Delwest’s Baker School Apartments was the site of Growing Home’s annual “State of the Organization” reception on February 26, 2019. Baker School Apartments is a new, affordable-housing complex located at 64th Avenue and Lowell Street, where Growing Home has been invited as the sole nonprofit to offer services to residents. President and CEO Karen Fox Elwell greeted the more than 50 guests and summarized 2018 milestones and 2019 goals. Highlights included embarking on a new strategic plan, the number of families helped in 2018, expansion of the Seedlings and Collaborative Coaching Programs, and beginning the process of planning for a new home for Growing Home.



Growing Home thanks Cummins Rocky Mountain for providing a generous grant and many hours of volunteer time to enhance our Food Pantry. Their gift of $22,150 allowed Growing Home to purchase new freezers and refrigerators, shelving, and shopping baskets. Volunteers painted the Food Pantry, built shelving (no small task), and restocked shelves after completion of the renovation. Growing Home also thanks staffers Iris Abraham, Mitzi Hicks, Betsy Kincannon, Paola Babb, and Daniel Dominguez for all of their work planning and executing the renovation. We are so grateful for the difference Cummins Rocky Mount has made for the families we serve.

Since the renovation, we’ve received really positive feedback about the results: families shopping in the food pantry say the Food Pantry:

  • is so much easier to find the food and it looks very bright and welcoming.
  • looks like a small store – I didn’t expect this!
  • carts make selecting canned food much easier.
  • looks really nice.
  • looks bigger. It’s easier to move around to grab the food we can shop for.

Growing Home volunteers say:

  • The shelf baskets help the fresh fruit last longer.
  • We have refrigeration!
  • We can actually organize the food and make everything that comes in the door fit in the pantry.
  • It is so organized.

Additionally, the renovations are allowing us to tap into some new partnerships for food sources because we have more space and better equipment to accommodate the food, particularly dairy.



GARY COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS: Thank you Gary Community Investments for investing in Growing Home. Growing Home is celebrating a $200,000 grant intended to build capacity to serve Colorado’s children and families in need. This transformational grant – and partnership – will strengthen Growing Home’s ability to track, measure, and communicate the impact of its work.

GROWING HOME IN THE NEWS: Read all about Growing Home in the December 25, 2018 Denver Post article. Watch Chief Development Officer Pell Fender talk about the 2019 Denver Boat Show on Channel 9 and the great good that food donations to Growing Home will accomplish.


Betty Chavez is a new Parent Educator.

Cristal Cordova joins Growing Home as Programs Assistant.

Denise Dollar is an intern at growing Home working towards her Masters degree in social work.

Itzel Hernandez is serving as the Community Organizer.

Paz Moya is a new Parent Educator.

Jennifer Ramos is our new Community Leader and GOCO Project Specialist.


JOIN US FOR OUR 2019 BUILDING COMMUNITY LUNCHEON, MAY 3: Join us on Friday, May 3, from Noon-1pm, at the Westminster Marriott. Our theme this year is Giving Back. We will feature a family that has progressed from participating in Growing Home services to serving families in those programs. Please join us! Contact Pell Fender, 720-407-1986,, for more information.


CAN YOU HELP US WITH A SPONSORSHIP FOR OUR BUILDING COMMUNITY LUNCHEON? Growing Home is looking for corporate sponsors to join Delwest, the City of Westminster, Life Certain Wealth Strategies, Welker Fevold Public Relations,The Couture Group, and Mountain View Bank of Commerce for our annual fundraising lunch, May 3, at the Westminster Marriott. Corporate or individual sponsorships will help us defray the costs of hosting the event. If successful, all of the money raised on the day of the event will support our programs. Contact Pell Fender, Chief Development Officer, for more information:; 720-407-1986.


LEARN MORE ABOUT GROWING HOME’S WORK – AND FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP: Regularly scheduled tours are every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm.  The next tours are:

Wednesday, April 10, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Wednesday, May 8, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Wednesday, June 12, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Sign up now online!


JOIN US FOR TOTAL BEVERAGE’S ANNUAL TOTALLY COLORADO EVENT: On April 19, Total Beverage will once again host its annual Totally Colorado festival, from 6-9 pm, at the Westminster Marriott. After expenses, all proceeds benefit Growing Home. Tickets are $35 (designated driver tickets are $15) and may be purchased here. Thank you, Total Beverage!


GROWING HOME’S HOLIDAY PROGRAMS SERVE MORE THAN EVER: Thank you to our donors and volunteers for making the 2018 holidays such a success. Our Adopt-a-Child program provided gifts to 484 kids – an agency record! At Thanksgiving, with your help, Growing Home distributed baskets to 311 families.