About the Author: Conscious Real Estate is a local, philanthropic real estate agency dedicated to donating 10% of each agent’s own commission to a nonprofit of their clients’ choosing. Learn more.
Belmar in Lakewood, Colorado, is a thriving area many people shop and live near now, but it wasn’t always like that.
In fact, Belmar has received numerous accolades and awards for its development from a failing mall into a revitalized suburban “downtown.” The Urban Land Institute says that it “exemplifies the potential for transforming…suburbs into more diverse, compact, sustainable, pedestrian oriented and transit oriented communities.” Let’s learn a little more about Lakewood and how it all began.
A Little About Lakewood, Colorado
Lakewood, Colorado is a wonderful place to look when you are searching for homes for sale in Denver. Townhomes start around $250,000 and single family homes from $375,000 and up to the millions in Lakewood, Colorado. So, you can find a home a little closer to your budget if you need to. Similarly, your funds can go much further in Lakewood than they can in Denver. You can find yourself in a mansion in Lakewood, where you may have to compromise for a smaller home or even a town home in Denver. (PS, if you want to, you can browse for yourself right here.)
Lakewood, unlike older metropolis cities in the nation, is a close suburb to the main city of Denver. You can get to Lakewood from Denver, in no traffic, in about 15 minutes. On high traffic days, 30 – 45 minutes can be usual, yet in other parts of the city, it can take up to 2 hours to get across town. Lakewood is also situated next to the foothills, making it a breeze to get onto I-70 to get up to the mountains. Golden is also a hop, skip and a jump from Lakewood. It’s a great place for recreation and entertainment, as well as learning about our Colorado history.
Back to the History… What was Belmar Before?
Well, back in the day…. Not too far back, but about 1936, ground broke on a replica of Marie Antoinette’s Petite Trianon Palace in France. After a year of construction, May Bonfils, the heiress of the Denver Post founder’s fortune (long story there), was able to move into her estate, yes, Belmar, located in Lakewood, Colorado. Many of the area’s affluent would build large estates outside of the city as natural escapes (including the famous Unsinkable Margaret “Molly” Brown) who had her summer estate right down the way from May.
The estate was gorgeous. Belmar Mansion had 20 rooms, including a walnut-paneled dining room, art salon, small chapel, fountain, boat house, flock of peacocks, and a working farm boasting award-winning black angus cattle. May Bonfils also had a solarium, and many pieces of furniture owned by famous people of the past such as a bed slept in by Marie Antoinette, a crested chair of Queen Victoria, and a piano played by a piano played by Frédéric Chopin. The tree-lined drive was wrought with iron fencing and metal shields reading: Belmar.
Belmar Embodies the Spirit of Giving
This beautiful dream home of May Bonfils was her pride. She helped conserve wildlife in the area and was generous about sharing the land with various organizations, especially the Girl Scouts, one of her favorite organizations. She created the Clinic of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado Medical Center, the library and auditorium of Loretto Heights College, the Bonfils Wing at the Denver Museum of Natural History, and the interior décor of the Catholic Chapel at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Belmar was originally located at the spot that is now 777 S. Wadsworth, in Lakewood. Now the home of the Ironclad Executive Office Park. Back then, there was no development aside from these estates, yet, as time went on, suburban sprawl began.
Perhaps it is sad that a glorious historical home was demolished to become a generic parking lot and office building. Yet, when May’s executor was approached about turning the home into a museum, he stated that museums were for the dead, homes were for the living.
Rather than allow May’s beautiful pride and joy to become a tourist attraction, he decided to donate the land to government and philanthropic organizations, beginning the grounds for the buildings that are there today, including the Belmar Library and City Hall.
Belmar in Modern Times
Ed Stanton, Mary’s second husband, long-time friend, caretaker, and trusted executor gave much of the estate to the Catholic Church and various charities that were favorites of May Bonfils Stanton. When some of the organizations were having trouble financially maintaining the properties, more of the land was leased to various entities. One of Stanton’s most notable and lasting impressions is his leasing of the area now known simply as “Belmar” but yet was once a shopping mall called Villa Italia. Is this why they have an Italian street fest every summer at Belmar? We’re not sure, but it could very well be a nod to the retail area’s predecessor.
The mall, Villa Italia, was a huge success at first. In fact, when it was built, it was one of the largest malls in the world. Built in 1965, malls were in their prime. In the early 1980’s, a second story was even added. Yet, by 2000, the mall, like many others across the country, were starting to fail. In 2002, Villa Italia was demolished to make way for a new, novel idea: a Downtown Lakewood.
Funny how they say, “And the rest was history!” when it was actually everything that came before, but hey, the rest was history (at least you probably know this part). It ended up being a huge success. It expanded the suburban offerings and added a residential cluster to the whole area. Property values increased and it added employment options for many Jefferson county residents.
Do you want to live in Lakewood? Browse real-time listings of homes for sale in Lakewood, Colorado by clicking here.
Resources & More Reading:
History Colorado, May Bonfils and Her Lost Belmar Mansion: A Lavish Lakewood Estate Housed a Wealth of Benevolence, October, 19, 2018. (Wonderful article PS!!! She would drive to the convenience store with a chauffeur in a Rolls Royce and buy her pup an ice cream cone according to legend!)
DeadMalls.com, Villa Italia, May, 27, 2002.
Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, Mary Bonfils Stanton.
Channel 9 News, “There used to be a mansion based off Marie Antoinette’s chateau where this mall is now”, September 8, 2017.
Conscious Real Estate agents donate 10% of their own commission to a nonprofit of their clients’ choice. These awesome clients chose: The Gathering Place.
“I had the most amazing joy helping Teri, Kyle and their daughter Kasey purchase their first home. The Gathering Place helped Teri get her life situated when she needed help and it felt incredibly full circle to be able to donate money back to them after Teri and Kyle closed on their home.” – Conscious Real Estate Agent, Kimberly McAleenan
The Gathering Place: A Refuge For Building Lives
“The Gathering Place was a safe place for my kids and me to spend our days and get a good meal, while I tried to get back on my feet. I was pregnant at the time and I don’t know if I or my daughter would have survived without them. It’s very hard to better yourself without a support system. The Gathering Place filled that role for me. I can never thank them enough for all they did for us!” -Teri, a former Gathering Place member, current amazing human.
A Denver Non-Profit Gets a Boost From Conscious Real Estate
Conscious Real Estate is a local real estate agency that loves their clients and the community, showing it in a big way by personally donating 10% of every commission to a nonprofit of their clients’ choosing. This programming allows for large, lump sum donations that make a big difference for the nonprofits they pick.
For the recipient charities, this can help one more person into the program, help purchase supplies, secure a contractor, help with building maintenance or any of their current needs. You’ve heard it before, but sharing is caring and at Conscious Real Estate, we are honored to be a part of supporting the nonprofit community here in Denver.
Donations Aid Programming…. Like This One! (Yep, They Do Even More!)
“On top of all the amazing things The Gathering Place does for people, I love that they have an artist program that allows people to create art and cards. The art/cards are then sold and the artist gets the majority of the money. I bought a bunch of these cards, not just because the money supports a good cause and helps the people who created them, but also because the art was fantastic!” – Conscious Real Estate Agent, Kimberly McAleenan
Donations can help nonprofits expand into new areas. Such as social enterprise. Art Restart is a new way for homeless women to make money (they make 50% commission on their art, the rest goes back to The Gathering Place to support programming), and get a sense of acknowledgment and accomplishment for their artistic skills through their custom and original greeting card program. Find out more about Art Restart (or purchase some cards!), right here.
“Who Run the World? Girls!” – Beyonce
Girls, Inc. of Metro Denver is dedicated to inspiring girls to be “strong, smart, and bold.” In this world of limiting messages, sexual harassment, the “roles” women and girls are “supposed” to play, and the constant pressure to be pretty and perfect… girls have a lot to hold up to. Girls, Inc. helps them deal with these pressures, identify which ones don’t matter, and learn how to react to the ones that do (like standing up for yourself and shooting for the stars!).
On a Recent Donation to Girls, Inc. of Metro Denver…
“Shaina Jordan is my amazing home buyer that selected Girls Inc. of Metro Denver for her donation. I love that Girls Inc. teaches girls to be ‘Strong, Smart and Bold’.
Too often women are taught to be careful. Instead, Girls Inc. teaches them to be brave,” says Conscious Real Estate Agent, Kimberly McAleenan.
“In a world where women are undervalued daily, I topped off this donation to $1,000 to help even more girls learn that they have value and can do so much more,” she added. Thank you Kimberly!!!
The Girls’ Bill of Rights
Girls, Inc. created this Girls’ Bill of Rights to expressly state that girls have the right to:
to be themselves and to resist gender-stereotypes;
to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm;
to take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success;
to accept and appreciate their bodies;
to have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world;
to prepare for interesting work and economic independence.
Where Does the Money Go?
Of course, when it comes to donations, donors always want to know if their money is well-spent and going to be used effectively. Charity Navigator gives Girls, Inc. four stars, a perfect score for accountability and transparency, and 95.52/100 overall. You can check out their amazing review here. Over eighty five percent of the funds they receive goes to programming!!! Just a tinge goes to admin and fundraising. Needless to say… that rocks! What kind of programming, you ask?
- STEM Programs for Girls
- Mentoring Programs
- Anti-Bullying Solutions
- After School and Summer Programs
- College Tours
- HS and College Prep Workshops
- And, sooooo much more… learn more here.
About Conscious Real Estate
We are a conscious real estate company that gives back to nonprofits with every home sale or purchase from out own commission. Yes, we are passionate about our community. We believe that by giving, we all receive. Local Denver nonprofits need funding. By working with Conscious Real Estate, our clients are able to donate large, lump sums to truly impact local programs.
Let’s face it… a larger donation goes further! If you’re thinking about moving to Denver, relocating to another neighborhood in Denver, purchasing an investment property, or selling your home, you can be the one in the picture with the big check presented to your favorite cause.
It’s a proud moment that makes our clients truly feel part of the community, making the impact they may have always wanted to, but just needed an opportunity like our Give 10% program to make it happen. Learn more here!
Conscious Real Estate agents donate 10% of their own commission from a home sale or purchase to a nonprofit of their clients’ choosing.
Conscious Real Estate Agent Kimberly McAleenan is a veteran herself. So, when her clients chose Veterans to Farmers as part of their 10% nonprofit donation, she was elated.
Kimberly explains: “Veterans to Farmers is an amazing organization that helps give Veterans a purpose after getting out of the military. They teach Veterans the tools they need to switch their mindsets from the military mindset to an agricultural mindset.”
“They also educate and encourage Veterans to pursue their new paths to success. This non-profit has completely changed my client Luke B’s life and gave him new purpose,” she says.
More than anything, he wanted a home with a massive garage so he could have a space to grow mushrooms (for cooking not hallucinating!) and also be able to help educate other veterans on the process.
“I am honored to have helped Luke with the VA home buying process and to be able to donate to such an fantastic Veteran non-profit,” Kimberly beams.
Veterans to Farmers is an organization dedicated to “turning protectors into providers” by teaching them valuable skills as hydroponic and in-soil farmers. The goal is a return to the family farm, powered by veterans. Farming is also a therapeutic way to channel their energy following trauma, and of course, can help make new bonds, whether with the plants, or fellow program participants – it gives options for healing, while working toward a positive goal.
Conscious Real Estate is proud to partner with local nonprofits with unique solutions to help people – such as farming!
We think it’s great. If you’re looking for homes for sale in Denver and want to be represented by real estate advocates that truly care about our community, please contact us for a complimentary interview.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about Denver neighborhoods, the housing market, an intro to lending programs, or (often our favorite), insight into historical homes (we love ‘em!). We’re here for you and standing by.
Governor John Hickenlooper has declared that January will be Radon Action Month in Colorado. But, in all fairness, radon is a year-round issue.
What the heck is radon anyway?
Radon is the other odorless, invisible gas that can kill you, albeit much more slowly than carbon monoxide. According to EPA Estimates, Radon is the #1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. According to Carolyn Koke, director of market development for the AccuStar and RadonAway brands, radon is responsible for 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year–more than drunk driving, falls in the home, and carbon monoxide poisoning.
In Colorado, as many as 50-75% of homes are believed to have radon levels in excess of the EPA recommended action level of 4 picocuries (pCi) of radon per liter of air. Radon is a radioactive natural gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Colorado shows higher radon levels than many states “because radon is a byproduct of the decay of uranium and it exists in our soil everywhere because we live in a highly mineralized state,” said Warren Smith, a spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Winter is the perfect time to test your home for radon, according to Chrystine Kelley, radon program manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Testing your home for radon is simple and works best when all your doors and windows are closed,” Kelley said. “That’s why January is a great time to test, during National Radon Action Month.”
Radon is the other odorless, invisible gas that can kill you, albeit much more slowly than carbon monoxide.
If you are in the process of buying a home in Colorado, you can absolutely test for radon in your new home during the inspection period. However, there are some considerations to testing for radon during your real estate transaction…
- If you test for radon during your inspection period, home inspectors will typically use a 48 hour radon test, which can be less accurate than the 3-month to 1-year radon test kits. Testing the home over a longer time period will give a far better picture of the true radon levels of the home, as the radon could be unusually high or low over any given 48 hour period.
- The best time to test for radon is in the winter, when the home is all sealed up. A 3-month month test during the winter months will give the most accurate results to demonstrate how much radon is in your home, while a 1-year test will give you a true picture of how much radon shows up in your home over the course of time. Radon simply dissipates with air, so if doors and windows are kept open in the summer, radon levels will be lower or nonexistent.
- If the home is currently inhabited by the seller while you test for radon, you have to trust that the seller is keeping the doors and windows closed during your test. If you are purchasing a home without air conditioning in the summer time, the seller would have to be willing to be unbearably hot for 48 hours on your behalf. In a perfect world, all sellers would happily do this. However, since a possible outcome of the seller’s discomfort would be that the home tests high for radon and now they are being asked to purchase a radon mitigation system for you, some sellers may not be compliant with radon testing.
- If you are considering testing the home for radon during the inspection period, the question you should ask yourself is:
- Even if this home tests high for radon during the inspection period, would I refuse to purchase this particular home if it tests high for radon and the seller refuses to install a mitigation system? (Keep in mind that it’s likely that other homes you may desire may also contain high radon levels with sellers who refuse to install a mitigation system.)
- While 48-hour radon tests typically cost about $100, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment offer a FREE test kit to Colorado households, which is likely to be more accurate. Long-term radon tests also tend to be less costly than the 48-hour tests.
Let’s recap. If you are questioning, “Should I test my home for radon?” The answer is definitely, “yes, yes, and yes.”
The question is: should you test the home for radon before you have purchased the home or after you purchase the home? The benefit of testing for radon before you have purchased the home is that you have a chance of getting the seller to install a radon mitigation system on their own dime. Of course, this is at the seller’s discretion and many sellers may not be interested in this expenditure.
What do you do if you already own your home and your home tests high for radon?
If radon levels are high, you can reduce them, but it’s not a DIY job. Certified mitigation providers may use several methods, including sealing cracks in floors and walls and installing underground pipes and an exhaust fan, to lower radon levels. A radon mitigation system in Colorado usually costs about $800-$1,200 unless difficult design problems are encountered. If your water comes from a private well and you found a radon problem when you tested the air in your home, you can also consider testing your water, although radon in water is typically less of an issue than radon in the air.
Here is the link for a FREE RADON TEST KIT: https://environmentalrecords.colorado.gov/HPRMWebDrawerHM/RecordHtml/403292
If you would like to learn more about the testing and mitigation of radon, here is a video from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that is accompanied by scary and ominous music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1OcA1N2Tig&feature=youtu.be
Conscious Real Estate was founded on the principle of giving. 10% of every home sale or purchase is donated to a charity of our clients’ choice.
Karis Community starts with grace.
In fact, the word karis means grace in Greek. As a verb, it means to honor to give honor or credit to one’s presence. And, that is just what Karis Community does, since 1976, they have honored adults with mental illness who are choosing to show up and receive help for their struggles through their programming.
Life on its own isn’t easy. When you have a chronic illness, whether physical or mental, life can be nearly impossible. It takes a community to help us get out of situations we’ve fallen into. And, it can be really easy to get from one place to another in small slips. Many times when our loved ones get to a place where they need help, we wonder, how did they get there?
When one thing goes wrong, the spiral downward is fast.
How does it happen? Two metaphors we can relate to are weight and money. To gain weight, it can be pretty easy, we eat our favorite sugary or buttery foods. And, with money, we can spend very, very quickly. How is it that making money and losing weight are so difficult, yet spending money and gaining weight are sooooo easy?
Any time you’ve wondered how this person got “here,” just remember the times that you’ve gotten “somewhere” and how easy it was to fall there. It happens quickly. Student loans can engulf us, health problems, Karis Community is there to help people get back up with the support and resources that they need without judgment.
If you read the stories of community members at Karis, you’ll find that many of them have suffered with mental illness nearly their entire lives. The message that comes through story after story is fear from past trauma (“I have a very difficult time with conflict. I am still learning that conflict does not have to mean someone is going to get hurt.”) and goals toward self worth (“One thing I have to do is learn to love me, and that will take some time. Here at Karis is the best place to work on it.”)
A story from Heather, a Karis resident:
I have been suffering from mental illness since adolescence. I have attempted suicide three times and have been hospitalized five times. I have never been able to deal with my childhood abuse and work through it. My mental illness has affected every area of my life and has kept me from having a life. I want to be able to enjoy simple things, like taking a bath, or falling asleep without being afraid, or having someone hug me. I want to be able to have good friendships with people without being scared that they are going to leave me. There is so much to learn, and the process of growing is so slow. I try to give myself as much patience as I give to others. It is a daily struggle.
At Karis I found hope. I found a place where people accept me as I am, care about me, and are glad to see me. It has been a home like I have never known. It took me a long time to adjust, and sometimes I feel like I am still getting adjusted. It is so foreign to live with people who are kind and respectful.
I think what I enjoy the most is the time we sit around and visit, enjoying each other’s company. It seems there is always laughter and lively discussion. And when I can’t sleep there is almost always someone else up, too.
For now, I try to focus on each day, doing the things I need to do to grow and get better, making good decisions and making the most of my time at Karis. – Heather
When all you need is encouragement.
Another awesome Karis resident story…. And this one is really, really awesome… Fred!! Fred was a Karis resident who prior to his stay was “warehoused” as he says, in a Capitol Hill boarding house for 13 years. There, he has no motivation for life because everything was done for him: cooking, cleaning, laundry, and medicating.
When he was accepted into Karis Community, he was finally able to take ownership of his life. It was everything he needed. It propelled him to even write his own book, which he now receives royalty checks for. He transitioned out of Karis and has his own studio apartment and part-time job and even a sweet romantic relationship that he describes as like “two glowing coals.” They go to church together every Sunday.
You can help people like Heather and Fred when you buy or sell a home with Conscious Real Estate.
Okay, how does a home purchase change the world?
Simple! We create large donations that help nonprofits get a big boost in their programming. With every home buy or sell, Conscious Real Estate agents take 10% of their OWN commission (yes, you spend our money), and pick a nonprofit to which that money goes.
So far, we have helped dozens of nonprofits get closer to or exceed their fundraising goals. They are always surprised and grateful for the huge check (it’s literally huge, see below!).
Are you looking to move? Know someone who is? Contact us to interview one of our agents to see if we might be a good fit for your needs. We are professional real estate experts with big hearts too. Get to know us!
Conscious Real Estate is a socially conscious real estate agency in the Denver area that donates 10% from each home sale or purchase to a nonprofit of their clients’ choice. Penn State Board Member, Darcy Barr, chose to donate to a cause near and dear to her… the Penn State Scholarship Fund! Huge thanks! Here’s more about the alumni organization….
Even though the Penn State “Nittany” Lion isn’t naturally found in our Colorado wildlife, you CAN find many human alumni living here in our wonderful state! Ba-da-cha…
All jokes aside, college pride is strong with Penn State Alumni, so they have set up a special affiliate group for Coloradoans with a fundraising arm to provide scholarships to potential Penn State students.
And guess who’s super proud of Penn State and wanted to give back? Our amazing client Darcy Barr, who chose them as her Give 10% recipient from her recent home purchase with Conscious Real Estate. Awesome!
Did you know? There are over 7,000 Penn State Alumni living in Colorado.
The CO chapter helps organize group events to promote alumni comradery, offers professional development resources, provides discounts on travel and other services for alumni-only, manages a mentorship program, and holds awards ceremonies to honor alumni achievements, and of course funds the incredible scholarship program (among many other benefits they offer!).
Want to connect with the chapter??? Reach out to Darcy!!
Our super rad client Darcy is a Penn State board member who also is the creativity behind the scenes of the Penn State Colorado Chapter social media accounts. Following their accounts will help you connect with other alumni, prospective students, and stay in touch on their many events and offerings each year.
Ready? Here is everything you need to get started:
Facebook: Follow along here.
LinkedIn: Check out interesting alumni facts.
CO Event Listings: See what’s coming up!
Website: Click here to join/learn more.
Thank you Darcy for choosing Conscious Real Estate for your real estate needs and Penn State Colorado for your incredible donation!
Did this inspire you? Let’s get started! Click here to connect with our of our agents and look forward to making YOUR impact (and finding a home that’s perfect for you!).
Browse Denver neighborhoods, or better yet, fill out our super simple form below to get personalized answers from a real estate agent in Denver here at Conscious Real Estate.
Houses in Denver are available to browse through when you sign up for the MLS or Multiple Listing Service. If you’ve bought a home before, you’ll know exactly what this is. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, the MLS system is a credible service used by licensed agents and backed by the National Association of Realtors.
Whatever you do… use Zillow and Trulia as general guides only. As opposed to the Multiple Listing Service, Zillow and Trulia are advertisers. That’s right. Many listings are fake, already sold, or have incorrect information. (We once traveled to go see a “home” a client found online at Zillow, only to find it was actually an abandoned and empty lot.)
Some of our favorite Denver neighborhoods include:
Bonnie Brae, Krisana Park, LoHi, RiNo, LoDo, Globeville, Alamo Placita, Baker, Downtown Denver, Capitol Hill, Uptown, Sloan’s Lake, Cherry Creek, Crestmoor, Park Hill, Mayfair, Lowry, City Park, Whittier, Jefferson Park, Wash Park (Washington Park), Platte Park, Berkeley, Sunnyside, Hill Top, Highlands, Cheesman Park, Congress Park, Governor’s Park, Jefferson Park, Observatory Park, Golden Triangle, Five Points, Curtis Park, University Hills, Lincoln Park, Regis, and Montclair-Mayfair.
We also love these Denver suburbs which can offer better prices and a bit more space potentially: Lakewood, Golden, Thornton, Highlands Ranch, Centennial, DTC, Littleton, Westminster, Arvada, Wheat Ridge and Aurora.
About Conscious Real Estate (Are you conscious too? Meet your tribe.)
We’re conscious, we’re focused on you, we want what’s best for you, and we don’t focus on the bottom line in our pockets. (Many realtors do.) And, many realtors want to “just get this over with” and get you to sign so they can get paid.
Well, guess what? Not only do we have incredible integrity for your Denver real estate journey, we also donate a portion of our own commission to a nonprofit that you choose (this does not come from any costs to you, the home seller pays our real estate agent costs.)
Why not get started on finding out more…
Conscious Real Estate donates 10% of every home sale or purchase to a local nonprofit of our clients’ choice. Recently, Agent Kimberly McAleenan’s client chose Families First here in Colorado.
Prevention is key.
Raising a family takes endurance and love, patience and grace. Life, on the other hand, often gives us chaos and challenges. And, parents are tested on their patience regularly. Every. Single. Day. It can take a lot out of anyone.
It is the belief of local organization Families First, that prevention and education can help parents and caregivers with frustrating moments and explain parenting skills that can make peace at home.
This in turn, can help end the cycle of child abuse and neglect.
If a family is struggling, they can contact the Families First Support Line, which one mother said was “more helpful than her doctor’s office”:
“Crystal called the Families First Support Line about her ten-year old son was having a rough time.
The Families First Support Line volunteer discussed the situation with Crystal and empathized with her. They discussed the fact that all any of us can control is ourselves. Sometimes we need to work on that to prevent ourselves from getting angry.
A month later, Crystal commented that we at the Support Line were more helpful to her than her doctor. She said it was nice to talk to someone who really cared and was supportive in talking about her concerns.
After talking to us, there has been a big turn around with her son. She was very grateful to the Support Line for the help we gave.” – Families First
Parents and caregivers can also attend local parenting classes to get advice from an expert and fellow parents. Children aged 4 – 12 years old can attend certain free classes and have a separate curriculum. Kids can enjoy a craft, snack, and sharing time geared toward boosting your child’s self-esteem.
Parents have said positive things about the groups…
“If I had to drive two hours to get here, I would. It’s that important to me and my kids.”
“Most of us are not born knowing these ideas… If more people would take this class there would be fewer frustrated children and parents. It made me understand I’m not alone.”
“We were planning to go to the class anyway, but when we heard what our kids would be learning – well, we make this a big part of our weekly family time.”
Families First also offers intervention and began with residential care for abused and neglected children starting in 1986. Since then, they have developed programming to educate parents, help them connect with their children, and provide a place for positive parenting. And, they need donations to keep up with the demand.
Conscious Real Estate Agent, Kimberly McAleenan’s clients recently choose Families First for their Give 10% home purchase donation. (We donate at every home sale or buy!!)
Kimberly said, “One of my favorite thing about Families First is that they help the children and the parents! I think it’s really helpful for both sides to get the education to work together towards a stronger future. They are also opening a facility to help even younger kids so they can try to teach them good tools for life earlier!”
Left: (from left) Conscious Real Estate Agent Kimberly McAleenan, Conscious Real Estate Client Molly, Families First Executive Director Adam Robe, Director of Communications and Outreach, Rosa Huber. “They shared a lot of insight with us and Rosa has been with the company 23 yrs!,” said McAleenan.
Right: Conscious Real Estate Agent Kimberly McAleenan finds the most thoughtful gifts for her clients and promised her client the best gnome ever as a closing gift. Ta-daa!
Inspiring? Contact us to start browsing properties today and make your local impact! – Conscious Real Estate
LATEST BLOG POSTS
The History of Belmar in Lakewood, Colorado January 5, 2019 00:37
Conscious Real Estate Supports The Gathering Place January 5, 2019 00:07
Conscious Real Estate Supports Girls, Inc. of Metro Denver December 20, 2018 14:29
Conscious Real Estate Supports Veterans to Farmers December 20, 2018 14:07
What Colorado Home Buyers Need to Know about Radon December 17, 2018 06:05