In 1999, an Italian Supreme Court decision overturned the rape conviction of a 45-year-old driving instructor, who raped and abandoned an 18-year-old female student in an alley. The head judge released a statement arguing that the victim's jeans were so tight that she must have helped the perpetrator remove the jeans; therefore the incident was no longer rape but consensual sex. Enraged by the verdict, the women of the Italian Parliament protested the decision by wearing jeans to work. This action led the California Senate and Assembly to join the protest — and an international movement was born.Tough Guise II (April 25): A 7 p.m. screening of this documentary by Jackson Katz (whom the Indy interviewed here) "about how violent masculinity is perpetuated in American culture, and its effects on men, women, and society at large in the form of sexual and domestic violence, as well as school shootings and gang violence." Co-hosted by the Independent Film Society of Colorado. It's free to attend, but limited to 75 guests. RSVP to 785-6842 or MSchaunaman@TESSAcs.org.
Maddox says those in his school's performing group, both men and women, routinely warm up for practice with multiple sets of push-ups, tricep dips and three-minute plank exercises; one practice for a certain piece that requires the drummer to hold his or her body at a 45-degree angle for four minutes is often rehearsed for more than 90 minutes at a time.Though I've never done it, I imagine discipline, dedication and respect all enter into the picture somewhere, all facets useful to, say, a struggling high-schooler.
And though beginners get off a little easier, everybody is expected to treat the dojo with deliberate respect — from arriving early to sweep the playing space, to saying certain phrases when entering and leaving. It takes the whole thing from part musical performance, part theater, all the way to a kind of lifestyle.
"[Students] enter into the classes thinking it's just a fun thing to participate in," Maddox says, "and then they realize it kind of spills over."
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Re: Resignation of Bob Holmes as CEO of Homeward Pikes Peak
Below is Bob’s letter of resignation to the HPP Board, which was accepted March 5, 2014. Laura Fonner, Director of Operations, will assume the duties of Interim Executive Director beginning March 29, 2014, during the time of the board’s search for a successor.
Homeward Pikes Peak, in deference to the recent interest of the City and Pikes Peak United Way in the planning for and coordination of homeless services, will concentrate on its four direct service programs to homeless and addicted clients, and will continue to innovate programs to address the needs of underserved citizens in the Pikes Peak Region.
A representative of the City has stated that 24 x7 emergency services offered by HPP over the past decade will now be offered by the Homeless Outreach Team.
After more than eleven years of service as the CEO of Homeward Pikes Peak, it is truly with mixed emotions that I tender my resignation from this position, effective close of business March 28, 2014.
I am incredibly proud of the accomplishments of Homeward Pikes Peak through the combined efforts of staff, board and funders, most especially the El Pomar Foundation. From the early management of the Continuum of Care and the maximizing of Super-NOFA Grant funding to the Gulf Coast Hurricane Relief Program; from the Homeless Tent Campers in our downtown to the implementation of needed homeless service programs as follow-ups; from the rescues of bankrupt homeless service agencies and programs to our decision to concentrate solely on programs for the homeless of the Pikes Peak Region…. I am grateful to have been a part of this history.
I could never exit without a most profound and humble thank you to the board of Homeward Pikes Peak. They all have always been there for me with understanding, support, wise counsel and humor.
As Homeward Pikes Peak enters another era, and a second decade of service, I know that the same board members will be there to support the new leadership of Homeward Pikes Peak in exciting accomplishments wherever service to our fellow citizens is needed, and wherever other agencies hesitate to venture.
I am so humbled to have been a part of the remarkable history of Homeward Pikes Peak and will always remember that literally thousands of homeless and addicted individuals were given opportunities for hope in our programs.
I leave you all with memories of cherished relationships and best wishes for future successes.
Shopping for Field Trips Just Got a Lot Easier
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is offering educators a free one-stop shopping opportunity to choose future field trips, Feb. 20, 4-6p.
Whether students are interested in science, sports, nature, history, literature, Western culture or the arts, we’ll have options for them, some displayed in a series of expo-like table displays and others more theatrical.
Fine Arts Center docents and our partners from Colorado College will create immersive experiences throughout the FAC galleries that will give glimpses into the many tours available at the Fine Arts Center. Among the highlights will be an appearance by nationally acclaimed playwright and CC instructor Idris Goodwin, whose students will perform spoken word pieces inspired by FAC art.
Our other partners include:
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Chico Basin Ranch Bird Banding
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
McAllister House Museum
Money Museum (American Numismatic Association)
Pikes Peak Library District
Pikes Peak Coalition for Elementary STEM Education
Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame
Space Foundation Discovery Center
United States Olympic Committee
Western Museum of Mining and Industry
Water Education - Colorado Springs Utilities
The top teachers in the region know that field trips can offer many ways to extend educational opportunities beyond the classroom.
FORTY ONE SOUTHERN COLORADO ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE MORE THAN $450,000 FROM KAISER PERMANENTE IN 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS — Kaiser Permanente Colorado, the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, today announced that it donated more than $450,000 to 41 nonprofit and community based organizations located in Southern Colorado in 2013.
These charitable donations were distributed to support organizations and programs that aim to improve community health. Kaiser Permanente’s charitable donations support evidence, population and/or prevention-based initiatives that seek to create improvements in sustainable systems. Since 1997, Kaiser Permanente has addressed pressing health and social concerns in Southern Colorado through charitable contributions, sponsorships, preventive health education, community service work and community health initiatives.
Recipients of Kaiser Permanente Southern Colorado charitable donations in 2013 include:
Charitable donations by Kaiser Permanente to these organizations are being used to support a variety of social, physical and governmental projects and programs that seek to increase health knowledge, improve healthy behaviors and create community change. Kaiser Permanente funding will also be allocated to initiatives that are focused on improving access to health care for those with limited financial resources.
“Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to improving the health of our members and the communities we serve,” said Holly Kortum, Kaiser Permanente’s executive director of operations in Southern Colorado. “One way we are able to accomplish this is by funding and partnering with organizations located right here in Southern Colorado that provide comprehensive, effective and culturally competent services to meet the diverse needs of the community. Our targeted approach to funding these 41 organizations allows for increased support of their efforts to improve community health and well-being, while aligning with our mission to spread health to all.”
Kaiser Permanente has provided high-quality, convenient health care to more than 56,000 members living in Southern Colorado since 1997. The health plan offers members access to more than 800 affiliated providers in southern Colorado, along with a medical office in Pueblo and the Briargate Senior Health Center in Colorado Springs. Visit kp.org to learn more about Kaiser Permanente.
To learn more about the Kaiser Permanente community benefit program, go to kp.org/communitybenefit.
SPRINGS RESCUE MISSION REOPENS DAYTIME WARMING SHELTER TO HELP HOMELESS IN THIS WEEK’S FRIGID WEATHER
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Springs Rescue Mission has announced it will reopen its Winter Shelter in the daytime for homeless men and women in the Pikes Peak Region during this week’s frigid weather. The daytime warming shelter will be open from 7:30 am – 5:00 pm at least through Friday, February 7. The daytime shelter was last opened for eight days in December.
The warming shelter is located at 25 W Las Vegas Street, the same location as the overnight Winter Shelter. Coffee and hot drinks are available throughout the day, and a simple lunch is served to warming shelter guests over the lunch hour. Pets are also welcome.
“The Warming Shelter at Springs Rescue Mission will open during the daytime when the outside temperature high is 20°F or less on two consecutive days,” said SRM President and CEO Larry Yonker. “Cold weather like this reminds us all of how important it is to help our homeless neighbors get out of the elements into a warm place. Otherwise they’re really vulnerable to hypothermia, frostbite, and compromised health from the cold.”
The public is invited to support the Warming Shelter through contributions to SRM’s cold weather initiative “Project 32” online at www.springsrescuemission.org/freezing.
Springs Rescue Mission has served the hungry and homeless in the greater Pikes Peak Region since 1997. To find out more, please visit www.springsrescuemission.org.
Last year wasn't a lucky one for Inside Out Youth Services.
The LGBT youth nonprofit lost executive director Shawna Kemppainen to a job at Urban Peak early in the year, just as it was preparing to relocate out of its long-time home in the Independent's basement. By late summer, the nonprofit had a new home and a new executive director, Chris Robertson.
But on the eve of its grand opening, the new location burned down for reasons that are still unknown. (Arson is not suspected at this point.) Robertson announced he had accepted another job at the Southern Colorado AIDS Project soon after.
That left only the board, volunteers, and volunteer program manager Eric Pizana to deal with a bad situation. Pizana says the nonprofit lost everything in the fire including furniture, photos, awards, a pool table, and a beloved stuffed lizard named "Mike."
The nonprofit moved into a temporary home at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media, where members could meet in the evening hours. Pizana says he was deeply appreciative of the free space, but this wasn't a home for the nonprofit; they couldn't store furniture or other items there.
Thus Pizana is incredibly excited about the nonprofit's new downtown location, at 412 S. Tejon St. Painted in bright primary colors, and decorated with an array of donated furniture, the new spot offers a fresh start. That's especially true since the board plans to announce a new executive director within the coming days. Pizana, who has worked at the nonprofit for three years and was a participant at Inside Out when he was a youth, is among the candidates.
"I have such a tremendous passion for this organization," he says. "Being a youth back in the day, I know what it's like to have a responsible adult in your life."
Right now, Pizana says his goal is to let youth know that Inside Out has a new home. He says he's excited that the location is once again downtown, because it provides better access to homeless youth, who in the past made up 1 in 5 of the program's 500 participants.
"Isn't it ironic that an LGBT organization almost became homeless?" he says. " That is such a problem with LGBT youth."
Speaking of which, Pizana says Inside Out is still in need of financial help, especially with a downtown rental payment. He urges supporters to give online and/or attend two upcoming fundraisers at Ivywild School. "Love Curses All" will be held Feb. 13 as a celebration of broken hearts. "Love Cures All" is planned for Feb. 14 as a celebration of love. Each event will cost $15.
Colorado Springs, CO] On October 1, 2013, Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains (LFS) assumed the name and operations of the KPC Respite Center and plans to reopen its services in January, 2014.
To celebrate the planned re-opening of the KPC Respite Center, LFS is hosting an open house on Thursday, November 14th, 2013. Tours of the KPC facility will begin at 4:30pm, followed by a program and refreshments at 5:45pm. KPC supporters, board members and community leaders will be in attendance as well as LFS staff, board members and donors. The media is invited to attend at Ascension Lutheran Church located at 2505 North Circle Drive, Colorado Springs CO 80903.
Sallie Clark, El Paso County Commissioner says, “KPC Respite Center is a critical resource for child abuse prevention in our community and we are so thankful for the work Lutheran Family Services has done toward reopening the wonderful facility. Parenting is a hard job. Being able to provide a break for families when they need it most can mean the difference between life or death for a child. Having this resource available in our community again will help get us closer to the goal set forth by the Not One More Child Coalition of not seeing one more child in El Paso County die due to abuse or
LFS has been providing adoption, foster care and refugee resettlement services in Colorado Springs for many years and is privileged to be operating the KPC Respite Center. “We are extremely proud and excited to continue this cherished community resource”, says Jim Barclay, LFS President & CEO.
The KPC Respite Center was created by a family whose infant son, Kevin Patrick Callum, died from Shaken Baby Syndrome at the hands of his frustrated grandparents. The respite center provides temporary respite care for children ages 0-6 years when families are experiencing a crisis, need a break or are considered high risk. KPC is the only respite center in Colorado Springs with a 24-hour crisis phone line and in extreme cases can provide up to 72 hours of free care for children. The center provides services to single parent families, foster/adoptive families, military families and families experiencing marital challenges. In 2012, the center provided 4,038 hours of care to 501 children from 304 families.
Lutheran Family Services believes that all people, from the newborn to the most elderly, are valued members of our community. Every day we provide help and support to children and families, because everyone deserves HOPE during the most challenging times of their lives.
Friends of Inside Out-
As the President of the Board of Directors, I am writing to share news of some changes coming up in the leadership at Inside out Youth Services. Chris Robertson will be leaving the post of executive director at the beginning of December.
We hold deep gratitude for Chris's service to empower and advocate on behalf of LGBTIQ youth, and for his passion to engage people in our work! Even though it has been a tough battle for us recently Chris took the flag and led us! I am very proud of the successes he has accomplished in just a short time!
We all wish Chris well, and please join us in thanking him for the positive energy and excellence he provided as a leader!
Change always brings opportunity, and we are committed to getting the right next leader on board as a full-time Executive Director. I will be honest in stating I don't know what this search will look like just yet. I am meeting with some partners, and stakeholders, and I will update you as we move forward. Although advantageous, I would like to have a replacement picked by the first week in December.
Our search will be inclusive of the opinions of Inside Out's youth and volunteers, as well as external stakeholders.
Right now, I want to ask for your support for Chris, as he closes out his chapter here with us, and for Eric Pizana, Program Manager at Inside Out, who has led the internal programs and volunteer work and continue staff leadership for the Pikes Peak Safe @ School Coalition's advocacy efforts. Eric is extremely dedicated to the youth at Inside Out, and we are grateful for his leadership. You can reach Eric here: firstname.lastname@example.org. Without Eric's work and dedication to our mission, Inside/Out would not be where it is today!
Because of your support and advocacy for young LGBTIQ people, we are headed in the right strategic direction building more safety, acceptance and possibility for youth. Your support is so very appreciated.
If you need to reach me, please contact me at email@example.com, or my cell 719-352-8674.
Thank you for all you do,
Inside Out Youth Services
2nd Annual Blue Moon Trail Run To Benefit Community Centers
The 2nd Annual Blue Moon Trail Run takes place the evening of Friday, August 30 in Piñon Valley Park, 5585 Mule Deer Drive 80919. Featuring a kids race at 5:45 p.m. and followed by a 5K/10K run through adjacent Ute Valley Park, this race is suitable for all competitive levels. A post-race barbecue is available to all registrants and volunteers, featuring Bristol Beer for all adults. Childcare is also available. All net proceeds benefit the community centers of Colorado Springs. 5K and 10K: $30.00 through August 29 / $35.00 on August 30. KIDS Races: $5.00 for ages 10 and under / Two distances: 400m and 800m. The race is presented by UpaDowna; Pikes Peak Community Foundation; and Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services. For more information, visit www.ppcf.org/events or contact Brian Kates at 385-7940.