Press Release for Immediate Release:  September 3, 2015
Contact: Kelly Tryba, Hope House of Colorado or 720-629-3857

Hope House of Colorado Receives Governor’s Service Award
Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia Recognizes Hope House as Outstanding Nonprofit Organization

(Denver) Hope House of Colorado was recognized by Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s office as Outstanding Nonprofit Organization at the 2015 Governor’s Service Awards ceremony. The awards are presented in recognition and appreciation to individuals, community leaders and various organizations for their outstanding contribution to volunteerism and service throughout Colorado.

"This award is dedicated to our amazing community of volunteers who are making a real difference in the lives of our young moms,” said Lisa Steven, Founder & Executive Director of Hope House. “We are on track to empower over 150 teen moms this year, which would not be possible without their extraordinary help,"
Hope House welcomes volunteers of all ages, with 245 volunteers donating over 8,300 hours of free service last year.

“One of our youngest volunteers hosted a lemonade stand to purchase toiletries for the teen moms at Hope House, while Tom, an amazing senior citizen in his 80s, shows up every week to deliver donated items to teen moms or other non-profits,” said Jennifer Cerf, Volunteer Coordinator for Hope House. “From age 6 to 86, the volunteers at Hope House are engaged in a way that makes a tangible difference.”

The Governor’s Service Awards are designed to acknowledge individuals and organizations who embody the ideals of community service. Colorado governors, current and past, recognize the importance of community involvement and for the past 20 years have honored volunteers who have given so much to our state and local communities through these annual awards.

“These winners represent what makes Colorado truly great,” said Garcia. “Each and every award winner demonstrates a deep dedication to service and giving back to their local communities across the state. We are grateful for their dedication to making Colorado an exceptional place to live.”

Hope House was nominated by Lauren Ambrozic, Executive Director at Colorado Prevention Alliance.  During her nomination speech, Amborzic said, “Without these amazing volunteers and their selfless commitment to these young women who are working hard to break the vicious cycle of poverty, Hope House simply could not accomplish its mission.”

This year’s awards were presented to the following:

• Outstanding AmeriCorps State/National Member: Janet Gilmore
• Outstanding AmeriCorps VISTA Member: Kristen O'Brien
• Outstanding Community Leader: Mayor Tara Schoedinger
• Outstanding Nonprofit Organization: Homeless Gear and Hope House of Colorado
• Outstanding Returning Peace Corps Volunteer: Mike and Ann Moore
• Outstanding Senior Corps Volunteer: Sam and Galina Dukarevich
• Outstanding Veteran Volunteer: Paula Sarlls
• Outstanding Volunteer: Laura Levy
• Outstanding AmeriCorps NCCC Member: Flannery Pearson-Clarke  (Previously awarded)


Photo Caption:  Lindsay Dolce, Executive Director of Serve Colorado, gives the Governor’s Service Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Organization to Lisa Steven, Founder & Executive Director of Hope House of Colorado, and Hope House graduates Kyra Shade and Alondra Picazo at a ceremony at the Colorado state capitol building.

About Hope House of Colorado:  Hope House is metro-Denver's only resource providing free self-sufficiency programs to parenting teen moms, including Residential, GED, and College & Career Support programs.  Additional supportive services include Healthy Relationships and Parenting Programs, Mentoring, Early Learning, Life Skills workshops and certified counseling, all designed to prepare them for long-term independence. Hope House relies on numerous volunteers and local business partnerships to accomplish its mission.

About Serve Colorado:  Serve Colorado, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, strives to build a culture of civic engagement across Colorado by working in partnership with a vast array of community based organizations. As the state agency of the national AmeriCorps program, Serve Colorado provides staffing and funding for 14 community based programs including environmental stewardship, academic tutoring, youth mentoring, economic opportunity, and other initiatives designed to help communities thrive. Additionally, Serve Colorado directly oversees the Colorado Reads and One Book 4 Colorado literacy initiatives, and promotes volunteerism through four Days of Service held annually. Learn more at  

Contact: Kelly Tryba, Hope House of Colorado or 720-629-3857

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