February 14, 2016                                                                                    February E-News; Issue 2

We'd like to share the LOVE with some great news in this month's E-Newsletter so take a quick glance and see what we're up to.  We hope today is filled with lots of SPECIAL love and happiness - ENJOY!  

Thanks for taking the time to read...


Java With Jillian from SOCO CW

Look for a new segment "Java with Jillian" which will air on  FOX21 News  and  SOCO CW. Every week, Jillian Anderson will visit a different local non-profit organization and surprise them with a coffee break.

This past week, Jillian visited Zach's Place and shared some coffee from Local Bean Roasters and learned about the facility and the valuable respite and child care services we provide families across the Colorado Springs area.


Bruce Gray with his #1 fan face painting

Joey's Place Bronco fans had a super bowl party and celebrated this past week. Adult participants created blue and orange pom poms, did some face painting, and played super bowl bingo. Everyone enjoyed themselves and celebrated the Broncos big win!

For more information about Joey's Place program for adults contact Program Coordinator, Dionna Lanich at 719-203-3424 or email at: dlanich@sksfcolorado.org. 
Elouise Larimer celebrating with her homemade pom pom
The Folks At CiCi's Pizza Go Out Of Their Way

One of the places that our ICAN Adult client participants enjoy going to is CiCi's Pizza on 3255 E Platte in Colorado Springs.   The employees are very respectful and kind to our clients and they go out of their way to accommodate our group. One of our clients, on a gluten free diet, can easily dine at Cici's - they offer many gluten-free options. 

Thanks CiCi's Pizza for this opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to have a wonderful and safe community experience!
For more information about ICAN (Community)  program for adults, contact Program Coordinator, Joni Edmisten at 719-203-3426 or email at: jedmisten@sksfcolorado.org.  
Monday, February 22nd
9:00am - 12:00pm
4795 Granby Circle, Colorado Springs

What is Zach's Time?
A time available for ALL young children of any ability to attend Zach's Place to play and make friends with other children their age.  We have story time, sing songs, make age appropriate crafts and have a snack. Playgroups are scheduled every other Monday.

Space is limited so be sure to sign up today!  $20/session per child. Contact Tammy at (719) 329-1717 or  tmiklebost@sksfcolorado.org.
At Zach's Place at the Laurie Hillyard Family Center
To register for Summer Camp, contact Tammy Miklebost
at tmiklebost@sksfcolorado.org or call (719) 329-1717.

During the summer at Zach's Place, we celebrate a different theme every week and base activities on the youth's ages and abilities including their interests and goals. We love taking our youth out in the community and safety is our first concern.  Our youth to staff ratio is 1:1 or 1:3.
We plan weekly field trips to the YMCA to swim, visit local bowling centers to bowl and visit local area parks to play.  We like to find different and fun places to visit. During past summers we have visited Trader Joes, The Olympic Training Center,  The North Pole Amusement Park,  Stetson Hills Police Station,  the Fire Station on Garden of The Gods and Channel 21.
Ryan Fulton

A little tidbit about Ryan Fulton.  He's a junior at the Air Force Academy. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA but currently live in Highlands Ranch, CO.  He has an older brother who lives in Charlotte and is 25 years old and is getting married in September. He's a big family man and loves spending time with his parents.  His faith is the most important part of his life and he wishes to be an Air Force Special Operator upon graduation. He loves to workout, do Crossfit, ski, fly-fish, and hike.

Ryan saw an opportunity to volunteer at SKSF through the Academy.  Once he volunteered, he loved our mission and what we stood for, so he wanted to continue to come back to help in whatever way he could.   "Being able to make an impact in the kids' lives is a very humbling experience and something that I am glad I have the opportunity to be a part of."  Ryan has helped out at the Adult Services building by organizing and also watched some kiddos while CPA/Foster Care training was going on.

Ryan Fulton with friends & family

We will continue to welcome new groups and individuals who enjoy sharing with our ever growing family.  If you are interested in VOLUNTEERING with Special Kids Special Families, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Monika at 719-447-8983 or email her at mhartman@sksfcolorado.org.

For Siblings of Children With Special Needs
Saturday, February 27th, 3-4:30pm 

Julie at 719-375-9285 or Linda at 719-447-8983 x19 or email  LEllegard@sksfcolorado.org.

Sibshops is a monthly program run by SKSF connecting and supporting siblings of children with disabilities, helping them recognize a community of peers in similar situations. 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.


Lanes are LIMITED so don't miss out!


Sponsorships range from $100-$2000.
Interested in sponsoring or donating an item to our drawing?
While shopping online at Amazon.com, log in with your normal email address and password that you use and select SKSF as your charity of choice!  SKSF will receive .5% of all purchases made through this link:
Purchase an oil change discount card for 5 oil changes AND free tire rotation and SKSF earns $40 for each card sold!   Print out an informational flyer online!

Koscove Metal accepts all kinds of recycling and donates a portion of monetary value to SKSF when drop off is identified for the organization.  Visit  koscovemetal.com for acceptable recycling materials.

When you purchase a reloadable King Soopers Gift Card for $2.50, you provide support to Special Kids Special Families (SKSF) while you do your normal shopping at King Soopers (or any other Kroger Family Store) and while you receive your normal benefits, such as accruing fuel points. SKSF will receive a cash donation worth 5% of your purchases.

Please welcome Brittany Hunt.
Her position in our organization is a
Foster Care Home Supervisor
in the CPA Program. 
Please welcome Mercedes Reeves.
Her position in our organization is an
Adult Mentor for Adult Services
in the ICAN Program. 
Please welcome Willette Freeman.
Her position in our organization is an
Adult Mentor for Adult Services
in the ICAN Program. 

Would YOU like to join SKSF and be part of a team?
We are now hiring for the following positions: