What Matters Most
A lot of really good people are doing their best to help a lot of other good people.
These are some of my favorite heavy-lifters.
Mountain High Service Dogs www.mtnhighservicedogs.com
Based in Colorado Springs, Mountain High Service Dogs is a 501c3 nonprofit that trains service dogs and their handlers through time-tested methodologies that center on trust, compassion, and camaraderie. Covering a wide range of needs—including anaphylaxic allergies, autism, epilepsy, diabetes, and post-traumatic stress disorder—MHSD strives to empower dogs and owners alike through our highly-personalized and regimented training program.
Count Nathaneal Athos—Nate—is the dog you see here and on my homepage. He is a Red and Black German Shepherd service dog certified in seizure alert, anaphylaxis soy allergy and PTSD. Nate is a world traveler who loves the snow, playing ball and going for car rides. As you can tell, he’s very photogenic.
Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. They do this in part by raising awareness and enlisting the public’s help in meeting the needs of injured service members.
The Home Front Cares www.thehomefrontcares.org
The Home Front Cares provides emergency financial grants for Colorado service members, veterans and their families. Since 2003, the nonprofit has raised more than $7.6 million to pay essential life expenses like rent and utilities for clients statewide. The Home Front Cares receives no government funding and relies on donations to help our Colorado military.
TESSA’s mission is to help women and their children achieve safety and wellbeing while challenging communities to end sexual and family violence. Since 1977, TESSA has been a resource providing a depth of services to victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in the Pikes Peak region. Today, TESSA has evolved into a multi-faceted agency that includes a confidential Safehouse, Victim Advocacy, Counseling and Children’s Programs, a 24/7 Crisis Line, Rural Advocacy and Community Outreach and Education. Through these efforts, TESSA strives to realize our vision of a safe community free of personal violence for all.
Pikes Peaks Writers www.pikespeakwriters.com
Pikes Peak Writers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality education for writers year-round. The PPW conference has achieved top ten ranking among U.S. writers conferences by Writers Digest Magazine. Non-conference events have blossomed to more than 25 free and low-cost events, including monthly Write Brain sessions, periodic writing workshops, and a host of other fun and educational meetings and events.
Care and Share www.careandshare.org
At Care and Share Food Bank, our core purpose is to bridge the gap between hunger and abundance. Our mission is to provide food, partnering opportunities, and education to combat hunger and food insecurity in Southern Colorado communities. Our vision is an end to hunger in Southern Colorado.
Blackbird Outreach www.blackbirdoutreach.org
Blackbird Outreach is a team of dedicated and courageous volunteers who outreach, navigate, and extend friendship and hope to all people living outside in Colorado Springs. The organization serves people where they are by going to them and helping them access the systems and services dedicated to helping them.
Tuck’s Guide: How Trauma Affects Sleep www.tuck.com
Tuck’s Guide to How Trauma Affects Sleep covers the science behind sleep disturbances following a traumatic event. This in-depth resource includes information about possible sleep disorders following physical trauma, such as brain and bodily injuries, as well as emotional trauma caused by violent events, car crashes, sexual assault, natural disasters, the death of a loved one, and other life-altering events. The guide covers possible solutions to sleep disturbances and disorders, and contains a set of guidelines for creating a sleep environment that will help victims in recovery feel safe when it’s time for bed.