The best way to understand our impact is to learn about the work of our funded partners. Here are stories and photos highlighting the difference they make, every day.


blur_onServicios de la Raza: There’s Nothing Basic About This Training

Ask Julissa Soto, Director of Statewide Programs for the Colorado Springs’ branch of the Denver-based nonprofit Servicios de la Raza, what work the organization is doing and she’ll tell you, “Protecting our community, educating our community, empowering our community.”

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blur_onBuilding blocks together: The Resource Exchange Research Center

David Ervin’s enthusiasm is contagious. And it doesn’t just arise when he’s talking about the individuals with whom The Resource Exchange works, but it also pops up when TRE’s executive director discusses the Colorado Springs Health Foundation grant that has helped to build out infrastructure for the TRE Research Center.

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blur_onAn ‘upstream’ solution: NAMI’s crisis text line campaign

When Lori Jarvis, executive director of the Colorado Springs chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), applied for a Colorado Springs Health Foundation grant, she had two goals in mind: first, to open up an avenue for youth to access mental health services in a new way, and second, to gather information about what’s going on in the minds of those local youth.

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blur_onFull Circle Food Education: Colorado Springs Food Rescue

For many, food in school brings to mind plastic trays and tater tots. But for a group of teens at Atlas Preparatory High School, food has become an integral credit-earning part of their semesters.

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blur_onStableStrides: No Horsing Around Here

“Five minutes with a horse can change your whole day,” says Shannon Manning.

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blur_onSprings Rescue Mission: Care in Action

To say Springs Rescue Mission saves lives is not a stretch. Glen Nelson, a recent guest at SRM, arrived with pneumonia, the clothes on his back, and his two dogs. Without SRM, its bunks, food, and work support, he says, “I believe my dogs and I would’ve been dead in the streets.”

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blur_onProject Angel Heart: Small Intervention, Big Impact

It’s the thought of cake that makes Susan DiNapoli Guyton cry.

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blur_onLutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains Refugee and Asylee Programs: Home Is Where the Health Is

Navigating the U.S. healthcare system can be a confusing and arduous process even for those who are born here with English as their native tongue. But consider arriving in the U.S. as a refugee or asylee and, whether or not you also need to learn English, trying to figure out how to acquire health insurance; how to use an insurance card; the differences between primary care, emergency room and urgent care doctors; what to do if you get injured on the job; or even when to call 911.

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