Community Partners gathered November 17 for the Grand Reopening of Archway Housing’s Greenleaf Apartments located at 1571 Beeler St. in Aurora. The metro area’s first significant snow of the season signaled a good omen for the project which took three years and $2 million in community investments to complete.
Greenleaf is a 55-unit multifamily affordable housing community where the residents are enjoying new appliances, lighting, HVAC systems, low flow faucets and a new playground for children for a comfortable, safe and healthy homes.
Among those on hand for presentations was Archway Executive Director Joyce Alms-Ransford and Community Partners: Norman Wright-Adams County; Deb Bristol-City of Aurora; Kim Snetzinger-Colorado Division of Housing; Kirk Huggins-President of Citywide Banks; Mary Anderies-AHS Board President; Robinson Lapp-AIC Board Member.
The renovation project was made possible by the collaboration of Adams County, City of Aurora, CO, Colorado Division of Housing, JV DeSouza, ICast, Case Forensics, Citywide Banks, and Gilmore Construction.
For more information visit: http://www.archwayhousingandservices.org
So maybe the ground being broken had turned to mud from rain and snow. Maybe it was still raining and snowing. But what a metaphor for Archway Housing & Services’ 40 West Residences groundbreaking. The gloomy weather only represented obstacles overcome and the sunny weather ahead a symbol for the bright future of the comprehensive affordable-housing project in Lakewood. And for shovel-wielding participants? The wet conditions only made it easier to dig into that temporarily soft ground.
On Friday, April 29, partners and supporters of Archway’s newest housing project gathered at the future site of 40 West Residences to mark the beginning of construction and the completion of closing–literally the day before. Archway’s executive director, Joyce Alms-Ransford, presided over a program packed with speakers that included Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul and keynote speaker Rick Garcia, HUD regional director. Key thoughts of the day centered on gratitude, appreciation, perseverance and the extensive collaboration among a myriad of diverse groups and individuals.
This innovative, affordable housing project is located near the “Gateway to Lakewood” on Colfax Avenue, the busiest transit corridor in Colorado. With a broad base of support, 40 West Residences will serve individuals and couples with a range of incomes, including low and very low-income veterans, a critically underserved population in the Denver metro area. In 2012, Archway Housing & Services Inc. purchased the parcel of land at 5830 W. Colfax Ave. with plans to construct a new affordable housing development. For more than four years, Archway has diligently pursued the development of 40 West Residences, and the organization has obtained the funding necessary to begin construction.
With a total development cost of $15 million, 40 West Residences was designed by VTBS Architects and will be built by JHL Constructors. It is anticipated that construction will be completed in June, 2017. The complex will be a four-story, 46,663-square-foot building comprised of 54 one-bedroom and 6 two-bedroom units–25 of those units are set aside for homeless U.S. military veterans. The remaining units will be reserved for individuals or couples who meet income requirements.
In July 2015, the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority awarded tax credits to 40 West Residences. Additionally, investors in the project are National Equity Fund (NEF), which focuses on veteran housing projects. Also partnering to provide mortgage financing are BBVA Compass and FirstBank of Colorado. Mile High Community Loan Fund provided critical funding for the land purchase and predevelopment activities. Metro West Housing Solutions will be a Special Limited Partner, providing property tax exemption. Other funders include: Lakewood/Jeffco Home Consortium, Colorado Division, the Federal Home Loan Bank – Topeka, The Home Depot Foundation, and Northrop Grumman/Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). The Council for Health & Human Services Ministries, UCC (CHHSM), as well as Urban Lights will provide donated or discounted goods and services. Other supporters include the Rocky Mountain Conference United Church of Christ, West Colfax Community Association, Two Creeks Neighborhood Association, 40 West Arts District, and the Lakewood–West Colfax Business Improvement District.
In partnership with the Veterans Administration, the Colorado Division of Housing, and HUD, Archway was awarded 25 project-based VASH Vouchers to serve veterans who are homeless. Archway also has partnered with Jefferson Center for Mental Health, VA-Eastern and Rocky Mountain Human Services to provide critical services for veterans. These partnerships and the construction of 40 West Residences will reduce the delays in housing placements and increase housing choices for homeless veterans, especially at a time when affordable housing options are limited. Other households can access services if they are in need; however, the residents of 40 West Residents, comprised from the general public, may have no other needs than a decent, safe and affordable place to live.
Archway Housing & Services and Archway Investment Corporation’s missions are to change lives by providing housing and related supportive services that engender a safe environment and teach community skills for families with low-to-moderate incomes. For more information, please visit: http://www.archwayhousingandservices.org/.
Celebrating an emerald anniversary in the midst of a gems-and-minerals exhibit, you might say this year’s Archway Housing and Services annual gala was a jewel, a sparkling success. On Friday, Sept. 18, supporters gathered at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for a festive evening of food, friends and fundraising to help the organization build healthier, more sustainable communities, while simultaneously increasing the self-sufficiency and upward mobility of struggling families who live in those homes.
The evening began with music by Bob’s Atrium Band during the cocktail hour and silent auction. Guests then adjourned to a sit-down dinner and program emceed by former Denver Bronco and media personality Reggie Rivers. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock was on hand to give the keynote speech and introduce award honorees David Nestor and Robinson Lapp, Archway co-founders. Also recognized on stage for service: Yvonne Monson, director of administration, and Yvette Craddock, board vice president and president of the Archway Investment Corporation board of directors.
During the program, Somer Lundborg, manager of family services, talked about the numerous, comprehensive programs for residents: from community gardens to career development for adults, and life skills classes, homework assistance and field trips for youngsters. Youth leaders took the stage to talk about their experiences, while executive director Joyce Alms Ransford and board president Mary Anderies also spoke during the program. Following a live auction run by lively auctioneer Rivers, guests had the opportunity to see the museum’s current Gems & Minerals Exhibition.
Archway Housing and Services is a faith-based Colorado nonprofit with roots in the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Church of Christ. Its mission: to change lives by providing housing and supportive services that engender a safe environment. The organization is dedicated to building healthier communities and providing teaching skills for families with very low to moderate incomes. Those additional family services, sometimes uncompensated, are currently available to 360 families, and there are plans underway for 60 additional apartments set aside for formerly homeless veterans. Archway Investment Corp., Inc., is the newest addition to the corporate structure, initiated in late 2014 to act as the developer of all future housing developments. For more information, please visit: http://www.archwayhousingandservices.org.
Archway Housing & Services Annual Fundraising event at Littleton Town Hall Arts Center presents Anything Goes
There’s few main streets anywhere in the country as inviting as Littleton’s. The trees are a glow with twinkling lights and the manicured Main Street is picture perfect, especially as the holidays approach.
Archway Housing & Services treat their colleagues, clients and employees each year to a fundraising party that includes a night at the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center theatrical production. This year’s musical was the frolicking play, “Anything Goes.”
The many friends of Archway gathered in the theater’s lobby Wednesday night, to enjoy festive finger foods created by Relish Catering accompanied by an array of beautiful desserts and cocktails.
Archway Housing and Services, Inc. has changed lives for over twenty years, working to provide family housing and related supportive services that engender a safe environment and teach community skills to families with very low-to-moderate incomes.
Your donations help those who need a little help with school supplies, youth leader courses, summer jobs, holiday celebrations expenses, Family Services and Family Services vehicles.
For information on the Archway organization please visit their website www.archwayhousing.org.
Under sunny skies and comfy temperatures, the 10th annual Habitat Golf Classic featured its share of PGA-worthy play, as well as a few golfer-bonding “great shot, wrong fairway” moments. Early-bird players were up and at ’em at 6:45 a.m. for registration and continental breakfast, ready to take on Glenmoor Country Club’s Pete Dye-designed course to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. In the end, it wasn’t so much about scoring, but enjoying a fun day on a beautiful golf course…along with the winning collaboration between host sponsor Habitat Interfaith Alliance and Habitat Metro Denver.
Once participants received goody bags and grabbed breakfast-to-go, they loaded up golf carts for a shotgun start at 7:45. The round featured a number of hole prizes, including a hole-in-one car from HM Brown. Krank Golf’s rep Christie Banowetz was stationed at the “Krank-It Hole,” giving players the opportunity to make a Habitat donation. In return, golfers were able to hit a Krank driver off the tee and no matter where they hit the ball, their official tournament landing was at the standing world record of 483 yards. If the team managed to send their second shot into the hole: double eagle.
Rob Ayers served as event chair and tournament participant, and Habitat Interfaith Alliance chair Scott Bates handled operations. After their round, golfers could finalize their silent-auction bids before settling down for a hearty brunch prepared by Glenmoor CC culinary pros, and find out whose scores stood up to the competition. Special thanks were given to sponsors, staff and volunteers, along with Steve Beach and Faye Whade of Glenmoor CC, and Lisa Chamberlain of Corporate and Golf Resources.
With representatives from 14 congregations in metro Denver, Habitat Interfaith Alliance is a group of dedicated souls who bring together people of Jewish, Catholic, Protestant and Unitarian Universalist faiths to do God’s work as a team. The organization’s annual goal is raising funds for all the building materials for one Habitat home in Denver and another in a developing country (via Habitat’s Tithe Program). The Habitat Golf Classic is a major fundraising component for this year’s Denver build–a three-bedroom, two-story townhome for a single mom and her four daughters. To date, HIA has built 12 homes in Denver. For more information, please visit: www.hiadenver.org.
In 2014, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver celebrates 35 years as a Habitat for Humanity affiliate, consistently recognized as a top producer and leader in green-energy homes. The organization completed its 500th home in metro Denver in November, 2012. Habitat Metro Denver is the fifth affiliate to tithe $1 million to Habitat in other countries—more than 600 homes have been built internationally. The organization continues to set challenging schedules and milestones for every year. Every 10 minutes another Habitat home is completed somewhere in the world and volunteers account for the majority of labor to build these homes, helping keep mortgages for the new homeowners affordable. For more information, please visit: www.habitatmetrodenver.org.
Area coffee shops surely felt a slowdown in business on Wednesday, May 7, as nearly 700 supporters got their java jolt at the 11th annual Breakfast for Humanity, hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. The event, held at Infinity Park Event Center, was a celebration to thank sponsors, vendors and volunteers for their time, donations and hard work. It was also a chance to introduce the Habitat “building a foundation for success” credo to newcomers.
The organization’s largest fundraiser of the year featured a packed one-hour program of speakers and video presentations that surrounded a complimentary sit-down breakfast served by Footers Catering. Vivacious 9News anchor Cheryl Preheim emceed the program with energy and sincerity—not only an event host, but an active Habitat hammer-wielder. She promised guests they would be so inspired by event speakers, “…you will be skipping to work.” Rev. Dr. James E. Fouther, Jr., of United Church of Montbello not only offered a pre-meal blessing, but a short inspirational talk surrounding the “theology of the hammer” concept, quoting from Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller’s book.
Heather Lafferty, Habitat Metro Denver’s CEO and project participant, spoke about the positive impact of Habitat projects on families and the community along with the definition of home—and the difference that Habitat owners felt after being part of the build-and-buy process. Angel Meza, along with her children Christian, Danielle, Rebekah and Paris, each spoke about their Habitat home experience, and guests were also treated to videos celebrating the organization’s 35th year. Board vice president Steve Shaffer ended the program with a call for donations—and most of the guests grabbed a pen to fill in various dollar amounts on their pledge cards.
Habitat for Humanity was established in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller to address poverty housing on a global scale through “partnership housing.” The Fullers’ concept centers on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses. Habitat’s no-profit and no-interest financing is affordable. And the “Fund for Humanity” (homeowner mortgage payments, no-interest loans and fundraising dollars) provides the capital needed to build. Today Habitat for Humanity has completed more than 600,000 homes around the world, completing the construction or repair of a home at the rate of one every 5.5 minutes.
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver was established in 1979 by a group of passionate volunteers who worked tirelessly to raise funds, acquire land, select families and manage all of the logistics to build the first Habitat homes in Denver. Since then, Habitat Metro Denver has become one of the largest affiliates in the U.S., celebrating the construction of a 500th home in 2012. In 2014, the organization announced a goal to serve 500 more families in five years. For more information, please visit: https://www.habitatmetrodenver.org/
Sustainability Series – Affordable Housing and Barriers to Equity in the Denver Region This event was part of a monthly Sustainability Series with three panelists, moderated by Marjo Curgus, who explored the rising cost of housing in Denver, the role the public and private sector play in housing development, and recent successes in integrating housing and sustainability goals. The panelists included Chuck Perry of Perry Rose Developers, Doctor Carrie Makarewicz and Desa West of Mile High Connects. The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado (one of the first mission based non profit centers in Denver) along with the Posner Center for International Development and The Worth Chair for Sustainability (University of Colorado, Denver) held the event to educate the community about different sustainability issues and to provide an opportunity to network and get involved in the topics discussed. The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado offers nonprofit tenants focused on sustainability issues lowered rent to work downtown to promote collaboration and complete policy work. The Posner is also a multi tenant non profit center focusing on international development issues.
Denver’s sub-zero night-time temperatures did not hinder the celebration at the Mayor’s Pajama Day in downtown Denver. In fact, nearly 400 guests attended the 9th annual PJ Day benefiting Denver’s Road Home held Thursday, February 6 at the Residence Inn Denver City Center, 1725 Champa St.
Denver’s Road Home Executive Director Bennie Milner described the goals and successes of the program before introducing Governor Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. The Mayor’s PJ party was launched about 10 years ago by Walter Isenberg, president and CEO of Sage Hospitality and Evan Makovsky, co-founder of NAI Shames Realty.
“The city cannot do this important work alone,” the Mayor said. “The more we stand together, the more powerful of an impact we can make on the community.”
The Mayor’s PJ Day continued a long tradition of guests wearing a wide variety of distinctive, colorful pajama outfits, fuzzy slippers, nightgowns and t-shirts featuring the PJ Day logo or representing supporting non-profits, businesses and organizations. This year, about 80 schools and 70 organizations supported the event by wearing pajamas to school and work.
Among guests on hand were Melanie Lewis Dickerson, Jon Luper and Deb Gray of DRH; Alexxa Gagner of the Denver Rescue Mission; Jim Guttau and Jolinda Cohavi from the Four Seasons; Lenee Koch of LEI Companies; Ramonna Robinson, Jim Licko and Jon Woods from GroundFloor Media; staff from Mile High Behavioral Healthcare; Denver metro area politicos including Arapahoe Commissioner Bill Holen, Aurora City Councilmembers Molly Markert and Debi Hunter Holen, Englewood Mayor Randy Penn and others.
Established in 2005, Denver’s Road Home (DRH) was launched by the Denver Commission to End Homelessness and Denver Human Services with the mission to end homelessness through a variety of programs and partnerships with churches, foundations, non-profits, businesses, government agencies, individuals, and other institutions.
The PJ Party featured a martini luge sponsored by Jim Beam with hors doeuvres, appetizers, cupcakes, and other treats provided by Snooze, the Rialto Café, Second Home Kitchen + Bar and The Corner Office.
Jazz musician Nelson Rangell and his band entertained guests well into the evening as patrons waited for photos at the Black Diamond photo booth or tailor-made gifts produced by the 3D Printing Store.
According to figures from Denver’s Road Home:
An estimated 64% of Denver’s homeless are people in families with children;
One-third of the homeless are working;
The most reported reasons for homelessness in Denver are loss of a job, housing costs and a breakup of a family.
For more information regarding this annual event visit www.pjday.org. To volunteer, donate or support homeless programs and initiatives contact Denver’s Road Home at 720-944-2508 or visit www.denversroadhome.org
Archway Housing Celebrates Holidays with Annie
Archway Housing & Services (formerly Rocky Mountain HDC) drew a large crowd for a fundraiser featuring a production of the musical “Annie” at the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, December 4. Despite record-setting bitter cold single digit temperatures more than 125 guests attended the performance including donors, partners, business owners, teachers, and various families from Archway communities and those who have supported our organization over the years.
The event was held at the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, a 94-year-old building listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Proceeds support the Archway Housing & Services Family Services Program.
Archway provides youth and adult services that include an after-school and summer program as well as career development and professional referrals, Archway Housing & Services Family Services Department is working to change the lives of their residents.
Archway’s Executive Director Joyce Alms-Ransford greeted visitors throughout the frigid night. Some 30 or so residents, including families and youth from the Arapahoe Green Townhomes, braved the cold and arrived just in time to catch the show. Relish Catering provided a nice smorgasbord of dinner items to satisfy a diverse crowd.
Archway Board Chair Rob Lapp met with supporters and mingled with guests, along with board members David Nestor and Mary Anderies. Staff members Teresa Vaughn, Catherine Datuin, Yvonne Monson, Joyce Modrak and staff and board from Town Hall Center helped with ticketing, ushering and with open bar sales.
The mission of Archway Housing & Services, Inc. is to change lives by providing housing and supportive services that provide a safe environment and teach community skills for families with very low to moderate incomes. Archway manages five affordable housing communities throughout Metro Denver and provides family services designed to guide, teach, mentor, assist families in each community. For more information call 303-561-0226 or visit archwayhousing.org
When Rocky Mountain Communities talks about nuts and bolts and building a foundation, it’s more than the physical aspects of providing affordable homes for those in need—it’s about also creating emotional stability and a sense of home. This year’s annual dinner and gala focused on the synergy of deserving residents, hard-working volunteers and generous donors with “A Night Under the Stars,” a gathering that provided both meaningful moments and lots of fun. On Saturday, Nov. 2, around 200 landed at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum to celebrate their positive results and talk about continuing their mission.
The evening began with a silent auction, cocktail reception, and museum plane-perusing and open-cockpit tours before guests were seated for a tasty dinner provided by Biscuits and Berries. Affable Mike Nelson, chief meteorologist for 7News, emceed the evening’s program with his usual friendly professionalism. Always ready with amusing anecdotes, he also offered the crowd a bonus weather prediction about the trends and conditions that promise a bountiful snow pack this year. Board chair Todd Crowley and RMC’s president and CEO, Richard Taft, talked about the good works and successes of RMC, while Community Manager Linda Griego and resident Danielle Castaneda provided personal accounts of the organization’s impact on their lives. Nelson then presided over a live auction, with impromptu help from wife Cindy Nelson—the dynamic duo enticed higher bids throughout. After a successful fundraising session, guests kicked up their heels to the swing-band sounds of Tuxedo Junction.
Taft writes: “Rocky Mountain Communities believes that having a stable, affordable home provides the foundation of support needed for dealing with many of life’s other challenges. We do this for our residents—for the mothers and fathers working two or three jobs; for the refugees and immigrants starting over in a new country; for the children striving hard in school to learn all they can so they can one day have a good home for families of their own.” RMC not only provides physical housing for its residents around the state, but also programming that includes literacy, nutrition, health and cooking education, social gatherings, senior activities and community gardens. For more information, please visit www.rockymountaincommunities.org.
We’ve put together a community, not just an apartment complex.
—Jeffery Jones, Board member, Archway Housing & Services Inc
A pristine Colorado fall day, with a vast blue sky, a slight breeze and burnt orange trees, was the backdrop for Archway Housing & Services Inc ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of the newly renovated Greenleaf Apartments. More than one year ago the agency pulled the apartment building out of foreclosure to create quality affordable housing for low- to moderate-income families.
As a first step, it connected with ICAST (International Center for Appropriate & Sustainable Technology) who then pulled in an array of partners. With collaboration and perseverance the group blossomed an updated, “green” complex that goes far beyond bricks and mortar.
When Archway board member Robinson Lapp had his turn at the podium he was quick to acknowledge Greenleaf’s Property Manager Quinteria Moss. “I have been here several times and I see what she does. She’s a really cool person. She’s incredibly caring toward the residents.”
Resident Graciano Pickering echoed the sentiment when he said, “Quinn’s office is always open and she listens.” Resident Dillion Parker put it succinctly when he said, “I love it here,” with a smile as bright as the day. Along with caring for people, the facility updates are about caring for resources. Regional Director of Region 8 for HUD Rick Garcia explained that because of the updates to the building and apartments each Greenleaf resident experiences a 20 percent savings in energy consumption. He also tipped his hat to ICAST as the only group in the west selected by HUD to receive specific funds for this type of project. “That is testament to their outstanding work,” relayed Garcia.
A shy, soft-spoken Graciano Pickering stepped up to the podium to thank the many people who worked together to make the renovations a reality. “We have a lot of families here and we appreciate this” in reference to the sturdy new play structure that is the centerpiece of the courtyard for the building.
Jeff Seifreid from Mile High Community Loan Fund acknowledged the agency’s accomplishments as he stated, “The track record of Archway is getting even more impressive.” Archway’s Executive Director Joyce Alms-Ransford graciously acknowledged how much of a “team effort” this project was and what an enormous difference it made in the lives of residents, now and in the future. “We were so, so pleased so many opportunities came together to make this a better place to live. Bringing new life to this community through all of the funding and support provided to the Greenleaf Apartments is what Archway Housing & Services wanted to accomplish. Every family deserves to have a decent place to live and Archway Housing & Services is proud to have made this happen.”
Archway was strategic in making its first step to bring in ICAST. The non-profit develops and implements market-based solutions for the issues that plague underserved communities. ICAST projects promote a triple bottom line approach to community development through the creation of social enterprise, economic growth, and environmental sustainability.
Funders reported for the project include HUD, Colorado Division of Housing, Aurora Housing Authority/Metro East Partners, City of Aurora, Mile High Community Loan Fund, Citywide Banks and Colorado Health Foundation. The people behind the entities are Pat Coyle, Alison George, Alison O’Kelly, Meghen Duggins, Craig Maraschky, Elizabeth Gundlach-Neufeld, Aaron Gagne, Signy Mikita, Jeff Seifried, Sarah Archibald, Lisa Bloomquist, Kirk Higgins, Anne Lovett, Deb Neeley and Christopher Smith.
The Development Team and Supporters included Teresa Vaughn, Yvonne Monson, Susan Vaho, Justine Hernandez, Joyce Modrak, Quinteria Moss, Cinday Dean, Christina Wynne, Danny Rodriguez, Jeff Tamburello, Julien Swain, Sarah Batt, Mark Berry and Greg Price. The project could not have been put together without the expertise of ICAST, Mountain View Construction, VTBS Architects and JHL Constructors.
Upgrades include the installation of new efficient appliances, lighting, HVAC systems, low flow faucets and low E glass windows. More improvements are planned to further update both the interior and exterior of the apartments.
After all the speeches one little resident chased a blue balloon blowing in the light breeze. Onlookers couldn’t help but smile. It may be a community under construction, so to speak, because there are still a few more tweaks to go to the property. But, to one little boy and his blue balloon, it’s a safe, loving home and it’s perfect. For many others, it’s a four-story sign of enormous care, collaboration and a model for future ventures.