Posts for : February 2013

Needs Assessment Survey

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The Independence Center and St. Paul Community Outreach Center are asking that you fill out the following needs assessment and return.  Thanking everyone for your help.

Please click on the following link to download the needs assessment.

Please return (hand carry or mail) this Needs Assessment to one of the following locations by March 7th , 2013:


Community Outreach Center

328 10th Street

Calhan, CO  80808


United Methodist Church, Calhan

St Paul Lutheran Church, Calhan


Thank you for taking the time to help us help our community.


No Distribution from CARE & SHARE on Thurs. Feb 21st. New date…Monday Feb. 25th

I just received a call from Danette at Care & Share stating that they will not be coming out tomorrow for the distribution at Exhibit Hall, due to the pending winter storm.  They have rescheduled the distribution for Monday, February 25, from 9-12 at Exhibit Hall.  Please pass the word on to as many people as possible.

Thank you so much.

Carl R. Finney

Center Coordinator

Pikes Peak Community Action Agency

Eastern El Paso Community Center

328 10th Street

Calhan, CO  80808

Springs Rescue Mssion

We are excited to announce that the Springs Rescue Mission will be offering free clothing for anyone in the community with need.  They will also serve as a drop-off for donations of small household items, furniture, and clothing.  The Springs Rescue Mission will be at the Exhibit Hall on the El Paso County Fairgrounds in Calhan on the third Thursday of the month. (same time and place as Care and Share) from 9:00am to Noon.  Call (719) 347-2662 with any questions.

February Agenda…Februay 20th, 2013…1:30 PM

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 – 1:30PM

Location: Exhibit Hall – El Paso County Fairgrounds, 366 10th Street, Calhan, CO


  •  Introductions
  • TESSA – Michelle Schaunaman, Community Outreach Liaison

“TESSA strives to realize our vision of a safe community free of personal violence for all. We seek to accomplish this goal this in a variety of ways:

  1. Provide immediate safety for women, children and other victims escaping abuse through our safehouse.
  2. Empower survivors through our advocacy and counseling programs.
  3. Create a safer future through education and outreach to schools, businesses, and other organizations.


  •  Special Kids, Special Families (SKSF) – Linda Ellegard and Greg Doan

SKSF is a Colorado non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1998 to provide community support & services to families who are raising youth and caring for adults with developmental disabilities and special needs.  Their agency noted the lack of community services to prevent out of home placement for youth and young adults.  Respite care, specialized foster care, adult day programs, and family preservation services have evolved from this need.


  •  Fountain Valley Senior CenterNanette Healey, Grants Coordinator

They are reaching out in efforts to coordinate their transportations services to include all of eastern El Paso County – including Ramah, Rush, Ellicott, Yoder and surrounding areas.

They also handle the rural area meal program.


  • Update from agencies in attendance


  • Save the Date reminders:

Michelle Milner, with PP United Way 211 invited our Coalition agencies to post activities on their electronic calendar which located on the website.   The events must be health and human service related, ie: not fundraising events.  Event information can be emailed to Michelle at   If you have any questions, please feel free to call Michelle at 719-955-0732.


  • Next Meeting – Wed. March 20, 2013

Location:  EXHIBIT Hall – El Paso County Fairgrounds