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Robert Montour’s life changed forever when his father was killed in World War II after a destroyer ship he was on was sunk in Okinawa — a Japanese prefecture.

Montour, who was only 10 when his father was killed in 1945, knew he was destined to serve in the Navy. So as soon as he turned 16, he packed his bags and ventured off to boot camp before eventually serving in the Korean War.

“My dad being killed kind of guided me toward wanting to get into the service,” said Montour, who is now 87 and lives alone in his longtime Lakewood home. “I could not wait to get in.”

When he came home, Montour married his late wife and had six children. He moved temporarily to California to take a painter’s apprenticeship, after which he worked for 41 years as a commercial painter. His career included time spent painting many of the skyscrapers in downtown Denver when they were first constructed.

But even Montour — who has worked with his hands all his life — admits that he needs help with upkeeping his home. The exterior of his house was beginning to deteriorate, and he needed modifications and repairs for his home to continue to age in place.

Thankfully, Montour learned of Brothers Redevelopment’s Paint-A-Thon after he saw a flyer about the service at his barbershop in August. So, he applied for the program, and two weeks later, a group of Wells Fargo volunteers came to paint Montour’s home and visit with him and his family. Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul and Lakewood City Councilmember Rebekah Stewart also visited the site to see the paint job and visit with Montour.

His home is one of three houses Wells Fargo painted through the Paint-A-Thon and is part of the company’s Welcome Home Initiative — an enterprise-wide employee engagement initiative that aims to support Wells Fargo’s commitment to affordable and sustainable housing.

Later this year, thanks to funding from Wells Fargo, Brothers will also provide Montour with a step-in shower, a new back door, and repairs for his home.

“I don’t like to be dependent on anybody — but I appreciate the help,” said Montour. “I appreciate someone being concerned about me and my well-being.”

 

Thank you Brothers Redevelopment, Inc. and Wells Fargo for helping this Korean War Veteran and his amazing family….

Posted by Mayor Adam Paul on Saturday, September 17, 2022

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I feel so lucky to have been invited along with Mayor Adam Paul to the home of one of my constituents whose home was…

Posted by Councilwoman Rebekah Stewart on Saturday, September 17, 2022

 


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Around three years ago, Anita Marui lost her mother and was left without any family in Colorado. That’s when PCL Construction Superintendent Josh Cervantes stepped in.

Cervantes and Marui were introduced to each other when he volunteered to paint her house in 2019 through Brothers Redevelopment’s Paint-A-Thon Program. And since then, the two have always stayed in touch.

Cervantes regularly texts Marui, has went to church with her, and even made sure that she had Thanksgiving dinner. And although she’s never asked him for help, Cervantes went out of his way to grocery shop for her during the pandemic.

“It’s not just about doing a good deed. It’s about building friendships,” said Cervantes. “Friends are family, and if they need something, we’re there to help out.”

Cervantes has volunteered for the Paint-A-Thon every year since 2016 and has organized some of the most complex Paint-A-Thon projects. He walks into every Paint-A-Thon project with the goal of taking an old home and turning it into an “MTV Cribs pad” while showing care and encouragement for each Paint-A-Thon client.

Earlier in August, as he was volunteering for the Paint-A-Thon with other PCL Construction employees at a Littleton home, Cervantes was awarded the Roland Buteyn Heart of Service Award from Brothers— the highest honor a Paint-A-Thon volunteer can receive. The award is named after Roland Buteyn who helped to develop many core Brothers’ programs like the Paint-A-Thon and Home Modification and Repair departments.

Brothers Volunteer Department Director Chad Nibbelink said that although this is the fifth year Roland is not with us to help present his award, his legacy will live on through the lives he touched, the programs he helped create and people like Cervantes who generously serve through Brothers.

“(Cervantes) and his wife Arica are some of the best Paint-A-Thon advocates. They display genuine care and service for our older adult neighbors and authentically engage their volunteer teams — making for the most fun and rewarding experience for everyone,” said Nibbelink. “Josh is totally deserving of this award, and we are honored to make him the 2022 Roland Buteyn Heart of Service Award recipient.”

Cervantes said the Paint-A-Thon is the perfect opportunity for PCL Construction to come together as a team to help people in need. He added that him and PCL Construction volunteers always try to go above and beyond and do more than what’s expected for each Paint-A-Thon project.

PCL Construction has volunteered for the Paint-A-Thon since 1985. The company is also sponsoring this year’s Local Social — Brothers’ annual fundraiser that supports the Paint-A-Thon.

“I have a huge heart, and receiving the award hit me emotionally. But to me, it’s not about the award, it’s more about setting an example,” said Cervantes. “The award is an award, but it’s about people seeing the little things you do make a difference. And hopefully that can carry on from one person to another.”


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Kevin Lockett was known as a kind, gentle man who loved his family, his commercial refrigeration business, his customers, and looking out for those in need.

He was known to use his business to help others like the Ft. Lupton Food Bank. And in his spare time, he enjoyed traveling around the world with his wife and seeing different places he didn’t get to as a child like Mexico.

Sadly, on July 5 Lockett fell through a roof while working and passed away due to his injuries at the age of 59. His family was left looking for a way to honor his memory and legacy of giving back to others before they were presented with the opportunity to volunteer for the Paint-A-Thon.

So, on Aug. 13 the family and employees from Heritage Title Company volunteered for a Paint-A-Thon project. Volunteers wore shirts that read “Kevin’s Krew” as they spent their Saturday painting a Denver house for an older married couple in need. It was a touching tribute for a man that gave so much.

“We thought if given the opportunity, he would’ve been out there painting,” said Leanna Boland, Lockett’s sister. Boland serves as Heritage Title Company’s regional title officer. The volunteer opportunity came from Heritage Hearts in Partnership — an employee volunteer program and community outreach of Heritage Title Company.

“It was a rewarding experience. I liked the opportunity to be outside and working and to be giving back to someone in need,” she added.

Boland believes Lockett would’ve absolutely loved the fact that his family completed a Paint-A-Thon project in honor of his memory. She said the experience filled each volunteer’s heart and provided them with the chance to build relationships while contributing to a worthy cause.

“Seeing the homeowners’ faces and how happy they were was great. They came and visited with us when we were painting, and they were just so appreciative of the people that were there for them,” said Boland.


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Earlier this year, Kesha moved nearly 1,300 miles away from her Michigan home with her two teenage children to live with her oldest son in Colorado Springs.

But after her family split ways, Kesha and her children suddenly found themselves homeless for eight months in a new part of the country. The family stayed at different motels and couch surfed to stay afloat. But the burden of struggling with homelessness was larger than having unstable housing — it contributed to a negative effect on Kesha’s mental health.

“It was tough, it was really tough. It added to depression, it caused depression,” Kesha said. “It was kind of unreal to just have something like that up and happen all of a sudden.”

While seeking resources that could help her find housing, Kesha was referred to Brothers Redevelopment’s statewide housing helpline, Colorado Housing Connects (1-844-926-6632). And thanks to that connection, she began working with Colorado Housing Connects Housing Counselor/Navigator Katrina Brown who took Kesha under her wing.

Brown helped Kesha and her children access security deposit assistance for an apartment along with finances for her first month of rent so that the family could finally have a stable housing situation. She also assisted the family in accessing food assistance, furniture for their new apartment and even recruited her friends to donate gift cards to Kesha for places like Walmart and Target.

“When I say Colorado Housing Connects basically helped us with everything, I really mean it. It was comforting to know that we had someone in our corner, and we weren’t going to go through everything alone,” Kesha said.


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After contracting COVID-19 and spending 21 days on a ventilator at a Denver hospital, Gloria’s string of misfortunes continued after recovering from the virus.

Shortly after being discharged, Gloria — an undocumented older adult who is a monolingual Spanish speaker — was greeted with a medical bill totaling nearly $350,000 because she didn’t have insurance.

With nowhere left to turn to for help, Gloria began working with Brothers Redevelopment’s Aging in Place senior services program — a resource that empowers older Coloradans to age in place by bundling all the information they need to know about services under one roof. And thanks to the work of Brothers Senior Services Spanish Coordinator Eden Armendariz, the hospital waved $329,000 off Gloria’s medical bills. Armendariz also helped Gloria set up a payment plan to pay the remaining $20,000 balance over the next three years.

Without Brothers, Gloria and her family would’ve gone into debt and struggled paying for necessities during a time when prices continue to rise throughout the country.

Gloria’s success with the Aging in Place Program is an example of Brothers fulfilling its mission of being a compassionate organization that stands in the corner of Colorado’s most vulnerable residents. Her story is also an example of the kind of impact the Aging in Place Program aims to achieve.

Since the program’s inception in 2017, Aging in Place has connected thousands of older adults to resources like Medicaid, Social Security, food assistance, rental/mortgage assistance and more. From July 21, 2021, to May 22, the program has provided 42,096 services that amount to a program wide cost savings of $1,864,424.72.

Cost savings is by far the biggest success that the program has brought to older adult households. When we say that the program has provided cost savings of $1,864,424.72, we mean that in 2022, clients are receiving monthly benefits or other services that amount to a total savings of $1,864,424.72.

These benefits and services are resources that our clients have a right to access. But often times, we’ve found that our clients simply did not have information about benefits and resources they are entitled to.

Brothers’ ability to connect older adults to additional income, rent and utility assistance and other services has been vital for many residents who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the rising costs of necessities.

According to a 2021 survey conducted by The Commonwealth Fund — which works to promote a high performing health care system — older adults in the country have suffered the most economically from the pandemic compared to their counterparts in other surveyed countries. Around 19% of Americans age 65+ either used up all or most of their savings or lost a job/source of income because of the pandemic, the survey says.

“During this time of escalating costs, the Aging in Place staff is continuing its commitment to offering services to all older adults. Many older adults do not know that there are benefits that they are missing or are eligible for,” said Brothers Resident Services Manager Gary Olson. “Our program offers a benefits checkup which reveals areas that may increase income.  This year we have helped over 3,000 people, which is our best year yet.”

 

 


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Colorado’s only statewide housing helpline, Colorado Housing Connects (1-844-926-6632), is further advancing its mission of preventing evictions by now offering free tenant-landlord mediation to Adams County residents.

Through a partnership with Adams County formed in 2021, Colorado Housing Connects launched the tenant-landlord mediation program for the purpose of creating housing stability in the county. Colorado Housing Connects employees trained mediators to facilitate high-quality, no-cost mediation services to mitigate landlord-tenant disputes in Adams County. The goal of the program is to divert parties away from court-sanctioned eviction proceedings and to work toward mutually agreed alternatives between renters and landlords like rental assistance, payment plans, lease compliance, and more.

Mediation can help protect housing for struggling Adams County residents and is confidential. Among those who can benefit from the tenant-landlord mediation program include those who are concerned about paying rent, residents who are worried that rental assistance won’t come soon enough and those who are experiencing lease disputes or violations.

State data shows 2,445 eviction cases have been filed in Adams County in 2022 as of May 31.

“Far too often, we hear from tenants and landlords at their wit’s end. The relationship has eroded, and communication is strained,” said Colorado Housing Connects Program Director Patrick Noonan. “This can lead to eviction, other litigation, or lease non-renewal. Mediation is an opportunity for both parties to come to the table and work out an agreement that spares landlords avoidable costs and tenants an eviction. A tenant-landlord mediator can cut out the emotion and support a solution driven discussion.”

Outside of Adams County, Colorado Housing Connects offers tenant-landlord mediation services to Denver residents. The Denver tenant-landlord mediation program serves for all manner of housing disputes, including maintenance issues, lease disputes, security deposit disagreements, and more.

Housing nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment operates Colorado Housing Connects in partnership with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Colorado Housing Connects works to encourage long-term sustainable housing solutions to renters by informing Coloradans about the eviction process and their rights and by connecting residents to local rental assistance resources and legal referrals.

Those who are interested in Colorado Housing Connects’ tenant-landlord mediation services can learn more information about the programs by dialing 1-844-926-6632 or by submitting a web inquiry at coloradohousingconnects.org.


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Colorado’s largest and oldest home modification and repair program fell short of winning Housing Colorado’s Eagle Award — which celebrates accomplishments and leadership in housing and support services. But no award or trophy can justify the thousands of lives Brothers Redevelopment’s Home Modification and Repair Program has touched for more than 50 years.

Since the program’s inception in 1971, Brothers has completed more than 3,900 projects for aging and disabled homeowners across the Denver metro area, Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Gilpin County, Boulder County, rural parts of the state, and other areas of Colorado. Through the Home Modification and Repair Program, Brothers provides home repairs and mobility/accessibility modifications that promote safety and help vulnerable Coloradans age in place and comfortably in their own homes.

Thanks to Brothers’ long history of providing high quality housing related services, local governments, counties, and other sources of funding have invested nearly $2 million into the Home Modification and Repair Program. Because of that, each service provided through the program is offered for free or at a significantly reduced rate to qualifying Coloradans.

The Home Modification and Repair Program has contracts with more than 12 Colorado cities and counties that total an annual budget revenue of $1,778,336.

Funding/LocationCommunity Development Block GrantsHousing Authority General FundDenver Regional Council of GovernmentsPrivate GrantCAPABLEMedicaid Total
DouglasXX2
ArapahoeXXXX4
JeffersonXXX3
DenverXXX3
AdamsXXX3
BoulderX1
El PasoXX2
GilpinX1
Clear CreekX1
AuroraXXX3
CentennialXX2
SheridanXXX3
ArvadaXXX3
ThorntonXXX3
WestminsterXXX3
Commerce CityXXX3
BroomfieldXXX3
Colorado SpringsXX2
Total812144115

Repairs provided by the program can include services like electrical work, roof repairs, plumbing work, furnace repairs, water heater replacements, and more. Mobility/accessibility modifications involve installing wheelchair ramps, expanding bathrooms, roll in shower conversions, installing grab bars, and other forms of modifications that help aging adults safely move through their homes and enjoy increased mobility.

Around 25% to 33% of older adults fall annually, and half of those falls occur in their homes — according to the Washington University of Medicine in St. Louis. However, research from the university suggests that in-home falls can be reduced by nearly 40% with a community-based program — like the Home Modification and Repair Program.

In 2021, the Home Modification and Repair Program completed 303 projects and saved older and disabled adults more than $1.3 million collectively.


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