Pikes Peak Habitat Monthly e-News
Help Us Bring Critical Home Repairs to El Paso County Families
Rose, a certified nursing assistant (CNA), received critical repairs through Pikes Peak Habitat’s home repair program. Because of the work done by our crew, Rose and her teenage daughter, Adrianna, can remain securely in the home where Rose grew up.
"Sometimes, especially for my mom, it was hard for her to ask for help, but it's a great program, and it's really helped us a lot with things we could have never done ourselves," says Rose. "I'm really thankful to have been a part of this entire journey."
Contributions to our home repair program help support health, safety, and accessibility for local homeowners like Rose.
Kris Lewis Honored with Accolades Nomination
Kris Lewis, Pikes Peak Habitat CEO, was nominated for Business Leader of the Year in the Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce 2023 Accolades Awards. She was one of nine finalists for the award, which "recognizes a remarkable woman who demonstrates leadership impact and results, development of innovative efforts, effectiveness in improving the environment for the creation and expansion of women-owned businesses, advocacy of the women-owned business community and participation in philanthropic activities that benefit women and the community."
Congratulations, Kris, and thanks for your inspiring leadership of Pikes Peak Habitat!
La Rosa Hosts Final Tequila and Tapas
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Tequila and Tapas at La Rosa Southwestern Dining! We had a full house with delicious food and drinks. We're also grateful to La Rosa for partnering with us for this event over the last three years. La Rosa will be closing their doors at the end of August, so please support this wonderful, family-owned restaurant in Palmer Lake one last time!
What's New at the Construction Site?
There's always something going on at our construction site at The Ridge at Sand Creek! Just last week, the crane came out to lift trusses onto our two-story Apostles Build home, where Ricardo and Mariela will live with their four sons. It's exciting to see the home take shape! Once they move in, Mariela looks forward to family game and movie nights, while Ricardo anticipates all six of them being able to sit together for a meal. Their home dedication is scheduled December 9, and we hope you'll join us to celebrate with this family!
We also now have a live and historical weather feed! With the unpredictable weather we've been having in El Paso County this summer and with conditions varying dramatically even within a few miles, it only made sense to add the feed so volunteers can view conditions at the site. The feed is attached to our construction trailer, so it will move to the next build site with us when we're ready.
Save the Date! Mike Maroone Honda Supports 5th Veterans Build
Mark your calendar now! This year’s event will take place Sunday, Oct. 8, at Mike Maroone Honda, 1103 Academy Park Loop, Colorado Springs, CO 80910. Join us for fun, fine cars, and fundraising to support affordable homeownership for El Paso County workforce families!
Stay tuned for more details!
Vote for Interfaith America Film in SXSW
In February, representatives from Interfaith America came to El Paso County to profile Pikes Peak Habitat's interfaith initiatives and Faith in Action Program Manager Chloe Henry. They are producing a short film that will stand on its own and also will be part of a documentary featuring three other interfaith leaders.
Interfaith America is hoping to present the films and a panel at South by Southwest (SXSW). You can help us promote our interfaith work and Chloe's own faith journey by voting for the panel, "Can Film Be a Force for Change in Polarizing Times?"
Voting takes place until Aug. 20. Create an account online, search for the panel, and click the up arrow for "Yes."
We're also excited to share the film with you as soon as it's ready!
More News at a Glance
On August 7, the Pikes Peak Habitat board approved 10 families to join our homeownership program for fiscal year 2024! We're excited to introduce these families to you soon -- and even more excited to partner with them to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter!
- Karmen, our 4th Veterans Build homeowner, was interviewed by Rob Quirk of KOAA News5!
- Sarah Buchen, our volunteer manager, has been chosen to participate in Leadership Pikes Peak. Congratulations, Sarah!
- Did you know that in addition to building and improving homes, Pikes Peak Habitat also engages in advocacy work at the local, state, and national levels? Learn more about why this is a crucial part of our mission.
- Pikes Peak Habitat partnered with GreenSheen Paint on a paint recycling event Aug. 12. Thanks for bringing us your unwanted and unused paint! We received approximately 68,000 pounds of old paint, which will be recycled into GreenSheen eco-latex paint, which is carried at the ReStore South, 411 S. Wahsatch Ave., COS 80903.
- Watch your mailbox! If you're on the subscriber list for our quarterly print newsletter, you should be seeing the summer edition soon.
Become Part of What We're Building!
Pikes Peak Habitat is hiring! Are you interested in a job that allows you to use your skills and passion for serving others? Do you want to work to support affordable homeownership here in El Paso County and internationally? If the answer is yes, check out these openings!
- Senior Donor Relations Manager (PDF)
- ReStore Associate (PDF)
- ReStore Donation Ambassador Driver (PDF)
- Grants Manager (PDF)