Make a difference this holiday season by donating to the Fresh Start Holiday Gift Drive!
Sometimes the troubles of the world seem so big it’s hard to know where to start or how to make an impact.
Maybe a good place to start is right in your own neighborhood!
Fresh Start Inc. is working with the Sun Valley Local Residents Council to provide assistance and support for deprived families and youth in need here in Denver. The community Fresh Start is currently focused on is the Sun Valley neighborhood located in the Central Platte Valley.
Please take a moment to help a Denver family or youth this holiday season.
To learn more about recent Sun Valley Initiative Events click here.
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…..more treats than tricks!!
On Saturday, October 28, 2011, Fresh Start in collaboration with City Councilwoman Judy Montero’s Office, the Riverfront Park Community Foundation, Xcel Energy, Sun Valley Local Residents Council, Rude Recreation Center, and the SW Community Collaborative Partnership (CCP) Center hosted a fantastic Halloween party.
The families and children enjoyed an afternoon filled with activities, food, beverages, games, bike riding, and stocking up on treats. Each child picked a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch after playing several games of musical chairs.
A HUGE Shout Out and THANKS to the Denver Police Department and Denver Fire Department for being strong and consistent supporters of the Sun Valley community. The children enjoyed hours of play at the DPD Bike Village. Everyone lined up and waited anxiously for their turn to wear a helmet and ride the course. The children did not want to stop riding. They also enjoyed checking out the Fire Truck filled with treats for the children.
We would like to express of sincere appreciation to our community partners:
- Little Caesar Pizza for the delicious pizza, bread sticks, and cookies
- Daffy Apples for the yummy candy apples
- Rude Recreation Center for the hot and buttery popcorn bags
- Xcel Energy for the generous supply of candy
- The Riverfront Park Community Foundation for the candy, cider, fresh veggies and fruit, and beverages
- Dr. Efren Martinez, DDS General Family Dentistry for the toothbrushes and dental floss your participation
A special THANKS to the Fresh Start Board of Directors who came and distributed candy, worked in the pumpkin patch, and served food. Thank you Kristina, Michelle, and Susan!!!
We love our Riverfront Park Community volunteers and want to thank Barbara Scarpella Reed for joining us and helping out!!
We salute DPD Officers Pacheco and Starbuck and our Denver Firefighters!!
To see more great photos from this event visit Fresh Start on Facebook.
Dress up the pets and/or kids and come join Fresh Start and the Stand Up for Me staff at the Sunnyside Critter Costume Contest at Chaffee Park tomorrow, Saturday, October 29 between 12 noon and 2:00 p.m. for some Halloween fun!
Stop by our booth for coffee, hot chocolate and donuts and help spread the word about children in need of temporary foster homes.
This will be a blast and we are so pleased to help out with this Sunnyside United Neighbors event! Prizes will be given for cutest, scariest and most creative pet costume, as well as person/pet pair or group costume! Kids in costume will receive a candy/toy bag. $5 suggested donation to enter – $50 CASH PRIZE for “Best in Show”!
Chafee Park is located at 44th and Tejon in North Denver. Join us tomorrow!
On Saturday, October 29th, Fresh Start in collaboration with the Riverfront Park Community Foundation, Councilwoman Judy Montero, Rude Recreation Center, Xcel Energy, Sun Valley Local Residents Council, Mercy Housing and the Denver Police Department District 1 will sponsor a “Trick or Treat Street” at the Sun Valley Opportunity Center.
Festivities begin at 2:00 p.m. through 5:00 p.m. We are so excited to feature a Bike Village, Pumpkin Patch, Costume Contest, Candy Maze, Haunted House, Music, Dancing, Raffle Prizes, and Refreshments! Community Volunteers will supervise activites to ensure safety and fun for the whole family.
In addition, the Sun Valley Local Residents Council will feature a “Hay Ride through the HOOD” for a friendly ride in the neighborhood. Children will enjoy candy apples, popcorn balls, and fresh fruit.
We would like to send a special THANKS toLittle Caesar’s Pizza for the pizza and breadsticks everyone will love to eat. Each season of giving in the Sun Valley community is gaining more attention and community support which is making the holidays pleasant for everyone!
Anntella is a Community Outreach Worker for the Denver Village-Stand UP for Me Initiative. Anntella is a dedicated and outstanding advocate for foster children and youth as well as adoptive, kinship, and foster parents. She has a fervent desire to transform the perception of adolescents from negative stereotypes to positive contributing members of society.
Over the past fifteen years, Anntella has volunteered and worked collaboratively with multiple organizations as a Community Coach, Youth Counselor, Group Leader, Outreach Worker, and Program Coordinator. She has earned a BS degree in Human Services from the University of Phoenix and is working on her Masters in Counseling. Anntella’s goal is to engage with at-risk youth from diverse backgrounds by providing them with the skills and tools to address transitioning from adolescence to adulthood.
Anntella is currently working on a special project called “Family Konnect” which empowers adolescents to identify and evaluate behaviors causing problems in their lives. By educating youth in a safe and caring environment, Anntella teaches how to work through issues by utilizing community resources.
It is unfortunate that youth who are involved in either the child welfare or juvenile justice system are perceived as incapable of showing and feeling love. These negative labels prevent many older youth to find an adoptive family. Anntella is dedicated to move beyond the images placed on out of home youth and wants every child to have a loving, caring, and safe home in Denver.
Anntella’s has an incredible personality and it is amazing to watch her work with such passion, commitment, joy, and professionalism. She is always ready to make the extra effort to complete a project and counsel the families and youth in her care.
Fresh Start salutes Anntella and is grateful she is a member of the Fresh Start staff and community at large. THANK YOU, Anntella!!!