Incarcerated veterans and other veterans at risk of homelessness are being recruited for a new safety net program — a partnership between Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, El Pomar Foundation, Pikes Peak Community College and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. The Mt. Carmel-led program, Veterans Climb, aims to help participants become self-sufficient by giving them […]
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Adventurist Backpack Co. turned out its first line in September 2017. Since then, the social enterprise is committed and on course to provide a total of about 65,000 meals to people in need. Co-founder Kelly Belknap is a Monument native and Lewis-Palmer High School graduate who created the company with his Swedish wife, Matilda Sandström. […]
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Some of best advice newly elected Mayor Nick Gradisar has received came from the man at the helm in Colorado Springs. “Mayor [John] Suthers told me to make a strong effort to develop that cooperative, collaborative relationship with the city council as this new system of government takes off,” he said. “I think it’s important […]
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In 2002, Jan Erickson was taking care of a friend who was recovering from a stroke. The woman had a closet full of beautiful clothes that went unworn because it was too hard to put them on, and was living in hospital gowns. One night, Erickson dreamed of a solution: a soft, lightweight jacket with […]
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When Yemi Mobolade moved to Colorado Springs eight years ago, the narrative he’d hear about his new city wasn’t always positive. “I’ve been told that we were our own worst enemy when it came to storytelling,” he said. Fast-forward nearly a decade and those tales have substantially changed. Mobolade is heavily involved in crafting the […]
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Mitch Yellen first saw the benefits of healthy eating during his sister’s battle with cancer. “She was given just six months to live but started reading a lot about eating healthy and changed her diet,” he said. “She ended up living another 16 years, and when she passed, it gave me inspiration to go ahead […]
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A dedicated, “boots-on-the-ground” one-year push to improve the lives of the city’s homeless population is already bearing fruit, with 370 low-barrier shelter beds added at Springs Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army. The city of Colorado Springs’ homelessness response action plan — now known as the 2019 Colorado Springs Homelessness Initiative — identified low-barrier shelter […]
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The Ivywild School development was envisioned as a gathering place in a historic neighborhood where people could sip a handcrafted beer, enjoy a meal or snack, buy locally grown food, go to a concert or attend a meeting. Since it opened in the summer of 2013, Ivywild, at 1604 S. Cascade Ave., has promoted redevelopment, […]
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A shortage of entry-level homes in the Colorado Springs market is making it harder for Millennials to fulfill their American Dream. “I believe there are more young people that would be buying homes now, if there was more affordable inventory available to do so,” said Tony Rose, broker and owner of Rose Real Estate LLC. […]
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Colorado legislators are working their way through a wide variety of bills that would affect businesses. Among the top issues they’re talking about are simplification of the state sales and use tax system, paid family and medical leave, retirement savings and regulations concerning the cannabis industry. The Business Journal asked several business advocacy organizations and […]
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Aidan Ryan’s career path has taken some interesting twists. One: She took a job as a sales rep with an adventure travel company in New Zealand after discovering she’d already been the “face of the company” for a year and a half. Another: She was just four months into her role as marketing and communications […]
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A new year for many means new starts, course corrections, resolutions and perhaps even a career pivot. Late last year I shared the story of Camille Blakely’s career pivot, which is defined as the act of finding a different career, a new trajectory, using current skills. Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans today average […]
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