Foster children are invisible. Torn from their homes through no fault of their own, they face extreme emotional trauma. We respond with a sense of urgency to provide life changing experiences and enriching opportunities that help them heal, feel like they belong and dream about who they can become.
The boys are really loving the golf lessons, thank you! Cobbled Streets has not only given our kids amazing opportunities to learn and grow but has made us feel SEEN! Our boys look forward to golf and have really made connections with their mentors, again - making us/them feel seen! Such a big thank you to Cobbled Streets and their generosity into our lives! ~ K.N.
Overall my foster daughter is completely different from when she got to our home. Gymnastics is the first lesson/activity she has ever gotten to try so she looks forward to it every week! She practices with our daughter all the time in the living room. She even shows me her new bar skills after school. This has had a huge impact on her! It’s had a huge impact on me as well as a foster parent. Knowing there are people out there that we can partner with to make an impact on these kids. Even if it is just a season of their lives. It allows them to dream of all the things they can do! ~ L.B.
Thank you for providing my foster child with the opportunity to go on a school trip with her classmates. She had the time of her life, truly. It was an amazing experience for her to get away from all the stress of daily life, spend that time with her friends, see the ocean and tide pools, go whale watching, and all the other things they learned and did on the trip. She came home glowing and talking nonstop about the experience. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am so thankful that she got to go. Thank you for making it happen. The work you are doing has made such a difference in her life." ~ K.C.
I support Cobbled Streets because they fill an essential role in enriching the lives of youth in foster and kinship care in Metro Denver. All young people need joy, fun and individual experiences that encourage self-discovery. Through multiple efforts, Cobbled Streets works to ensure success and hope for youth who are often overlooked. ~ Dr. Nancy Gary, Individual Donor
I've partnered with Cobbled Streets because they treat each kid as an individual and empower foster families and communities to better serve the kids in their care by creatively fulfilling whatever needs arise. Cobbled Streets fills a vital gap in the foster care system by being highly nimble, responsive, innovative, and collaborative which is what is truly needed to address the foster care crisis." ~ Natasha Pepperl, Founder, Just As Special
I am so honored to be on the board of an organization unlike any other; Cobbled Streets focuses on the needs of foster kids with an uncommon urgency. The enriching opportunities these kids can enjoy will change their view of themselves and the world around them. They will develop skills and interests that will give them a sense of hope and joy and serve as a source of strength, support, and resilience. ~ Linda L. Shink, Cobbled Streets Board Member
It was an easy decision to support Cobbled Streets. The enrichment programs and opportunities they provide to children and their families in the foster care system are so important and fill such a void. Those experiences are what can take all of us into new possibilities that enhance our lives and give us confidence and hope. Cobbled Streets makes that happen one Foster Child at a time. ~ Ada W. Loving, Denver, CO
Cobbled Streets and the vision they have for bringing unique experiences to children and youth that are placed outside of their homes brings such excitement to me as a child welfare professional. So often we see these children and youth miss out on their normal childhood experiences that have such a positive and lasting impact on their lives and Cobbled Streets is working hard to bridge that gap for these children/youth and striving to bring normalcy to a circumstance that is filled with trauma and anything but normal experiences. Not just the experiences, but the long-standing relationships these children/youth will develop offers them stability and support that will reach into adulthood. It is an amazing organization that I am proud to support! ~ Sabrina Burbidge, Adams County, Children and Family Services
Cobbled Streets provides enriching opportunities and life changing experiences so kids in foster care develop new skills, create connections, improve relationships and thrive. This is childhood the way it ought to be!
Cobbled Streets is changing… changing hearts, changing minds, changing lives… During our first two years we provided group and individualized activities for more than 700 kids in foster care and support and brief respite opportunities for their foster families.
With the generous support of almost 100 volunteers who contributed more than 2,000 hours of their time, we're just getting started!
Shari F. Shink, Esq. founded the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center of Colorado. She spent thirty-three years as the Executive Director. During that time, she represented thousands of individual children, developed innovative programs, and raised millions of dollars to pursue the goals of the organization.
In addition, she was Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where she taught the first class on children's rights and supervised law student interns who represented children in court. She also engaged the community to pursue a public policy agenda in an effort to transform the child welfare system to be child-centered and family-focused. She was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in 2016 for her outstanding child advocacy work.
Shari's work has continued and evolved for more than three decades, and although her work, and the work of many others, has brought about important change, so much more needs to be done. Shari left the Children's Law Center and created Cobbled Streets in September of 2020, to give children in foster care an opportunity to thrive.
On November 10, Shari Shink will receive the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Philanthropy Day in Colorado, presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Colorado Chapter.
This prestigious award celebrates the lifetime contributions of an individual who is an inspiration to others. Shari’s passion, unwavering commitment to children, and her courageous leadership, have inspired many to give of their time, talent, and treasure. Her legacy of extraordinary work has changed the lives of thousands of Colorado’s most vulnerable children.
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Cobbled Streets 7360 W 28th Avenue Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Cobbled Streets 7360 W. 28th Avenue Wheat Ridge, CO 80033