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HILLS, Inc.                                     NEWSLETTER


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The HILLS Newsletter includes a list of our social, recreation and vacation programs for adults and teens with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury. For the most up-to-date list of dates and prices please see our website: www.hills-inc.org

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  1. 1. HILLS, Inc. NEWSLETTER Inside this edition… Spotlight Client  Eco-trip of the year: Costa Rica!  Adventure Clubs  Check out our trips Evening Social Programs  for 2008-2009! Weekend Trips  Week Long Vacation Trips  International Vacations  Community Service Projects  Special Events / Winter Fundraiser   Scholarship Program Prices: Our prices listed may vary depending on the quantity of ¡Hablamos donations and grants that we receive which allow us to lower our Español! prices even more. We welcome all sorts of donations including office supplies, sports equipment and other in-kind donations. Abilities… !, !!, or !!! Tenemos los siguientes programas: To help you choose the program right for you, we have marked each trip with one or more triangles. Clubes de aventura  Δ - When you see one small triangle, you can expect that we will go at a fairly Clubes Sociales  Viajes de 3 Dias slow pace. We will focus on just one activity, usually walking, which will be at a  Viajes de 5 Dias slow pace and will last a maximum of 2 hours, with plenty of stops along the way.  Vacaciones  ΔΔ - When you see two small triangles, you can expect that we will go at a slow Internacionales to average pace. We will participate in slow walks that will last a maximum of 3 Servicio Comunitario  hours, with plenty of stops along the way. Depending on the itinerary, it may Eventos Especiales  also include slow bike rides, frisbee, soccer, or some other physical activity. Eventos para  recaudar fondos ΔΔΔ - When you see three small triangles, you can expect that we will go at an Llámenos para más average pace. We will participate in walks that will last a maximum of 4 hours, with plenty of stops along the way. We will participate in other fun physical información activities as well, depending on the specific itinerary.
  2. 2. Page 2 of 8 HILLS, Inc. The HILLS Spotlight is on…David ! David was our inspiration for starting HILLS and like many of the clients we have worked with has struggled with his weight and maintaining healthy lifestyle practices. But today, he is VERY happy to say, that he is a healthy person and loves to work out at the YMCA near his house in the Boston area! Here are his own words: “Yes I like the Y, the bike is my favorite and the weights, and the trainers. The trainers keep track of information on the clipboard for me.” When asked about what he eats differently now he said, “I eat apples, bananas, [at work] I take yogurt, bananas, Clementine’s, carrots, sandwiches, and no drinks… I fill up my water bottle with water.” At his last doctor’s visit he found out that in the last year he has lost 10 pounds! He looks forward to participating in our trips here in Colorado because he wants to, “go to parks, go biking in Colorado, and lift weights in a work out room.” David is a great role model for leading a fun and active life and that is why the HILLS Spotlight is on him! Costa Rica: Our Eco-trip of the Season Costa Rica is a country that the Directors at HILLS call home, so what better way to get to visit a country than with people who know the country like the back of their hands! Costa Rica is the capital of eco-tourism and we will be sure you get to participate in the best it has to offer. We will take walks in the rainforest, see an active volcano, learn how to salsa dance, do a canopy zip-line (if you feel daring!), go horse back riding, go to a natural hot springs, and eat some amazing food and tropical fruits. And the best part is we are going in November when it will be cold in Denver and hot and humid in Costa Rica. Sign up now while spaces are still available, we are only taking 8 lucky clients for a very personal tour of Costa Rica!
  3. 3. HILLS, Inc. Page 3 of 8 ADVENTURE CLUBS The Adventure Clubs aim to develop skills in outdoor and indoor sports. These clubs have no more than 10 participants who will focus on the importance of leading healthy lives by staying active and eating well. Particularly when the clubs are working in the outdoors, we will discuss the importance of taking care of our bodies as well as the natural environment. These club will meet 5 times during each seasonal session and include lunch, two healthy snacks, transportation from our pick-up spots, necessary sports equipment, professional staff and an optional photo album at the end of each session. Please keep in mind that dates may change. Fall 2008 – Hiking Club Δ $400 Summer 2009 – Water Club Δ $450 Club A: Saturdays (9/6, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/25) (includes flat water paddling and optional Club B: Sundays (9/7, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/26) swimming) Club A: Saturdays (7/25, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29) Club B: Sundays (7/26, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30) Winter 2008 –Skiing/Snowboarding Club ΔΔ $550 Club A: Saturdays (12/6, 1/10, 1/31, 2/28, 3/7) Club B: Sundays (12/7, 1/11, 2/1, 3/1, 3/8) Fall 2009 – Hiking Club Δ $400 Club A: Saturdays (9/12, 9/26, 10/3, 10/24, 10/31) Club B: Sundays (9/13, 9/27, 10/4, 10/25, 11/1) Spring 2009 – Bowling Club Δ $450 Club A: Saturdays (3/7, 3/28, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16) Club B: Sundays (3/8, 3/29, 4/19, 5/3, 5/17) Winter 2009 –Skiing/Snowboarding Club ΔΔ $550 Club A: Saturdays (dates to be determined) Club B: Sundays (dates to be determined) Summer 2009 – Biking Club ΔΔ $500 Club A: Saturdays (5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27) Club B: Sundays (5/31, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28) EVENING SOCIAL PROGRAMS The evening social programs are held on Tuesday (Club A) or Thursday (Club B) or Friday (Club C) nights and include a healthy meal and one social activity for a group of no more then 10 participants. These programs focus specifically on the social skills of the participants and how they interact with their peers. Some sample activities include movies, museums, games, amusement parks, picnics, Frisbee and soccer, and professional sports games. These programs will meet 5 times during each seasonal session and include dinner, transportation from our pick-up spots, entrance fees, professional staff and an optional photo album at the end of each session. Please keep in mind that dates may change. All Evening Social Programs have the price of $450 per session. Fall Club 2008 Δ Spring 2009 Δ Club A: Tuesdays (9/2, 9/16, 9/30, 10/7, 10/28) Club A: Tuesdays (3/10, 3/24, 4/14, 4/28, 5/19) Club B: Thursdays (9/4, 9/18, 10/2, 10/9, 10/30) Club B: Thursdays (3/12, 3/26, 4/16, 4/30, 5/14) Club C: Fridays (9/5, 9/19, 10/3, 10/10, 10/31) Club C: Fridays (3/13, 3/27, 4/17, 5/1, 5/15) Winter 2008/2009 Δ Fall 2009 Δ Club A: Tuesdays (12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/20, 2/3) Club A: Tuesdays (9/1, 9/8, 9/22, 10/6, 10/27) Club B: Thursdays (12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/22, 2/5) Club B: Thursdays (9/3, 9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/29) Club C: Fridays (12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/30, 2/6) Club C: Fridays (9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 10/30)
  4. 4. Page 4 of 8 HILLS, Inc. Weekend Trips The purpose of these weekend trips is to provide an opportunity to socialize and participate in physical recreation. On some of the trips we will be camping and others we will stay at hotels. Trips include transportation from our pick-up spots, three meals and 2 healthy snacks a day, lodging, sports equipment when necessary, entrance fees, professional staff, and an optional set of digital photos from the trip. Please keep in mind that dates may change. Labor Day Weekend at Steamboat Springs, August 30-September 1, 2008 Δ $450 Join us for three days in the great outdoors and celebrate the end of summer with old and new friends! We will be going to the Wild West Air Fest featuring vintage and warbird airplanes, remote controlled aircraft, hang gliders, para-gliders, airplane rides and classic cars. We will of course take a dip in a hot springs to relax after a nice day hike and visit to Trappers Lake. We will be camping out so practice your campfire songs and get ready for some S’mores because this will be a trip you’ll remember all winter long! Columbus Day Weekend at Great Sand Dunes, October 11-13, 2008 Δ $550 Join us for three days at Great Sand Dunes National Park where we will explore the area, play and hike in the sand, take a ride on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad and do some shopping and touring in the quaint nearby towns. We will be staying in a hotel and you can be guaranteed lots of fun making some great new friends! Veterans Day Weekend at Santa Fe New Mexico, November 8-11, 2008 Δ $700 Spend an extra long weekend with us across the border in New Mexico. We will explore the Santa Fe National Forest and all of it’s beauty, so be ready for some spectacular hikes and picture taking. For those that are interested we will have the option of horseback riding in the wild west of New Mexico. We will also visit our favorite health food store Trader Joe’s for some yummy snacks! During this trip we will be staying at a hotel and use that as our base for our day excursions. White Sand Dunes New Mexico, January 16-19, 2009 ΔΔ $800 Come with us during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend as we fly away from the cold and explore the beauty of southern New Mexico. We will explore a huge variety of land including sand dunes, lava flows, mountains, canyons, rivers, and caves! We will focus on White Sand Dunes National Monument and Carlsbad Caverns National Park, but explore the surrounding areas as well. Weather permitting we will be camping out so bring your favorite camp fire songs! Memorial Day Weekend at Steamboat Springs, May 23-25, 2009 Δ $550 Hot Springs Weekend! It still may be a little chilly in Denver, but we are going to heat things up by doing a tour of different hot springs in the Steamboat Springs area. We are going to pamper ourselves after enjoying a few day hikes in the area to explore the beautiful mountain views. We will be staying in a hotel during this long weekend so we continue treating our bodies to a nice pre-summer vacation. 4th of July Weekend at Estes Park, July 3-6, 2009 Δ $400 Estes Park is THE place to celebrate the 4th of July with great horse shows, plenty of fireworks, rodeos and some good live music. We will explore the natural beauty of Estes Park as well, as we go on relaxed hikes in the area. To make the all-American weekend complete, we will camp out under the stars and roast hot dogs and marshmallows!
  5. 5. Page 5 of 8 HILLS, Inc. Week Long Vacation Trips These trips offer a variety of social and recreational activities for the participants in different indoor and outdoor environments. As in all of our other programs, our emphasis is on having fun in a healthy and safe environment, with a great bunch of clients and staff. Trips include transportation from our pick-up spots or roundtrip airfare, three meals a day, 2 healthy snacks a day, lodging, sports equipment when necessary, entrance fees, professional staff, and an optional set of digital photos from the trip. SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR ALL OF OUR TRIPS PLANNED FOR 2009! Yellowstone and Jackson Hole, September 22-26, 2008 Δ $1,100 Enjoy a beautiful fall week at Yellowstone National Park and of course we are guaranteed to see Old Faithful! We will be driving out to Wyoming so bring your favorite music to play in the van, and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Our first stop is Jackson Hole where you will be amazed by the Teton Mountains. Then once we are in Yellowstone the wildlife viewing is out of this world. We will see buffalo, elk, moose, coyotes, beavers, hawk and maybe even a bear or two! Our first and last night will be at a hotel and in between we will be camping out under the stars. Disneyland, November 2-6, 2008 Δ $1,500 Come with us to see Mickey, Minnie and the whole gang! We will visit the three parks: Disneyland, the California Adventure Park and Universal Studios. Bring you camera and autograph books, you never know when you might see a real Hollywood star and you definitely want your picture taken with Mickey at our character breakfast! San Diego, December 4-8, 2008 Δ $1,500 Get into the holiday season by visiting the numerous celebrations in San Diego. We will start with the festival of lights at the world famous San Diego Zoo and then go to the La Jolla Holiday parade and carnival. And don’t forget Legoland, where you’ll be amazed at all of the rides and attractions made out of our favorite toy, Legos! It is always beautiful in San Diego, so be sure to bring your bathing suit. Las Vegas, January 23-27, 2009 Δ $1,400 Not only will we test our luck at the casinos but we will also see circus performances, shop at the M&M Academy, tour Madame Tussauds’ Wax Museum of the stars, see the famous and very funny show Blue Man Group, PLUS a visit to the incredible Hoover Dam where we will explore, hike and have a picnic lunch. This is a great place to be in January, with plenty of warm weather and great friends to have fun with! San Francisco for Valentine’s Day Weekend, February 12-16, 2009 Δ $1,500 We are spending Valentine’s Day, which falls on President’s Day Weekend, in the super friendly San Francisco! Come with us to Alcatraz, but don’t get locked up on the island because we are also going to tour the yummy Jelly Belly factory, cross the historic Golden Gate Bridge to spend a relaxing day in Napa Valley and take a gourmet ride on the Wine Train. This is a beautiful region of California and a great way to escape the snowy winters of Colorado! Boston for St. Patrick’s Day, March 14-18, 2009 Δ $1,600 Let Polly take you around her home town and with such a large Irish population we will go to the biggest and best St. Patrick’s Day parade and festival in the United States! Tour the city with the famous Duck Tours, visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace for some good eats, and see the Aquarium with it’s spectacular sea lion show. You will also do some shopping in China Town and tour Little Italy for the best pastries outside of Rome! You’ll feel the luck of the Irish while you visit this great city for St. Patrick’s Day!
  6. 6. Page 6 of 8 HILLS, Inc. International Trips These trips are an opportunity to travel around the world to places that we have all dreamed of going to, and now we can travel together in a safe and fun environment with experienced staff that have traveled extensively abroad. These trips are limited to a smaller group of only 8 clients so sign-up fast before spaces run out. Trips include roundtrip airfare, three meals a day, 2 healthy snacks a day, lodging, sports equipment when necessary, entrance fees, professional staff, and an optional set of digital photos from the trip. Please keep in mind that dates may change. Costa Rica, November 17-24, 2008 ΔΔ $1,900 Costa Rica is the capital of eco-tourism and we will be sure you get to participate in the best it has to offer. We will take walks in the rainforest, see an active volcano, learn how to salsa dance, do a canopy zip-line (if you feel daring!), go horse back riding, go to a natural hot springs, and eat some amazing food and tropical fruits. And the best part is we are going in November when it will be cold in Denver and hot in Costa Rica. Sign up now while spaces are still available, we are only taking 8 lucky clients for a very personal tour of Costa Rica! Beijing China, March 30-April 8, 2009 ΔΔ $3,900 Authentic Chinese food, hiking a section of The Great Wall of China, Panda bears, and the Olympic Village; these are just a few of the things you will See where the 2008 experience in this very international trip to the other side of the world! You summer Olympics will also get a bird’s eye view from Beijing’s TV Tower and see the Ancient were held! Emperor’s Palace called the Forbidden City. Start saving up now because this is the trip of the lifetime that you just won’t want to miss as we learn, taste and experience the amazing Chinese culture. Dominican Republic England and Scotland, November 6-11, 2009 Δ September 14-21, 2009 ΔΔ $1,900 $2,900 There is so much history and beauty in England and Scotland you will love this trip. We are going to We will be staying at an all inclusive resort so bring explore England and Scotland on the BritRail Trains. your bathing suit for this trip as you can choose First we must tour London to see the changing of the between the ocean, the pool or the jacuzzi! With the guard at Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. Then we will resort as our base, we will take day trips to visit begin our journey out of the city and see the world national parks, caves, rivers and see the wildlife. Of famous stone structure at Stonehenge. Heading up course some of the best wildlife to see is under the north we will spend a day hiking in the Lake District ocean, so snorkeling will also be one of our optional that has inspired many famous poets. As we head into activities. And wait until you taste the delicious Scotland we will stay in the capital of Edinburgh and Dominican food and tropical fruits they grow on the tour the Edinburgh Castle. We will be sure to do island. Where else would you rather be in plenty of shopping and try some of the different November?! foods that each country has to offer.
  7. 7. HILLS, Inc. Page 7 of 8 Community Service Projects Special Events Special events include activities such as special social There are a variety of service projects offered gatherings, dances, birthdays, conferences and throughout the year with the purpose of giving fundraisers. If you have a special event that you back to the community and helping the would like us to be a part of please let us know. environment. Service projects include fun activities such as Earth Day and fundraiser HILLS has donated a Weekend Trip to support the walks/runs/bike rides. If you have a service Denver Down Syndrome Clinic’s silent auction on July project that you would like help at, or you would 31st, 2008. Learn how you can support them too: like to participate in with us please let us know! www.denverdsclinic.org/events.htm Winter Fundraiser: Dinner, Dance and Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive Silent Auction Saturday, December 13th Throughout the month of November Help us raise money for much needed scholarships so Help make our service project a success by that all clients can participate in our social and donating canned non-perishable foods to our recreational activities. Join us for a night of great food drive so that everyone can enjoy a happy food and dancing! Let us know if you can make a and healthy Thanksgiving. donation to our silent auction, all for a good cause and in the true holiday spirit! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- √ YES, I would like to sign-up for a HILLS program or trip! SIGN ME UP ! Please be sure that you read our policies and procedures section on our website which will explain all about our payment policies, health and medication form procedures, pick-up sites and behavior expectations. If you are unable to access our website we are happy to send you the information in the mail. All new clients will Name:________________ need to have an informal interview with the executive director so that we can better get to know you and vice versa. Tel:__________________ PLEASE CIRCLE THE ACTIVITIES YOU ARE SIGNING UP FOR AND SEND IN YOUR DEPOSIT TO BE SURE YOU HAVE A RESERVED SPOT! Email:________________ ADVENTURE CLUB WEEKEND TRIPS WEEK LONG TRIPS INTERNATIONAL Steamboat Springs 8/30 Yellowstone NP 9/22 Costa Rica CLUB A November 17 – 24, 2008 Great Sand Dunes 10/11 Disneyland 11/2 CLUB B Santa Fe NM 11/8 San Diego 12/4 Beijing, China Fall / Winter / Spring / Summer March 30-April 8, 2009 White Sand Dunes 1/16 Las Vegas 1/23 Steamboat Springs 5/23 San Francisco 2/12 England and Scotland SOCIAL PROGRAM September 14-21, 2009 Estes Park 7/3 Boston 3/14 CLUB A Glenwood Springs 9/4 Grand Canyon 4/20 Dominican Republic CLUB B November 6-11, 2009 Great Sand Dunes Seattle 5/4 CLUB C 10/10/09 Yosemite 6/8 Fall / Winter / Spring / Summer
  8. 8. Scholarship Program As part of our mission we aim to offer affordable social and recreational HILLS programs for adults with developmental disabilities as well as for adults and war veterans with TBI. For some clients however, it is still very difficult to be able to afford to travel. One of our goals is to provide scholarships for clients on an as-needed basis so Contact Us: everyone can choose to travel, socialize, and learn skills to lead healthier lives. If you need a scholarship in order to participate in any of our programs please contact us and we will walk you through the easy application process. Phone: If you are someone that is able to make a donation to our scholarship program, (303)875-9149 please let us know because the demand greatly outweighs the supply. You can also help cut back on costs for all of our clients by helping with things like office supplies, sports equipment, gift certificates to restaurants or entrance fees to different venues. E-Mail: Our goal is to broaden everyone’s horizons through travel and recreation and to info@hills-inc.org teach the important skills that are needed to lead a healthy life! Come explore the HILLS with us! You can also sign-up for programs on our website! www.hills-inc.org Our Mission Mission: To provide affordable social, recreation and vacation programs for people with developmental disabilities and people with TBI, with a focus on teaching healthy lifestyle skills. HILLS, INC. 12211 W. 2ND Pl. #301 Lakewood, CO 80228 Your Name Here! If you would like a free copy of this newsletter sent to you by mail just let us know.

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