Colorado is known for many things- 300 days of sunshine and the great, albeit wacky, weather (hello, blizzards in May!), but perhaps the greatest attraction of all is the gorgeous Rocky Mountains. People come from all over the country and the world to ski, snowboard, hike and bike the peaks that are literally in our backyard. But simply living in Colorado doesn’t offer everyone the opportunity to enjoy the mountains- transportation, lodging and passes are expensive and there are many who can’t afford to spend time there.
Enter SOS Outreach, an organization that works to offer underprivileged youth the opportunity to experience outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and many summer sports. Using these activities as a springboard, the staff at SOS Outreach offers a leadership curriculum that instills five core values: Wisdom, Discipline, Courage, Compassion and Integrity. Each child is assigned a mentor who uses this curriculum to help the kids build self-esteem, positive relationships, social skills and positive values.
Closet Factory has been a supporter of SOS Outreach for many years, but this past month we have stepped in to help them do what we do best: get organized. As a part of the program, SOS Outreach provides the children with the necessary equipment to hit the slopes, but unfortunately there wasn’t much in the way of storage, which made it difficult to stay organized. Said Closet Factory owner Mark Lestikow, “when [we heard] about all the piles of jackets, boots and snowboards SOS had to contend with, we knew our company, Closet Factory, could be of help.” And help, we did.
Working with Global Program Director Jon Garrou, Closet Factory president Polly Lestikow assessed the needs of the company and developed a plan to accommodate all the sports equipment, promotional items and office supplies. She had to work around uneven floors and crumbling walls, but was determined to help this amazing organization get their gear in order.
She designed a series of double hang sections for all the jackets and pants: