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Executive Summary :
Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving
Southwest Safehouse Renovations
Join us for much needed renovations on the VOA Safehouse. Labor, Materials, and financial contributions are much in need. See below for more information. 
HBASC Christmas Party
2017 Member Awards Banquet! 
Join us for an evening of fun and memory making in the photo booth. We are sponsoring a food drive this year so please s upport our local food banks with your gift of non-perishable food donations. Details are listed below...  Reserve your spot now!!! 
Important Member Information update below
The HBASC is moving to electronic delivery of invoices and statements in 2017.  New billing options will be available as well. Please complete the Member Information Update in the Going Green link below .
Community Housing Forum
Opportunity to get involved with the Durango Housing Program. Details below....
2017 HBASC Sponsorship and Marketing Program:
Find out how to put your business in the forefront our 300 member Association. Review our 2017 Program and contact Katie for a personalized bundle. 
Katie Middleton, Executive Officer
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  Safehouse Southwest Safehouse Building
Rehabilitaion Project
     The Volunteers of America Southwest Safehouse is the local shelter facility for women and children fleeing domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and other violent crimes. The Safehouse is unique from other domestic violence shelter facilities in that it is the only program in Southwest Colorado that offers shelter at a confidential and undisclosed location, an option which becomes critical in the most dangerous and life-threatening cases. In 2015, The Southwest Safehouse served 117 women and 83 children with 6,359 nights of safe shelter, including Emily and her three children. Emily and her family received shelter and support from the Southwest Safehouse after fleeing an abusive home and experiencing a year of homelessness. During her three months on the Southwest Safehouse Extended Stay Program, Emily found a job she loved, received counseling, registered for nursing school, enrolled her children into after school programs and sports, and eventually moved into her own home.   Emily now has the confidence she needs to make a better life for herself and her children. This is just one story out of hundreds of individuals and families whose lives have been changed for the better through the vitally important work done by advocates and staff at the Southwest Safehouse.
           Set up to provide shelter for 20+- women and children nightly, with a policy of not turning anyone away, the number of women and children seeking shelter nightly can swell to over 40 people. Because the original building is old (constructed in 1954), and due to limited financial resources, this important facility is now in dire need of repairs and rehabilitation. The list of needed maintenance, repairs, and renovation is extensive, but with significant help from our very own HBASC, we are making this happen. Already committed member donations of time and materials, combined with a pledge of $8,300.00 in cash from the HBASC Jim Dixon Memorial golf tournament, has provided the necessary catalyst to start the project.

     While the scope of work is daunting, our three-pronged approach to the project makes it doable. HomeAid Colorado, the Colorado Association of Homebuilders partner charity will lead the effort and provide liability insurance for the project. From there, the plan is to break the project into the following three separate scopes of work.
  1. Replacement of the building's windows, blinds, and installation of an ADA accessible lift for the advocate's office will be contracted and paid for using existing grants and commitments from VOA.
  2. Basic repairs, painting, and general cleaning is planned as a two-day, volunteer work effort scheduled for December 13 and 14. A list of repairs has already been constructed and necessary materials are being collected from the local home-building community.
  3. Once a capital campaign raises the additional necessary funds, major renovations such as the kitchen, baths, building insulation, site grading, and other work is planned for early 2017.

We invite any members to bid the repair work listed above in item #1. For information on this work, to contribute to the project (materials, time, or money), or to volunteer for one of the work days, please contact either Emil Wanatka -  emil@timberline-builders.com, or Paul Beasley -   


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In an effort to conserve resources, we are changing to electronic invoicing in January 2017.  

Please update your Member Information here to ensure accurate delivery. 

If you would like to Opt out of the new billing system, you may do so within the Member Information form. 

Forum
Community Housing Forum
December 1, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Durango Public Library
The forum will focus on existing conditions in the  housing market; the experience of Durango residents in finding housing; and what the community can do to affect housing availability and pricing.
You can get involved with the City of Durango Housing Program and stay informed by visiting their website.  If you have questions about the upcoming workshop, please contact 
Mark Williams at the City of Durango, at 
(970) 375-4854 or email.


Sponsorship

Our 2017 Sponsorship & Marketing Program has arrived. 
Download your copy here to review numerous opportunities to put your business in the forefront of the membership. 

If you are interested in creating a custom package, 
please contact Katie at 970-382-0082 or  katie@hbasc.com


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