UPCOMING EVENT

You're invited to a fun night of laughter
for a great cause - Zach's Place!

Featuring nationally known comedian - John Crist
3 course dinner with music
Special "ROAR" performance by Zach's Place youth
Silent auction & Raise the Paddle

$55/person or $90/couple
Saturday, October 28th, 6-9pm
Hotel Elegante; 2886 S. Circle Drive, CO Springs


All proceeds from this event help support Zach's Place at the Laurie Hillyard Family Center to provide respite/childcare to families raising children with disabilities.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
ADULT SERVICES: JOEY'S PLACE

Volunteers helping assist to set up tables at Joey's Market

SKSF Adult Services held their 5th Annual Joey's Market last month serving homemade zucchini chocolate muffins, herb squash bread, and cucumber roll-ups, using harvest veggies. Bookmarks and bracelets were also available. Our program participants worked together as a team to make the event a success. 

ADULT SERVICES: I-CAN

Donations received for the clothing drive
Lafayette Brady helping at the clothing drive

A clothing drive was organized by SKSF and the ICAN Adult Services group  for the people that were impacted with the hurricanes in Texas. The donations were very generous from SKSF staff, providers and clients. There were enough donations to fill up the back of a truck!  The ICAN program participants and Transportation Manager, Dave Prudhomme delivered the items to Campworld and they in turn took the donated items to Texas. 
VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHTS

We thank the many volunteer groups this month serving at Zach's Place and our Adult Services facility.  City Serve prepared the garden beds to get ready for winter, cleaned walls, tables, floors and windows at our Adult Services facility.  We thank you for your hard work and dedication!

City Serve Group at Adult Services
More City Serve volunteers
 
Cadet, Rob at Zach's Place
  













USAFA cadets at Zach's Place helped with yard work, cleaned and organized inside toys.   Thank you for your generosity and helping make our facilities "shine"!



Thanks volunteer, Cody Lamkin for manning our booth at the Pikes Peak Community Resource Fair and representing SKSF!  Cody passed out information about our programs and upcoming events.

YOU'RE A GREAT VOLUNTEER  CODY! THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP!!




The Koscove Kids drawing a crowd at Home Depot

The Koscove Kids were at  The Home Depot  (Pikes Peak & Academy Blvd) during their Fire Safety Awareness event. Thanks to volunteers, Cody Lamkin, Mary Matheys and Theresa Jordan for puppeteering for the day! They performed several puppet shows throughout the day about fire safety & the Colorado Springs Fire Dept. gave us many items to give out to the people that stopped by. It was also a great way to get our name out into the community. Thanks everyone for making this happen - we had a GREAT time!

WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PUPPETEER?
Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Theresa at tjordan@sksfcolorado.org or visit us here:  http://sksfcolorado.org/.../children-fa.../koscove-kids-puppets/
for more information about our puppet program.


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We have several volunteer
opportunities available!

Contact Theresa at
Call us at 719-447-8983
SKSF NEWS & EVENTS


The  October Kids for ColoradoGives campaign is here sparking the joy of giving in young donors!

FOR KIDS
  • Be a KID for ColoradoGives - this special website was created just for you!
  • Support Special Kids Special Families and be a supporter of kids with disabilities and special needs.
  • What kind of giver are YOU? Take the quiz to find out - you'll get a badge to color and display.
  • Enjoy the experience of giving in a fun and safe environment.
FOR PARENTS
  • Give with your child and open the doorway to introduce the next generation of givers to philanthropy.
  • Visit the site with your child to match his/her own interests to giving - check out SKSF!
  • Support a Kid for ColoradoGives and purchase a GIVING E-CARD!   To get started -  click here for more information
THE EXTRA
  • Community First Foundation is giving away 10 cash prizes to participating nonprofits each worth $500. Each time SKSF receives a donation from 10/1-10/31/17, we will automatically be entered into the drawing pool for a chance to win!
  Help generate support and funds for Special Kids Special Families!

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SKSF  is a Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) Approved Training Entity and offers courses monthly for Support Staff and Host Home Providers caring for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  The one day course ( $65) is  held on the 3rd Friday (8am-4pm) of every month. 

Detailed information, upcoming dates and online registration, visit here: http://sksfcolorado.org/training/.

UPCOMING DATES:  Friday, NOVEMBER 17th
SKSF Adult Services facility  |   3450 N Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs
NEXT EVENT:  Saturday
November 4th,  3-5 pm
Theme: Art it UP! Who doesn't love art? Come and have a creative time!
 
Click here for more information, to print a flyer, or learn about SIBSHOPS

The Resource Exchange
Legislative Town Hall on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
Wednesday, 11/15/17@ 6:45pm
Chapel Hills Mall Event Center
(located on the lower level across from Dick's Sporting Goods)

DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION OR ISSUE YOU'D LIKE TO SUBMIT FOR DISCUSSION with one of our legislators?  Click here for the ISSUES that may be of interest to you.  Send your comments by Friday, November 10th.


COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT
We'd like to thank Aspen View Homes for sponsoring our upcoming Night of Comedy signature fundraising event as a Platinum sponsor. 

We appreciate their support and the great contributions they've made to the Colorado Springs community!

Twice named Builder of the Year for contributions to the 

industry and community, and recognized as one of the country's most affordable new home builders,  Aspen View Homes  in Colorado Springs  was the nation's first recipient of the National Housing Endowment Award  by the National Association of Home Builders for "exemplifying philanthropy in its truest form."  read more about Aspen View Homes...

SKSF NEW EMPLOYEES & PROMOTIONS
CONGRATULATIONS!
Cheryl Graham
Promoted to Co-Director
Zach's Place Program

Michael Schapmire
Co-Director
Zach's Place Program
Andrew Mullett
Promoted to Center Manager
Zach's Place Program
Alex Young
Early Teacher
Zach's Place Program

Jimmy Browder
Foster Care Home Supervisor
Child Placement Services



MANY WAYS TO DONATE
Would you consider a donation to SKSF?
Your donation will help support low income families caring for a loved one
with a disability  with valuable respite care.

You can donate safely and securely through ColoradoGives.org
or we accept Paypal 
(you don't need a Paypal account to donate)
  
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THANK YOU
for supporting our organization!


Do you know about the
Colorado Child Care
Tax Credit?
Any taxpayer that makes a cash contribution to Special Kids Special Families designated to Zach's Place childcare program may claim an income tax credit
of 50% of the total contribution.