December 15, 2017: Every child benefits from playing outside; it’s not only fun but play teaches children how to make friends and learn new social skills. Special needs children are presented with many challenges, especially on the playground. In many instances, special equipment is needed which is not found in traditional play settings. A special playground project was implemented by HBA Cares at Special Kids Special Families’ Zach’s Place program. HBA Cares, Inc., a non-profit organization founded by members of the housing and building authority, assisted in the construction of a brand new playground with equipment specially designed for children with disabilities and special needs. This new equipment allows children with special needs that attend Zach’s Place to explore, develop and integrate all of their senses, while supporting motor skills and social play experiences.
HBA Cares integrated play equipment that was simple and intuitive. Installing an accessible swing, interactive learning play panels and a safe surface allows children of all ages and abilities to play in the same space. Mike DeGrant, President of HBA Cares, organized local companies to get involved in the project including but not limited to, C&C Sand and Stone Co., Robertson’s Landscaping, and Woods Site & Playscapes. “I’d like to thank Linda Warren of Warren Management Group for referring us to HBA Cares.” says SKSF Executive Linda Ellegard. “The dedication and hard work of everyone involved is greatly appreciated! We now have a safe place where our kids can play outside and have fun!”
Zach’s Place at the Laurie Hillyard Family Center is located at 4975 Granby Circle, in Colorado Springs and provides respite and daycare to children with disabilities and special needs. The center is only one of two licensed day care facilities that provides 24/7 specialty care – seven days a week. The center is a lifeline for families raising children with disabilities ages 2.5 through 21. www.sksfcolorado.org
HBA Cares, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to assist other non-profit agencies and programs with construction needs that will further their ability to provide housing and living assistance to Pikes Peak Region families in need. HBA Cares does not make contributions to other non-profits, but rather provides construction expertise and works to solicit donation of goods and services required for a construction project. HBA Cares also provides support for charitable activities of members of the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs. www.hbacares.org.