June | 2022

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Shining a light on the people and places that make Archway so special.

A Message from the Chief Executive Officer

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Over the course of my career, I have found myself frustrated by the endless changes that occurred within the organizations in which I was working. Whether it was within my role as a Legislative Assistant for a U.S. Congressman, or as an underwriter at the National Equity Fund, or as a business owner and real estate developer. Things were constantly changing and our teams struggled to adapt to these changes. We always seemed surprised by change, even when we recognize the nature of its constancy. 

Could any organization ever achieve a state of equilibrium where change was not a constant? As I progressed into management and eventually leadership roles, I became even more mystified by the constant changes and focused on how to slow things down, versus how better to prepare for change and then adapt to new situations. For a moment in time (very rarely), all key roles would be filled, and things seemed calm. And then, something would happen: a person in a critical position would resign, or a new project would be added to our portfolio, and we would need to assemble a team to manage it. Interest rates would go up. Or down. Things simply would not settle. 

Archway is certainly a great example of this dynamic. Things are constantly in motion and stability of any kind feels like a chimera lingering in the distance, ever and always beyond the horizon. During the two years I have been with Archway, there hasn’t been anything close to stability. Our primary organizational objective remains to position Archway to grow its portfolio at an accelerated rate while ensuring that the quality of our work continues to improve. Undertaking the required organizational changes during the pandemic has been unlike anything I have ever experienced in terms of the rate and overall amount of change. 

It seems like every week I have been sending out email introductions for new staff members. I have sometimes found myself thinking: “Didn’t I just announce a new Property Manager or Services Coordinator at this particular property?” The answer is probably, YES, I did, but things just keep changing. And this is as it should be. 

Change is, of course, inevitable. I think less now about how to slow or even stop change and much more about how we, as an organization, can embrace change and use it to our advantage. Which leads me to alignment. If we are aligned as a team around who we are, what we stand for and why we are here, then responding to challenges and change will be that much easier for all involved. Our alignment around identity and purpose is the core of the organization and no matter what happens within our environment, no matter how many new communities we add to our portfolio, how many adjustments we need to make to our organizational structure or staffing, the core will hold and keep us centered, grounded, and focused on the outcomes we are trying to achieve. 

While alignment, like stability, can sometimes feel elusive, I am proud to say that at this moment in time, Archway’s Board and Leadership team are well aligned around who we are as an organization and why we are here. Robb Lapp, our co-founder and Board Chair who passed away in May, made sure of that. I believe he would agree that we are professionals committed to making Archway better every day so that we can serve more individuals and families in need of safe and affordable housing and related services. While confident in our capabilities, we are also self-aware and humble enough to know we can always learn, grow and be better in service to Robb's lifelong mission towards Community Creation. 

And yet, though alignment around identity and purpose is necessary for long-term success, it is not sufficient. We must have mechanisms in place that enable us to execute on our goals. Thus, we have invested heavily in technology systems to ensure we can operate efficiently and effectively. We are also investing in our most important resources, which are the people needed to make our communities successful. Knowing how challenging our work can be, we strive every day to transform into a better organization for our staff. 

Are we always all aligned just as we’d like to be? Of course not. Do things always work as we expect (and hope) they will? Not even close. But as we wrangle with the many complexities of developing more affordable housing, and as we work to help meet the needs of our diverse resident population, we can draw strength from the alignment we share around who we are and why we are here. In addition to giving us greater resolve to face the challenges of our work, it will also help guide us through tumultuous and ever-changing times! 

Thank you for aligning with us in support of our work.

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In the News


Foothills Green hosted a Cinco de Mayo celebration last month and it was a blast! We had appearances by an escaramuza team, including our maintenance tech Gabby, a performance by a mariachi band and piñatas!


Archway has taken over management at two more Denver apartment communities. They are the Jody Apartments, just off of Sheridan Boulevard at 10th Avenue and Villa de Barela on Santa Fe. We are excited to continue to expand our 3rd party management capabilities!

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We are excited to share that Archway has received almost $25,000 in grants in the last 60 days, including:

  • City of Lakewood Community Grant Program - $5,000
  • El Pomar Foundation Anna Keesling Ackerman Fund - $5,000
  • Adams County COVID-19 Grant Program - $4,500
  • Bank of America - $10,000
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Meet Daquisha "DQ" Durrah!

I catch DQ right after she finishes up her string art class and, I’m sure, right before rolling into her next task. After working with DQ for a number of months you learn quickly that she is rarely sitting down or in her office. She is a ball of energy from the moment she walks into the office, tending to every single resident need that comes up. Whether she is in the community room, the garden, rooftop, or knocking on resident doors, you can be sure that serving others is DQ’s number one priority day in and day out.

“How did you find your way into the social services realm?” I asked.

“I’ve always wanted to help others, it was just a matter of finding the right outlet. In college, I began narrowing my focus when I switched from Sociology to Psychology. I was interested in learning about people individually, I think because that’s how I wanted to help. Psychology is more on a person-to-person basis, rather than studying large group effects in Sociology.”

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Meet Kim and Ashley Zeidenburg!

This month we begin our Teen Team Member program at Archway Communities. This is a program created to help teens entering the work field learn work skills and discover what they're passionate about.

“When you work with us there is an opportunity to learn things that might not be explicitly taught in another job,” Maggie, Supportive Services Manager, explains. “We can specifically address personal budgeting and financial responsibility, organizing time and schedules, because this work program is focused on our teens. They are the primary concern - their education and growth.”

Of course, there are the basic concepts when getting your first job. Having responsibilities and obligations outside of your own desire and the willingness to learn the concept of earning income; getting your first check and budgeting for purchases. In the Teen Team Member program, these are some of the things that can be experienced in an environment curated to help teens succeed and are catered to their well-being.

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New Team Member Spotlight


Meet Annette Nevarez!

Annette is a Supportive Services Coordinator at Flats at Two Creeks. She comes to Archway with 15 years of experience in the criminal justice field and 8 years in family services.

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Meet Dominic Corradino!

Dominic is the Food Bank Coordinator. He helps facilitate the pickup and delivery of food from the Food Bank of the Rockies to Archway properties. He joins us having just completed his studies at Montana State University!


Meet Cynthia Adams!

Cynthia is a Property Manager at our Newsed properties. She has over 20 years of property management experience in  non-profits, conventional, and transitional housing, as well as emergency shelter management.


Meet Isa Reeb!

Isa has joined our Real Estate team as the Regional Housing Manager. She joins our team with a background in architecture, strategic planning, and urban design; with a focus on large, complex projects with many stakeholders in diverse communities.


Meet Ladia Htoo!

Ladia is the Supportive Services Coordinator at Greenleaf and Villa Verde. Ladia joins our team from Hope Communities where she was a Community Navigator, connecting residents to local resources.


Meet Troy Elenga!

Troy is a Maintenance Technician at Willow Green and Sheridan Ridge. He comes to Archway with experience as an appliance repair technician, facilities management, and volunteer firefighter/EMT.

Did You Know?

According to Colorado Public Radio, the number of available units for households at income levels of $45,000 and lower has decreased in the last decade, despite population growth rates. There is a lack of supply for the growing demand, driving up prices. It is essential to preserve current affordable homes and work to create more in our new constructions.

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No school means more field trips! Foothills Green kids club enjoyed a trip to the park!

Our Cinco de Mayo event was full of fun! One of the highlights was the mariachi band, who performed with caballeros behind them.

Our very own Gabby Gandarilla-Urbina was amongst the escaramuza team at our Cinco de Mayo event.

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