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An Early Intervention Story: The Hanley Family

November 29, 2018

Our Early Intervention Program helps overwhelmed families care for their small children (ages 0-3) with developmental disabilities Our partner organization, SUN Foundation, recently held a breakfast highlighting the need for respite funding. We had the pleasure of listening to two parents speak about their journey caring for a loved one with a developmental disability and…

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A Respite Story: The Vincent Family

November 27, 2018

Respite Helps Busy Families Today, we’d like to introduce you to our second incredible guest speaker, Linda Vincent, who is mom to a young woman with Down Syndrome. If their story doesn’t make you want to hug your family a little tighter, we don’t know what will. Linda Vincent, a busy mother When I was…

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Give Back This Holiday Season: Pathways Holiday Outreach & Red Kettle Campaign

November 20, 2018

Pathways Holiday Outreach Support Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families As you may know, our Community Outreach Department hosts an annual gift drive called Pathways Holiday Outreach. This drive serves children and adults with developmental disabilities and delays and their families who may not have a holiday without your support.  DP Case Managers and…

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Meet Abi Hammer! She Loves Her Job at Best Buddies Bakery and Cafe

October 31, 2018

After the Hammer family shared their inspiring story with us, I wanted to meet their daughter Abi and find out more about her experience with the Wellspring Community and her job at the Best Buddies Bakery and Cafe, a delicious bakery at The Emporium in Castle Rock. I have to say–Best Buddies has customer service…

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Connecting People: Meet the Hammer Family

August 30, 2018

We are so grateful when the people and/or families we support want to share their story with us and with the community. We love to hear how we’ve helped support someone with developmental disabilities or delays, their family, or even other organizations, but that’s not our motivation in asking folks to share. Even though we…

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Summer Camp Spotlight: TimberNook Program

August 20, 2018

About a year ago, our Community Outreach Program began giving grants to organizations doing cool stuff in the I/DD realm. One of these organizations is the Hope Farms Project. Their mission is to offer an opportunity for people and animals to learn, grow, & heal together in nature. They also provide a career development program…

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Respite + Hospitality = Respitality

August 2, 2018

A combination of two components: “Respite: a break, for Parents and/or Caregivers, from providing care to their loved one(s) with special needs” + “Hospitality: a relationship between a guest and a host, wherein the host receives the guest with good will, reception, and entertainment.” Last Mother’s Day Weekend, The Community Outreach Department hosted its 2nd…

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Getting to Know Pathways: Meet Jourdan

June 28, 2018

At our core, Developmental Pathways is a community of people working for a cause we believe in. While our staff may number in the 200s, we consider approachability among our greatest assets. That said, we thought we’d introduce you to just a few of our incredible staff members in our “Getting to Know Pathways” video…

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Meet the Barney Family

May 31, 2018

We love to share stories about the families we support. This particular family melted our hearts with their playful son Declan and his two sisters Mackenzie and Peyton. Read on to hear more about their experience with Developmental Pathways and the Early Intervention Department from mom, Jen.  Hello, we are the Barney family: Adam, Jen, Mackenzie (8), Peyton (3),…

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From Pom Poms to Punching Bags: Hailie’s Story

November 28, 2017

For the past 3 weeks, we’ve brought you firsthand accounts of how respite can change families’ lives. You can catch up on each story here. This week, we’re shifting gears to tell you about another way that community philanthropy plays an important role at Developmental Pathways. While respite funding enables a primary caregiver to take a…

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A Respite Story: The Marquez Family

November 22, 2017

Week 3 of our Respite Series features the Marquez family- a name that the Developmental Pathways and SUN Foundation community probably know well. You can catch our previous 2 posts about the Pinkertons and the Olsens on our blog as well. If you’re new to the topic of respite, it is simply a break for…

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A Respite Story: The Olsens

November 15, 2017

Thanks for joining us for another respite story courtesy of the Olsen Family. If you haven’t read last week’s post about the Pinkertons, it’s worth a few minutes of your time. For those unfamiliar with the topic of respite, it is simply a break for a primary caregiver. This break could be an hour to…

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A Respite Story: The Pinkertons

November 8, 2017

Respite is something of a hot topic here at Developmental Pathways. It’s not uncommon for our Community Outreach team to encounter disbelief when they tell families they can help fund & connect families to hours, days, or weeks of time off from caregiving. For those unfamiliar with the topic, respite is a break for a…

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Catch Up with Melanie: Parents Selected as Board of Directors Officers

July 19, 2017

Thank you for joining me on the blog today in what will become a recurring Catch Up with Melanie series! My hope is to provide an update from where I sit every couple of months. I hold monthly office hours open to all of our staff to bring questions, concerns, or just to sit down…

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Creating a Culture of Belonging at DP

June 1, 2017

Nonprofits are often bound by the double standard of creating big impact with little funding. On the one hand, they’re expected to provide quality service for the good of the community, but on the other hand, they’re also expected to operate with less resources than their for-profit counterparts.  Although we at DP are fortunate to have…

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Community Outreach hosts Preschool Conference

May 18, 2017

To all of our early education teachers and family members of young children with disabilities and difficult behaviors. Have you recently sifted through many resources that don’t quite fit your needs? Probably so. In fact, we’ve heard from our community that you need more resources, more tools to help you parent unique children. Over the past…

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Dylan Batz honored by John Lynch Foundation

May 17, 2017

Last week, one of our own local legends at Pathways, Dylan Batz, was recognized by several other Denver legends at the John Lynch Foundation Salute the Stars luncheon. John Lynch joined Broncos General Manager John Elway and new head coach Vance Joseph to honor a handful of student-athletes in the Denver area. Each year the foundation presents…

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Pathways Pantry Gets a Revamp

May 10, 2017

At DP, we think each of our departments has a knack for seeing needs in our community and finding creative ways to fill them. Our Community Outreach Department, in particular, is tasked with serving the folks who need extra help caring for a loved one with a developmental disability/delay. Some of these folks are waiting for…

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Disability Policy Seminar brings Colorado organizations together at Capitol

April 17, 2017

On March 20-22, organizations from across the nation met in Washington D.C. for the 2017 Disability Policy Seminar. The seminar offered an opportunity to unite with passionate advocates, self-advocates, experts, and professionals in the field to learn and discuss key issues related to the developmental disability community on Capitol Hill.   5 Organizations Represent Colorado All in…

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A Fresh Take on Respite: A Day as an Artist

March 14, 2017

Respite, simply put, is a break for the primary caregiver. Respite can be anything from a few hours to a whole week of supervised care for children or adults with developmental disabilities/delays. During this time, caregivers can decompress and recharge in whatever way they choose. Developmental Pathways’ Community Outreach department has developed various partnerships to provide…

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Learning to ski and other life lessons

February 28, 2017

It’s the time of year when many of us Coloradans spend more time on I-70 headed to the mountains than driving around Denver. The powder is fresh and so is our spirit for snow sports. A few young people in our Community Outreach Program share a love for winter sports. Recently, Pathways provided funding for…

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DP Happenings: Community Outreach

January 31, 2017

The Community Outreach Department has been quite busy this holiday season!  Starting in October, we hosted a Trunk or Treat event at the Aurora office where about 40 families attended with approximately 150 people overall.  We had 15 trunks and several volunteers from the Denver Junior League and College Track. Children enjoyed trunk or treating,…

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Developmental Pathways Accepting Grant Applications

January 19, 2017

    We are accepting grant applications from organizations who serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and delays, residing within our service area of Douglas County, Arapahoe County, and the City of Aurora. A total of $300,000 will be awarded in three different areas of need identified and prioritized by individuals and families polled. The…

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The Spirit of the Holidays

January 12, 2017

Sometimes Santa comes in disguise as he did for about 700 people with developmental disabilities or delays this year. For more than a decade, the local community centered board Developmental Pathways has held their much-anticipated Holiday Outreach program. Supported individuals and/or families in need are nominated to participate in this extraordinary program. The program nominees…

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Holiday Outreach Program and Denver 7 News

December 22, 2016

Yesterday, Channel 7 News ran a story about Developmental Pathways Holiday Outreach Program. They discussed an unfortunate mistake that we immediately worked diligently to rectify. We would like to take a moment to share the whole story with our staff, our supporters, and most importantly, the individuals and families we support. Each year, our Holiday Outreach…

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Developmental Pathways Board Member Honored as Commissioner of the Year by Colorado Counties

December 19, 2016

Congratulations to Commissioner Nancy Sharpe, a board member of Developmental Pathways! Sharpe was recently honored by Colorado counties for her “outstanding contributions,” and named Commissioner of the Year. Every year, the organization Colorado Counties recognizes the outstanding contribution by a commissioner to the statewide organization. The award was presented Nov. 29 to Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy…

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‘Tis the season to be thankful

December 13, 2016

After Thanksgiving comes and goes, it seems like the last few weeks of the year are a blur of holiday parties, shiny decorations, and whole days devoted to shopping—who’s in for Saving Sunday 2017? But, amidst the busyness of bringing about holiday cheer, we tend not to notice the moments and milestones that have made…

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