The Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWFC) today announced that it has received a grant of $203,333 from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to help people released from prison or jail prepare for the workplace, find, and retain employment.
“Policymakers across the political spectrum agree that for people released from prison or jail, employment can be the gateway to successful reentry.
Some evidence supports that reentering individuals are more likely to be re-incarcerated if they are unemployed, and these individuals report
that a job is key to avoiding criminal activity.”1
PPWFC will work closely with the Department of Corrections (DOC) to develop the Road to Work program and identify medium-to-high risk offenders in the Pikes Peak Region who will benefit from participation in the program.
Road to Work, a four-phase program based on best practices presented in the Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing recidivism and promoting job readiness report prepared for the Anne E. Casey Foundation, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the U.S Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Labor, will be created. The four phases are:
Phase 1 – 30-day Work Readiness program
Phase 2 – Training and Education
Phase 3 – Employment
Phase 4 – Employment Retention and Follow-up
Subsidized employment through work experiences and/or on-the-job training programs may be provided to participants who need to gain work experience and job skills. Support groups also will be available to participants. To assist with job retention, 12 months of follow-up services will be provided to stabilize participants and administer employment-related guidance and advocacy.
The Pikes Peak Workforce Center connects vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services. More information about the Pikes Peak Workforce Center can be found online at www.ppwfc.org.
By Ed Duffy
Smith Chiropractic has been serving the Colorado Springs/Fountain Valley area for over 25 years. With the help of representatives from the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce, they recently celebrated the Grand Opening of their new location at 1825 Main Street in Security, right across from the School District 3 administration building.
It’s a real family affair now that Dr. Ryan (Smith) has finished school and joined the practice. Kelly Smith (Ryans’s mom) runs the office and of course, Dr. Terry Smith is in charge of cutting ribbons.
You can still reach Smith Chiro at 719-390-5404. Office hours are:
Mon 9:20 am - 6:00 pm
Tue 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Wed 9:20 am - 6:00 pm
Thu 9:20 am - 6:00 pm
Sat and Sun by appointment only and closed on Sunday.
You can also visit them on the web at www.DrTerrySmith.com
Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)
Mountain Metropolitan Transit has installed 25 reflective devices at bus stops to help customers safely signal a bus driver at night or during the early morning hours. The Bus Stopper devices were installed at bus stops that were recommended by bus drivers and other bus stops with low lighting and high ridership.
“With daylight savings time approaching these devices will help bus drivers see customers in low light conditions”, commented Craig Blewitt, director Mountain Metropolitan Transit. “We are monitoring how effective the devices are and hope to install more in 2016 if customers and drivers find them to be beneficial.”
Each unit is marked with a QR code that will take passengers to a short instructional video about Bus Stopper. Visit Mountain Metro’s Bus Stopper web page to learn more.
Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Mountain Metro Mobility ADA Paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Mountain Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-bus program.
Griffis/Blessing, Inc., completed the acquisition of The Pines at Broadmoor Bluffs Apartments in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on October 29. The community, located in the esteemed Broadmoor neighborhood, was built in 1987 and is comprised of 108, two- and three-bedroom apartments, averaging 1,107 square feet. Shared amenities include a swimming pool and spa, a clubhouse with WiFi, a fitness center and private garages for each apartment home.
The Pines at Broadmoor Bluffs is perfectly positioned as a light value-add opportunity with amenity upgrade potential. Improvement plans will entail renovating the fitness center, adding a business center and cyber-café, and expanding the pool deck complemented with added amenities, such as a fire pit, cabanas and an outdoor kitchen/grill. With over an acre of underdeveloped land on a portion of the property, a dog park, community garden or other resident-friendly space is also proposed.
“The Pines at Broadmoor Bluffs with its limited value-add opportunity is somewhat different than our typical investment," says Gary Winegar, President of Investment Services for Griffis/Blessing. “However, the location is irreplaceable, and future development in the area is highly unlikely which will continue to drive its appeal to residents and the performance of the investment. The Pines at Broadmoor is simply great real estate.”
William J. Hybl, Jr., President and COO of Griffis/Blessing states, “The Pines at Broadmoor Bluffs offers potential and current residents an environment that more closely resembles an exclusive resort than an apartment community. It’s a unique community in a beautiful setting. We are excited about the acquisition and management of it to make it like no other here in Colorado Springs.”
Pat Stanforth, CPM®, Senior Vice President of Multifamily Services, will manage the community, while Sara Muise, Property Manager, will lead day-to-day operations.
The property was purchased for $20.3 million. ARA Newmark was the listing broker, and Steve Koeneke and David Link of Northmark arranged the Fannie Mae mortgage.
Headquartered in Colorado Springs with additional offices in Denver and Boise, ID, Griffis/Blessing, Inc., currently manages over four million square feet of commercial space and more than 8,500 apartment units. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services since 1985. For more information, visit www.griffisblessing.com.
U-Haul Company of Colorado is pleased to announce that Store Here Self Storage has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Colorado Springs community.
Store Here Self Storage at 2345 Academy Place will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers and support rental items.
Hours of operation for U-Haul rentals are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday. After-hours drop-off is available for customer convenience.
Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling (719) 428-2041 or visiting http://www.uhaul.com/Locations/Truck-Rentals-near-Colorado-Springs-CO-80909/016615/ today.
Store Here Self Storage owner Ryan Rogers is proud to team with the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage to better meet the demands of El Paso County.
U-Haul and Store Here Self Storage are striving to benefit the environment through sustainability initiatives. Truck sharing is a core U-Haul sustainability business practice that allows individuals to access a fleet of trucks that is larger than what they could access on an individual basis.
Every U-Haul truck placed in a community helps keep 19 personally owned large-capacity vehicles, pickups, SUVs and vans off the road. Fewer vehicles means less traffic congestion, less pollution, less fuel burned and cleaner air.
Store Here Self Storage is a great place to become U-Haul Famous. Take your picture in front of a U-Haul product, send it in and your face could land on the side of a U-Haul truck. Upload your photo through Instagram using #uhaulfamous, or go to www.uhaulfamous.com to submit photos and learn more.