Kids love to attend the Hope Center’s annual summer carnival. It’s a summertime tradition packed with activities and seemingly easy-to-win games and hot dogs and hamburgers for parents and children alike.

No clowns or merrygorounds; however, plenty of cotton candy, ice cones, a bouncy castle and the most popular attraction: pony rides. President/CEO Gerie Grimes and her trusty administrative staff Cassandra Johnson, Bruce Duran, Otis Preston, Vanessa Nguyen, and many volunteers kept the party going.

Established more than five decades ago, the Hope Center Early Childhood Education program serves children from all educational backgrounds including children with special needs, gifted and at-risk children throughout the fast-growing diverse community in northeast Denver.

President/CEO Gerie Grimes and Bruce Duran, Development Director

Vendors representing Denver city services and private entities set up their info booths in the shade. Among the informational booths present were the Center for African American Health, the Denver Zoo, Denver Preschool Program, Mental Health Center of Denver, Kids Choice Dental, Denver Human Services, Therapies of the Rockies, and many others.

Established in the 1960s, HOPE Center is a community-based non-profit agency focusing on Early Childhood Education and Care and Vocational Training for adults with developmental disabilities. The Center also provides education for at-risk and gifted children, and kids with developmental disabilities for Denver families.

This year the organization celebrates 57 years of service and serves more than 200 students and clients on a daily basis, with 27 staff and over 260 volunteers.

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