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GPHC News - December 12, 2001

Hope Center Basic Skill Unit Donates Time & Services to Community
By Michael Hecht
Hope Center Development

Skills Unit Manager

The clients and staff of the basic skills unit at Hope Center, located at 3475 Holly, have enjoyed a busy year of activities.

The clients continue their volunteer services at sites located in the Park Hill community.  The sites include: The Park Hill Bookstore, Zion Community Center and the Greater Park Hill Community Food Bank.  This partnership program has rewarded at those involved with the development of rich and fulfilling friendships.

The unit continues to make weekly visits to various cultural institutions throughout the Denver area.  They include the Denver Art Museum, Museum of Natural History, Firefighter's Museum and the Museo del las Americas.  These visits are immeasurable to the enrichment and enhancement of the clients lives we serve.  We also continue to enhance their overall independent living skills in areas, such as cooking, hygiene, and safety skills. 

In the coming year the unit will be attending, on a weekly basis, concerts (jazz, classical, opera) presented by the Lamont Schools of Music (affiliated with Denver University) located in the Park Hill area.  

We would like to welcome two new staff members to the Basic Skills Unit.  Machelle Martin and Timothy Wright.  Other staff members are Richard Wachendorfer and Mary Kearney.

In December, we hosted a holiday celebration with gifts presented by the Denver Police Dept. (District 2) located on 35th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard - special thanks to them.  Also the Museum of Natural History presented the clients and families with complimentary tickets to the IMAX presentation of "Storm Chasers".

Clients and staff have enjoyed a wonderful energizing year of personal growth with outstanding accomplishments.  The staff and clients are looking with equal anticipation to the new year.

Happy and healthy new year from the staff and clients of the Basic Skills program.

Editors Note:  GPHC is extremely grateful for the service donated by the Hope Center Basic Skills Unit.  Because of their dedication, GPHC is better able to serve the Park Hill neighborhood.


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