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RAISING THE BAR PROGRAM
Raising the BAR was created as a way to support the local community and families struggling through adverse life circumstances. BAR is an acronym that stands for “Blessings through Automotive Repair” and the mission of the program is to bless others through stewardship over the blessings and success we have been given.
Our goal is to reach those in our community who have either been nominated by others or selected directly by our staff, and grant them:
- Assistance with completing needed repairs to unsafe or inoperable vehicles
- Advice and resources for finding a vehicle that may better meet their needs
- Encouragement and support to persevere through their trials
In 2016 we spearheaded a partnership with the DC-21 Denver Charter School in order to perform needed repairs on vehicles belonging to students, staff and families. In all, we administered several thousand dollars worth of parts and labor in partnership with local parts suppliers such as Napa and WorldPac. We were very encouraged to know that we could tangibly aid the less fortunate in our community through the talents and resources we have been given.
THE HOPE HOUSE OF COLORADO PARTNERSHIP
The Hope House of Colorado is a no-profit organization that empowers teenage mothers who lack sufficient resources to properly raise their children. Urban Autocare contributes $5000 annually in service and repair work to assist the Hope House in accomplishing their mission.
Our staff has been involved with The Hope House’s business mentorship program, creating a course-of-action that would provide vital occupational training to young mothers with little or no previous experience. We also serve on the Hope House development board.
URBAN PEAK YOUTH SHELTER
Our General Manager has enjoyed serving a meal at Urban Peak for over 4 years now.
Founded in 1988, Urban Peak is the only non-profit organization in Denver that provides a full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Our goal is to help these youth overcome real life challenges and become self-sufficient adults.
We do this by providing five essential services at little or no cost to the youth:
- An overnight shelter
- A daytime Drop-In Center
- Street Outreach
- Education & Employment programming
- Supportive housing
Our goal is to meet youth where they are and to provide them with the assistance and support they need to become self-sufficient or obtain the necessary services they need to exit a life on the streets. Urban Peak’s programs and services are founded on the principles of trauma-informed care* and positive youth development and assist youth in reaching their potential and living a successful life off of the streets.
*To provide trauma-informed services means that we understand an individual’s experience of trauma impacts every area of human functioning — physical, mental, behavioral, social, intellectual and spiritual. Trauma-informed care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives.