An evening of fun and fundraising at Garden of the Gods Resort had a focus 53 years in the making.
Donors, sponsors and friends of the longtime nonprofit were "Groovin' in September" for REACH Pikes Peak as it annually helps more than 12,000 individuals toward self- sufficiency, providing more than 7,000 services.
CEO John Tighe described the four anchor programs: Family Stabilization Services helping families in crisis; Transitions to Independence, case management goal-setting focusing on higher education and job skills; Individual Development Accounts, a matched savings program for the low-income employed; and Youth Education Savings, a matched savings program for at-risk youth.
The featured success story was new mother Victoria Stone, whose education-career-homeowner positive life, once thought impossible, now includes helping others. A girls' group she founded at Hillside Community Center, which has programs, community service and dinner, has made an impact. The girls messaged her the day of "Groovin,'" disappointed that they couldn't meet that night.
Getting her college degree was a "we did this" legacy with the support of REACH Pikes Peak, she said. "There are a million Victorias out there, and now I can help others thanks to REACH Pikes Peak."
The nonprofit has three offices: in downtown Colorado Springs, Calhan and Fountain.
Among those honored for the successful year were board members Carl Cruz, Kim Mead, Brady Nachtrieb, Ken Burgess, Maile Foster, Erin Garcia, Lisa Mills, Shelby Pywell, Abigail Neuenschwander and Gary Peacock.
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