#Celebrating80Years: 2017 marked 80 years of working with Colorado’s nonprofits as they seek to strengthen their communities. Throughout 2018, we will be looking back on this history of the outstanding organizations and people the Trustees have had the opportunity to support. On the blog you will find a history of the Foundation’s grant making and a representative organization from every year since our founding in 1937.
For 27 years, Partners in Housing has provided wraparound services to those on the brink of or experiencing homelessness, with a particular focus on families. Through its one-year program, Partners in Housing helps its clients develop agency, take control of their lives, and find sustainable solutions to the challenges they face.
Grantee Spotlight: Partners in Housing
Since its inception in 1991, Partners in Housing has served 4,500 individuals and 1,800 families in their efforts to overcome or avoid homelessness. Partners in Housing has done so by providing transitional housing, support services, and self-sufficiency training to those in need. In 2017, Partners in Housing received 1,043 applications for its 60 transitional housing units, demonstrating the significant community need for these resources.
Partners in Housing’s ultimate mission is to end homelessness, with a particular focus on children and families. By supporting families on the verge of or experiencing homelessness, and providing tools for self-sufficiency, Partners in Housing hopes to change children’s lives so that they don’t experience homelessness in the future. The goal is to provide a stable home environment in which children can “relax, study, and enjoy family life” while their parents work toward self-sufficiency and financial wellbeing.
Partners in Housing provides classes in financial literacy and awareness, credit repair, healthy relationships and mindfulness, and future planning. Childcare is provided to make these opportunities, job interviews, and housing searches all more accessible to its clients or “partners.” As one client put it, “Partners in Housing is not just a program to help people for a year, it’s to help people for their life.”
In 2003 El Pomar provided a grant to Partners in Housing for the acquisition and renovation of the Embers Hotel, which was then transformed into the Colorado House & Resource Center. The Colorado House & Resource Center now functions as a community hub that offers a myriad of services: transitional housing, classroom and meeting spaces, childcare, and a computer lab/business center. Additionally, the space hosts several community partners, including Urban Peak Colorado Springs. Common Cause Catering occupies the commercial kitchen and provides kitchen training to partner clients, Colorado Springs community members provide life skills classes in one room and a local land trust holds its board meetings down the hall.
El Pomar in 2003:
In 2003, El Pomar made several grants toward homelessness services and prevention, with recipients including: Partners in Housing, Urban Peak Colorado Springs, Homeward Pikes Peak, and Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. El Pomar made 402 grants in the year, totaling $11.5 million dollars. Another significant development was the establishment of Regional Partnerships, which now operates in 11 regions across the state.
Images courtesy of Partners in Housing
Spotlight by Janni Conrad