Lisa Steven, Hope House of Colorado’s Executive Director and Co-founder, was officially named Arvada’s Woman of the Year by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. A committee of past award winners chose Lisa due to the extraordinary contributions she has made to the Arvada community over an extended period of time.

Committee Chairman Mark McGoff and Kami Welch, President of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, noted Lisa Steven’s “selflessness, leadership and dedication” to the community and their “appreciation of (her) commitment to the betterment of our city.”

Nominated by Lisa Lowe, co-owner of Olde Town Acupuncture & Wellness Center, Lisa Steven’s remarkable contributions to the Arvada community include the following:

– co-founded Hope House, a non-profit organization in Arvada that transforms the lives of over 110 teen moms and their 165 children from all across the Denver-metro area every year.
– created an organization that is heavily involved with the local community – last year 220 local volunteers gave over 11,300 hours of their time to Hope House and several local businesses joined the cause by offering paid internships and job training positions to Hope House teen moms.
– successfully led Hope House to new levels and growth that, with a budget of $1 million, has joined the top 10% of non-profit organizations in the entire United States.
– regularly receives calls and visits from other non-profit organizations from around the world who are looking for a replicable, effective model.

The award was officially presented to Lisa at the Chamber’s Annual Awards luncheon at the Arvada Center on March 6. In her acceptance speech, Lisa said, “I am honored by this award. At Hope House we work hard to build a community for our teen moms, and I thank you for being a supportive community to us as an organization.”


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