Mike Procell

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Mission Medical Center offers free medical, dental, vision, behavior health, and spiritual companionship. It also provides durable goods to allow independent living for uninsured and under-insured, low income neighbors of the Pikes Peak Region.

Mission Medical Center does not receive Federal funds or insurance reimbursement for the services it provides. Funding comes almost entirely through private sources, Churches, foundations, businesses, and individuals donate cash, goods, and services to support the clinic.  Mission Medical Center is a 501 (c) 3, faith based organization located at 2125 East LaSalle Street in Colorado Springs, CO 80909, just 2 blocks southeast of Union and Constitution.  Mission Medical is located at a bus stop on Bus Route #6. More information can be found at www.missionmedicalclinic.org.  

Diakonia (Greek for service) is a non-profit that operates five Colorado Springs preschools. Their commitment is to provide the highest-quality learning experience to ALL children. Diakonia Preschools build strong foundations for school readiness by providing each child with opportunities for meaningful play through the use of centers customized for the child’s individual needs, favorite pursuits, abilities and challenges. More information on Diakonia Preschools at www.diakoniapreschools.org

Fostering Hope affirms and supports foster parents in their task of caring for neglected and abused children. Volunteers and community partners serve as an extended family for foster parents and to the children entrusted to them. Fostering Hope stays with kids into adulthood, ensuring they always have someone they can count on. You can learn more about the services at Fostering Hope at their website: www.fosteringhopefoundation.org.  

The Black Forest Animal Sanctuary is an animal rescue and rehab farm. Hundreds of horses, livestock, dogs, cats, and small animals have been rescued since 1994. BFAS assists in education, disaster response, and works with many local youth and volunteer groups. They provide rescue operations, adoption programs, foster and sponsorship programs as well as local and national rescue efforts. You can learn more about them at www.bfasfarm.org.

Formed in 1984, Westside CARES is an ecumenical and interfaith, nonprofit collaboration of 22 religious fellowships of the west side of El Paso County. The only criteria for accessing services is an individual’s or family’s genuine need and their established residence within the agency’s service area.  Westside CARES collaborates with agencies throughout the metropolitan area to ensure its clients receive adequate crisis intervention services. Westside CARES provides many services to the community, including: Food Pantries /  Financial & Medical Assistance. Westside Cares is located at 2808 West Colorado Ave. Their phone number is 719-389-0759. The website for more information is www.westsidecares.org.

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In this Looking Up Extra Edition, Mike Procell interviews Hal Bidlack in anticipation of the total solar eclipse coming up August 21, 2017. There's also some additional information on events related to the solar eclipse that are happening in the Colorado Springs area that day.

The mission of Greccio Housing (www.greccio.org) is to provide stable, safe, affordable housing, and to create supportive opportunities and services for its residents to enhance their individual growth.  

Thousands of pounds of fresh, edible food is thrown away in Colorado Springs every day. The USDA estimates that up to 40 percent of our nation’s food supply is wasted. Meanwhile, one in seven people in Colorado are considered food insecure with a high likelihood of malnutrition and other nutrition-related illnesses. Colorado Springs Food Rescue (www.coloradospringsfoodrescue.org) volunteers sustainably recover food seven days a week from donor businesses around the Pikes Peak region and deliver it directly to local nonprofit partnership programs. Each month, an average of 30,000 pounds of fresh produce, prepared foods such as catered leftovers, and perishable food is recovered. 

Partners In Housing  (www.partnersinhousing.org) gives homeless families hope and opportunities, providing one year transitional housing and various supportive services so they can become self-sufficient.

 

For 50 years, Reach Pikes Peak (www.reachpikespeak.org) has been at the forefront of providing supportive services designed to enhance the quality of life for the lower-income population of the Pikes Peak Region. The self-sufficiency programs have expanded over the years to include emergency services, a long-term case intensive job skills/educational enhancement program, and two matched savings programs – one for adults and one for at-risk youths.  

Mercy's Gate is faith based, but faith is not required for Colorado Springs individuals and families who have emergency / urgent financial, physical, emotional or spiritual needs to receive services and support from Mercy's Gate (www.mercysgatecs.org)

Homeward Pikes Peak believes people can recover. They help to house and counsel people facing homelessness and addiction every day. They offer a variety of housing programs for the homeless - one for sober living, one for mentally ill adults, and another for disabled veterans. Homeward Pikes Peak also operates an outpatient substance abuse clinic specializing in women's services, including pregnant women. The mission at Homeward Pikes Peak (www.homewardpp.org) is to create self - sufficiency, sober parents, effective employees, and dignity.

   

The Mission of The Resource Exchange is to build independence for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities….and their remarkable abilities. TRE (www.tre.org) is currently serving nearly 4,000 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families, through a range of fully customizable service lines.  

    

Noreen Landis - Tyson is the President and CEO of CPCD (www.cpcdheadstart.org).  CPCD is all about giving kids a head start. CPCD provides educational, physical and behavioral health, and nutritional services for children 3 to 5 years of age. There's also 'Early Head Start' which helps pregnant women and children ages birth to 3. This program serves to enhance the development of very young children while promoting healthy family functioning and school readiness. 

Today we hear from Alma Grandpre, one of the 'Friends' of TRP - Therapeutic Recreation Program.

The mission of TRP (www.springsgov.com/tr) is to provide opportunities for youth and adults (including veterans and seniors) to acquire skills that enable them to participate in leisure experiences of their choice and enhance their abilities to function within a community setting. Alma Grandpre is with the TRCP (Therapeutic Recreation Community Partners)  which supports TRP in their mission by providing scholarships. 

Today we talk with Ms. SherryLynn Boyles, Executive Director of TESSA.

TESSA empowers victims and stands in solidarity with the citizens of the Pikes Peak region against all intimate partner violence. The crisis hotline for TESSA is 719-633-3819. TESSA (tessacs.org) is participating in both the IndyGive! and Empty Stocking Fund campaigns this year. You can find out more about these campaigns and all of this year's recipients at: https://Indygive.com / www.fillanemptystocking.org

The Tim Gill Center for Public Media is pleased to announce the return of the citizen journalism contest for the 2016-2017 academic year.

This multimedia contest includes categories in video, audio, written, and photojournalist content. Optional free workshops are available to provide insight and best practices.

More information, workshop dates, submission deadlines and more details available here.

KRCC STAR PARTY

Aug 5, 2014
EARTH & SKY

It's a proven scientific fact that the KRCC universe would not exist without its members. We'd like to extend our universal thanks by inviting you to a little star party we're throwing in our backyard (912 N. Weber) on Wednesday, August 27th. Weather permitting, from 8 - 10pm that evening, members of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society will be on hand to share some night sky wonders. Thanks to them, and also thanks to our old friends at Earth & Sky for providing this image depicting a special celestial treat  in the sky that evening.