June 12, 2016                                                                                                June E-News Issue 1

Special Kids Special Families (SKSF) would like to thank the nonprofit organization, Together We Rise for the donation of over 30 bicycles to our foster care program, with the help of Wesley Wallace, a Cummins Rocky Mountain (Henderson, Colorado) employee who fundraised and hosted the bicycle build. Each bicycle was assembled and donated to families raising youth in our foster care program.  "There are so many beautiful bikes!  This is such a gift to our foster care program and we are ever grateful," states Sandra Dunlap, Foster Care Program Director. According to Chelsey Crofts, Together We Rise Agency Coordinator, "Our organization tries to connect with every foster agency we can across the United States.  We saw that we had not donated to Special Kids Special Families before so we went on their website and found that their mission statement matched ours. We loved seeing how much SKSF does for the children and we were ecstatic to partner with this great agency!"  The SKSF foster care program has 36 foster families, with 57 foster children and are located throughout the Pikes Peak and Denver Metro areas.  
Cummins Rocky Mountain is a manufacturing firm, building and distributing engines, generators and other parts around the nation.  

Together We Rise (TWR) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised of motivated young adults and former foster youth.  Their vision is to improve the lives of foster children in America, who often find themselves forgotten and neglected by the public.  They graciously collaborate with community partners to bring resources to foster youth and use service-learning activities to educate volunteers on issues surrounding the foster care system. The foundation has allowed them to provide thousands of foster youth across the country with new bicycles, college supplies, and suitcases so that children do not have to travel from home to home with their belongings in a trash bag.  For more information about Together We Rise, visit online at www.togetherwerise.org.


The SKSF Adult Services ICAN Program Volunteer Group received certificates and medals of appreciation for volunteering all year at Rocky Mountain Classical Academy. The group would help the children open lunches, take the trash cans around so the children could throw their trash out, clean, sweep and wipe down tables. 

Throughout the year, fourteen clients participate in the volunteer group and assist local community organizations and businesses in the Colorado Springs area.  Some of their volunteer work in the community include:

  Springs Rescue Mission : helping hang clothes and sorting through various donated items;

Crossfire Ministries: sorting and bagging different types of donated food;

The Arc Pikes Peak Region: placing toys & various items on shelves; sorting through racks and collecting empty hangers;

Sunnyside Christian Church: dusting, vacuuming and cleaning windows;

Humane Society: washing, drying & folding towels, blankets & odds and ends. 


When the group doesn't have an assigned place to volunteer, they venture out to area parks and gather trash.  We are alw ays looking for places where the ICAN Volunteer Group can volunteer and help. 

If your organization or place of business is interested, please contact  Joni Edmisten,  ICAN Program Coordinator at 719-634-4675.
Attention all families who have children from birth to 21 with complex medical needs and disabilities! 
Hayley House needs your help. Deadline 6/30!

We need your help in completing a survey (takes about 15 minutes) which will be used to help convince lawmakers to increase funding for state wide respite, and to show potential funders the importance of supporting families. The data will help to prove the needs of the families supported by each area organization.  The results of the survey will be on the Hayley House web site. For English speaking families, visit  www.HayleyHouseCo.org and f
or Spanish speaking families, visit:  www.hayleyhouseco.org/respite-survey/en-espanol.php.

Each family who completes the survey will be entered into a drawing for an opportunity to win one of 10 chances for $50.  The odds of winning the drawing are really high. We'd love if the 10 winners are able to use their prize for a few hours of respite!

The deadline for return of the survey is 6/30/16 and the drawings for $50 will be early July. Thank you so very much! If you have any questions, contact Janis De Baca, Hayley House Coordinator at (
720)231-5268 .


(ranging from $250 - $5,000)

Thanks to our current sponsors:

Emcee & LIVE Radio Remote by:

Featuring LIVE Entertainment by:

Austin Johnson (guitar & vocals),
Sean Pyrtle (bass),  Dean Woodward (drums & vocals)
will headline the event playing some awesome Blues!
Soulsmith Unlimited
Carol Odenwald, Daryl Kaczmarek & Ciara
Keeton  will entertain  with Classic Rock,
Blues, & Country music!

Food & Beverage Vendors:

Special thanks to Anheuser Busch & Swire Distributing of Colorado Springs for donating beverages for the event.


Socialization is an important goal for our youth at Zach's Place at The Laurie Hillyard Family Center. We offer a unique opportunity to meet this goal. Zach's Place Fun Nights are the second Friday of every month and are open to all ages and abilities. We provide pizza, make dessert together, create a craft and play games.

Registration & intake process is required for participation.  Please allow 2 weeks to process.  Contact Tammy or Dani at 719-329-1717 or email:  zachsplace@sksfcolorado.org.  Limited space.

Friday, July 8th 
5:30 - 8:30PM
Theme: Summer backyard BBQ Fun!

To fill the monetary need that allows SKSF to fulfill its mission, we must raise funds to ensure financial stability. Please consider participating in one or more of these events to support SKSF as a guest, sponsor, volunteer or committee member.  For more information regarding SKSF events throughout the year please contact SKSF Event Coordinator Lisa Kalell at  lkalell@sksfcolorado.org  or call 719-447-8983.

Sunday, July 17th
12:00pm - 4:00pm

Tuesday, August 16th
5:00pm - 9:00pm

Saturday, October 1st
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Would YOU like to join Special Kids Special Families
and be part 
of our team?

We are now hiring: