Pauline Nelson turned to The Independence Center after suffering three brain injuries in three years that affected her balance and vision. She also has a history of back problems and bone and nerve damage that altered the feeling in...
Having a bicycle is a big deal if you’re a child. It’s like a rite of passage, said Daniel Byrd, the executive director of Kids on Bikes, a nonprofit that helps provide children access to bikes. “For most kids, it’s a...
Mission Medical Clinic began in 2004 as a “group of church-minded folks who were praying for healing,” according to Barb Cronin, executive director for the only free clinic in Colorado Springs. “They soon discovered if they added a little penicillin to the praying, perhaps people would be healed faster,” she said. This is the fifth […]
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Nancy Harrison, the CEO of Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center, remembers the moment she decided to start the nonprofit organization. She had given horseback riding lessons for years, sometimes to people with special needs, when she witnessed a moment...
The story of Liz Kettle’s love for textiles isn’t a long one. “I was born,” Kettle, founding executive director of Textiles West, said. “I was that kid that my mom couldn’t take shopping because I was always in the middle of the clothes rack. … I have been a stitcher my whole life.” Home economics […]
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Cecilia was 1 year old when her parents noticed she was struggling to walk, and had bruising on her body. Her mother took her for an X-ray, and the doctor recommended a blood test, “just in case.” They were called...
When Davasia was 10 years old, her mother, Melanie, had to take her to the emergency room for breathing difficulties that medication didn’t fix. It turned out that Davasia’s closed throat was a symptom of a rare autoimmune disorder that attacks the internal organs. Melanie was shocked to learn that her daughter needed dialysis three […]
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“I’ve had cats since I can remember,” said Jennifer Nosler, president and co-founder of the feline shelter, Look What The Cat Brought In. “I’ve just always liked cats. My other favorite animal is turtles, but I don’t have a...
On a cold January night in Colorado Springs nearly 100 young people ages 18-24 were counted as homeless during the 2015 Point in Time survey. About three-fourths of them were found in shelters and transitional housing, while the rest...
Manitou Art Center Executive Director Natalie Johnson doesn’t have an office. “We can’t spare the space that we rent,” Johnson said. “Everything we can possibly offer, we share with the community.” Johnson is on her feet most of the time anyway,...
Rocky Mountain Field Institute has mountains to climb — and trees to plant and fish to save and trails to repair — and they look to the Give! Campaign to help them keep up the pace. Executive Director Jennifer Peterson...
Andrew Koloski knows what those who’ve signed up for Project Healing Waters are going through. The retired soldier and Give! Campaign coordinator deployed to Kuwait, Iraq and Eastern Europe during his 24-year military career. Now he works with the local...