The AspenPointe Colorado Spirit: Community Support Team is a group of community crisis counselors working in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency through AspenPointe to support the community by working toward restoring peace of mind by providing the community with resources, as well as emotional and behavioral support through individual meetings, group discussions, information, and referrals.
Around noon on June 23, 2012, a fire was reported in the El Paso County, Colorado, Waldo Canyon area, immediately west of the Colorado Springs metro area. Over the next five days, the fire rapidly spread west to Teller County and northeast to heavily populated areas of Colorado Springs. Persons evacuated were over 32,000; 18,247 acres were burned; 346 homes were burned; 2 people lost their lives; and over 1,500 firefighters fought the flames.
Less than a year later the June, 2013 Black Forest fire was the most destructive in Colorado’s history. The fire charred more than 14,000 acres, killed two people, destroyed 509 homes, and devastated a wooded suburb of Colorado Springs. All members of these communities were greatly impacted.
On August 9th, 2013 thunderstorms produced up to 1.6" of rainfall on the Waldo Canyon burn scar. This resulted in severe flooding of multiple canyons. The flood waters, with accompanying mud, rock and debris, flowed onto U.S. Highway 24 and into Manitou Springs. The flooding killed one person and injured at least 3 others. In addition, the flood caused major damage to the highway, property and infrastructure in El Paso County in the vicinity of the Waldo Canyon Fire burn scar, including the city of Manitou Springs.
Crisis Counseling and Resource Referral (719) 572-6100, 7 days a week 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The services we offer are collaborative, complimentary and confidential.
As the community continues to rebuild and our lives take on a new normal, we hope you plan to take time for you. Whether you are rebuilding your home, recovering from damage, or supporting your neighbors, there are multiple resources available to assist you. Some immediate ways you might consider caring for yourself and your community are:
- Be aware of and tend to your mental and physical wellbeing
- Become an active participant in your HOA or community association
- Take advantage of the services offered by the AspenPointe Colorado Spirit: Community Support Team, Long Term Recovery Group and/ or others
- Talk to friends and neighbors about how you are doing
- Volunteer to help rebuild your community
Other available resources include:
Ready Colorado - Disaster Preparedness 1-800-639-READY (7323)
211 of the Pikes Peak United Way - Find Local Resources 211 or (719) 955-0742
Long Term Recovery Group - Case Management (719) 884- 6180
Join us on Facebook
For Flood Recovery: https://www.facebook.com/aspenpointefloodsupport
For the Black Forest Fire: https://www.facebook.com/CommunitySupportTeam
I'm Not Scared When I'm Prepared
Emergency preparedness program offered by AspenPointe's Colorado Spirit: Community Support Team.