2021 Year End Letter from HBA Cares President Tiffany Canady
It’s been said...”We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill
The HBA Cares board is a working board full of life. As a collective group, the board members served the Colorado Springs community, working tirelessly to assist in transitional and accessible housing. While we saw some projects come to completion, we also witnessed other projects take life!
WOODY AND MILLIE INGRAM GUEST HOUSE
As many members already know, HBA Cares partnered with Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation to build the original John Zay Guest House in 2008 and it’s expansion in 2018 under the leadership of project manager George Hess, III. This John Zay Guest House, located across the street from Penrose Hospital, has 21 suites and is oftentimes at capacity with a waiting list. So, it became clear to us that there is a need for another guest house. The new Guest House at St. Francis will serve patients and their families at St. Francis Medical Center, many of whom may be families with a baby in the NICU or patients receiving cancer care treatment. This newest addition will be led by Josh Peterson who is serving as the Builder Captain of the Guest House at St. Francis. George Hess will also be serving as a Project Advisor and many of the HBA Cares Board of Directors will be assisting with the project as well.
On September 30th, 2021 the HBA Cares Board, alongside many community members, and trades partners gathered for the official Groundbreaking Ceremony of the St. Francis Guest House. During the ceremony, the name of the St. Francis Guest House was changed to the Woody and Millie Ingram Guest House due in part to their significant gift and contribution to the project.
Below are some highlights made on behalf of the Woody and Millie Ingram Guest House:
We have been blessed to have Chris Jorgensen from La Plata serve as our Development Captain. The development started Sept. 29th 2021. Earthmoving is completed and utilities are close to completion. Curb/Gutter and asphalt will be completed in the spring of 2022.
Thanks to the leadership of HBA Cares board member, Julie Shoemaker, we have a foundation only permit to begin the construction of the building. Plans are being submitted to RBD for the entire building.
HBA Cares Board member, Jim McCrary, has agreed to be an Asst. Builder Captain. Thanks to Jim Johnson, GE Johnson is donating the supervision of the project
We broke ground on the building November 17, 2021.
Over 50 vendors and subcontractors have committed to being a part of the project with many more to come. You can check out the list on our HBA Cares Website. HBACares.org
Close to over $800,000 in labor/materials/monetary donations/room sponsorships thus far have been collected in the early stages of the project.
The work has only just begun, and we are beyond grateful for the leadership of Josh Peterson, and the contributions made by so many community members, trades partners and board members.
Here are some of the other project highlights from 2021 for HBA Cares:
ACCESSIBLE HOUSING - HBA Cares worked with We Fortify to provide materials for their tiny home community to support homeless teens transitioning off the streets in order to pursue careers. Some of the teens were participants in the Careers in Construction program.
Food Drive - Raised money for meals for our community members in need.
Creek Week - Cleaned trash and debris from Fountain Creek with a volunteer base of close to 30.
Koats 4 Kids - HBA Cares in partnership with HBA donated $1,000 to Koats 4 Kids to help kids who cannot afford a new winter jacket or something to keep them warm over the winter months.
Builder Blitz to support Lucky Dumpling Restaurant downtown- HBA Cares partnered with volunteers to build 1 “Parklet”- wooden structures to allow additional outdoor dining for the local restaurant.
Pikes Peak Hill Climb - With the help of George Hess of Vantage Homes, HBA Cares raised close to $25,000 in sponsorships from members that were placed on George’s car for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Those donations benefited the Ingram Guesthouse
All Members Cup- Thanks to the generosity of the Emerging Leaders and those who donated at the All Member Cup HBA Cares was a recipient of $980.
Board members devoted over 1500 hours on projects in our community further forging our mission. This is time not just spent, but invested in building a stronger community for all to enjoy.
LOOKING FORWARD IN 2022
HBA Cares is excited for what 2022 will bring to our community. From our work with the Ingram Guest House, to the partnership with David Weekley Homes and Make a Wish to provide accessible housing for young children in our community, we know and believe this work can not be done alone. Our mission to partner with other nonprofits, and engage our industry resources to support accessible housing and other community projects are only accomplished due to the relationships we’ve forged and the connections we’ve made.
HBA Cares wants to thank you for your involvement with our organization, whether it be through a project, fundraiser, or donations. As the 2021 year comes to an end, please consider donating to HBA Cares. HBA Cares is a 501(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 Lisa at 719-592-1800.
We look forward to continued partnerships and support in 2022!
HBA Cares President