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Eric Fetsch and Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Team Up for the Affordable Housing Cause

Eric Fetsch uses watercolors to paint a door for Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity's "Opening Doors for 30 Years" fundraising event.
Eric Fetsch uses watercolors to paint a door for Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity's "Opening Doors for 30 Years" fundraising event
Eric Fetsch allowed me to visit him in his home studio September 30, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colo. I had the honor to see his work up close and personal as well as listen to his passion for watercolors and community. Eric helps to unearth people’s talents in his workshops and encourages them to pursue their painting. “I try and find out what people enjoy and excel at during my workshops,” said Eric Fetsch, artist and owner of Eric Fetsch Art. “I provide them with the tools to figure out how to make that click. The fun part about workshops is you never know who is going to take off.” Eric prefers painting on canvas and teaches his technique to students that attend his workshops. Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity has offered him a new challenge recently. Eric is using a hard wood door to paint a watercolor scene for Pikes Peak Habitat’s fundraising event “Opening Doors for 30 Years.” “The good thing about watercolor painting is that there are dozens and dozens of methods,” said Eric Fetsch, artists and owner of Eric Fetsch Art. “Painting a big watercolor painting used to be a massive undertaking and hard to do, but I’ve taught myself a technique that I learned from trial and error. I apply Gesso as a base coat, and off I go.”
Eric Fetsch paints Aspen trees on a door that will be donated to Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity for their live auction fundraising event.
Eric Fetsch paints Aspen trees on a door that will be donated to Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity for their live auction fundraising event.
The painting Eric is working on for the fundraising event achieves both his passions for watercolor and community. The watercolor will be auctioned off during Pikes Peak Habitat’s live auction fundraising event. All of the proceeds will go to families in need of affordable housing in the community. “My wife and I have always been involved with community projects,” said Eric Fetsch, artist and owner of Eric Fetsch Art. “I used to be on the Partners in Housing board. We worked with them for about 8 years. As an affordable housing concept it’s the real answer.” Partners in Housing is a transitional housing program in Colorado Springs that helps keep mothers and children in a safe place while they get back on their feet. Greccio Housing and Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity are two organizations that offer permanent housing in the community and are the next stages for these families. “The end goal is to have everyone in the community living in safe, decent, affordable homes,” said Eric Fetsch, artist and owner Eric Fetsch Art. “People are active and working in this community to make a difference. If you want to show up and participate in what we are trying to do, just show up. Everyone is welcome to get involved and make a difference in the affordable housing cause.” About Eric Fetsch Art Eric Fetsch is a member of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society. He supports a variety of projects and non-profit organizations through donations of his artwork. His artwork depicts scenes of landscapes and wildlife. Eric teaches Watercolor Workshops for artists of all ages and skills. To learn more about Eric Fetsch Art go to http://ericfetsch.com About Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. The organization was founded in El Paso County in 1986. Pikes Peak Habitat’s mission is, “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” The organization builds affordable permanent housing for low-income families in the region with the generous support of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. To learn more about Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity go to http://www.pikespeakhabitat.org

Eric Fetsch and Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Team Up for the Affordable Housing Cause

Eric Fetsch uses watercolors to paint a door for Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity's "Opening Doors for 30 Years" fundraising event.
Eric Fetsch uses watercolors to paint a door for Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity's "Opening Doors for 30 Years" fundraising event.
Eric Fetsch allowed me to visit him in his home studio September 30, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colo. I had the honor to see his work up close and personal as well as listen to his passion for watercolors and community. Eric helps to unearth people’s talents in his workshops and encourages them to pursue their painting. “I try and find out what people enjoy and excel at during my workshops,” said Eric Fetsch, artist and owner of Eric Fetsch Art. “I provide them with the tools to figure out how to make that click. The fun part about workshops is you never know who is going to take off.” Eric prefers painting on canvas and teaches his technique to students that attend his workshops. Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity has offered him a new challenge recently. Eric is using a hard wood door to paint a watercolor scene for Pikes Peak Habitat’s fundraising event “Opening Doors for 30 Years.” “The good thing about watercolor painting is that there are dozens and dozens of methods,” said Eric Fetsch, artists and owner of Eric Fetsch Art. “Painting a big watercolor painting used to be a massive undertaking and hard to do, but I’ve taught myself a technique that I learned from trial and error. I apply Gesso as a base coat, and off I go.”
Eric Fetsch paints Aspen tree trunks on a door that will be donated to Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity for their live auction fundraising event.
Eric Fetsch paints Aspen trees on a door that will be donated to Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity for their live auction fundraising event.
The painting Eric is working on for the fundraising event achieves both his passions for watercolor and community. The watercolor will be auctioned off during Pikes Peak Habitat’s live auction fundraising event. All of the proceeds will go to families in need of affordable housing in the community. “My wife and I have always been involved with community projects,” said Eric Fetsch, artist and owner of Eric Fetsch Art. “I used to be on the Partners in Housing board. We worked with them for about 8 years. As an affordable housing concept it’s the real answer.” Partners in Housing is a transitional housing program in Colorado Springs that helps keep mothers and children in a safe place while they get back on their feet. Greccio Housing and Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity are two organizations that offer permanent housing in the community and are the next stages for these families. “The end goal is to have everyone in the community living in safe, decent, affordable homes,” said Eric Fetsch, artist and owner Eric Fetsch Art. “People are active and working in this community to make a difference. If you want to show up and participate in what we are trying to do, just show up. Everyone is welcome to get involved and make a difference in the affordable housing cause.” About Eric Fetsch Art Eric Fetsch is a member of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society. He supports a variety of projects and non-profit organizations through donations of his artwork. His artwork depicts scenes of landscapes and wildlife. Eric teaches Watercolor Workshops for artists of all ages and skills. To learn more about Eric Fetsch Art go to http://ericfetsch.com About Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. The organization was founded in El Paso County in 1986. Pikes Peak Habitat’s mission is, “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” The organization builds affordable permanent housing for low-income families in the region with the generous support of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. To learn more about Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity go to http://www.pikespeakhabitat.org

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Mission Statement

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity's mission statement is seeking to put God’s love into action, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity has been involved in Colorado's Pikes Peak region for 30 years. One of their goals is to recruit volunteers to support their mission. Volunteers help through devoting hours of their time in Pikes Peak Habitats operating committees, constructions sites, and administration office and at the ReStore. Volunteers help save nearly $450,000 in paid wages annually. Pikes Peak Habitat’s mission cannot progress without the help of motivated volunteers,donors and sponsors who believe in the cause. Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity's goals are to reduce the number of families and individuals who are living in substandard, poverty housing in the Pikes Peak region, equip families with the tools they will need to become successful homeowners, and engage volunteers in activities that serve in the success of their programs. Looking to be a part of the affordable housing cause? Learn more about Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity and how you can be part of the solution by clicking the link below to sign up. Volunteer or call Isaac Ring, Volunteer Manager, at 719.475.7800 ext. 102

National Women Build Day with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity National Women Build Week kicked off on April 30, 2016. National Women Build Week will continue through to Saturday May 7, 2016. Please show your support for your community by sharing this video on Facebook and Twitter! Also, please check out Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity's website and find a time when you can get involved, Pikes Peak Habitat has a Women Build day monthly! Sign up at: http://www.pikespeakhabitat.org/volunteer/

Rescue and Rehabilitation a Priority for The Wild Animal Sanctuary

Photo taken from June’s blog Growing Up in Fort Collins
Photo taken from June’s blog Growing Up in Fort Collins
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Amber Martin Graduate Student, Full Sail University ALMartin2@fullsail.edu The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organization located in Keenesburg, Colorado that rescues and rehabilitates large carnivores. Most of the animals come from very poor conditions and are seized by local agencies. The sanctuary strongly believes in allowing these animals the care and space to live full healthy lives without being exploited. “We’ll have lions that show up, that don’t even know how to roar because they have never been around another lion to hear it or have a reason to roar. We want to get them around others of their own kind, so that they can learn what kind of animal they are. What it’s like to be a tiger or a lion,” said Kent Drotar, Director of the Sanctuary Ambassador Program. “We want these animals to live as long as possible and healthy as the animals they were meant to be.” The sanctuary covers 720 acres of land and most of the habitats are between five and 25 acres. The location is important for the sanctuary to thrive. It is close enough to the Denver metro area that they are able to get the volunteers, equipment, and material needed in order to maintain the place. It is also far enough away that they have the ability to expand. The sanctuary currently has just over 400 animals and about 45 different habitats. They feed around 35,000 pounds of food a week. With only five or six people on the animal care staff, volunteers are an extremely important necessity to help maintain the place. Volunteers help sort food, prepare meals, clean enclosures, and clean and fill water tanks. “Most of them do it because they love animals. They want to make a difference in animal’s lives,” said Kent Drotar, Director of the Sanctuary Ambassador Program. “We want the volunteers to respect the animals the way we do, which is not as a pet, and not as a way to make money, but simply respect them because of what they are.” To learn more about The Wild Animal Sanctuary please visit http://www.wildanimalsanctuary.org or check out their latest newsletter which features Chase, one of the tigers living at the sanctuary. About the Wild Animal Sanctuary The Founder, Pat Craig, was the youngest person at 19 years old to become licensed to have a wild animal sanctuary in January 1980. The sanctuary began on Pat’s parent's 15-acre farm in Boulder, Colorado. However, that space filled up very quickly and he moved the sanctuary to Lyons, Colorado. In 1994 the sanctuary was moved one last time to Keenesburg, Colorado where it has been for the last 22 years. Pat Craig is currently the Executive Director of the organization.