Norbert’s Story

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May 112015

Many families come to CHF’s transitional housing program, stay for 18 months to 2 years; sometimes longer, then graduate and move on with their lives. 

Some families keep in touch with us after leaving our program and let us know how they are doing.  The family I would like to tell you about is a graduate from Colorado Homeless Families, Norbert, a young doctor and his wife Gygy, who fled the Republic of the Congo with only the clothes on their back, to pursue their dream of living in America, having a life free of turmoil and war. 

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A Story From the Past

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May 072015


Executive Director, Connie Zimmerman standing next to CHF graduates

Though every family has left an impression on the staff here, the first family that Colorado Homeless Families served in 1987, Bob and Norma Brown, stands out in my mind the most. 

I was working at Sunny Acres, a retirement home in Northglenn, in 1987 when I first met Bob Brown.  This 50 year old father of 7 children was the bus driver at Sunny Acres. He was incredibly hard working and very friendly and personable with the residents as he drove them to the mall, grocery store, bank and doctors’ appointments.  He was one of the hardest working people on my staff at Sunny Acres. 

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EF-5 Tornado Causes Young Family to Lose Everything

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Jan 062015

8J2A0177There are many reasons a family may become homeless, including job loss, divorce, and illness, just to name a few. In the past , several large natural disasters have added to the list of reasons that have contributed to homelessness in our country.

In May of 2013, an EF5 tornado – the most destructive on the Tornado scale – tore through Moore, Oklahoma killing 24 people and causing massive destruction to the area. Hundreds of homes and buildings were destroyed and thousands of lives were affected.

This tragedy hit far from Colorado, but Colorado Homeless Families (CHF) was equipped to help in any way possible.

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Moving Forward

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Oct 282014

Executive Director, Connie Zimmerman, received a thank you letter from one of our residents who is preparing to graduate from the Colorado Homeless Families program.  This letter is a thank you letter to be shared with you as well.

Sara wrote:8J2A0217 (800x745)

I express my dearest appreciation to you in a personal manner, as you are a friend, and I express my thanks to your establishment.  You give so much support to others and selflessly work towards helping more.  I know I have accomplished many great steps to happiness here at CHF. Because of you I have overcome trauma with my counselor, Mark Whitney. Thank you for the honor of being an accomplishment in your plan.  I will keep moving up as long as I live.  My daughter and I are able to overcome trauma now that I am stronger.  We are able to live comfortable and happy.  You are truly an inspiration.  Thank you!

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Apr 102013

WomanChristina, of African American and Native American descent, was married and had three young boys.  Her husband left them.  She scrambled to take care of her boys, then ages 1, 2, and 3, and herself; as well as to find work and pay rent on her own.  She was able to get training to provide specialized care for persons with disabilities, and within a few years she was making $13 an hour.  Unfortunately, the only housing that she could afford was low-income government housing in a run-down Denver neighborhood.  After a few years, when the boys were all in elementary school, and they were surrounded with negative influences where drugs and gangs were rampant in that area.  They didn’t feel safe to go outside and play on the playground and they had to remain in the house before and after school. 

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