thought? I don’t come from a rich family or a big inheritance, but I have a personal service commitment, like so many people…and now I can make a gift I never would have believed possible.”

“There is disempowerment everywhere, but an individual really can contribute – with their money, their time, a letter to the editor, relationships – and things can change. The reason I want to be a part of Partners In Housing’s work had to do with the level of commitment your organization has to the families you work with – dignity. You treat them with the kind of tender dignity that is so essential…it’s an honorable relationship you have with your families, and that is something I really value.”

Lee’s gift probably won’t be opened for another 30 years, and Lee has big plans for those years – dreams that have not yet come into being. A full life will become more full, with people served and adventures shared, with volunteering and art and travel. But in the end, we all pass the stuff of our life – all the carefully accumulated treasures that accompany our daily routines – to someone. Lee is determined that it will not be Uncle Sam. Instead, she’s putting things in motion for the inevitable day when it will be her legacy, rather than her physical hands, that are serving and caring for others.

What will your legacy be? Join us in naming Partners In Housing in your will or estate plan, and create the gift of a lifetime! Whether it’s cash or stock, life insurance or property, The choices we make in our your lasting legacy will help carry lives are so significant, even if out our mission of ending family we don’t know it at the time. homelessness in Colorado Springs. Contact our Development Director, Erin Taylor, with questions about how you can make the gift of a lifetime to help homeless families.

Long-time Budget Counseling Volunteer Retires from Partners In Housing

New Childcare Center Built on Myron Stratton Campus!

After six years of dedicated volunteer service, Tom Kelley has retired as a Budget Counselor for PIH. Since 2005, Tom was at PIH like clockwork every month to meet with our families after they came in for Rent Assessment. Tom helped homeless families learn to budget their money, save for the future, and learn other critical financial skills. In addition to working directly with families, Tom spent numerous hours developing different tracking and budgeting sheets – always trying to find the one that would work for differentfamilies in different situations. Thank you Tom for your dedication to Partners In Housing!

As a proud member of the Myron Stratton Consortium, Partners In Housing is delighted to welcome Early Connections Learning Centers to the Myron Stratton Campus. In August 2010, Early Connections (formerly Child Nursery Centers) opened an affordable childcare center for 36 children on the Myron Stratton Campus. This center was created to serve some of the most vulnerable children in the community, and priority admission is available for homeless children in PIH’s program.

other members of the Myron Stratton Consortium: TESSA, Peak Visa, PIH, and Early Connections. The project is also supported by Head Start funds through Community Partnership for Child Development.

The center is located in the historic Logan Building, built in the early 20th century, and the Myron Stratton Home invested over $1 million in extensive renovations to convert the building into a fully-licensed childcare center. Additional capital funding for the project was raised jointly by the

One of the greatest barriers to selfsufficiency homeless parents face is a lack of affordable, reliable child care. Partners In Housing is extremely excited to be collaborating with Early Connections Learning Centers to provide this critical service for homeless families!

Providing Homeless Families with Children the Hope and Opportunity to Achieve Self-Suffieciency Through Supportive Services and Transitional Housing


Help PIH With Family Homelessness Help PIH celebrate 20 years of helping homeless families by attending our 2nd Annual Casino Night on Saturday May 14, 2011. Held at the beautiful Garden of the Gods Club, the event will be a fun-filled evening of casino-style gaming, raffle prizes, heavy hors d'oeuvres, music, dancing, and more! Tickets are only $50, and all proceeds benefit Partners In Housing. Help us make

this PIH’s best event ever – call Erin Taylor at 325-5835 to sponsor the event, reserve your ticket, or learn about bringing a group!

THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL SPONSORS!

2010 Organizations Who Made Grants Adolph Coors Foundation Anschutz Family Foundation Carl George Bjorkman Foundation Classic Companies Charitable Fund of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation Colorado Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Foundation Colorado Springs Utilities Deluxe Corporation Foundation El Pomar Foundation Esther M. & Freeman E. Everett Charitable Trust FedEx Corporation Hester and Edwin Giddings Foundation

John G. Duncan Charitable Trust JPMorgan Chase Foundation Luther T. McCauley Charitable Trust Mabel Horrigan Foundation Marson Foundation Myron Stratton Home Nutrition Camp School Foundation Sam S. Bloom Foundation TJX Foundation USAA Foundation U.S. Bank Virginia W. Hill Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation

Thank You

PIH would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all our corporate and foundation grant supporters during 2010. Your grants are critical to helping homeless families achieve selfsufficiency! Providing Homeless Families with Children the Hope and Opportunity to Achieve Self-Suffieciency Through Supportive Services and Transitional Housing


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A Special Gift

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Joe and Linda Woodford and the Myron Stratton Home for a very special gift to Partners In Housing this fall. As a retiring Myron Stratton Home board member, Joe had the opportunity to designate a $15,000 Myron Stratton Home grant to a local non-profit, and we are deeply honored that he chose Partners In Housing. This gift, and Joe and Linda’s many years of dedicated service, have made a tremendous difference in the lives of homeless families!

Extreme Makeover – Newsletter Edition!

Do you like our new look? PIH would like to thank Sixtus Publishing for their fantastic work redesigning PIH’s newsletter! Over the last several months, Sixtus employee Marta Podkul has devoted dozens of hours of pro-bono work to help PIH revise several of our publications. Thank you so much for your generous support of PIH, and your beautiful newsletter design!

Thank You Outreach Sponsors Partners In Housing has launched a new series of outreach events to thank PIH supporters and help people learn more about our programs. Thank you to Scott Hauser with Ameriprise Financial, Debbie Havens with Professional Mortgage Associates, and Eileen Koenig with Waddell & Reed for sponsoring our November outreach events! The next series of events will be held March 9th and 10th – breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea available! All events are free of charge, and all costs are covered by our sponsors. Everyone is welcome! Please call Donnis Martin at 325-5830 if you’re interested in sponsoring or attending.

Joe and Linda Woodford with PIH Executive Director Frank Stampf. Providing Homeless Families with Children the Hope and Opportunity to Achieve Self-Suffieciency Through Supportive Services and Transitional Housing

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