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Colfax Marathon – Accomplished!

What a day we had in Denver working mile 12 as a water station for the Colfax Marathon! With a Luau theme, Luau music, and Luau costumes, our staff and children enjoyed helping runners finish the race. It felt like the moment you filled up a cup of water, it was taken and a new cup was needed. With thousands of runners competing in the Colfax Marathon our water station was busy! The children who helped were wonderful in not handing out water but also by encouraging the runners to finish strong! At one point the children and staff made …

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Because we LOVE what we do!

This photo was originally taken to enter into a contest on social media to win $1000. The goal was to be creative in showing your love for your nonprofit and we WON the challenge! An extra $1000 is always great when you work for a nonprofit. I personally love this photo because it represents who we are and why each person is at Griffith. For instance, we have our COO, Ken Lingle pictured who has been working at Griffith for 20 years! A commitment to Griffith Centers and all of the many boys who have come through the program. He …

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Why support Empty Stocking Fund?

The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund is a campaign run during the Holidays to raise specifically over a million dollars for local nonprofits in Colorado Springs. It is a great campaign for nonprofits because it truly makes a difference in having media outreach and a group of El Pomar fellows committed to helping raise awareness and funding for nonprofits. Here is a story about how the Empty Stocking Fund benefits human service agencies, written by The Gazette reporter Kassandra Cloos. You can go directly to the article here or read below. Thoams Riggs used to be a “problem child”. He …

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The Holidays were Merry & Bright!

The Holiday season, starting with Thanksgiving until the New Year can be a difficult time for children in our care. For whatever reason, more children are placed in foster care and residential care during this time of the season. It is also a time when we focus on loved ones and friends. Foster children typically feel lonely during the Holiday season. It brings back vivid memories of being with their biological parents and grandparents. It is a hard time for children in care and so Griffith Centers takes up the task of helping make the Holidays Merry & Bright!  It …

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Dinner with a Bronco!

What an evening we had at Griffith Centers for Children Chins Up with Denver Bronco’s linebacker Danny Trevathan! What a treat it was for every boy to meet a Bronco! It was a surprise for the boys, so once the boys found out they all wanted to go grab their Bronco gear to sign. The staff also enjoyed meeting him just as much as the boys. The night was even sweeter with all the home made desserts provided by Air Academy Federal Credit Union and their wonderful Christmas dinner. They have been a consistent group of volunteers for us over …

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Let’s Talk About Love

A discussion of love from a new foster parent. They’ve been waiting for a child to come to them for a long time, then little miss Lila came into their lives through foster care. She is 3 months old, has a feeding tube and can only eat a tiny bit at a time. These foster parents are loving, tenacious and patient beyond measure! And they love with their whole hearts! This was written by the foster mother on her experience being a foster parent. “Let’s talk about love… Love is getting up 6-8 times every night to vent (burp though …

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GTR

What does GTR mean? – Got the Runs. Got the Runs is one of our running teams for the Colfax Marathon. Clever name and without a doubt a teenage boy came up with the name of the group. GCC’s running club started up again in March of this year with several boys willing to get up at 5:30am to run with our school therapist and residential staff. The first practice was a timed mile and now we have gradually increased to 2.5 with the goal of 5 miles at a time. I have to say it is a highlight of …

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Trusting at 80 feet off the ground!

Griffith Centers is located in Colorado Springs next to the beautiful mountain range! Such a wonderful view to look at, but why not climb it?!?! That is what we are doing with the boys through our P.E. classes and CBCA outings. We are rock climbing inside and outside. Through the help of UpaDowna, Pikes Peak Community Foundation, and City Rock, our students have been able to rock climb throughout the winter in order to rock climb more through the summer months. What our boys need to desperately learn can easily be learned through the actions of rock climbing. – Communication …

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