Lucky To Live Here 1 (Don Ward)

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

From time to time I'm going to write a little bit about why we're all pretty lucky to live in Southern Colorado.

AN EVENING TO RAISE MONEY TO HELP PEOPLE

Last night there was a fundraiser for Partners In Housing..and take a look at the setting.  We are lucky to live here.

That's the view from the back patio of the Garden Of The Gods Club.  OK, most of us don't get to spend too much time at a place like that...but all of us know 10 other places in Colorado Springs where we can go to get a view just like it.  We are lucky to live here.  Now this organization called Partners In Housing is taking on one of the toughest problems in our community.  Last night's event had a casino gaming theme (no real money changed hands) and I was proud to be the emcee along with my 11 News co-anchor Shannon Brinias.

We've done many stories at KKTV 11 News about the homeless problem.  Hundreds of them were camping in tents along the creek beds near downtown.  The city just passed an ordinance banning that, now the concern is what will the homeless do.  There are no easy answers, there is no single solution..but Partners in Housing is an important part of the problem-solving puzzle.  Since 1991 the group has provided safe, affordable transitional housing for families in trouble.   They focus on making sure kids have a place to live.  The families can stay for up to two years while parents get career training, counseling, even transportation help to get back on their feet....and the kids get back in school.  So our community has its problems, but it also has organizations such as P.I.H. helping those in need.   Here's a link to learn more.   http://www.partnersinhousing.org/        We are lucky to live here. 

While I was losing fake money at various tables I had a real surprise...and a good one.  Way back in about 1981 while I was a Jr. at Doherty High School in the Springs...I started my first job.  Not my first TV job...my first any-kind-of job.  It was at the Baskin-Robbins store at Flintridge and Academy. The couple who owned it and ran it were always very good to those of us who worked there. I had kept in touch with them a little bit over the years..but not at all lately. They were at the event!  Jeff and Lori Van Horn are great people and it was such a pleasure to see them and catch up a little.  Here's me with them.

This kind of thing happens to me all the time.  I run into someone I knew from years ago, someone I haven't seen in a long time and it's great.  It's one of the perks of having a visible job in the city where I was raised.  So I guess...while we are lucky to live here..... I'm REALLY lucky to live here!

We'll talk again soon.

Don Ward

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