HBA Cares Has Breakfast with the Builders

HBA Cares board members Rachelle Strom, Luke Bleichrodt, Jim McCrary, and Tyler S.C. Stevens helped spread the word about who HBA Cares is at the HBA’s Breakfast with the Builders event on January 29 at Chapel Hills Mall.

More than 500 Realtors came to the event, and many stopped by the HBA Cares booth to learn about the organization’s mission and current projects. The Dream Centers construction and the Family Promise mobile home renovation projects were among some of the key topics of conversation. HBA Cares gave out informational flyers at the booth, and Realtors could spin the prize wheel to win a small prize.

A “50/50” raffle was also held, which raised $185 for HBA Cares. Winner Kimberly Amis of Cutting Edge Realty took home $90 in cash as her part of the prize.

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A Year-End Letter from the President

December 2018

This year has been an exciting year for HBA Cares!  In addition to renewing its logo, mission and website, HBA Cares has also undertaken a good number of projects and events. Following are some of 2018’s highlights for HBA Cares:

BUILD PROJECTS

Dream Centers: HBA Cares and Aspen View Homes are currently constructing two new buildings for Mary’s Home to open up more space for single mothers transitioning out of homelessness.

Mobile home renovations: Partnering with Family Promise, HBA Cares is renovating and landscaping several mobile homes for families transitioning out of homelessness.

Accessible housing: HBA Cares came alongside the HBA’s Remodelers Council to build ramps at a Cheyenne Village home for adults with intellectual and development disabilities.

COMMUNITY PROJECTS

St. Jude volunteer landscaping: HBA Cares partnered with Covington Homes to landscape several St. Jude Children’s Hospital houses.

Food drive: GE Johnson and HBA Cares collected 48,000 pounds for the Care & Share Food Bank.  This will feed 125 people three times a day for a full year.

Creek Week: Volunteers from the HBA and HBA Cares came out to clean up Fountain Creek on a sunny Friday afternoon.

New roofs: The El Paso County Roofing Contractors Association and HBA Cares teamed up to donate $2,000 to Family Life Services for roofing repairs.

General construction consulting: HBA Cares offered general construction consulting to Homeward Pikes Peak on repairs they were considering doing.

FUNDRAISING

Climb for Courage: HBA Cares and GE Johnson raised funds for the Children’s Hospital through Climb for Courage sponsorships.

Pikes Peak Hill Climb: With the help of George Hess of Vantage Homes, HBA Cares raised $8,783.02 from sponsorships from the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

Built to Last: HBA Cares partnered with Partners in Housing to raise funds at the spectacular Built to Last event to kick off the Parade of Homes.

Tee boxes at the PAC golf tournament and the Emerging Leaders All Members Cup golf tournament: HBA Cares raised money at the tee boxes in both of these annual HBA golf tournaments.

Urban Peak: Through an online fundraiser, HBA Cares raised over $1,000 for Urban Peak, a local organization that helps youth to exit homelessness.

Holiday Party Raffle:  A total of $3,560 was raised for HBA Cares at the annual HBA holiday party this year.  Doug Fritts of Builders FirstSource, the winner of the raffle, generously donated $1,500 of his winnings back to HBA Cares.

Benefit concert sponsored by Oakwood Homes: Oakwood Homes sponsored a benefit concert for HBA Cares at the new SCP Hotel featuring country artists Brandon Lay, Riley Green, and Travis Denning. A final count of the proceeds is still being calculated, but preliminary estimates are $10,000 - $15,000—all of which will go to HBA Cares to support transitional and accessible housing projects in the community.   — — —

Be a part of HBA Cares by donating!

As the 2018 year comes to a close, please consider donating to HBA Cares. HBA Cares is a 510(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is funded through avenues such as donations and fundraising. Your donation helps to fund HBA Cares projects that support transitional and accessible housing. Donate today online at hbacares.org/donate or by calling Katherine at 719-592-1800.

We look forward to continued partnerships and support in 2019!

Josh Peterson
HBA Cares President

HBA Cares Benefits from Concert

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On Thursday, Dec. 13, country music fans came together at SCP Hotel for a benefit concert in support of HBA Cares. A total of $10,384 was raised during the evening, which was sponsored by Oakwood Homes and iHeart Radio. Approximately 100 people attended the event. The funds will assist HBA Cares in furthering its mission to support transitional and accessible housing and other community projects.

Thank you to everyone who donated auction items: iHeart Radio, local artist Tracy Miller, SCP Hotel, Fidelity National Title Company, and Robbins Roofing. 100% of the proceeds of the auction items will go to HBA Cares.

A special thank you to individual donors Challenger Homes, Bobby Frazee, Jeff Dwire, The Dream Team, Todd Spencer, Wildcat Construction, Springs Custom Plumbing, Shirlee Dobbs, Arlun, Inc., and Majda Held. Thank you also to Roger Miller and Jessica Scott of Oakwood Homes for their fundraising and organizational help, and to all attendees who donated at the door.

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Holiday Raffle Brings $3,560 for HBA Cares

HBA Cares collected $4,060 from raffle ticket sales and donations at the annual HBA Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 5 at Great Wolf Lodge. HBA Cares board members were on hand to sell raffle tickets in support of the HBA’s philanthropic arm. Doug Fritts of Builders FirstSource was the lucky winner. The recipient of $2,000, Doug generously donated $1,500 of his winnings back to HBA Cares. If you couldn’t be there in person,you can watch this great video from the concert! (Password is Oakwood2019)

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A Perfect Match for Family Life Services

On October 22, HBA Cares presented Family Life Services (FLS) with a donation of $1,000, and the El Paso County Roofing Contractors Association (EPCRCA) presented a matching donation. The combined contribution of $2,000 will help fund roofing repairs to the main Family Life Services building, as well as to some of the surrounding housing facilities.

Located in Colorado Springs, the mission of Family Life Services is to facilitate life transformation of struggling single moms and their children through faith-based community. HBA Cares looks forward to its continued partnership with FLS.

HBA Cares would like to acknowledge board member Mike Finkbiner of Robbins Roofing, as well as John Bryant of Reliable Roofing Systems, for their assistance in coordinating this joint contribution.

Pictured left to right:  Lisa Schmitz - FLS Community Relations Director; Tonya Lark - FLS Operations Director; Josh Peterson - HBA Cares President; John Bryant - Reliable Roofing Systems; Jamie Wilson - Reliable Roofing Systems, EPCRCA representative.

Pictured left to right: Lisa Schmitz - FLS Community Relations Director; Tonya Lark - FLS Operations Director; Josh Peterson - HBA Cares President; John Bryant - Reliable Roofing Systems; Jamie Wilson - Reliable Roofing Systems, EPCRCA representative.

HBA Cares Board Elections

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Do you have a desire to positively impact our great city through philanthropic projects and events? Consider serving on the HBA Cares Board of Directors! HBA Cares is the philanthropic arm of the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs, which partners with other local nonprofits to support transitional and accessible housing projects in the community.

HBA Cares Board elections are coming up in November. Applications for joining the Board are due by October 31 at 5 PM. Please contact Katherine at katherine@cshba.com or 719-592-1800 for more information.

> Download the application

Dreams Centers' Extreme Dream Is Accomplished

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HBA builder member Aspen View Homes completed their Extreme Dream 10-day build! The new Family Life Center is one of two Dream Centers renovation projects supported by HBA Cares this year.

The Family Service center will provide common spaces for Mary’s Home residents to gather. Mary’s Home provides housing and support to single mothers transitioning out of homelessness.

The Ribbon cutting for the new building took place on Monday, October 15. HBA Cares plans to begin construction of an adjacent building - the Family Services Center - within the next month.

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The Creek Crew Does It Again

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Last Friday about 25 volunteers from the HBA and HBA Cares rolled up their sleeves to help remove over 40 bags of trash from Fountain Watershed as part of Creek Week. The Creek Crew cleaned Sinton Trail between Holland Park and N. Chestnut Street in Colorado Springs.

Creek Week began in 2014 as a way to encourage citizens to help remove litter and debris from our land and waters, raise awareness of watershed health, and to foster a sense of community. Since then, Creek Week has grown into an annual event that continues to provide an opportunity for communities to give back, to enjoy the parks and trails they are cleaning, and to understand their place in the Fountain Creek Watershed. 

To join the HBA’s crew next year contact Bethany Schoemer at bethany@cshba.com.

Happy Gilmore Tee Box Raises Money for HBA Cares

HBA Cares sponsored the “Happy Gilmore Tee Box” at the HBA All Members Cup, held Sept. 14 at Pine Creek Golf Course. The tee box event raised $585 in donations from golfers. 

Inspired by the movie Happy Gilmore, the fundraiser allowed golfers to try their hand at hitting whiffle balls with hockey sticks to win a pair of tickets to the HBA Holiday Party for the longest drive. Congratulations to winner Jason Lalime from Builders FirstSource for his impressive feat!

In addition to the tee box event, golfers could make general donations to HBA Cares in exchange for a mulligan at hole #14 or the option of teeing off from the 150-yard marker. Thanks to everyone who took part in this fun event in support of HBA Cares!

A First-Place Finish For HBA Cares

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Through the generosity of George Hess of Vantage Homes and the Wannabe Racing Team, HBA Cares was able to raise funds through sponsorships of Hess' race car in this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 24. Hess finished with a time of 11:49.71 in his first "Race to the Clouds," but the real win was his donation of the entire $10,000 that was raised to support future community projects through HBA Cares.

One of those projects is for Family Promise, whose mission is to provide comprehensive wrap-around services to empower families to go from shelter resident to homeowner. The donation will also support HBA Cares as they work with Dream Centers on their upcoming "Extreme Dream" project. Dream Centers provides health and hope for people working to rebuild their dreams.

HBA Cares is grateful to the donors, sponsors and supporters that make carrying out their mission possible.