January E-News - Issue 2                                                                January 18, 2016

During the cold winter months, we offer many indoor activities within our programs.  Teaching life skills while offering stimulating, challenging and interactive FUN activities is one of our many goals at SKSF.  It's an important part of program curriculum to have both children and adults enjoy themselves while learning at the same time.

In this month's E-News, we're bragging about some of these activities and offering different ways YOU can make a difference!  Thanks for taking the time to read...
Manners Matter - Tea Anyone?

New Year's Eve is fun for everyone but the team at Zach's Place made it an opportunity to practice manners and work on part of the life skills curriculum with a special Tea Party as well. It was an  occasion for opposites as the Tea Party corresponded with Pajama Day.  The group spent their time in relaxed attire while practicing gracious attitudes using actual china dishes and a tea set.  Of course, pinkies were extended for added emphasis. 

The kids had a choice of decaffeinated black tea or peppermint and cucumber sandwiches, which were made by the kids with staff help and a tasty success that will add them to many future eating activities.  Manners and appropriate table behavior are challenges that get a great deal of work at Zach's.  The group practiced putting their napkins in  their  laps, taking small bites, refraining from inappropriate bodily noises, and using proper serving utensils; even for the sugar cubes.  All this proper behavior had the kids spontaneously using British accents and it looked like a scene right out of My Fair Lady.  The activity was such a hit that the staff are planning another Tea Party to coincide with Valentine's Day.
Tastiest Field Trip EVER!

The kids from Zach's Place took a field trip to Amy's Donuts on East Fountain Blvd.  They learned how donuts are made and had the opportunity to top their own with a variety of frosting, sprinkles and toppings.  As an added treat, kids brought home an extra one to gobble up later.

Thanks to everyone at Amy's for making this such a special sweet treat.   Visit Amy's Donuts at:  http://www.amysdonuts.com.
New Decor At Adult Services

December and January have seen us sprucing up our digs at Adult Services.  We have a long list of thank yous to extend to all of the people and organizations that have donated new furniture to the Adult Services location on Nevada.  This has been a definite upgrade in interior design for our facility with many new leather sofas, chairs, tables, desks and recliners that have gone into both Joey's Place and the ICAN rooms.

A HUGE Thank You goes out to:  Miroslava Lipsky, Amber Kirt, Maria Swalley, Jane Lauderbaugh, Patricia Spiers, Joe Kissle, Mark Bryerton, Dawn Whiting, Randy & Valerie Newcomb, Brandon Barnett, Robert Keyser, Audrey SKrzelinski, Audrey Meza, Leilani Curtis, Gaith Garza and Barbara Stecklelberg.


Your sponsorship support allows us to serve as many families as possible at our Zach's Place program.   It allows us not to turn anyone away because of an inability to pay.  Because of the high demand of physical and emotional needs of children with special needs, parents, families and caretakers need a break.  They need respite time to rest and rejuvenate, spend time with other families members, attend education classes, pursue hobbies or other interests or just be able to work.

We are offering several SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES throughout the year to help support many of our events to help raise funds for our Zach's Place program.  If you are interested, contact Lisa Kalell, Fundraising/Event Coordinator at 719-447-8983 or lkalell@sksfcolorado.org.   Click here to print a Sponsorship Opportunities packet.
Zach's Time Playgroups
Monday, January 25th & February 8th
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.
Zach's Place FUN Night
Friday, February 12th: VALENTINE'S Theme
Socialization is an important goal for our youth at Zach's Place at The Laurie Hillyard Family Center. We offer two unique opportunities to meet this goal. 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.

Zach's Place TEEN Night
Friday, February 12th, 5-9:30pm 

Zach's Place will have Teen Night at the 
Tim Tebow Foundation "Night to Shine" event, a prom for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This year the prom will be held at the Pikes Peak Christian Church.. for more info - http://www.pikespeakchristian.org/nighttoshine/.

Teen Nights are the FOURTH Friday of every month and are available to teens age 13 & older who work well independently. We provide pizza and do different activities every month.

Registration & intake process is required for participation.  Please allow 2 weeks to process.  Contact Tammy Miklebost at 719-329-1717 or  tmiklebost@sksfcolorado.org.  Limited space.
Sibshops: Workshops For Siblings of Children With Special Needs
Saturday, January 23rd, 3-4:30pm 

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.  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.

Be sure to mark your calendar for Upcoming Events and important DATES to remember

 page on our website for detailed information
on all  upcoming events and fundraisers.

JANUARY 23rd - Sibshops Workshop

JANUARY 25th -  Zach's Time Playgroup

FEBRUARY 8th -   Zach's Time Playgroup

FEBRUARY 12th  -  Zach's Place Fun Night

FEBRUARY 12th  -  Zach's Place TEEN Night

OCTOBER 1st -  Night of Comedy fundraiser

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:  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-1476535.
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. Visit our website for more details.  

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