Dear Friend & SKSF Supporter,

As the holiday season arrives, we want to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support throughout the year. Your dedication to our mission of promoting, strengthening and supporting individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers has made a significant impact, and we are truly grateful for the positive change we've achieved together.

This holiday season is a time of reflection, gratitude, and connection. It reminds us of the power of kindness, compassion, and the collective strength of a community united for a common purpose. Thanks to your generosity, we have been able to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve.

As we enter the New Year, we look forward to continuing our mission with even greater passion and commitment. Together, we can build a brighter future and create positive change for our community.

May your holidays be filled with joy, warmth, and the company of loved ones. We appreciate your ongoing support and can't wait to embark on another year with you by our side!

Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year!

From all of us at Special Kids Special Families

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Bernadette is no stranger to client care and has worked for Special Kids Special Families as a Host Home Provider for many years. She continues to be one of our top providers and is responsible, responsive, and compliant in every measure. Recently during the Thanksgiving holiday her entire household contracted Covid-19 and she continued to complete client care tasks, documentation, and medication administration without missing even the smallest detail and remained in communication with supervisory staff during the duration of the illness. Bernadette is an example of an excellent provider who not only meets the basic needs of the individual she cares for, but goes that extra mile to create a loving, respectful and enriching home environment. She is a shining star and we are so fortunate to have her as a Host Home Provider!

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We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our generous donors! Thanks to your support, we've made significant strides toward assisting our programs for individuals with disabilities and special needs. Your contributions make a meaningful impact, and we are truly grateful for your commitment to our mission. Together, we are creating positive change and shaping a brighter future. Thank you for being a vital part of our journey!

In addition to a $10,000 grant awarded by Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation, they purchased & wrapped gifts for the kids at Zach's Place! WOW!

Phyllis Davidson of Quilts for Kids Colorado donated 50 beautiful quilts to our foster care kiddos.

Our neighbors at Liquid Structures Inc. donated 65 Christmas stockings to SKSF's Foster Care Program.

Jimmy Browder picks up gifts donated from Woodford Manufacturing to be given

to the kids in foster care.

Jimmy Browder helps Sarah Brown at Little Sprouts Learning Center carry in several boxes of gifts donated to the kids in foster care.

Kevin Porter picks up a check from Front Porch Giving who granted $3000 to support our programs.


In addition to these donations, we'd like to thank the following individuals and organizations that donated holiday gifts during our annual toy drive for our SKSF clients: Adrienne Timmons, Berwick Electric, Stetson Hills King Soopers, Julie Norwood, James Norwood and Randall Evans. Thank you for your generosity!


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Can't give monetarily this year but still want to help? VOTE for Zach's Place as Gazette's Best of the Springs 2024 BEST DAYCARE CENTER! Did you know that we are only one of two childcare centers specializing in caring for children with disabilities & special needs? We are a lifeline for families desperately needing respite & childcare services! It's easy & takes only a few minutes. Vote now until 1/14/24 under the Family & Health category / Daycare Center. Type in Zach's Place Center & your email address. THANK YOU!



SKSF Derek Wilson, Director of Development and Communications was on KOAA recently spreading the word about our holiday gift drive for our clients. Caroline Peters at KOAA5 covered the story. VIEW VIDEO


Team Scheels in Colorado Springs presented a BIG check for $5,000 to SKSF Director of Development & Communications Derek Wilson during their Scheels $100k Giving Campaign! Out of 12,000 nominations, SKSF was fortunate and honored to have the community nominate us to receive this donation. THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT VOTED!


Interesting in partnering with Special Kids Special Families? Our 2024 Sponsorship menu has fantastic benefits at each level, starting at $1,000. When you align with our mission and commit to becoming an annual sponsor, you enable us to amplify our outreach, broaden our scope of influence, and create a ripple effect of positive change. Won't you join us in sustaining our vision of giving people in need the resources, compassion and freedom to achieve the life everyone deserves?


Special Kids Special Families is thrilled and proud to work with Special Olympics Colorado in another fantastic partnership to provide meaningful opportunities for our clients and community! Stay tuned for more information about TEAM HEROES coming soon!




“Adult services is happy to announce Peter as the December Champion of the Month! His great sense of humor has been a constant source of joy to everyone around him. Peter's ability to make his peers and staff smile has created a warm and friendly atmosphere that we all appreciate. His kindness and gentleness are truly admirable. Peter's genuine interest in others and his ability to connect with people make him a valued member of our program!” 

- Dionna Lanich, Adult Services Director




Amber is a Colorado native and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She has held a variety of positions in many industries and currently working in the fertilizer industry and does medical billing on the side. Amber holds a special place in her heart for individuals with special needs. She has a sister who she is co-guardian of who has Down Syndrome. Some of her interests are live music and concerts, traveling, going to the spa, reading, and playing cards. She is very active in her church and enjoys meeting and connecting with new people.


David is the Business Development & Commercial Card Rep for Bank of the San Juans in El Paso County. He is a Colorado native from the farmlands south of Durango and has worked in the financial Industry for 8 years. He received his Bachelor in Business Admin from Regis University, where he met his fiancé. They moved to the Springs in May 2022, and in his spare time, he enjoys collecting books, hiking the Colorado Trail, and eating whatever his fiancé decides to bake.


Kate is the Director of Communications for the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. She also spent 20 years working in journalism, primarily in Colorado Springs and has a well-rounded communications background emphasizing strategy and storytelling. Kate and her husband, Michael, are raising two wonderful children – one with special needs – and a sweet (albeit needy) red lab.

We thank these dedicated individuals for volunteering with SKSF and for helping SKSF drive its mission forward!  

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