As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, on behalf of everyone at Special Kids Special Families, we'd like to extend thanks and best wishes to all friends and supporters.  May you enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving and a year filled with warm and cherished moments!

Linda Ellegard
SKSF Executive Director



At Joey's Place, the center based Adult Services program for individuals with developmental disabilities, adult participants celebrated their hard work by filling the "Task Master's" jar. "Task Master's" is a daily activity where each client has an opportunity to choose a specific task. If he/she completes the chosen daily task a bead is added to the jar. Once the jar is filled, a celebration is held to congratulate everyone on doing such a great job. The task options include but are not limited to: doing the dishes, laundry, feeding the fish, watering the plants, sweeping the kitchen floor. Each time a celebration is held there is a different theme and reward. This time we celebrated with a Pajama Party. Individuals wore their comfy pajamas and enjoyed an ice cream sundae bar. Everyone had a great time!  

These types of activities teach responsibility and completing goal oriented tasks in a fun way.  For more information about Joey's Place program, please contact  Dionna Lanich,  Joey's Place Coordinator at (719)203-3424 or email at


Thanks to TCF Bank employees, Crystina Wallace and Brandie Baker!  They graciously volunteered their time in the cold to clean the outside leaves at our Administration building.  

We'd like to acknowledge and thank the many volunteers at TCF Bank with their continued involvement over the years such as organizing one of our large mailers, outdoor upkeep and fundraising assistance.  Over the years, TCF Bank has also made donations towards our Capital Campaign and contributed to our Silent Auction items for our Night of Comedy fundraiser.

It's local businesses like TCF Bank that keep our mission alive to promote, strengthen & support individuals with disabilities.

Thank you for your support!
Seeking Volunteers to join our Fundraising Committee
 for the following 2017 events:
BBQ, Blues & Brews
Night of Comedy

Contact Janel O'Hayre,  SKSF Volunteer Coordinator
at 719-203-3432  for more information or visit our website for more opportunities.

Partnerships between nonprofits and businesses
provide invaluable opportunities!
We are introducing a new segment in our E-News in which we will be highlighting a community business that supports our mission and objective to promote, strengthen & support individuals with disabilities either through donation, sponsorship or volunteerism.

We appreciate all you do and thank you for your support of our organization! 

Congratulations Linda Warren as being one of the distinguished women to receive the 2016 Women of Influence award by the Colorado Springs Business Journal!  We'd like to extend our heartfelt thanks and acknowledge the Warren Management Group, Linda and Mark Warren and their staff for supporting our organization over many years with volunteering their time, donating and sponsoring several events (Bowlathon, BBQ, Blues & Brews and the Night of Comedy).
It's community businesses, like Warren Management Group, that help continue and grow our mission.  You truly are making a difference in the lives of the individuals and families that we serve and for that, we are forever grateful. 
2016 Women of Influence - Colorado Springs Business Journal
Linda Warren of The Warren Management Group
article by Cameron Moix, Colorado Springs Business Journal article dated 11/16/16

When Linda Warren decided to start a business of her own in 1992, she never imagined it would grow into one of the largest and most successful of its kind in Colorado Springs.  "I never intended to grow a business ... and now I have 21 employees," Warren said. "It's pretty awesome how it all worked out."

Warren, a native of rural Nebraska, became involved in residential community associations in 1986 when she went to work for Vintage Communities as marketing assistant and HOA administrator for their Peregrine Development in Colorado Springs.  Six years later, she went out on a limb and started Warren & Associates (which later became the Warren Management Group)..... 


Saturday, December 3rd
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Sibshops is a monthly program run by SKSF connecting and supporting siblings of children with disabilities (grades K-6th), helping them recognize a community of peers in similar situations.

Siblings of children with disabilities have challenges of their own, relating to others, working through the family dynamics and dealing with the realities of life with a disabled family member. Through fun and age appropriate activities with others in similar situations, they develop bonds, understanding and a support group all their own.

Advanced Registration is required and space is limited!  Sibshops is sponsored by  The Arc Pikes Peak Region.
For future dates or to be placed on our E-mailing list contact: Julie at 719-375-9285 or Linda at 719-447-8983 x19 or email

12/3/16 Workshop theme - Tis' the Season to be Baking!  Click here to print flyer & more information:

Tuesday, December 6th

Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. For the sixth year, Community First Foundation and FirstBank are partnering to present Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. encourages charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information of over 1,800 Colorado nonprofits and an easy way to support them online. F eaturing a $1 Million Incentive Fund, every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated.

Please GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE and consider donating to Special Kids Special Families on Tuesday, December 6th at

Wednesday, December 7th
4:00pm - 8:00pm

Black Bear Diner
1340 W. Garden of the Gods Road
Colorado Springs, CO  80907
$1.00 from every meal sold will help fund SKSF programs for individuals with disabilities and their families.   Be sure to print the flyer  and show to your wait staff in order for SKSF to receive the donation from Black Bear!

Thank you for your participation!

Friday, December 9th
5:30pm - 8:30pm

Socialization is an important goal 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 us at    Limited space. 

Welcome Rebecca Whipple!
Her position in our organization will be a Residential Home Supervisor in our Residential Services Program.  

Please remember Special Kids Special Families  during these two special days of giving.
Tuesday, 11/29/16: Giving Tuesday
Tuesday, 12/06/16: Colorado Gives Day
Thank you for your support!!