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April 2024

Attend the Team Up Interfaith Training Video Series Info Night

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This year, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity was selected to participate in Team Up, a White House initiative focused on bridgebuilding. Founding partner organizations are Catholic Charities USA, Habitat for Humanity International, Interfaith America, and YMCA of the USA. The Team Up Project aims to create avenues for bridgebuilding by offering tools, resources, and programming that equip people and organizations with the skills to celebrate differences, identify shared values, and work together to address shared needs.

As Pikes Peak Habitat's contribution to the project, we've created an eight-part interfaith video training series and supplemental guide. This flexible, free curriculum can be useful to faith communities, companies, government liaisons, organizations, and individuals who are interested in learning how to become local interfaith bridgebuilders, better serve clientele from diverse beliefs, and start and/or expand efforts to build bridges across lines of difference.

On Thursday, April 25, 2024, you're invited to join Pikes Peak Habitat from 5:15 - 6:45 p.m. in room 211 at Grace & St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (601 N. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903) for a special info night to learn about how your faith community or organization might consider using this free community resource. Attendees will get the chance to review these materials and watch a sneak peek of one of the videos. In addition, IBU subcommittee members representing different faiths will articulate why this training series is helpful to members of their faith community and how they work with others from diverse beliefs while maintaining their own personal faith tradition and convictions. Please feel free to pass along this invitation to others as you see fit.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by emailing Chloe@PikesPeakHabitat.org.

Participate in the 4th Interfaith Build for Unity

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At Pikes Peak Habitat we recognize that every faith community has particular strengths that can be used to serve our county and our neighbors. Pikes Peak Habitat is passionate about working with faith leaders to learn about your group's unique talents so that individuals of all ages and abilities can partner with us to build homes, communities, and hope.

As we approach the start of the 4th Interfaith Build for Unity (IBU), check out our 4th IBU Faith Community Involvement Form (PDF) to view a variety of partnership and engagement opportunities available to faith groups.

If you feel your faith community as a whole, religious school, or individuals from your group would be interested in one or more of these opportunities to engage with interfaith work locally and support the 4th IBU, please

  1. Download this fillable PDF.
  2. Check the engagement opportunities you are interested in learning more about.
  3. Email your completed form to Chloe@pikespeakhabitat.org.

Our staff will gladly send you information related to your selections.

Interested in discussing an idea that isn't listed? Please reach out to Chloe@pikespeakhabitat.org.

Ways to Get Involved This April

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Donate to the ReStores

Is your family planning on doing some spring cleaning in the next couple of months?

Consider donating to the Pikes Peak Habitat ReStores to help our mission of building strength, stability, and self-reliance in partnership with workforce families in El Paso County! All net proceeds of ReStore sales go directly to funding our homeownership and home repair programs. We accept items including furniture, doors, windows, new rolled carpets, and other new or gently used construction supplies and home goods.

Please check out our donation guidelines, then stop by either location – ReStore Northeast, 6250 Tutt Blvd., Colorado Springs 80923, or ReStore South, 411 S. Wahsatch Ave., Colorado Springs 80903. We can also schedule a free pickup if you have two or more items to donate.

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Save the Date for the Balanced Homebuying Workshop

Are you looking to purchase a home in the next couple of years but don’t know where to begin?

Join Thrivent and Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity for the "Balanced Homebuying: Tips for Purchasing Your First Home" workshop. During this community event, attendees will learn about the state of housing in El Paso County and gain insights about the housing market. Additionally, attendees will learn about a five-step SMART plan to prepare for homeownership. This training will cover topics including creating a budget, tips to improve your credit score, potential questions to ask lenders, and more. Finally, attendees will also get to hear about Pikes Peak Habitat's homeownership program.

Heavy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. Please save the date for this special event being held on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. and reach out to our staff with any additional questions.