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Posted by on Apr 26, 2020 in Nonprofit, Work | 0 comments

List of Colorado Charities and Nonprofits: Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Pueblo

List of Colorado Charities and Nonprofits: Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Pueblo

Not sure where to give to or what charities to support? Here’s a list of nonprofits along the Front Range that are serving the spiritual, economic, and social needs of Coloradans. Denver Alternatives Pregnancy CentersAs One AfricaBelay EnterprisesCaring and Sharing MinistryCasa De PazCatholic Charities of DenverCity UniteColorado UpliftConfluence MinistriesCross ImpactCross PurposeDenver Institute for Faith & WorkDenver Leadership FoundationDenver Rescue MissionDenver Street SchoolDry BonesElevate USAExtended Hands of HopeExtreme Community MakeoverFaith BridgeFaith RXDFamily Time TrainingGrace CounselingHope CommunitiesHope HouseInner City Health CenterInter Faith AllianceIssachar Center for Urban LeadershipJesus on ColfaxJustice & Mercy Legal Aid ClinicMile High MinistriesMile High WorkshopMOPSMy Quiet CaveNetwork Coffee HouseNorth Littleton PromiseOne Good TurnOpen Door MinistriesProject 1.27Providence Network Purple Door Coffee Restoration OutreachSacred GraceSun Valley – Hope In Our CityThrive – Flat Irons ChurchTreasure House of HopeVolunteers of America – ColoradoWGAWhiz KidsYoung Life DenverYouth for Christ Colorado Springs Care and Share COS I Love YouCrossfire MinistriesFresh Start CenterLife NetworkMary’s HomeMercy’s GateNavigatorsSalvation Army – Colorado SpringsSilver Key Springs Rescue Mission Fort Collins Alpha CenterColorado Youth OutdoorsCommunity Foundation of Northern Colorado...

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Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Craftsmanship & Manual Labor, Work | 4 comments

Colorado Needs a Renewed Vision of the Craftsman

Colorado Needs a Renewed Vision of the Craftsman

  Colorado needs a renewed vision of the craftsman. Lately, everybody is talking about workforce development. This week the Biennial of the Americas featured a discussion on the topic. Careerwise Colorado continues to make headlines placing youth in apprenticeships across the state. The Denver City Council’s economic and workforce development group is hosting a series of roundtables to address the woeful shortage of construction labor. And for good reason. The Association of General Contractors of America says that 85 percent of Colorado companies are having a hard time filling craft positions, like carpenters, concrete workers, and electricians. Though good paying jobs are in ample supply, technical and “middle skill” labor is sorely needed. To meet this need, noble efforts like Build Colorado emphasize career paths and high pay to try and fill the thousands of pipefitter, mason, and management jobs. But there is a critical gap in the trades pipeline: our k-12 educational system. Greg Schmidt, CEO at Saunders Construction, says, “Though we have carpenters making over $40,000/year and superintendents making $75,000-$100,000/year,...

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Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Architecture and Design, business, Craftsmanship & Manual Labor, Economy, Work | 2 comments

Affordable Housing: What You Need to Know About the Most Critical Issue Facing Colorado Today

Affordable Housing: What You Need to Know About the Most Critical Issue Facing Colorado Today

  Imagine with me for a moment. Imagine you and your new spouse have been outbid on four straight houses in two months. Instead of buying your first home in Denver, you finally decide to work remotely, move back to the Midwest to be closer to family, and leave Colorado. Now imagine you’re a business owner at lunch with a real estate developer who is fighting off three simultaneous lawsuits from trial lawyers representing a homeowner’s association. He tells you, “I’ll never build condos again. Never.” Finally, imagine you work construction and rent an apartment near Five Points. In the past eight years, your rent has increased from $900 per month to $1600. Exasperated by rising costs – and stagnant wages – you move to Frederick, 40 minutes from friends, family, and your job site. Dejected you grab a beer with a friend after work. Your friend tells you that back in 2006, his grandma gave him $5,000 for down payment on a $175,000 condo. Today, that condo is...

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