• AROUND TOWN: Acceptance of LGBT youth has moved backwards, says Matthew Shepard's mom

    By linda navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    In the words of Judy Shepard, "Young people should never be afraid of who they are, to express their true selves." Her son, Matthew, came out as gay to his supportive mother when he was 18 but she and her husband lost their special young man when he was 21 and the victim of a 1998...

  • AROUND TOWN: Fostering Hope faith teamwork helps foster families and kids leaving foster-care system

    By linda navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com-
    Yesterday

    The Colarelli family has a giving heart for foster kids. And a focus on helping them toward a future when they leave the system that failed them. Nick Colarelli, whose early background had been in clinical psychology and organizational psychology, could only cringe, knowing that...

  • Homeless veterans prep for winter at annual Stand Down in Colorado Springs

    By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    Joe Tustin knows the margin of error while surviving winter on Colorado Springs' streets drops with the mercury. "Just as simple as a warm winter coat can help quite a bit," said Tustin, 62. On Tuesday, he joined scores of other homeless and impoverished veterans at the 19th annual...

  • AROUND TOWN: TESSA's 40-year anniversary helping domestic violence victims raises $225,000

    By Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Oct 14, 2017

    A ruby anniversary crowd of 750 helped TESSA turn 40 at The Broadmoor, raising $225,000 toward its domestic-violence-prevention mission.

  • AROUND TOWN: Project Angel Heart volunteers experience client meals first-hand

    By linda navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Oct 8, 2017

    Project Angel Heart provides home-delivered meals to those with chronic illnesses. Volunteers and friends got to personally experience the program during a social fundraising evening, "Cocktails in the Kitchen," where the nonprofit's executive chef Brandon Foster prepared specialties...

  • Urban Peak wins federal grant to keep more homeless youths off the streets

    By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Oct 2, 2017

    Urban Peak plans to create a housing program to keep homeless teens and young adults from spending a lifetime on the streets. The nonprofit received a five-year, $890,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create a first-of-its-kind program in Colorado...

  • Blood donors flood Colorado Springs center in wake of massacre

    By Ellie Mulder ellie.mulder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Oct 2, 2017

    Three months after leaving Las Vegas and moving to Colorado Springs, Cassie Soto woke up early Monday to a call from her dad, who had stayed up all night helping people stranded by the massacre there that claimed at least 59 lives and wounded more than 500 people. Desperate to help -...

  • AROUND TOWN: Women in red learn about heart disease

    By linda navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Oct 1, 2017

    The ballroom at Cheyenne Mountain Resort took on a rosy hue as more than 300 scarlet-clad guests entered the annual American Heart Association Go Red for Women luncheon on Sept. 22. Many women had participated in the morning's heart and stroke screenings and educational sessions....

  • AROUND TOWN: REACH Pikes Peak helps families become self-sufficient

    By linda navarro newspaper -
    Updated: Sun, Oct 1, 2017

    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,...

  • Homeless vet aided by Colorado Springs nonprofit gravely injured in suspected assault

    By Ellie Mulder ellie.mulder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Sep 30, 2017

    A 56-year-old homeless veteran was hospitalized Friday evening with life-threatening injuries after an apparent assault that left him unconscious within blocks of the Springs Rescue Mission south of downtown, police said. In June, Darrell Keith Jackson began working with Warriors in...

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