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John Zay Guest House Addition Wins National Award
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John Zay Guest House Wins Building Industry Community Spirit Award  HBA Cares has exciting news to share! The John Zay Guest House addition won the Building Industry Community Spirit Award at the Nationals in Orlando on Tuesday, January 9. The entry was submitted by KGA Studio Architects, one of the teams on the project.

Affectionately referred to as "John Zay II," the addition nearly doubled the size of the original Guest House, adding nine new rooms and two suites for families who live more than 30 miles from Penrose Hospital and whose loved ones are undergoing critical medical treatments. Builder Captain George Hess of Vantage Homes and former HBA Cares president Mike DeGrant, were present at the award ceremony.

Sincere congratulations to everyone who contributed to this labor of love that will touch the lives of countless individuals and families for years to come.
Posted by Kelly E. on 01/10/2018

John Zay Guest House Expansion: Another Labor of Love
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John Zay Guest House ExpansionHBA Cares, the philanthropic arm of the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs (CSHBA), and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services celebrated the completed expansion to the John Zay Guest House (“The House That Love Built”) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, Oct. 30 at 2131 N. Tejon St. in Colorado Springs.

The expansion has nearly doubled the size of the Guest House, adding nine new rooms and two suites for families who live more than 30 miles from Penrose Hospital and whose loved ones are undergoing critical medical treatments. The John Zay Guest House has run near full capacity since its opening in 2008, with wait lists as long as 20 parties.

As Penrose-St. Francis’ reputation as a regional center of excellence for oncology and cardiovascular services grows, need will only increase for the complimentary lodging and loving support services offered by Guest House staff.

“We were bursting at the seams,” said Sister Lou Krippel, manager of the John Zay Guest House. “We estimate that this addition will enable us to provide as many as 4,000 additional nights of lodging per year. These are people who might have otherwise ended up on the wait list. HBA Cares has been an incredible partner in supporting our mission to help more patients and their families.”

HBA Cares and the Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation partnered to raise approximately $2.5 million in funds, services, materials and in-kind donations to drive the project. These initiatives are spearheaded at HBA Cares by “builder-captains,” who solicit hands-on help from member tradespeople and manage the project to completion. George Hess III, founder and CEO of Vantage Homes Corp. and a CSHBA board member, served as a builder-captain for the addition project – a role he also filled when HBA Cares rallied its members and supporters to partner with the Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation to build the original John Zay Guest House in 2008.

“We’ve all been touched in some way during our lives by an illness that requires extended treatments,” said Hess. “The John Zay Guest House helps to ease the pain of patients and families – how could we as an industry not be involved? I think this is evident by how the industry has stepped forward to make this beautiful place possible. This is a caring and giving group of folks.

“For me the connection is also very personal,” added Hess. “When a friend asked me to head up the building of the initial structure in 2008, I learned that it was to be constructed on the site of my fathers-in-law’s (Dr. Herb Thomson) old office — he was a pediatrician in the Springs — and that the initial funding came from a gift left to the Foundation by one of our industry peers. Ironically, when we dedicated Zay I in 2008, my father was undergoing treatment for cancer on the 11th floor where my wife had once served as a nurse. When Margaret Sabin asked me to consider building the addition, it was an easy decision.”

The Guest House was named in honor of John Zay, a cancer floor chaplain at Penrose Hospital for more than 14 years. John was a cancer survivor of 20 years and heard his call to minister to cancer patients during that experience. John died in 2004, but the ministry he loved is gratefully continued in this home away from home.

The house is managed by Sister Lou Krippel and Mickey Zay, John Zay’s widow, and the many dedicated volunteers who console, pray, celebrate and grieve with house guests.  
Posted by Kelly E. on 12/19/2017

HBA Cares Helps Break Ground on John Zay Guest House Expansion
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In the eight years since opening, the John Zay Guest House has almost always been full, with a consistent waiting list of 7 to 10 parties. There have been as many as 20 groups waiting for a room -- enough to more than fill an entire second house. June 23, 2016 marked the groundbreaking on the much-needed expansion project of the original John Zay Guest House, built in 2008.

John Zay Expansion Groundbreaking Event - June 23, 2016Construction of the expansion is anticipated to take approximately 15 months, with the opening of the new space currently scheduled for mid-October, 2017.This expansion will provide between 3,600 and 4,000 additional nights of lodging per year for patients and their families. HBA Cares coordinated and secured $500,000 of donated services and materials for this important project.

“HBA Cares and the HBA of Colorado Springs are honored to be part of the John Zay Guest House expansion project,” said Mike DeGrant, HBA Cares President. “We appreciate the support from the many donors and contributors who have come together to make this much-needed project a reality, including KGA Studio Architects, JR Engineering, N.E.S. Inc., Classic Homes, and Vantage Homes.”

DeGrant gave special recognition to George Hess of Vantage Homes, the Builder Captain on the project. “George has been the driving force behind this project, and we truly value his leadership,” he commented.
Posted by Kelly E. on 06/27/2016

HBA Cares is Featured in Colorado Builder Magazine
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HBA Cares was featured in the Spring issue of Colorado Builder magazine. In the "Giving Back" section, Kim Jackson interviews HBA Cares President Mike DeGrant to find out how HBA Cares helps those who help others build their dreams. Read the full article.

Posted by Kelly E. on 06/17/2015

HBA Cares Vice President Linda Warren Teaching On An International Level
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HBA Cares Vice President Linda Warren, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, President of Warren Management Group, Inc. has served on the National Faculty for Community Associations Institute (CAI) since 2003. She has taught courses to over 700 community association managers across the US seeking to further their professional training and obtain nationally-recognized designations. Now that influence has reached internationally. Having been recognized at this year’s National Conference as CAI’s 2013 Educator of the Year, Linda was selected as the perfect fit to send to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in December to give instruction to dozens of community managers of “Owners Associations” in Dubai and surrounding areas. Managers of many nationalities participated in the courses taught by Warren in Dubai, yet the management skills taught were recognized as being “universally applicable.” Ms. Warren often reflects on the small farming community in Nebraska where she grew up, learning first-hand the value of sense of community. Realizing that her opportunities to build upon that foundation with her own clients & management team as well as mentor managers across the US has been exceptional, she now realizes that US borders do not contain her opportunity to influence the quality of community living! People around the world benefit from the value of community associations; ours is the opportunity to both share and learn. Ms. Warren realized that the people of Dubai hold ownership of property in very high value; they want the most from their investment and to live in a desirable community – just like people in Colorado Springs!
Posted by Shirley R. on 12/22/2014

Waldo Canyon Fire Memorial Dedicated
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On Saturday, November 22, Mountain Shadows residents came together with City officials to show their love and respect to Bill and Barbara Everett, who perished in the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire and dedicated the permanent Waldo Canyon Fire Memorial in the Mountain Shadows Park. A hiking trail was also dedicated to the Everetts' who were avid hikers.

"This is a great example of the power of partnership between the City and community," said Mayor Steve Bach.

The Waldo Canyon Fire Memorial is a mosaic sculpture entitled " Heart" created by artist Eileen Gay. The memorial has been largely funded through the generous donation from Steve Weed and Laurie Wilson. Their project, Ashes to Art, showcasing Steve's paintings of the Waldo Canyon fire was auctioned last October to raise funds for the memorial.

Additional donors include Spirit of the Springs, Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs, Classic Homes and the Colorado Springs Together Leadership Team and Board of Directors. Park Renovations made possible through the direct financial support of Classic Homes, HBA Cares and Land Title Guarantee Company, as well as through abundant in-kind donations from the Colorado Springs community.
Posted by Chris S. on 12/22/2014

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