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Calhan, Colorado, 80808
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When:  August 22, 2013 – 1 PM to 3 PM

Where:  The Independence Center
729 South Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Guest Speaker: Supportive Housing (Denver)

·      What is section 8 – section 8 101
·      What other types of housing assistance are available – like public housing
·      Fair housing specifically for persons with disabilities
·      Review of regulations:  reporting income, who can live with you, etc.
·      Other programs offered – homeownership
·      Housing quality standards – based on what your unit needs

For further information and to RSVP please contact:
·      Becky Shute (
·       Valeria Jones (


ADA Event Highlights History

The Independence Center celebrated the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how it has affected the lives on those with disabilities on July 25th at Stargazers Theatre. The ADA Celebration included a silent auction with items donated from around the community, a screening of the PBS documentary “Lives Worth Living” and local heroes involved in the Disability Rights movement sharing their stories. “During the movie, you could hear a pin drop,” Yeager said. “I think maybe people did not realize what a recent and rich history we have across the country.  We are not alone!” Read more about the evening on our website.

For more information please click on The Independence Center tab.

Paradox Sports program for people with physical disabilities

Camp Paradox!
Cheyenne Mountain State Park, CO Springs
Fri, August 9 – Sun, August 11



Paradox Sports is hosting two Camps in 2013 for all ages with
physical disabilities joined by their family and close friends.
 2 nights and 3 days in beautiful Colorado campgrounds
 Challenge ropes course, yoga and team building activities
 Delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners
 Free time for fishing, hiking, games and more

Campers will enjoy an amazing outdoor setting, making new friends,
and activities that challenge their loved ones and them to see their
abilities in new ways.

For more information, visit
Registration is open! All costs, except for transportation to and from
event, are included with your registration fee.
Visit to register today.

Courageous Women, Fearless Living Retreat Celebrates Its Seventh Year Empowering Women Touched by Cancer

Courageous Women, Fearless Living Retreat Celebrates Its
Seventh Year Empowering Women Touched by Cancer

Innovative retreat gives powerful tools to help women meet the totality of their
experience directly and courageously.   To read the entire article, click the following: 2013 Courageous Women Fearless Living Press Release1.

Red Feather Lakes, CO – Shambhala Mountain Center will be hosting the 7th
AnnualCourageous Women, Fearless Living retreat from August 20-25, 2013. This innovative
and contemplative program was founded in 2005 and has helped over 300 women with a
current or past diagnosis of cancer. Through nutrition, Tibetan healing, integrative
medicine, meditation, yoga, art and community building, women are given powerful tools
to meet the totality of their experience directly and courageously.

“Our goal is for our participants to return home with a new circle of support and
friendship; with the mental, emotional, and contemplative tools to support them in their
journey through cancer; and with greater self awareness, confidence, and appreciation for
life,” says Judith Lief, one of the lead instructors of the retreat. Lief is a contemplative hospice pioneer, senior
meditation instructor, former dean of Naropa University and author of Making Friends with Death. She is joined for this retreat by a team of experts with similarly impressive credentials including Victoria Maizes, MD, Executive Director of the Arizona Center for
Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona and internationally recognized leader in integrative medicine, and Linda Sparrowe, a
writer, yoga instructor, mentor and practitioner with deep roots in the Vedas, Sanskrit, and women’s health.

Many women dealing with cancer are facing financial challenges, and numerous organizations are helping to make Courageous Women, Fearless Living as accessible as possible. The Eileen Fisher Foundation has given grants to award scholarships for attending this retreat and donations through the Beanstalk Foundation are helping with the travel costs for many participants. Shambhala Mountain Center is also providinggenerous support through discounts on accommodations.

To read more on this program, please visit:
About Shambhala Mountain Center
Since 1971, Shambhala Mountain Center has offered a wide array of programs on meditation,
yoga and contemplative arts led by acclaimed instructors from throughout the world. Nestled
high in the Colorado Rockies, this 600-acre mountain valley retreat center is just two hours
from Denver and offers over a hundred programs each year exploring the paths of personal
health, deepened awareness and transformation. Its mission is to promote personal and
societal wisdom and provide a safe and supportive environment, welcoming all people with
inspiration, interest and curiosity about the nature of self and society. For more information,
visit or call (970) 881-2184.

COC Coalition Meeting–July 17th at 1:30 PM



Wednesday, July 17th, 20113   at 1:30 pm

Location:  Beer Dock Pavilion (although it will be a dry dock that day)

Volunteers will direct traffic.  Located outh of the building we normally meet in.

  1. Introductions
  2. The Hanger – a project of CASA’s Milton Foster Children’s Fund Committee, a
    volunteer group that raises money to support children & teens in out-of-home
    placement in El Paso and Teller Counties – Laura Speer
  3. Update from agencies in attendance
  4. El Paso County Fair – July 20th – 27th  (Partner Participation throughout week & access)
  5. 3rd Annual Community Outreach Coalition Health & Resource Fair – Sept 14th, 2013
  6. Save the Date reminders

Michelle Milner, with PP United Way 211 invited our Coalition agencies to post activities on their electronic calendar which is located on the website.  The events must be health and human service related, ie: not fundraising events.  Event informaton can be emailed to Michlle at  If you have any questions, please feel to call Michelle at 719-955-0732.

VIII.  Next Meeting – Wed., August 21st, 2013  at Exhibit Hall @ El Paso County Fairgrounds