COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – Pikes Peak United Way (PPUW), in partnership with Harrison School District 2, has announced plans to open a Family Success Center in Southeast Colorado Springs.

The center will be housed in what is now Pikes Peak Elementary School, which will complete its final year as an elementary school in June 2022. The center will welcome individuals and families from August 2022.

“The Family Success Center will be a place of hope, inspiration, exploration and community development,” said Cindy Aubrey, President and CEO of Pikes Peak United Way. “We are thrilled to bring residents together to find out what will make the center effective and change their lives. “

“Harrison School District Two was fortunate enough to partner with Pikes Peak United Way during the pandemic to help our families overcome various challenges, and the partnership has only grown,” said Dr. Wendy Birhanzel, Superintendent of HSD2. “It’s a wonderful way to use our building in the future, while also serving our families and community members in Southeast Colorado Springs. “

According to PPUW, the organization has worked with the community to develop what residents need and want at this center. Services identified include GED courses, employment counseling / career opportunity exploration, STEM lab, art therapy, literacy center, financial literacy training, nutrition counseling , mentoring and tutoring.

The center will also serve as a meeting place for neighborhood residents. Plus, plans are underway for a monthly family dinner and more.

“It’s no secret that access to care and services in Southeast Colorado Springs has lagged behind the rest of our city, and we appreciate that Pikes Peak United Way is committed to operate a center like this in our community and especially in our building, ”said Corey. Williams, Chairman of the Board of Education. “It will be a great victory for all members of the community who can access valuable services near their homes that can open doors for themselves and their families.”

The center is a collaborative effort with partners such as the City of Colorado Springs, Ent Credit Union, Solid Rock Community Development Corporation, El Paso County, El Paso County Public Health, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College, Goodwill, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, First Tee of the Pikes Peak Region, The National Cyber ​​Security Center, Tessa, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and CPCD give kids a head start.

Funding for the center includes:

City of Colorado Springs $ 1.5 million

Ent Credit Union $ 100,000

Colorado Springs Health Foundation $ 90,000

United States $ 55,000

Apartment houses Weidner $ 50,000

Husband Wiseman Deminski $ 20,000

Larry H. Miller Charities $ 10,000

According to the PPUW, Senator Michael Bennet got $ 250,000 in a Senate appropriation bill. The Senate is expected to vote on the bills by the end of the year, either individually or as a whole.

Anyone interested in more information about the Family Success Center should contact Abby Kappel. All media interested in learning more about the Pikes Peak Elementary School reassignment should contact Christine O’Brien.


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