HBA Cares is continuing to work with Mary’s Home to build the second of two Dream Centers. Recently the concrete slab was poured for the Family Services Center (pictured below), a new building that will house several administrative and counseling offices. The administrative and counseling offices are currently housed inside Mary’s Home, and the construction of the Family Life Center will open up more housing space within Mary’s Home for single mothers transitioning out of homelessness.
HBA Cares Partners with Family Promise to Renovate Mobile Homes for Local Families
HBA Cares recently partnered with Family Promise to renovate several mobile homes in the central Colorado Springs area. Family Promise is helping to place families that are transitioning out of homelessness in each of the units, one of which has become a new home for a single mother.
The renovations have been comprehensive both inside and out. On the exterior, the siding and roof were replaced, new windows and frames were installed, and the insulation underneath has been replaced, among various other updates. On the interior, the entire unit received new cabinets, countertops, and other improvements. On November 3, more than a dozen volunteers came together to help with landscaping around the units.
HBA Cares would like to thank everyone who donated time, talent or treasure to this effort (see below). The end product is a truly a thing of beauty - not just because of how wonderful the units now look, but because of what they mean to the members of our community who will be able to call them home.
Project List - Sleepy Valley Mobile Home Park, unit A-6 3410 N. El Paso St.,
Energy - Floor insulation needs redone; replace windows
Exterior - Paint or replace skirt; cut hitch off or box in; restain or rebuild decks on entryways; level concrete or deck over; paint or replace awning over front entry'; vinyl siding cleaned or replace siding; inspect/improve roof
Grounds - Rock or other low maintenance; move playground to B-15 and landscape
Interior - Paint interior; new countertop; new cabinets; new light fixtures; replace shower valve
All American Disposal
Jen Rosario and Ashley
USI Powers Insulation
Colorado Springs Custom Blinds
Fidelity National Title Company
HBA of Colorado Springs
Keller Williams Partners
One of the ways we connect community needs to the local resources of the housing and building industry is by assisting housing-related nonprofit agencies with construction projects. Colorado Springs-based Dream Centers is committed to ending generational poverty and family homelessness in the Pikes Peak Region. With the support of HBA Cares, they will renovate two buildings for a Family Life Center and Family Services Center, allowing space for more families at Mary’s Home.
Mary’s Home provides housing for single mothers and their children transitioning out of homelessness. Families receive both medical and behavioral health services. They are welcomed into a safe, trauma-informed place to heal. Beyond healing, Mary’s Home provides hope and opportunity through life skill classes and access to college classes. For these women, it’s a chance to break the cycle and rewrite their stories.
The Dream Center’s administrative and counseling offices are currently located inside Mary’s Home. The Family Services Center will house these offices as well as other office-type areas, opening up three new units within Mary’s Home for women transitioning out of homelessness.
Retaining walls for the Family Services Center were poured at the end of August. Projected completion of the new building is the end of 2018/beginning of 2019.
In a separate effort, HBA builder member Aspen View Homes partnered with HBA Cares to build a Family Life Center as part of Dream Centers’ “Extreme Dream” initiative. The new building features a safe play areas for kids, a community room with space for healing and celebration, a kitchen to learn how to prepare family meals and more. Inspired by the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition TV series, Aspen View Homes completed the build in just 10 days. See the project wrap-up.
In August, HBA Cares partnered with the local nonprofit organization Cheyenne Village to build three ramps in a home for disabled individuals. Cheyenne Village provides assistance and support to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. One ramp was built inside of the garage, a second one in the front of the house, and a third around the back of the house.
With the project complete, the house is move-in ready for the new residents, one of whom is a quadriplegic with limited mobility and motor skills in his hands. He has visited the house and was able to successfully open the garage door by himself and access the ramp that is inside of the garage. This is the first time he has ever been able to access his residence independently, which will significantly impact his life.
“Cheyenne Village is in the process of upgrading residences for a large number of the people with developmental disabilities receiving services. As part of that process, a family home was purchased and renovated for accessibility. HBA Cares volunteers built three beautiful ramps to ensure access to all aspects of the property. Now, perhaps for the first time in their lives, two individuals who use electric wheelchairs are able to come and go from their home without the help of staff. I can’t tell you how excited they are to be living in a home designed specifically for them. Words do not express our gratitude for the work of HBA Cares in making this possible!”
- Steven Stock, Residential Director of Cheyenne Village
Thank you to all of the volunteers from HBA member companies - Independent Construction, J&M Cleaning, C & C Sand and Stone, Pryor Flooring and Vanguard Homes - as well as to the donors who made this project possible: Builders FirstSource, Cedar Creek, Simpson Strong-Tie, and Allweather wood/Humboldt Redwood. In total, more than $3,500 in materials were donated!
Special needs children are presented with many challenges, especially on the playground. In many instances, special equipment is needed which is not found in traditional play settings. In January 2018, a special playground project was implemented by HBA Cares at Special Kids Special Families’ Zach’s Place program.
The weather may have been chilly, but the words spoken at the ribbon cutting for the John Zay Guest House addition on October 30 were entirely heartwarming. Nine years to the day after the celebration of the original Guest House, members of the community came together to celebrate yet another labor of love...
When Chuck Armstrong received a letter of recognition from the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs in 1957 (known then as the Colorado Springs Home Builders Association) for a heroic act he performed at a local pool, he didn’t imagine that 59 years later he would in turn be thanking the HBA for extending a helping hand to him.