Jessica is no stranger to hard work. She spent more than 11 years in the construction business, starting out as an administrative clerk and making her way up to project manager for a general contractor. After experiencing just about every facet of the construction industry, she decided to pursue her dream of owning a business.
On August 19, Mile High United Way pledged to continue and expand their partnership with Denver Public Schools in the vison that Every Child Succeeds at the launch of DPS’ Denver Plan 2010.
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Along with his wife and his two young children, George has spent the better part of the past five years living on the streets of Denver. George and his wife were both employed full-time yet were living paycheck to paycheck with no extra money to pay for childcare. He made the decision to leave his job to care for his children, but when his wife lost her job just a few months later, they had little savings to fall back on. With a limited amount of time to find help and no other immediate options, George decided to place a call to Mile High United Way’s 2-1-1 service
Mile High United Way Morgridge Center for Community Change
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Long before she came in contact with Mile High United Way, Susie knew she wanted to work with the 2-1-1 service. “I always wanted to help people,” she said, “but living in Texas, you had to be bilingual to work [at 2-1-1].” As her children grew older, Susie sought a fresh start and took the opportunity to move to Colorado. Since Susie is visually impaired, she connected with Team EEI, a company dedicated to providing vocational training and job coaching services for the blind and visually impaired.
Christine suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and before getting connected to Mile High United Way’s 2-1-1, she had only the support of her husband and daughter. Due to her illness, she cannot stand or walk for long periods of time, leaving her unable to find steady employment. Despite this, she does not receive disability benefits because they can't afford the gas to get to the office, which is far from where she lives. The use of the car is mostly allotted to her daughter’s part-time job and her husband’s job-seeking efforts.
One of the several ways Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP supports Mile High United Way is through their sponsorhip of our Tocqueville Society. David Hammond is a partner at the firm.
Why is Davis, Graham & Stubbs, LLP a Mile High United Way Tocqueville Society Sponsor?
We believe in the mission of Mile High United Way and Tocqueville Society and have been contributing to the organization in one way or another for decades. We know that acting as a philanthropic leader sets an example for others and further strengthens Mile High United Way’s mission and goals.
As the school year winds down, so does another successful year for Mile High United Way’s AmeriCorps program, Colorado Reading Corps. Reading Corps literacy tutors have been hard at work providing literacy interventions to their students. Over the course of the 2013-14 school year, these tutors have served over 1,300 students in the Denver Metro Area.
Pictured above: Desta Taye-Channell and her colleagues at Florence Crittenton were thrilled to find out they were chosen to participate in Mile High United Way’s The Performance Collaborative.
Mile High United Way has launched a new program called The Performance Collaborative, a two-year intensive training to help organizations use data to make decisions that refine and define the way their programs impact the community.