By William Porter
The Denver Post

When hard times strike, children often bear the brunt of the assault. They face short-term problems, such as malnourishment, and the long-term effects of falling behind developmentally.

That’s where Growing Home comes in. Founded in 1998 by Kathleen Drozda, a nurse at Saint Anthony Hospital North (she remains a board member), the agency has a three-part mission: serving as a safety net for people facing homelessness, feeding families and helping kids succeed.

“Our mission is to guide children and families to a bright future,” said executive director Teva Sienicki.

Growing Home is a past recipient of funding through Denver Post Charities’ Season to Share.

Rooted in the Adams County Interfaith Hospitality Network, Growing Home confronts the fact that poverty and homelessness are found in the suburbs.

“It can be hard for some people to believe it exists, but it does,” Sienicki said.

The agency operates on a $1 million annual budget, with 18 staffers and about 1,200 volunteers. One of its critical missions is serving as a safety net for people who are about to lose their homes.

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