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Blog: Workshops aim to better prepare job fair participants

0 - Wed, Aug 6, 2014

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center wants people to be as prepared as possible for its upcoming job fair – an event that has attracted more than 100 employers in the past.

The center is hosting a series of workshops titled “Make the Job Fair Work...

Deadline extended transportation advisory board application
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Wed, Sep 3, 2014

Colorado Springs officials extended the deadline for people seeking to serve on the city’s Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Board.


Dead rabbit tests positive for disease causing plague-like symptoms in eastern El Paso County
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Thu, Aug 28, 2014

A rabbit recently died of tularemia in eastern El Paso County, and some animals including rabbits, rodents and hares may be harboring harmful...

Meeting to be held on future of transit in Colorado Springs
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Wed, Aug 27, 2014

A meeting will be held Thursday allowing residents to voice their opinions on the future of public transit in Colorado Springs.

Mountain Metro...

Seminar to offer tips on preventing, living with diabetes
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Thu, Aug 7, 2014

An upcoming seminar aims to educate people about the dangers of diabetes – while also offering tips on how to live with the condition. The Diabetes...

Blog: Hillside Community Center plans event offering free food, backpacks, health care exams
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Wed, Aug 6, 2014

A free upcoming event aims to connect families in need with services across the city.

The Hillside Community Center will host a community day...

Public hearing planned to get comment on new housing plan
0 Thu, Jul 31, 2014

A public hearing will soon be held on the housing and community development needs facing Colorado Springs.

Input from the meeting, which will...

Catholic Charities names new interim chief executive
0 Thu, Jul 31, 2014

One of the top executives of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado has been named as the organization’s interim chief executive.


St. Francis Medical Center gets Level III trauma designation
0 Tue, Jul 29, 2014

El Paso County not planning to house immigrant children
0 Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Four people treated for plague in Colorado
0 Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Expo aimed at helping people with disabilities
0 Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Marian House seeks beef donations
0 Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Teen hosts public ride benefitting Children’s Hospital Colorado
0 Tue, Jul 29, 2014

El Paso County Public Health interim director named
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Mon, Jun 30, 2014

El Paso County Public Health’s deputy director will lead the agency while a permanent replacement of found for its outgoing director. Dan Martindale,...

Collins' views on homelessness prompt response from fellow council member
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Tue, Jun 24, 2014

Helen Collins idea for addressing homelessness across Colorado Springs: Bus tickets and jobs. The council member spoke up Tuesday against the city’s...

Meetings to unveil initial results of affordable housing study
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Tue, May 27, 2014

Two meetings will be held Wednesday to announce the preliminary findings of a study on the affordable housing options across El Paso County. The...

Traffic near Memorial Hospital Central to be altered while crews replace boilers
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Thu, May 15, 2014

People traveling new Memorial Hospital Central over the next few days may want to watch out for a few more traffic cones. Traffic will be altered while...

Greccio adds 54 units with acquisition of Santa Fe Apartments
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Mon, May 12, 2014

Greccio Housing purchased the Santa Fe Apartments in a deal that will add 54 apartments to its stock of affordable housing, the nonprofit announced...

Department of Human Services office in Fountain moving
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Mon, May 5, 2014

The El Paso County Department of Human Services’ office in Fountain will move to a new location in June. The department’s Fountain office plans to move...

Springs Rescue Mission program recognized by governor's office
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Tue, Mar 25, 2014

A transitional housing program overseen by the Springs Rescue Mission was recognized by Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office on Tuesday for its success in...

PERA decides against signing off on Colorado Springs' appeal
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Tue, Mar 18, 2014

A bid by Colorado Springs’ attorneys to continue its fight against the Public Employees’ Retirement Association hit a bump this week. The state’s...

Childhood obesity, doctor shortage highlighted in foundation listening session
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Mon, Mar 17, 2014

Childhood obesity and a shortage in physicians, nurses and psychiatrists rank among the Pikes Peak region’s most pressing health care needs, members of...

Outgoing Homeward Pikes Peak leader to open addiction recovery center
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Thu, Mar 13, 2014

Homeward Pikes Peak’s outgoing chief will soon focus less on combating homelessness and more on helping people recover from crippling drug addictions....

Possible health insurance plan extensions worry Colorado exchange officials
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Wed, Mar 12, 2014

The head of Colorado’s health insurance exchange voiced concern this week about the prospect of thousands of Coloradans keeping their old, pre-Obamacare...

PERA faces deadline to make move in Memorial pension dispute
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Thu, Mar 6, 2014

The next move in the high-stakes dispute over Memorial Hospital pension liabilities rests with lawyers for the state’s pension fund. The Public...

Healthgrades again ranks Penrose-St. Francis in top 50
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Wed, Feb 26, 2014

HealthGrades once again named Penrose-St. Francis to its list of 50-best hospitals in the nation – the seventh consecutive year the hospital system has...

Colorado Springs Health Foundation works on vision for future
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Tue, Feb 25, 2014

The people overseeing a foundation established through Memorial Hospital’s lease met Tuesday to discuss what direction the foundation should take as it...

Updated Yellow Book for seniors hits shelves
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Mon, Feb 24, 2014

An updated booklet aimed at helping seniors across the Pikes Peak region has been released. The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments has updated its...

Medical students at UCCS could train across El Paso County
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Thu, Feb 20, 2014

Memorial Hospital may not be the only place in the Pikes Peak region hosting medical students in the coming years. Discussions are underway with...

Free legal clinic planned for Saturday at Marian House
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Thu, Feb 20, 2014

An upcoming event aims to offer free legal advice to people struggling financially across the Pikes Peak region. The El Paso Bar Association plans to...

Event in Colorado Springs aims to help people purchase health insurance
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Thu, Feb 20, 2014

People who have yet to purchase health insurance for 2014 might be able to find a little help Friday from guides associated with the state’s new...

Greccio Housing and Family Life Services forge partnership
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Fri, Feb 14, 2014

Family Life Services and Greccio Housing have partnered to serve single mothers across the Pikes Peak region — a move meant to expand one organization’s...

Upcoming "Project Connect" aims to help region's homeless get off the streets
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Thu, Feb 13, 2014

Bob Holmes doesn’t want nonprofits giving out any sleeping bags, coats or bus tickets at an upcoming event aimed at helping the Pikes Peak...

KPC Respite Center opens to general public
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Wed, Feb 12, 2014

A program that aims to prevent child abuse and neglect by offering parents a short-term place to send their children is now open to the public. KPC...

Health insurance exchange to offer enrollment help in Colorado Springs
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Mon, Feb 10, 2014

An upcoming event aims to help people who are confused about how to purchase health insurance through the state’s new exchange. On Tuesday, Connect for...

Pikes Peak United Way, college students offer free tax consultations
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Thu, Feb 6, 2014

El Paso County residents received $103 million last spring through a special tax credit for low-to-moderate income families. The problem: Millions more...

Dozens flock to Springs Rescue Mission's cold-weather day shelter
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Wed, Feb 5, 2014

The Springs Rescue Mission’s cold weather day shelter has been busy since a blast of cold, arctic air hit the Pikes Peak region earlier this week. The...

Salvation Army county coordinator settles into post
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Wed, Sep 4, 2013

The highlight of Richard Larson’s first day in Colorado Springs came in a Costco parking lot. While loading a chair into his vehicle, a clerk offered to...

Red Cross offers emergency preparedness workshop
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Wed, Sep 4, 2013

A free workshop aims to help people across the Pikes Peak region prepare for the next natural disaster — whether that be fire, flood or anything else...

Welcome to the Health and Help blog
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Wed, Sep 4, 2013

Hello, all. Welcome to the Health & Help blog, the place where you can find a wealth of information about the Pikes Peak region’s public...

Colorado health department announces flu app
By: Jakob Rodgers 0 Wed, Sep 4, 2013

A new app aims to encourage Coloradans’ Tweeps and Facebook friends to get a flu shot. On Wednesday, the Colorado Department of Health and...

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Jakob Rodgers joined The Gazette in April 2010, affording him the chance to work for his hometown newspaper. He spent time on the crime and military beats before reporting on the public safety net -- a wide-ranging beat encompassing social services, public health and nonprofit organizations. Follow him on Twitter at @jakobrodgers. Have a tip or a story idea? Send him an email at


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