February 28, 2016                                                                                           March E-News; Issue 1


SKSF's 7th Annual "Bowl for the Green" Bowl-A-Thon is only 2 weeks away!  Lanes are limited so register your team today!

Don your best Irish wear & come JOIN US for some bowling fun during our St. Patrick's Day themed fundraising event.  All proceeds will help fund our Zach's Place program for kids with disabilities and special needs.

$15/child  (15 & under)
Admission includes door prize,
2 games of bowling, shoe rental,
lane reservation,
participation in contest prizes,
and an awesome drawing for additional prizes from local area businesses!

Can't make it to the event?
Make a PLEDGE to a bowler or team!

Saturday, March 12th
1:30pm - 5:30pm
King Pin Lanes
3410 N Academy Blvd, CO Springs

Zach's Place Teens getting ready for Night to Shine (from left to right) Gianfranco, Abbey, Joseph, Cara (staff), Jennie (staff), and Nadine

The Arc Pikes Peak Sweetheart Dance

at Night to Shine & The Arc Pikes Peak Sweetheart Dance

More than 200 host churches in 48 states and 7 countries hosted Tim Tebow's Foundation  Night to Shine. More than 70,000 volunteers and 32,000 honored guests shared the same amazing prom experience on the same night around the world. 

Some very special Zach's Place teens were able to participate in this event held on February 12th at the Pikes Peak Christian Church.
They received the royal treatment and were treated like Kings and Queens for the night while they were whisked away in a limo and each given crowns.

During the same Valentine's Day weekend, The Arc Pikes Peak Region held their annual 2016 Sweetheart Dance on Saturday, February 13th.  A few of our adult program participants attended the dance, which featured great music, food and fu
n. They all had a wonderful opportunity to make lasting memories!

Monday, March 7th
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.
Friday, March 11th
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Zach's Place; 4795 Granby Circle

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.orgLimited space so sign up today!


Lisa Kalell, Jessica Shubert & Renae Isakson during Trinity Brewing event
Thanks to Trinity Brewing and all participants that attended the Giving
Beer event on 2/17! We appreciate
the support and raised a few hundred dollars to support Zach's Place program!

Working on social skills while in the community is one of the many goals
of our ICAN Program for adults.
Our group went to   Golden Corral at 1 970 Waynoka Rd CO Springs this
past week and were treated with
kindness and respect. They enjoyed
themselves and were learning at
the same time.  Thanks everyone at
Golden Corral for welcoming our group!

We'd like to thank  Red Dog Coffee
for donating  chairs and a closet
organizer  to Zach's Place. We
appreciate  the donation for
the needed items.
Air Force Cadets Squadron 12 at Zach's Place 

Air Force Cadets

Taking time on a Saturday, about 50 Air Force Cadets from Cadet Squadron 12 came to all three of our facilities - Zach's Place program (4795 Granby Circle), our Administration offices (424 W Pikes Peak Avenue) and our Adult Services facility (3450 N Nevada Avenue) to help with cleaning, organizing, yard work, and interacting with the youth at Zach's Place.

They were a tremendous help and their "can do" attitudes and willingness to work were just what you'd expect of such a fine group of young men and women.  We appreciate all the hard work they provided and our facilities shine like new!

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.
A Networki ng & Educational Opportunity for Families

Families raising children with special needs repeatedly express frustration about not having the resources they require to not only meet their personal needs but those of their children. These requests led Special Kids Special Families to create a forum where families can learn about resources in the community as well as gain support and interact with other parents on the same journey who can relate their own personal struggles.

The Network meets on a quarterly basis. Please JOIN US for a relaxing time with people who understand what your journey is like.  If parents need childcare, please discuss when you RSVP. Pre-registration required, light refreshments will be served.

RSVP Required / Contact:
Renae Isakson
Zach's Place Program Director
(719) 329-1717
Upcoming Meeting:
Friday, March 4th  |  6:00pm - 8:00pm
Zach's Place; 4795 Granby Circle, CO Springs
Guest Speaker: Ginger Stringer, TRE
Topic: Understanding Your Service Plan

For Siblings of Children With Special Needs
Saturday, April 2nd, 3:00pm - 4:30pm 

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.


We have recently created a
GoFundMe account to help raise funds for our Zach's Place respite care center .  Our goal is to purchase the facility to create a permanent home for the program.  During this campaign, we ask that you take a few moments to view, share with others through social media (Facebook/Twitter) or email to  co-workers, family and friends.  

We greatly appreciate your support of our organization and your help in SPREADING THE WORD!

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 Mary Sang.
Her position in our organization is an
Adult Mentor for Joey's Place Program.
Please welcome Jessi Saffer.
Her position in our organization is an
Adult Mentor in Joey's Place Program.

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