A message from Growing Home's Food Access and Justice Coordinator, Paula Martin Carvajal Day by day, we are having to modify the “conveniences in our lifestyles” to the changing times around us. There are messages of solidarity in the streets; like the neighborhoods under lockdown in Spain that, in the evenings, have joined forces [...]
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As an organization with a vision of our entire community working together to ensure families have a place to call home, food on the table, and opportunities to pursue their dreams, we realize we have a responsibility to support those most vulnerable in our community at this critical time. This enduring value guides us as [...]
As the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 begins to spread around Colorado and the United States and continues across the world, Growing Home is monitoring the situation to ensure the safety and wellness of our staff, volunteers, and families. While we are taking extra precautions, our commitment to providing community support will remain a priority. Growing [...]
Growing Home's Food Pantry distributed over 200,000 pounds of food to families in 2019, which is enough to feed 32 families of four for an entire year. But what factors are at play that lead people to our Food Pantry? Today, we will be looking at the complicated issues that lead to food insecurity through [...]
We recently crunched the numbers of Growing Home Food Pantry visits in 2019 and the results blew us away. Throughout the past year, there were 1,433 unduplicated families representing 6,845 unduplicated individuals, and 3,665 of those individuals were children. We saw these families across the span of 4,402 visits, during which time they received food [...]
2019 brought changes and growth to both Growing Home as well as the communities we serve. Growing Home always strives to serve the changing needs of the North Denver Metro area while also thinking ahead as to how we can impact future generations by providing support to eliminate the cycle of poverty. While we are [...]
Imagine that Growing Home didn’t exist, had to close its doors, and couldn’t serve Westminster and North Metro Denver families? Would it matter? Emphatically, yes! More families would be homeless. More children would go to bed hungry. More families struggling to pay their rent or energy bills might end up being evicted. And, even more [...]
Growing Home's Parents as Teachers program, also known as PAT, is not unique to us. In fact, it is a nationally-implemented program that served 2,445 children in Colorado alone. What does make our PAT program unique, however, is its success rate. Every year, the various programs are evaluated to see if the families they serve [...]
Thank you to Donna Bryson with the Denverite for bringing light to the importance of homelessness prevention. While bittersweet, Growing Home is phasing out the Canopy program that offered temporary housing to families and transitioning to a best practice that addresses housing instability and displacement. This is not a decision that Growing Home takes lightly, [...]