In 1976, the organization that would become Rocky Mountain Health Care Services set up shop in a small downtown Colorado Springs office it shared with Grace Episcopal Services. The nonprofit’s employees had one goal in mind: helping frail, elderly and disabled residents meet their basic needs while remaining independent...
When Anna’s husband assaulted her, she thought she had no one to turn to — no one who could help her and her children find a way out. “My injuries that resulted from that assault, both physically and mentally, prevented me from being able to work or really leave the...
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...
Joan Clemons is the first to say that the Hillside Community Garden is not run by experts. “We just saw a need and said, ‘Hey, can we do this? Yes, we can,’” said Clemons, director of the Hillside Community Center in Southeast Colorado Springs. “We just wanted to do something for...
Two military nonprofit organizations in the Pikes Peak region will merge by the beginning of next year — a move officials say will lead to more efficiently serving the area’s veterans and active military population. Following months of negotiations, Peak Military Care Network and The Home Front Cares will officially...
Finding employment is among the most common stressors for service members transitioning to civilian life from the military. That process is often further complicated by the stigma that surrounds service members dealing with combat-related behavioral health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. “There’s a misconception that every veteran who comes back...
By itself, a basketball is little more than an inflatable rubber bladder, wrapped in fibers and covered in leather to be bounced, passed, shot or dunked into an 18-inch-diameter hoop. But in the hands of a disadvantaged kid, a basketball can be much more. That was the thought behind Hillside Connection,...
The Colorado Springs Philharmonic is a complex business. It’s highly labor-intensive, requiring as many as 100 musicians to present a grand 19th-century symphony. Its product is transient, literally disappearing into thin air at the moment of performance. It must rent specialized venues and fight for listeners and supporters who...
Arts and cultural events don’t just make the Pikes Peak region more beautiful and pleasant. They contribute significantly to the region’s economic vitality. “I feel like there’s been a bit of a renaissance in the arts community here over the last five to 10 years,” said Andy Vick, executive director...
Last week, Nikolai Tesla’s painted likeness appeared on the side of a Knob Hill building seemingly overnight, a colorful tribute to the neighborhood that once played host to the inventor’s wireless power experimental station. Anywhere else, this act might prompt vandalism investigations by local police. But for the businesses lining...
Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on trade tariffs. Goldman Sachs economists last week warned the Trump administration’s trade war is damaging U.S. economic growth and raising consumer prices, and J.P. Morgan economists estimate the latest round of tariffs will cost American households up to $1,000...
Street posts across downtown Colorado Springs bear a frank message: “Handouts don’t help.” The sentiment is the crux of the HelpCOS campaign, launched in May 2018 by the city of Colorado Springs in partnership with Pikes Peak United Way as part of an ongoing effort to redirect well-intentioned people toward...