Milestone events over the years are both numerous and inspiring. Builders, tradesmen, and associate members of the housing and building industry have all been a part of the journey, coming along side people – adults, teens, and children -- in their hour of need. Here are just a few of the projects that have impacted the surrounding community:
ZACH'S PLACE ADAPTIVE PLAYGROUND INSTALLATION - 2017
Every child deserves to play outside, but for children with special needs, that can prove challenging. With the help of HBA Cares, a new safe playground for special needs kids was installed at Zach's Place in Mountain Shadows. The project benefits Special Kids Special Families, a nonprofit that provides respite and care for children and adults with disabilities. The new intuitive playground equipment allows children with special needs to explore, develop and integrate all of their senses, while supporting motor skills and social play experiences. Learn More
JOHN ZAY GUEST HOUSE EXPANSION - 2017
The much-needed expansion of the original John Zay Guest House, built in 2008, was completed in October of 2017. 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.This expansion will provide between 3,600 and 4,000 additional nights of lodging per year for patients and their families. Learn More
A Ramp for the armstrongs - 2016
With a team of local companies donating labor and materials, a much-needed ADA-accessible ramp was built for Chuck and Helen Armstrong at their home in Manitou Springs. A substitute teacher in the Colorado Springs area for three decades and counting, Helen wasn’t ready to let her mobility issues stop her from living her life. The new ramp will help her continue to be active outside of the home, as well as allow the couple to stay in their home longer. HBA Cares President, Mike DeGrant and members of the project team came together at the Armstrong's house on March 24, 2016 to celebrate their new ramp.
mOUNTAIN SHADOWS PARK & PAVILLION - 2014
As the recovery from the Waldo Canyon fire gained momentum, one of the projects identified by homeowners was a rebuilding of the Mountain Shadows Community Park. HBA Cares participated in the planning for the park rebuild from the beginning and the proceeds from the sale of a building lot donated to HBA Cares to support the recovery effort allowed HBA Cares, along with the support of its project partners, to purchase and construct a new playground and pavilion dedicated on September 10, 2014. The ribbon cutting ceremony for the fire memorial at Mountain Shadows Park was held on November 22. Learn More
Griffith Centers for Adolescents - 2010
In 2010, HBA Member Copperleaf Homes served as team leader on a renovation project for The Griffith Center for Children involving a kitchen renovation, deck replacement, and stairwell remodel. In 2013, several other members of the HBA Remodeler’s Council partnered with team leader Nathan Liljestrand of Custom Creations, Ltd. in completing two major bathroom renovations, laundry room repairs, and a variety of other interior renovations that were critically-needed for one of the boys’ homes.
John Zay Guest House - 2008
In 2008, the John Zay Guest House was created for Penrose-St. Francis Health Services in partnership with the Penrose—St. Francis Health Foundation and Vantage Homes Corporation. The two-story home, situated directly across from Penrose Hospital, offers comfortable, private suites as well as common living areas, a full-service kitchen and dining room for its guests, who are patients and their families coping with the crisis of a serious illness or injury. The John Zay House has made a significant impact in the lives of many individuals through accommodations and friendship. Learn More
Cheyenne Village - 2007
Under the leadership of Ron Holladay of Holladay Bros. Construction, considerable effort was given to a project for Cheyenne Village, a local, non-profit organization that serves adults with developmental disabilities. An advisory group was established to discern whether to renovate or relocate, with a feasibility study completed in great detail with the help of Mike Mallon of Mallon Development. Although Cheyenne Village has not yet been able to move forward on plans, they are now ready to take the next step once funding becomes available thanks to the hundreds of hours spent on their behalf.
stephen wheatley - 2007
In 2007, an HBA member became aware of Stephen Wheatley, an 11-year old boy that had become stricken with spinal meningitis. Among the long list of challenges this single mother of three was now facing was a lack of wheelchair access to the family’s home, delaying Stephen’s ability to be released from the hospital. Through the rallying support of HBA Cares and the team leadership of Kenton Pass, adjustments were made to the family’s home, installing an access ramp that met ADA requirements as well as numerous interior renovations needed for wheelchair access. With HBA Cares’ help, the family could move forward in a “can do” environment!
Jeremy Lanosga, 2004
In 2004, Eddie Meredith of Eddie Meredith Construction asked for HBA Cares assistance in helping 17- year old Jeremy Lanosga and his family adjust to life after a tragic accident at Garden of the Gods. A fall rendered Jeremy paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair for life. Eddie, who was also Jeremy’s racquetball coach and mentor, took on the role of Builder Captain.
The project to renovate Jeremy’s house, which was built in 1964, included providing Jeremy with his own bedroom and bathroom, as well as installing a lift in the house to grant him access to the main living level. Originally estimated to cost approximately $55,000, Eddie Meredith rallied ninety participating companies that contributed more than $150,000 of in-kind support to the project. Learn More
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