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"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" - Audrey Hepburn

Imagine! 2021

We held Imagine!, our annual fundraiser and gala event, on Thursday, September 9th at the Grant Humphreys Mansion. This years event featured amazing food, drinks, music, and a poetry performance. Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, staff, and attendees it was a major success!
Foundress Award Winners
Since 2010 it has been a tradition at our Imagine! event each year to honor individuals and groups who have contributed in a deep way to supporting EarthLinks with our Foundress Awards. This year the awards were presented by EarthLinks foundresses; Bette Ann Jaster, a Dominican Sister of Hope, and Cathy Mueller, a Sister of Loretto.
Cass Cronan, EarthLinks' Executive Director (middle), next to foundresses Cathy Mueller (left) and Bette Ann Jaster, OP (right). 

Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity

The “Marycrest Sisters” have supported EarthLinks for many years, serving with the Foundresses in the early years and continuing to engage with the EarthLinks community. The Sisters follow the way of St. Francis, caring for Earth and all creatures awhile caring for the “little ones”. Their model of shared leadership and collaboration to discern ways to respond to the changing needs of God’s people in a graced and fragile world speaks deeply to EarthLinks. The Sisters of St. Francis have used their campus to provide medical care for the underserved and affordable housing including; co-housing models, home ownership through Habitat for Humanity, housing with supportive services, and affordable rental housing. The Sisters’ Earthcare Retreats for EarthLinks Participants have been popular and their prayers and financial support have been invaluable. We were pleased to present the 2021 Foundress’ Award to the Sisters of St. Francis who make our world a better place.
The Sisters of St. Francis with EarthLinks Foundresses and Executive Director

Sprung Construction

Tom Sprung first met EarthLinks in 2014 when Dana Crawford reached out to him to participate in a “think tank” to talk about EarthLinks’ new location in Sun Valley. Sprung has been a valuable resource to EarthLinks ever since. When we couldn’t finalize the permit for our Workshop space update in 2017 since we still needed some final construction matters finished, Tom sent a worker over the next day and completed the work over the holiday all free of charge. When we couldn’t finalize some plumbing and electrical issues for our coffee bar (and a myriad of honey-dos), Sprung Construction sent one of their construction supers to complete the work. As we opened up the first Safe Outdoor Space at First Baptist Church of Denver last December, providing a warm space became a major issue. Heating the staff trailer with propane was inefficient and costing $1,000 per week, so Sprung Construction delivered a construction trailer for us to use for free until the site closed in June. In gratitude for their kindness, EarthLinks was proud to award the 2021 Foundress’ Award to Sprung Construction.
Thank you to our 2021 Imagine sponsors!
We are so grateful for the continued support that we receive from our sponsors, volunteers, staff, and Imagine event attendees. We raised over $100,000; surpassing our goals for 2021! Funds raised from this event will support programming that helps the most vulnerable among us to stabilize their lives, find community, and connect with nature.

This year EarthLinks celebrates 25 years of supporting individuals with the experience of extreme poverty and homelessness. Although the COVID-19 pandemic had serious impacts on our programming throughout 2020 and 2021, we continued to support participants for the duration with food, assistance with rent payments and motel rooms, art supplies, and continued payment of Workshop stipends while we could not gather in person. Additionally, for 6 months during the pandemic, EarthLinks managed a Safe Outdoor Space where unhoused individuals were able to shelter in a managed and resource-rich tent encampment.

As we look towards the future we see the continued need to support folks on the margins, so we are investing in redeveloping our property to create permanent supportive housing for low-income residents. We truly appreciate your support in continuing to create a place where those experiencing homelessness can find help, comfort, fulfillment, and community.
Humans of EarthLinks
by Kathryn Keyes

This month we celebrate Pam!

Pam grew up here, in what she describes as a dysfunctional family. Like so many people, drugs and alcohol have played a huge part in the demise of relationships, cost to health, cause of endless heartache, and misery. Patience is not a virtue she possesses, she says – she’s been groomed to expect instant gratification. The difference between sober living and simply hanging on for “20 minutes” for something to take effect, she said, is what makes it all so hard.

Pam has been in and out of more treatment centers and programs than can be imagined. Her mother was cold and unfeeling, and regrettable words have been passed down from generation to generation. People in her life have taken their own lives and died before their time. She has experienced abuse and neglect – even to this day. Her dad was her only ally through life, giving her hugs and the attention children need. The day after he died (2016,) she saw a bush with five different kinds of bees on it and a huge dragonfly, which she carried two blocks without it flying away. She took it as a message from her father - Pam has been sensitive and open to such signs in life, in spite of her difficulties.

Pam found EarthLinks about six years ago through an advertisement at St. Francis Day Shelter.  She tried four times to get into the program. Some part of her knew she needed to be a part of this community, and at last she succeeded. EL has given her a schedule, comfort, acceptance, and love. She says, “I’m better now than I ever have been.” She feels that honesty, helping others, and going beyond herself is part of her own program of healing. She enjoys making vision boards and “talking” to her dad and little boy, John, who died just before the age of nine. Talking to them, even just to herself, helps her feel more positive. The Hoop House is her favorite part of EarthLinks, "I love the energy – the feeling. I talk to the plants, too!” she says.

Her dream is to have a healing ranch for animals, and to prepare she will volunteer at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch with her sister. She has a love and great concern for the earth, and wishes more people would care. She says, “I'm learning how to be happy, how to love myself, and to honor and uplift others.”

A huge thank you to Pam, for your vulnerability, kindness, and wise words. And thank you to Kathryn, for facilitating this interview and segment.
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Throughout the past year we've learned that although we may not always be together in person, the strength of this community goes beyond the walls of our garden. Empowerment, resilience, and collectivity grow from our rich soil, and we will learn from nature that we can survive even the harshest of winters. 

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