By Karen Fox Elwell, President and CEO As we begin 2021 and set our own personal new year’s resolutions, so too do we as an organization set out new goals and plans for the coming year. Growing Home is entering the final year of our existing strategic plan. This plan has been our north star since 2018 and has [...]
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As a part of Growing Home’s commitment to creating a more thriving and equitable north Metro Denver region, one family at a time, we often connect the families we work with to different groups conducting community needs assessments. Recently 31 participants from Growing Home provided feedback for a community needs assessment for Adams County. Thirty-one [...]
Growing Home recently had a visit by a family that, years ago, had taken part in numerous Growing Home services. This family originally came to Growing Home in crisis, seeking supplemental food and housing assistance. Once they were stabilized through these supports, they began taking Incredible Years parenting classes. The mother first took this class [...]
The Russo family has lived in Westminster for over 14 years where they are raising their three children ages 12, 11, and 4. To support their family, the mother, Sarah, and the father, Jacob, both work full time; Sarah as a babysitter and Jacob as a construction worker. Four years ago Sarah and Johnny, her [...]
A feature from Growing Home CEO, Karen Fox Elwell. 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic have thrown many challenges at Growing Home. I am so proud that we have risen to the occasion and persevered throughout this time. We continue to fulfill our mission and vision and have a meaningful impact in the lives of [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]