Hope Communities Hands For Hope Day is Saturday, September 20, 2014. This is an annual event where over 100 volunteers come together to clean, repair, and paint the homes of needy families, and institutions. In addition to homes, we’ve worked on schools, churches, libraries, parks, and museums in our neighborhood. Usually, the volunteers are small groups from businesses, civic groups, schools, churches, as well as many other groups. We welcome individuals as well.
DO YOU WANT TO HELP? Then put September 20th on your calendar, and contact Mary Dewey the Hands For Hope Coordinator to let her know you are available so she can plan accordingly.
DO YOU NEED HELP? Then submit the name and address of the potential work site for consideration to Mary Dewey.
303 860-7747, ext 135
Hope Communities is proud to have been a part of the 2014 Red Rocks Century Bike Challenge which took place on August 9th, 2014. Working in partnership with corporate sponsors and dedicated riders, money, as well as awareness was raised for both Hope Communities and Can Do MS, and 100% of the proceeds benefitted both non-profit organizations!
The Red Rocks Century offered several routes to ride:
- Century (10,000 foot elevation gain)
- 62 mile Metric Century (6,630 foot elevation gain)
- 53 mile Half Century (5,000 foot elevation gain)
- 33 Mile Challenge Ride (3,300 foot elevation gain)
This ride founded by long time Hope supporter and Real Estate Committee member Brad Benson, is in its 5th year and is considered one of toughest and most scenic Colorado Front Range cycling events. Over 300 riders participated in this year’s event, including Executive Director Larry Fullerton and Board Member Brian Windley, as well as friends of Hope staff and board members. Also riding was Peip Van Huelen, Executive Director of Open World Learning, Hopes office mates.
Volunteers from Hope’s staff and their family manned an aid station, tending to tired and thirsty riders, and also managed a Hope booth at the finish line, offering information about Hope and our good work.
Thanks to all the sponsors, riders and volunteers who make this event work!
The Red Rocks Century Bike Challenge
Hope Communities is again participating in the Red Rocks Century bicycle challenge taking place on Saturday, August 9th. 100% of the proceeds benefit four non-profits. Hope Communities is one of these very lucky beneficiaries!
Riders can chose from four great rides to make their day as challenging as they want! Go big with the full 100 mile century, or go with one of the other three options; the 62 mile metric century, a 50 mile half-century or the 33 mile Challenge ride. All will give riders great scenery and epic climbs. Final route maps will be posted soon on the Red Rocks Century web site so make sure you check the site often! Please remember to forward this information to all of your friends who ride!
Click here to register for the ride, or click below to learn more about the Red Rocks Century bicycle challenge.
Hope Communities could not exist without the continued generous support from the community. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following foundations for their very generous support: The Anschutz Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation Regional, Wells Fargo The Private Bank, The Virginia W. Hill Foundation, Venoco, Inc., Denver Office of Economic Development, El Pomar Foundation, John G. Duncan Charitable Trust, The TJX Foundation, NAIOP, Charles Schwab, Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, and The Brad Baumgartner Family.
The Brad Baumgartner Family
THE ANSCHUTZ FOUNDATION
Yes! You Did Make A Difference!
Thank you so much for your generosity in supporting Colorado Gives Day 2013. Hope Communities received almost $8,000 in donations this year! Your support allows us to serve those most in need in our community, and for this we are truly grateful!
Although Colorado Gives Day is over, you can still make a donation to Hope Communities.
Click here to make your end of year donation!
Watch the live 9News interview with Hope Communities on Colorado Gives Day.
Great Divide Brewing Co. donated 100% of their proceeds from the sample sized beer pours in their Tap Room to two nonprofits during the month of November. Hope Communities was one of the very lucky nonprofits that benefitted from their generosity! Thank you Great Divide for giving back to the community in a unique and tasty way!
Please drop by their Tap Room located at 2201 Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO 80205! Hours are Sunday – Tuesday: Noon – 8:00 PM, and Wednesday – Saturday: Noon – 10 PM.
HANDS FOR HOPE DAY THANK YOU!
Hope Communities would like to thank all of the sponsors and volunteers who participated in the 2013 Hands For Hope Day event! What a difference your caring, time and talent has made in the community! We look forward to seeing you in September, 2014!
A special thank you goes out to our wonderful sponsors who helped make this event possible: Bellco Credit Union, Hirsch Gibney, KEPHART, Kwal Paint, Step Hills Transfer, Polsinelli, Pasquini’s Pizzeria, Palace Construction.
The Red Rocks Century Bike Challenge
On August 10, 2013 the Red Rocks Century Bike Challenge will take place. This is a challenging and scenic ride through the foothills area. Riders will experience 109 miles of epic and challenging terrain as they ride through and around Front Range landmarks including Dinosaur Ridge, Red Rocks Park and the historic Brook Forest Inn, as well as the mountain towns of Idledale, Kittridge, Evergreen, and Idaho Springs. Additionally riders will experience the climb up Squaw Pass where the elevation tops out at 11,140 feet. The total elevation gain for this route is over 9,350 feet. Hope Communities is one of four charities/non-profit agencies that will benefit from the proceeds of this bike challenge.
More details on how to sponsor this event, how to participate in the ride, or how to volunteer, please click on the link: www.redrockscentury.com
Once you meet nine-year old Birtukan you won’t forget her. She’s a bubbly, smart, fun, and energetic resident of Hope Communities who just happens to speak English and Tigrinya (one of the languages of Eritrea). She was born in Sudan, moved to Eritrea, then to Ethiopia, then to America. She translated for us when we went to her Hope Communities’ apartment to meet her and her mother who speaks limited English. Birtukan’s mother served traditional Eritrean coffee beginning with roasting the coffee beans. Birtukan and her mother came to America (because of fighting and violence between Eritrea and Ethiopia) with the help of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. (The Office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide.) Birtukan and her mother lived in a refugee camp in Ethiopia where Birtukan went to school and her mother distributed food. She and her mother have been in the U.S. three to four years – they aren’t sure. Birtukan learned English at Place Bridge Academy, a Denver Public School magnet school for refugees. She loves school, especially math and reading, and plays soccer. Her ambition: to be a social worker because she wants to help people. Her name means orange – the fruit – not the color. Like the fruit, she’s beautiful, healthy and vibrant and we are happy to have Birtukan and her mother as residents of Hope Communities.
Sarah Fischer, Resident Services Coordinator
Hope is very pleased to welcome Sarah Fischer as our new Resident Services Coordinator. As her title implies, Sarah will organize and oversee all services to our residents. She started in September and is introducing herself to the residents and is learning directly from them what services and support would best serve their needs.
Sarah brings to Hope Communities a rich background, including a two-year assignment with the Peace Corps in Morocco. Speaking French, basic Arabic and Tamazight, Sarah’s assignment was small business development. For Sarah, one of the highlights of Morocco was “the food which is the binding agent.”
She has worked for several Denver area agencies, including Mercy Housing, as an intern while earning her Master’s Degree from the University of Denver. Hope is very lucky to have Sarah bring her experience, energy and enthusiasm to our residents.