Fresh Start Investment Program

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Fresh Start Investment Program is a business development, entrepreneurship, and personal development training program that supports the formerly incarcerated to become successful entrepreneurs and employees. We transform our Investors-In- Training (IIT’s) to own profitable and thriving businesses in SE Colorado Springs and to become better citizens in our community.

This program was initiated through the Transforming Safety Bill of Colorado.The Transforming Safety project invests in North Aurora and Southeast Colorado Springs to support community development through small business loan and grant programs. The project uses a new safety framework that focuses on preventing crime in the first place by:

  • Focusing on economic and community development in specific neighborhoods more impacted by crime and justice system involvement
  • Empowering local community members to identify priorities and solutions
  • Providing funding to the community
  • Using a private sector approach that braids both for-profit and non-profit strengths

The Fresh Start Investment Program will impact SE Colorado Springs by revitalizing the community through small business development and programs and services which promote personal growth. By offering small business training and mentoring, we provide a fresh start to individuals that will enable them to become business owners and revitalize community. We invest in leadership development which enables our IIT’s to take ownership and become managers of their lives and to make wise decisions.

Fresh Start Investment Program addresses the limited access to education, skills training, and economic opportunity for men, women, and youth with criminal histories by creating empathy and providing hope, hands-on mentoring, community support, and a clear path to economic security through employment or entrepreneurship.

We partner with Pikes Peak Small Business Consultants, Thrive Colorado Springs, WeighOut Ministries, Pikes Peak Work Force Center, Harrison School District 2, Rise Coalition to assist us in making this program successful. We will also partner with Faith-based Organizations and past offenders as volunteers in our program. Our Fresh Start Investment Program will promote personal and economic opportunities for past offenders of Colorado Dept. of Corrections.

For more information about this program, send us a message or call 719-393-7625.

Healthy Places in Southeast Colorado Springs

Healthy Places: Designing an Active Colorado is a community led initiative to build upon current assets and identify new possibilities for increasing physical activity by addressing barriers to health through the built environment. Southeast Colorado Springs was selected through a competitive RFP process as one of four communities to participate in an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Advisory Service Panel funded by The Colorado Health Foundation (TCHF). The panel and subsequent report served as the platform for a recent $1 million grant award from TCHF to implement recommendations that will improve health and physical activity in Southeast Colorado Springs.

Although Southeast Colorado Springs has faced years of disinvestment and underrepresentation, things are beginning to change. There are many individuals and organizations who have been working tirelessly to build on the community’s assets and strengthen the neighborhood from within. The neighborhood has many points of pride including its diversity, of cultures, incomes, religious affiliations, and perspectives.

The Solid Rock Community Development Corporation (CDC), El Paso County Public Health and the Resilient, Inspired, Strong and Engaged (RISE) Coalition are the core organizations involved in moving forward with one of the key recommendations, the development of a Community Hub at Mission Trace. The Hub is envisioned as a destination and a place where the community can come together in Southeast Colorado Springs. It is envisioned that the Community Hub will be a catalyst for additional investment in the area. Services provided by the Hub may include housing, transportation, local businesses, community activities and opportunities for physical activity. A location within a largely vacant shopping center has been identified for the Hub and the property owner is amenable to the idea. There is strong support from the City of Colorado Springs and the community for this project to happen.

According to conversations with the project team, significant outreach has been done to date and the community is eager for action.