Springs groups serving young people get grants

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Two Colorado Springs youth organizations have received grants from the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment.

The grant, part of a $2.3 million Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program, went to 72 youth-serving organizations offering programs in 32 Colorado counties.

Project Redirect received $32,889 from the agency. The group is part of the El Paso County Department of Human Services and is a community collaboration project designed to address the problems of servicing multi-system and multi-problem pre-teen and teenagers.

The program focuses on improving social interactions and incorporates the use of multiple nontraditional activities to engage adolescents and their families with the community.

Pikes Peak Family Connections received $209,175.

The nonprofit association’s family empowerment team is a partnership of El Paso County human service agencies that provides affordable, strength-based services to families with children from prenatal to 18.

Services include a low-income child development center, teen and adult empowerment, job training, in-home visitors, a crisis telephone line, counseling, advocacy and access to other community resources.

Three other programs that serve El Paso County received grants as well.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Colorado received a grant for $84,681 to help low-income, at-risk youths reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one volunteer mentoring.

The program also serves Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Boulder, Douglas and Jefferson counties.

Invest In Kids, a Denver-based nonprofit, uses the Incredible Years program to target low-income children ages 3 to 8, as well as parents and classroom teachers. The program received a $40,000 grant and also serves Denver, Eagle and Morgan counties.

A Littleton-based program, Straight Ahead Colorado, received a $25,996 grant.

The program works to reduce recidivism among teens ages 15 to 18 by matching adult volunteers with incarcerated youths.

The mentors provide support after their release, and they participate in life-skill workshops.

The program also serves Arapahoe, Adams, Boulder, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties.

Bonfils Blood Center hosting fall blood drives

This fall, you could save a life — and in less than an hour, you have the potential to save three lives — all through donating blood.

The Bonfils Blood Center is conducting two blood drives this fall to maintain blood supply within the state.

The center provides blood and blood products to more than 200 hospitals and health care facilities throughout Colorado. The company needs 4,350 people to donate blood every week to meet the needs of the community, and be prepared for any unforeseen events.

The first blood drive is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 the Elkhorn Conference Center on Fort Carson.

The second is from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Promenade Shops at Briargate.

Participating donors will receive a 20 percent discount at J. Jill and the first 25 donors will receive a chocolate syringe from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

For more information, call (800) 365-0006.

Regis health care school receives $1 million

Regis University has received $1 million to create the Colorado Trust Endowment for the John R. Moran Health Professions Scholarship Fund in the Rueckert-Hartman School for Health Professions.

The endowment will provide ongoing scholarship support, with a preference given to minority students.

John Moran has served as president and CEO of the Colorado Trust for the past 21 years and will retire in November. The money was awarded by the trust as a way to honor his service.

Under the guidelines of the scholarship, recipients will receive assistance to pay for between 30 percent and 50 percent of the cost of annual tuition and fees.

The scholarship is for Colorado residents and is based on a student’s financial need.

The Rueckert-Hartman School for Health Professions offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and health services administration, as well as a doctorate degree in physical therapy.

The school offers classroom-based and online programs to more than 2,300 students.

The trust is one of the state’s largest foundations.

Parkview: ‘Fall into Wellness’ for seniors

Parkview Medical Center’s Health Initiatives Department is inviting southern Colorado seniors interested in learning more about the hospital to attend “Fall into Wellness,” from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 6 in the main lobby of the hospital.

“Fall into Wellness” will feature information about stroke, sleep disorders, cancer awareness, healthy heart, diabetes and wound care.

Parkview will have professionals available to answer questions about senior health insurance counseling, pharmacy discount cards and volunteer opportunities.

Amy Gillentine covers health care for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.