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.
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
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
(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
hope for a bright future. Educated in Mexico, Blanca had been awarded a Bachelor’s
Degree in Electrical Engineering.
Housing and Family Services
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-
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,
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
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.
(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.
Treasure Trunk (cover story cont. page 4)
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
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-
Homelessness 101 Training
Join us for Fun, June 17th
At-Risk Youth Training
July 15th & July 22nd
Bovine Metropolis Theatre Improvathon
E October 2, 2008
August 1st - 2nd
Climbing For A Cause
Jefferson County August 22nd - 23rd
Fairgrounds Volunteer Orientation
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.
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.
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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
Thank You To Our Sponsors:
A of c h i e v e m e n t Coors Brewing Company
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
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(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
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.
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.
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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.
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F a m i l y Tr e e
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
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.
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BRING CHEER Email Addresses Provide Quick Communication
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: email@example.com. 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
(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-
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
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.
Story submitted by Kathy Wells, Managing Director of Gifts & Community Support.
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A ward Recipients
2008 Volunteer s
Shermita We t - Long Term Service Award
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.
2007 Family Tree Annual Report
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Contact us to receive your copy or go online at www.familytree.org
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