SPECIAL THANKS

Special THANKS goes out to Jak's Brewing Company at 7654 McLaughlin Road in Peyton, CO plus everyone that participated in our 1st Jak's Brewing fundraising event on Sunday, July 17th.   

We raised nearly $600 to benefit our respite/childcare program for children with disabilities and special needs & their families - Zach's Place at the Laurie Hillyard Family Center.


VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHTS

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
Raquel Neal

Tell us a little about yourself.
"I'm 16 years old and attend Discovery Canyon Campus. I've been involved in school clubs throughout high school such as Student Senate and Hope Club. I also have served with special needs students as a peer partner at school and a volunteer at New Life Church."
 
What do you appreciate about volunteering at Special Kids Special Families?
"I've been going to Zach's Place for over a year now and I find joy at every chance I get to spend my time with the kids! I plan to continue working with the disabled as I grow up and hopefully pursue in a career that involves it."
 
We are so grateful to Raquel, and individuals like her that make Special Kids Special Families a special place to serve and grow.


VOLUNTEER GROUP HIGHLIGHTS





Volunteers from FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, located at 219 East Bijou Street in Colorado Springs, graciously donated their time during their week long volunteer "mission stay".  According to Allen Hunter, Student Ministries Lead,
"Our group is 6th-9th graders with the student ministries of First Pres. Each year we have a "mission stay" where we stay at the church overnight and serve in the community during the day. We want to expose students to different things in our community and let them know they can make a difference with their time and energy. It has been a privilege to be able to return to the same place year after year and build long-term relationships and see how things change."

The groups helped with cleaning, yard work, organizing, and playing with the kids at Zach's Place. They also went shopping to purchase some things on our needs and dreams list.   Other volunteers activities included, helping stuff event letters,  making our kiddos tic-tac-toe games out of wood and painted rocks and helping organize some wonderful gifts that were donated to Zach's Place from Walmart. 

Thanks again 1st Presbyterian volunteers for all your hard work and dedication to SKSF & Zach's Place!   See you next year!






Catholic Diocese volunteer group called MISSION POSSIBLE, is a group of 80 middle school and high school students from various Catholic churches throughout the Colorado Springs area.   According to Hannah, Group Lead, " We have committed to a week of service in the Springs. We split into small groups and are sent to different locations each day. So blessed and thankful to have been a part of your community! Our kids learned so much and grew so much yesterday. T hanks for the opportunity to serve at Zach's Place."

The first volunteer group helped out at Zach's Place by pulling weeds, cleaning, and playing with our kiddos. It was such a great day and our kiddos all had huge smiles on their faces all day!   Our second group was just as wonderful as the first group! They helped us pull more weeds (and there are still more to pull if you are interested in volunteering)... they cleaned, stuffed envelopes, and they played with our kiddos.

Thank you Mission Possible! It is always such a treat to see young people with big hearts to serve! 


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Thanks for your support!



PROGRAM EVENTS

Friday, AUGUST 12th, 2016
Theme: Hawaiian Luau
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  zachsplace@sksfcolorado.org.    Limited space. 

Saturday, SEPTEMBER 24th
Theme: Fun with JELLO
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Sibshops is a 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.   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   lellegard@sksfcolorado.org.

$15/child includes snack, refreshments, activity expenses & take home item; advanced registration is required; grades K-6th; Workshops held at SKSF Adult Services facility; 3450 N Nevada Avenue, CO Springs, or other community location.   Sponsored by The Arc of Pikes Peak. 

UPCOMING EVENTS
To fill the monetary need that allows SKSF to fulfill its mission, we must raise funds to ensure financial stability. Please consider participating in our events to support SKSF as a guest, sponsor, volunteer or committee member. 
Mark Your Calendars - Upcoming Events!

Tuesday, August 16th
5:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday, August 26th - Sunday, August 28th

Friday, September 9th
5:00pm - 9:00pm

Tuesday, September 20th
3:00pm - 8:00pm

Saturday, October 1st
6:00pm - 9:00pm


ShaRhonda Gibson
Direct Care Provider
Zach's Place Program

Sandra Maher 
Adult Mentor
Adult Services ICAN Program

Noel Rothschild-Beck
Foster Care Home Supervisor
Child Placement Services


Leslie Martin
Adult Mentor
Adult Services ICAN Program

Joe Canno
Transportation Support
Adult Services

Jennifer Schlauch
Adult Mentor
Adult Services Joey's Place Program


Janay Walker
Adult Mentor
Adult Services Joey's Place Program

Heather Wilkinson
Adult Mentor
Adult Services ICAN Program

Ashley Green
Adult Mentor
Adult Services Joey's Place Program


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