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Day 4: Habitat For Humanity Metro Denver

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live.

They build with people in need regardless of race or religion and welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds. 
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn are Habitat's most famous supporters. The couple annually leads the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

What They Build

Habitat houses are simple, decent, and affordable to low-income families, and whenever possible, the goal is to build sustainable, energy-efficient and healthy housing. Gregg visited the Habitat For Humanity Denver warehouse, where Habitat volunteers were up at 5 a.m. constructing frames.

Why They Build

Nearly 2 billion people around the world live in slum housing and over 100 million are homeless. Habitat for Humanity says they are needed to help eliminate poverty by providing simple, decent shelter to those in need.

They say families left homeless by natural disasters, war and civil unrest often face dire housing situations as they struggle to rebuild their lives. Habitat for Humanity's Disaster Response program provides shelter and housing solutions to help these families recover.

How it's possible

Homeowners and volunteers build under trained supervision.
Individuals, corporations, faith groups and others provide vital financial support. In the U.S., Habitat for Humanity lends no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans to its beneficiary families.

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Day 3: Denver YMCA

The YMCA of Metropolitan Denver prides itself on making a positive impact on lives since 1875. The organization's wide range of programming includes YMCA After School, YMCA Youth Sports, YMCA Aquatics, and YMCA Summer Day Camps. The YMCA emphasizes helping learn positive values, a commitment to service, and motivation to learn.

According to YMCA of Metropolitan Denver President & CEO Jim Hiner, this non-profit is more than just a place to go. At the YMCA, he says you are part of a community that believes in the health and wellness of each individual.

In Gregg's case, that included a little bit of yoga and meditation.

According to Hiner, the YMCA works to ensure your confidence and build a relationship that inspires you to enjoy each and every day.

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Day 2: Colorado Ballet

In 1961, Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker established Colorado Concert Ballet to showcase talented students they had been teaching at their ballet school. Their first production, The Nutcracker, played to sold-out houses in Denver's Bonfils Theatre.

Today, the Nutcracker continues to be one of the Ballet's most popular productions. Gregg had the chance to see what goes into staging it by visiting the Ellie Caulkins Opera House where he tried on the enormous Mother Ginger costume used in the production.

Despite economic challenges, the Colorado Ballet has grown into a well-respected regional ballet company recognized for its broad ranging repertoire. .

In fact the company is the single largest presenter of dance in the Rocky Mountain region. Gil Boggs, former principal dancer with American Ballet Theater, is the Ballet's artistic director.

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Day 1: Women's Bean Project

Since 1989 the Women's Bean Project has been helping women break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. They are a nonprofit organization that teaches job readiness and life skills for entry-level jobs through employment in their gourmet food production business. Women come with the goal of transforming their lives and moving toward self sufficiency.

Gregg learned firsthand how the project helps women who are struggling, including providing them immediate income, helping to arrange support services to overcome barriers to employment, and teaching them job readiness skills needed to get and keep a job.

The Women's Bean Project has helped hundreds of women develop the work and interpersonal skills and address the basic needs required for moving up the path toward personal and economic self sufficiency.

Jossy Eyre founded the Women's Bean Project as a result of her volunteer work at a day shelter for homeless women. Eyre saw that while the shelter kept women safe, if could not help them make lasting changes in their lives.

Eyre bought $500-worth of beans and put two homeless women to work - the first step in building the social enterprise that it has now become. The project's annual operating budget has grown from $6,100 to over $1.5 million.

In 1993, King Soopers became the first grocery store to carry their products.

In 1995, they purchased former Fire Station #10 from the City and County of Denver, and moved to a new home the following year, giving the Project permanent roots at 3201 Curtis Street.

Today the Women's Bean Project product offerings have expanded to salsa mixes, spice rubs, coffee beans, and jelly beans in addition to soups and chili, along with gift baskets, baking mixes and much more.

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