February Newsletter
A Month of "Celebrating the LOVE"
In This Issue
Oz, The Great & Powerful
Thank You Board Members
Coat Drive & Distribution
Thank You BHHS
Client Story
Agency Partner Highlight
We Got a Makeover!
Quick Links
Join Our List
Join Our Mailing List
Employee Highlight
Jenene Montoya
       
  Jenene is our new Director of Finance, HR and Administration. She comes to A Precious Child with a wealth of experience, a can-do attitude and a smile on her face. As a mother of two, she finds our efforts in helping disadvantaged and displaced children an easy cause to get behind. Welcome, Jenene. We're so excited to have you join our team!
Volunteer of the Month
  
 
Jeremy (in the blue t-shirt) having fun at A Precious Child. 

 

Jeremy has volunteered for A Precious Child for the past year, helping out with our day-to-day activities. Always volunteering to help out however he can, Jeremy has done everything under the sun that we've needed help with at A Precious Child. Volunteers like Jeremy allow us to serve so many families throughout the year. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Emily Simones, at emily@apreciouschild.org. Thank you Jeremy!

Enjoy Wine? So Do We! Come Enjoy Some with Us & Support Our Cause

The Bacchanalian Society of Denver is partnering with A Precious Child to host a wine tasting event and you're invited!

 

      
 
The event is taking place on Thursday, March 7th at 6pm at the beautiful St. Cajetan's on the Community College of Denver's Auraria Campus.
  
Space is limited, so register now!
  
It's not any basic wine tasting event. You have a chance to win many bottles of wine if you bring the Pinot Noir that is voted the top wine by event attendees. Click here to learn the rules. A special thanks to Board Member,
Nancy Clark, for helping us secure St. Cajetan's for the event!
A Special Thank You!
Thank you Chris Presley of Meritage Homes for selecting A Precious Child as her charity of choice for her "Minute To Win It!" contest through the Metro North Chamber of Commerce Gala.
        
The event took place on Friday, February 8th, and a percentage of the funds from the "votes" for Chris at the event benefitted A Precious Child. Thank you for your support, Chris!
State Representative Dianne Primavera Hosts Town Hall at A Precious Child
On February 9, 2013, Dianne Primavera hosted Town Hall at A Precious Child, and filled the seats! 
        
Guest Speaker, Senator Irene Aguilar, joined at the event. A physician herself, Ms. Aguilar spoke on the important topic of healthcare.  
Thank You Denver Active 20/30 Children's Foundation
We recently received the exciting news .... Denver Active 20/30 Children's Foundation has awarded a grant to us, so that we can serve more children in 2013.
         
Both A Precious Child and the Denver Active 20/30 Foundation are committed to helping at-risk and disadvantaged children thrive in the Denver Metro Area. Thank You Denver Active 20/30 on behalf of the children that your generosity will allow us to serve!
The Salah Family Foundation Generously Supports A Precious Child
The James and Beatrice Salah Family Foundation recently announced what organizations the foundation will support in 2013, and A Precious Child is so very fortunate to have been on the list! 
          
The generous grant awarded to A Precious Child by the grant committee will allow us to help thousands more children in the Denver Metro Area in need.
Greetings!

Happy Valentine's Day! It's that time of year. The time when we celebrate love. And at A Precious Child, we couldn't be happier to share with you the love and appreciation that we have for our partners, community and the children that we serve. Read on and forward to a friend to help us spread the love!
It's a Family Fun Event and You're Invited!
Our Youth Advisory Board is Hosting a "Birthday Party for A Precious Child" Movie Event ... All Are Welcome!
All Community Members are Invited to Join in the Fun!
  
Our Youth Advisory Board, which consists of local high school students, is hosting its first event to benefit our Precious Gift program. The "Birthday Party for A Precious Child" will take place on Sunday, March 10th at 11 a.m. and will feature the film
Oz: The Great and Powerful on its opening weekend.
  
The event will take place at Regal Colony Square Theater 12 located at 1164 W. Dillon Road in Louisville, CO. Click here to register yourself, family & friends for the event!
  
Additionally, the Youth Advisory Board is welcoming sponsors for the event at three levels, including: Popcorn Sponsor: $500, Drink Sponsor: $250 and Cupcake Sponsor: $100. If you're interested in learning more about sponsoring the event, please contact our Director of Development, Britta Robinson, at britta@apreciouschild.org.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

A Precious Child Would Like to Extend a Genuine Thank You to our Board of Directors for Their Diligence at the Recent Board Retreat and Throughout the Year 
A Thank You from one of the children that we serve together!
  
We would like to thank our dedicated Board of Directors for all of their hard work in January at the Board Retreat, which was sponsored by Springhill Suites Denver Downtown at Metro State. We also appreciate all the hard work that the board will volunteer their time for in 2013.
  
Our board is a behind-the-scenes force that we simply could not exist without. We would like to thank Stan Gardner for acting as Board Chairman in 2012, and our new Board Chairman, Shelly Harper, for accepting the role and its responsibilities for 2013.
  

Each board member brings unique strengths and skills, and we are so very fortunate to have found such committed members that are a part of the A Precious Child family. We would like to thank the following board members:

  

Joseph Bruce - Nancy Clark - Scott Chrisbacher - Thomas Deland - Stan Gardner - Shelly Harper - Mike King - Bruce Langer - Stacy McClellan - Shawn McIntire - Christian Michaelsen - David Peketz - Michael Sandstrum  - Tim Sisneros

 

A big THANK YOU for all that you do from the entire A Precious Child staff.

Partnership Kickoff Benefits Denver Kids in Need
Coat Drive and Distribution Day in Partnership with DTP Helps Kids at Swansea Elementary School
Greg Amparano (left), Executive Project Director for DTP, and Phil Washington (right), General Manager for RTD, help Swansea Elementary Students Find the Perfect Coat!
    

Denver Transit Partners (DTP) and A Precious Child partnered on a coat drive to benefit students at Swansea Elementary school, which has 96% of its student body
on the Free or Reduced Lunch program.
  
Together we provided 108 coats for children to help spread the warmth during the Colorado winter. Volunteers from DTP and their partner, Regional Transportation District, and A Precious Child were present on distribution day as personal shoppers to help each child find the perfect coat.
  
We strive to provide basic needs for students at Swansea Elementary and many other local schools on site. There is always a need for new children's socks and underwear and gently used clothing, coats and shoes. Have some to donate? They can be delivered to our Resource Center at 557 Burbank Street, Unit E, Broomfield, CO 80020 or you can call for large quantity pickup at #(303) 466-4272.  
Broomfield Health & Human Services Continues to Improve the Quality of Life for Broomfield Children
A 2013 Grant Awarded by the Health & Human Services Department at the City and County of Broomfield will Help Us Help More Broomfield Children


The City and County of Broomfield Continues Support of A Precious Child!
The Health & Human Services Department at the City and County of Broomfield are long-time supporters of A Precious Child.
  
Just last week, it was announced that they will continue to support our efforts and help us serve disadvantaged and displaced Broomfield children.
  
An $18,150 grant was awarded to A Precious Child, and funds will support our six bridges to self-sufficiency programs. Thank you to the City and County of Broomfield for your unyielding support.

Client Story: Aden & Heather

Aden's Foster Mom Cares for Aden with Help From A Precious Child and Support from YOU!
 
Little Aden is now 11-months old and is showing signs of improvement in his new home with foster mom, Heather, after having escaped a physically abusive situation in the home of his biological parents.

 
Aden's "modern family" also includes two teenage siblings, both of which have lost their mothers, and foster mom (and angel!), Heather. The family relies on A Precious Child for basic necessities, such as baby clothing for Aden and "adult" clothing for his teenaged siblings.
  
Heather and her family are so very appreciative of our help, and cannot imagine getting by during these tough times without our help. Together we can serve thousand of children like Aden and their families.

Agency Partner Highlight: Mercy Housing

Holly Park Apartments, A Mercy Housing Community, Does More Through Partnership with A Precious Child
  
Holly Park Apartments are a development managed by Mercy Housing that provides affordable housing to 429 residents, 230 of which are children.
One of 20 Precious Boutiques that A Precious Child hosts is at Holly Park Apartments
A few years ago, the staff learned of A Precious Child and the goods and services that we offer to children and families that need our help.
  
Holly Park Apartments became one of A Precious Child's 170+ agency partners and we have since established a Precious Boutique, which includes onsite and regularly-stocked clothing, shoes, coats and backpacks for children otherwise without access to basic needs.
  
Many Holly Park Apartment residents do not have access to reliable transportation and face many other challenges. Once per month, Holly Park Apartments arranges transportation for a group of head of households to travel together to A Precious Child and do the necessary shopping for their families.
  
Because of our partnership, Holly Park Apartment staff are able to focus their time and energy on other services needed in their community. Our support allows them to provide additional services, such as providing parenting classes for young adults, domestic violence awareness courses, after-school programs for youth and onsite counseling for mental health issues and substance abuse.
  
A Precious Child and Holly Park Apartments are better able to attend to the needs of the whole child thanks to our partnership. Together we are serving more disadvantaged and displaced children in Colorado. 

Two Corporate Supporters Help Give Us a Makeover!

Two Generous Corporations Rally Behind A Precious Child and Help Give Us Needed Support in our Resource Center
 
The Home Depot & Hunter Douglas Support a Makeover for A Precious Child!
  
Recently both Hunter Douglas and The Home Depot provided improvements to our Resource Center for what was a much-needed makeover!
  
Hunter Douglas generously donated their time and materials to put up 40 new window shades in our Resource Center and adjacent building. A huge thank you to Lieha, Lonny, Drake & Jim for helping to install the shades and help bring new light (and shade!) to our Resource Center.
  
The Home Depot helped us with our carpet needs by giving us a huge discount on carpet and donating the labor for installation. The new carpet will allow us to expand our space and provide new services in a room that will soon be ready for use!
  
We are always looking for sponsors that can help improve the experience that we provide for our clients and increase the number of children that we serve. Interested in becoming a Corporate Partner? Please contact our Director of Development, Britta Robinson at britta@apreciouschild.org. Thank you!
Thank you so much for giving so much heart and support to our organization. Together we can do more for children in need in Colorado.
  
Sincerely,
  
A Precious Child Staff

Thank You to Our Foundational Level Sponsors Listed Below: