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.

EF-5 Tornado Causes Young Family to Lose Everything
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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. 

Christina
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Feb 102013
 
Arvada Woman of the Year

Connie with the nominating committee members including the 2013 man of the year.

Woman of the Year

Connie Zimmerman, Colorado Homeless Families’ Executive Director and Founder, has been selected as Arvada’s Woman of the Year.  Connie was selected for this honor by a committee of past award winners on the basis of her extraordinary contributions to the Arvada Community for over 25 years.  They notes that her “selflessness, leadership, and dedication to the Arvada Community is truly commendable and worthy of special praise.”

Woman of the Year

Connie Zimmerman - Arvada's Woman of the Year
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Jan 162013
 

Bicycles for homeless kids

!!!100 BIKES FOR 100 HOMELESS CHILDREN!!! 

Most homeless children don’t have their own bicycles; however, Waste Connections of Colorado, Inc. and Crossroads Baptist Church worked together to provide 100 bikes for 100 homeless children living at Colorado Homeless Families for Christmas, 2008. 

Imagine the smile crossing the face of the youngster that just received your donated bicycle … imagine the hope and encouragement that brings when so much has been lost. It’s not just fighting obesity … it’s about keeping hope rolling along …

Waste Management Disposal delivers 100 bikes to homeless kids

Contact us if you’d like to participate in a program similar to this or have a resource that you’d like to share.

Bikes for Homeless Kids!
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