B ranching Summer 2008 out ROAD TO SUCCESS OFFERS ONGOING CHALLENGES Inside In the dictionary, SUCCESS is defined as: "The CEO Message achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted." The implication is that the job is Corporate Spotlight complete; that it's a done deal. But very real Celebration of successes are occurring all around us without a Achievement Re-Cap lot of fanfare and with one sobering footnote-there is still a whole lot of work to do. Matching Donation Opportunities The Family Tree Homelessness Services program serves adult individuals, youth and families who Donor Spotlight are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We assist persons who have very low to no incomes Volunteer Breakfast and are working toward goals to increase their Military Families self-sufficiency. Blanca and daughter Aysha who now reside in a Program home at Marshall Street North. Like so many of those being helped in Family Bring Cheer Tree's Homelessness Services program, Blanca's success is a work in progress. The 34- Fundraiser year-old mother of two-year-old, Aysha, resides in the Marshall Street North site of Family Family Tree, Inc. Tree's transitional housing program. They have been living there since December of 2007. 3805 Marshall St., #100 Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 Phone: (303) 422-2133 In 2005, Blanca fled her homeland of Mexico due to an abusive relationship. She was Web: www.thefamilytree.org pregnant at the time and despite the near squalor conditions in which she would be living, with no running water or plumbing, she made the best of her situation while living in her Gemini (303) 235-0630 brother's dingy garage here in the U.S. This was quite a change in living arrangements for the bright, young woman who arrived in America with little more than a visitor’s visa and House of Hope (303) 762-9525 hope for a bright future. Educated in Mexico, Blanca had been awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. Housing and Family Services (303) 467-2604 Shortly after arriving in the U.S., Blanca met a man whom she thought she could trust, but Karlis Family Center again, the relationship turned violent when he struck Blanca while she held her baby. She (303) 462-1060 wasted no time leaving and soon found safety at the Family Tree Women In Crisis shelter. Women In Crisis Women In Crisis is a part of the Family Tree Domestic Violence Services program, which (303) 420-0412 serves adult and child victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; families 24-Hour Crisis Line: who have experienced the break-up of their homes through divorce or separation; and chil- (303) 420-6752 dren who have witnessed family violence and/or experienced abuse in their homes. Adams County Projects TANF Stable Families While at Women In Crisis, Blanca began to regain her confidence and self-esteem. Soon, (303) 227-2205 Early Intervention & Prevention she was ready to move into our transitional housing program at Marshall Street North. It (303) 412-5135 was here that she earnestly began the hard work of rebuilding her life. Until recently, Community Family Resource Blanca has dedicated herself to researching schools and interviewing in hopes of gaining a Team (303) 412-5283 teaching position with the Denver Public Schools (DPS). She's able to do so because she Military Families Assistance already successfully worked for and received her teaching certificate. Program (303) 227-2001 Blanca is an extremely committed mother. Her special-needs daughter has physical dis- Arapahoe County Kinship abilities and speech delays and Blanca makes sure that her daughter meets regularly with Family Stability Program physical and speech therapists. (303) 636-1503 Treasure Trunk (cover story cont. page 4) (303) 421-9205 Every day we learn more about home- nities and statewide, each year we From The less persons: who they are, where they have the opportunity to prevent the loss CEO came from and why they do not have a of homes for thousands of people, home. And we continue to discover many of whom are families, but we that the faces of homelessness are not haven't had the resources to do so. always who we once thought they were. Homeless people in our commu- Family Tree's vision is to be the best nity are increasingly comprised of provider of life-changing services that mothers, fathers and children. More end child abuse, domestic violence and and more we're finding the face of homelessness. We recognize that homelessness is not singular, but are these are lofty goals, but most would the faces of families. agree that if accomplished, our commu- nities would be better places to raise Like many other human services organ- families, and Colorado would be an izations, Family Tree has been involved even better place to live. Please join in discussions and efforts to end home- with us to work toward this vision, as lessness. As we've discussed our vital we work to overcome the barriers to role in serving homeless individuals preventing homelessness and serving Scott Shields and families, one statistic in particular those who unfortunately find them- Family Tree CEO stands out: on average over the past selves without a place to live. decade, more than 70% of homeless persons served by our agency have On behalf of Family Tree and those moved into safe and stable housing who have received our services, we after receiving services from Family thank you for your past and continued Tree. We believe this to be an impor- support. tant outcome in the efforts to end homelessness in Colorado, but many components are still missing. According to the 2007 Homeless In Metropolitan Denver Point-in-Time Survey that counts the homeless in our Scott Shields state, nearly one in three people were Chief Executive Officer homeless for the first time. As commu- E Homelessness 101 Training Join us for Fun, June 17th Food and V At-Risk Youth Training July 15th & July 22nd Families! Bovine Metropolis Theatre Improvathon E October 2, 2008 August 1st - 2nd Climbing For A Cause N Jefferson County August 22nd - 23rd Fairgrounds Volunteer Orientation T Last Saturday of every month Fiesta For Families is a time for donors, volunteers, clients, staff and other community members to enjoy the company of friends and family, enjoy Domestic Violence Training great food and entertainment while supporting Family Tree. S Month of September (TBA) For more information contact Dana Juniel at For more details on event times and (303) 422-2133 or visit www.thefamilytree.org locations, visit www.thefamilytree.org Branching Out, Issue Date: June 2008, Published three times yearly, Family Tree, Inc., 3805 Marshall St., Suite 100, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033, Volume 20, Issue No. 2. 2 Branching Out - Summer 2008 Military Family Assistance Program New program quickly growing at Family Tree During the fall of 2007, the Adams County Social current high school. During a three-month peri- Services Department approached Family Tree to od, the Military Family Assistance Program was be the agency through which services would be able to provide TANF (Temporary Assistance for coordinated for military families in Adams County. Needy Families) funds for Jason's rent, water Opening our doors in November 2007, the and trash bills, provide gift cards for new clothes Adams County Military Family Assistance and a Christmas gift for Corey, and supported Program assists military families experiencing Jason in receiving approval for food assistance hardship by providing connections to military and and Low Income Energy Assistance Program community services and resources. (LEAP). Jason's case manager also referred him to a veteran representative at Adams County "We hope to better meet the needs of children Workforce and Business Center to assist him and spouses in military families," said Dr. with his job search. Cassata, director of the Adams County Social Services Department. With the war continuing For Jason and his son, the Military Family and the needs of military families growing, Adams Assistance Program helped to prevent homeless- County and Family Tree are committed to making ness and provided stability during a particularly a difference in the lives of clients, like Jason H. unstable period. Suzy MacKenzie, Supervisor of and his son, Corey. the Military Family Assistance Program says, "We are blessed and privileged to serve these families Jason H. participated in the Military Family who have given and sacrificed for us. Military Assistance Program as a veteran of the United service takes its toll on families and we are glad States Air Force. Recently laid off with no the program is available to assist in time of income or unemployment benefits, Jason was need." concerned about losing his apartment and having to transfer his 16-year-old son, Corey, from his Story submitted by Dana Juniel, Development Associate. F a m i l y Tr e e C 2008 elebration Thank You To Our Sponsors: A of c h i e v e m e n t Coors Brewing Company FirstBank TSYS iSolutions Deer Creek Electric National Renewable Energy Laboratory Associates Group of Companies Kaiser Permanente Mile High Newspapers Associates Health Group, LLC Metro North Newspapers Lifestyles Catering Neisen Insurance, Inc. Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP The Harris Law Firm P.C. Godin & Baity, LLC Horizon Counseling & Education Center, LLC The Arvada Center Families of Tom Gorley and Richard Trow, Jr. Hansen Law Firm Halcyon Realty, LLC Tiffany & Co. Coldwell Banker United Power Multimedia Audio Visual Starwest Productions CTX Mortgage Company Hays Companies Kenny Electric Service Crennen & Company Insurors Precise Home Inspections, LLC Branching Out - Summer 2008 3 (cont. from cover) Recently, Blanca has begun counseling at our Family Tree Karlis Family Center. Family Tree has further assisted Blanca by helping her to receive subsidized rent. To help her get started in her new place, Family Tree also paid the deposit for her utilities. Blanca is also a big believer in the Family Tree Treasure Trunk where she, like other Family Tree clients, is able to get basic household items, clothes and small furniture items at no cost. Soon, Blanca's visitor visa will expire, but she has recently obtained a teaching position with Denver Public Schools, who will sponsor her to become a U.S. resident. With the help of the Colorado Latino Educational Project, who assists qualified bilingual individu- als gain employment in hard-to-fill positions, Blanca’s dreams are Despite her speech and physical challenges, quickly becoming reality. two-year-old Aysha has a beautiful smile. Story submitted by Steve Harrell, Director of PR & Marketing. Double the Impact of Your Donation Homelessness In Donation Matching Opportunities Family Tree has received a generous challenge grant Metropolitan Denver from the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado. The chal- According to a 2007 point-in-time survey of lenge grant applies to cash contributions received now persons experiencing homelessness, coordinat- through September 25, 2008, up to $10,000 on new or ed by Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, a total increased gifts. Until September 25th, or if we reach of 10,604 persons in the metro Denver area the $10,000 goal before that date -- your new or increased giving will in were counted as homeless on January 29, 2007. effect be doubled! Please indicate on your check or envelope that your gift is designated for the Gay & Lesbian Fund challenge grant. If making an This number includes 3,361 children in fami- online donation, please select the Gay & Lesbian Fund Match option on the lies. donations page. Thank you for your support and thank you for helping us reach this goal. The number of newly homeless increased dra- matically since 2006. In 2007, one-third of all About the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado The Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado was established in 1996 as a project homeless (33%), were first time homeless and of the Gill Foundation. Since it was established, the Gay & Lesbian Fund were predominately in households with chil- has provided financial support and critical resources to hundreds of nonprof- dren. Many of these families are working at it organizations that share the fund’s commitment to advancing equality and full-time jobs, but with rising costs, are unable improving quality of life for people across Colorado. Having awarded more to make ends meet. In addition to the rising than $20 million to arts and culture, civic leadership, healthy families and housing costs, loss of job and relationship/fami- public broadcasting programs, the fund prides itself on the collaborations it ly breakup are the three leading reasons for has formed with those who share a common vision for equality. homelessness. Anonymous Match Contibutions Half of all survey respondents had at least one A Family Tree supporter, who wishes to remain anonymous, will match any serious, disabling condition, including serious first time gift or increased gift amount up to a total of $10,000, if received mental illness, serious medical or physical con- by June 30, 2008! dition, and alcohol or drug abuse. “Family Tree is so important to us. We, like so many other families, have been affected by some incredibly challenging situations. However, we have also been very fortunate. Family Tree has a vision to be the For more information on the 2007 point-in-time best provider of life-changing services that end child abuse, domestic survey or to find out how you can help with the violence and homelessness. It’s an ambitious undertaking and one our next survey, contact Linda Barringer, Family family is honored to be able to financially support.” Tree Housing & Family Services Supervisor, at --Family Tree Supporter (303) 467-2604. For more information on Family Tree Homelessness Services, visit our On your check or envelope, please indicate “Anonymous Match.” If mak- ing an online donation, please select the Anonymous Match option on the website at www.thefamilytree.org. donations page. 4 Branching Out - Summer 2008 CORPORATE CONNECTION Volunteer Opportunity Homelessness Services Family Tree was pleased to present the 2008 Community Award to Dr. Barbara Morris and Kaiser Permanente at the Celebration of Achievement. Barbara has been a valuable supporter of Family Tree and has served on the Board of Directors for three years. Kaiser has contributed to Family Tree through Family Tree Housing and Family corporate sponsorships and grants Services helps individuals and families throughout the years and has provided who are homeless to get into temporary the much-needed health clinics in House House of Hope Health Clinic. and permanent housing, and to become of Hope and Women In Crisis. With the safe, strong and self-reliant. help of Barbara and Kaiser Permanente, the first health clinic was opened at Women In Crisis in 1995. These clinics are staffed by pro There are a number of volunteer oppor- bono nurses and doctors from Kaiser and provide our clients with tunities with our Homelessness program. medical attention they might not otherwise receive. Thank you, One of those opportunities is to serve as Kaiser Permanente, for everything you do for Family Tree!! Homework Helper/Tutor. If you're a brainiac, this is the volunteer position for For a list of the other Community Award nominees and a link to Kaiser’s you! Assist children in our shelters with website, visit www.thefamilytree.org. their homework and/or provide one-on- one tutoring for kids with special needs. This is usually a one-hour shift once or twice a week, but can be adjusted to (l to r) Jennifer Zepplin, CBS4 your availability. News Meteorologist; Jane Pemberton, Managing Director For more info about this position, or of Family Tree Domestic other possibilities volunteering in our Violence Services; Dr. Barbara Homelessness programs, please visit Morris, Kaiser Permanente; www.thefamilytree.org or contact Sean Scott Shields, Family Tree CEO, Wolfe, Director of Volunteer Services, at at the 2008 Family Tree (303) 422-2133. Celebration of Achievement. Family Tree Partners with Giving First! TOURS If you would like to know more about Family Tree, Inc. is excited to Family Tree and our programs and work with GivingFirst, a program services, we invite you to join us for of Community First Foundation. one, or all, of the following tours. GivingFirst is the Foundation’s online tool designed to enrich July 15th, from 2:00-3:00 p.m., donors’ knowledge of the nonprofit Children's Services - Gemini sector and encourage charitable giving in the Denver metro area. August 19th, from 2:00-3:00 p.m., Homelessness Services - House of Hope To encourage philanthropy, during 2008, whenever credit card donations are September 16th, from 2:00-3:00 p.m., made through GivingFirst.org, Community First Foundation will pay the credit Domestic Violence Services card processing fees, which typically are three to five percent per gift. This is Karlis Family Center a great way for Family Tree, Inc. to maximize your generous donation and those of your family and friends. Thank you for supporting Family Tree! To reserve your space and receive additional information about the tours, please call Stacey Moyer at (303) 403-5886. Branching Out - Summer 2008 5 F a m i l y Tr e e C 2008 elebration RE-CAP A of c h i e v e m e n t The Journey Starts Here was a fitting theme for the 15th Annual Celebration of Achievement fundraising dinner, held on Thursday, May 1. Keynote speaker, Jeff Evans, captivated an audience of nearly 350 in atten- dance at the Arvada Center, for this, one of two major fundraising events held each year by Family Tree. Jeff is the adventurer, author and motivational speaker who led blind climber, Eric Weihenmayer, to the summit of Mount Everest. Jeff acknowledged that his accomplishments fall short in compari- son to those of the Family Tree staff who seek each day to elevate and invigorate the children and families with whom we work, and those of the families and individuals in whose lives we seek to make a difference. Special thanks to Family Tree staff members, Nicole Sherwood, Jane Pemberton, Alva Scott, Kim Whitrap, Elissa Mirelez and Cassie Brown who worked tirelessly to bring to life the inspiring stories of our Family Tree award recipients who against all odds are making a profound and positive effort toward changing their lives for the better. Special thanks, too, to our friends at Starwest Productions who bring these stories to life through their wonderful video contribution. Emcee and NEWS4 Meteorologist, Jennifer Zeppelin, always the consummate professional, added her own charm to the event. We're thankful for her friendship and commitment to making a difference in the lives of those we serve. Also, our special thanks to Deanna Rice of Coors Brewing Company, Stuart Wright of FirstBank of Wheat Ridge and Nick Hansen, Hansen Law Firm, for their part in making the program a success. The net financial gain to Family Tree is vital to our future success, yet the good already realized is like a tidal wave of positive change. This year, the event raised a net amount of $27,000. For all who attended -- thank you, and for those who didn't -- make plans to do so next year -- now! See more photos from the 2008 Celebration of Achievement at www.thefamilytree.org/about_us/photo_gallery. 6 Branching Out - Summer 2008 BRING CHEER Email Addresses Provide Quick Communication FUNDRAISER! Recently we sent an email alert to hundreds of Family Tree friends letting them know about an exciting opportunity that benefited Family Tree simply by dining at a great local restaurant chain. Did you receive the alert? If not, chances are we do not have Family Tree wants to recognize and your email address. Receiving breaking news first and being the first to know about thank Denver Athletic and the DU special events are only a couple of reasons why providing your email address to Family Cheerleading Team for the successful Tree is such a good idea. Here's another -- it saves trees. All of us are becoming more Bring Cheer Fundraiser Event held at eco-conscious and reduced printing means less trees are used to get our message of hope the University of Denver Ritchie and healing into the greater Denver community. Take a moment today and send your Center. They raised over $2,500 and email address to us. You can do so at: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line sim- collected many canned food items for ply write, My Email Address. Please be assured we will treat your email address with Family Tree. the utmost respect for your security and privacy. Family Tree also would like to thank the Bring Cheer corporate sponsors, High Country Cheer, Peak Athletics Donor Spotlight Marc Brady Plus and Cheer Central Suns, whose Marc Brady says he and his son, Davis, generous donations will help Family "hope to continue our partnership with Tree to continue to assist less fortu- Family Tree for a long time. The more nate families in Colorado. involved we get, the more we understand and the more we can do. Our involve- Hope to see you next year at this ment will only get stronger." Marc and annual event! Look for details at Davis donate their time, talents and treas- www.thefamilytree.org in January ures to Family Tree. They are homework 2009. (l to r) Mark Ruthven, Board Member; volunteers at House of Hope. They read Scott Shields, CEO; Kathy Wells, and play games with the children and Story submitted by Angie Overlie, Director of Corporate Relations. Managing Director of Gifts & Marc volunteers with fundraisers and other Community Support; Davis Brady; events. They are also major donors. In Make Your Marc Brady. addition to making a major gift and several others during the year, Marc's company, SAP, America matches his five- Planned Gift figure annual gift. In response to a question about how they came to Family Tree, Marc says Today! that after moving to Denver from Texas two years ago, he and his family, which also includes wife Andrea and son Connor, researched many different Bequests ~ Wills charities on the Internet. They were looking to "support someplace we could Estate Planning volunteer and not just give dollars. We wanted to work hands on and see where our dollars were going." They found House of Hope, which is near their home, and Marc says their experience "is beyond what we hoped for." Planned gifts come in all shapes and sizes and every Marc remembers he was surprised when Rachel, the Volunteer Liaison at single gift will help us serve House of Hope, said they needed homework helpers. He says they had those affected by child abuse, never really thought about it but after working at House of Hope, it was clear domestic violence and that some of the children had not been in school for a while and can't read homelessness. well. Marc states that it has been good for Davis; that he has learned a lot from the experience and realizing what other people go through in their lives. To discuss your planned gift, contact the development In closing, Marc emphasizes that his "hat is off to the staff and volunteers at department at Family Tree. I have never seen such a group of people so totally invested in (303) 422-2133. the work they do with clients." Yes, as Marc says, this partnership will only For more information visit get stronger. www.thefamilytree.org. Story submitted by Kathy Wells, Managing Director of Gifts & Community Support. Branching Out - Summer 2008 7 A ward Recipients 2008 Volunteer s Shermita We t - Long Term Service Award Appreciation ) Janelle Young - Domestic Violence Advocate Award (top, 2nd from left Arlene Mayer - Senior Service Award (top, 2nd from right) Breakfast tp e ) Mary Beattie - At-Risk Youth Advocate Award ( o l ft Margaret Utter - Homelessness Advocate Award On Saturday, April 19, Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church - Community Partner Award (lower 120 Family Tree volun- teers and staff came together to celebrate the work, dedication and passion of our amazing volunteers. Works of Heart, which is the new name of our volunteer appreciation event, took place at Copper Fields Event Chateau again this year. For complete story visit www.thefamilytree.org/volunteers. w No able ail 2007 Family Tree Annual Report Av Fina Donor Listin ms & Servic ncials g Pr ogra es Contact us to receive your copy or go online at www.familytree.org Visit us at www.thefamilytree.org Helps Here United Way Mile High Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 . ut 0 3805 Marshall St , S i e 1 0 safe, strong, self-reliant families Permit No. 1171 Englewood, CO PAID U.S. POSTAGE NONPROFIT ORG.
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