Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

Creating Community

About: Tara Kiene is president/CEOof Community Connections, Inc.

Despite economy, community generous

With all the struggles of our current economic times, one amazing fact remains: People are still generous. According to the Grassroots Funding Journal, more than 70 percent of adults give away...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

These caregivers deserve praise

In a rare show of bipartisan agreement, the U.S. Senate has designated next week as “National Direct Support Professionals Week.” This begs the question, who are these direct support professionals,...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Independence includes risk of choice for developmentally disabled people

Sometimes the freedom to make choices means having the opportunity to choose poorly.For many years, people with developmental disabilities were not supported or allowed to make choices. They were...

DATE: May 12, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Golf tournament benefits disabled

It is the first of May, and a small group gathers around a pole fitted into a hole in the earth. This is, of course, ascene from the seventh annual Golfing for Kids with Disabilities Golf...

DATE: April 14, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Efforts under way to get rid of derogatory words, phrases

Language shapes the way we think. The way we think shapes the way we act. As such, it is no wonder people withintellectual disabilities are fighting against the use of derogatory language.You may...

DATE: March 10, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Colo. recognizes people with disabilities

Today, hundreds of individuals with disabilities, family members, direct-support professionals and other serviceproviders will descend upon the capital in Denver.There legislators from both sides...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Individuals with disabilities being hard hit by economy

Economists are saying  the recession is over. Looking at the headlines, it's hard to believe. For individuals withdisabilities, it seems like the worst is yet to come.With Colorado facing a revenue...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Screenings can make a difference

A group of disabilities called autism spectrum disorders have been gaining significant attention in the media over thelast few years.There is good reason for this attention - the Centers for...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Tree fest on its way to Durango

New Orleans Jazz Festival, Durango Independent Film Festival, Community Connections’ Festival of Trees: Festivals comein all shapes and sizes and themes. One thing they all have in common is that...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Recession hurts most vulnerable

Theologian Martin Niemöller wrote his landmark poem “First They Came” as a response to inaction by many Germans to the horrors committed during the Nazi regime.The poem starts, “First they came for...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Coming week recognizes Direct Support Professionals

It is easy to forget the Labor Day holiday isn't about lakes and bikes and time off from work.This is our time to reflect on the millions of American workers who keep our country running every day....

DATE: Sept. 9, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Host homes provide support, compassion

When my friend Kristy moved in with Community Connections host-home provider Rita Seay six years ago, neither of them could have expected what a life changing event it would be.Kristy was born at a...

DATE: July 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Community Connections mission remains consistent

When I first began working at Community Connections Inc., in 2001, I found myself in some confusing conversations with community members before realizing many residents mistook Community...

DATE: June 10, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Golfing fundraiser to support children with special needs

At long last, the sun is shining through the clouds, the robins are building their nests and little buds are peeking out from the bare earth. Old Man Winter is in retreat. We all know what that...

DATE: April 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Opportunities abound to help individuals with disabilities

The only thing better than having a fabulous hobby is sharing that hobby with others.Members of San Juan Sledders have discovered the sheer joy of sharing their winter activities with a group of...

DATE: March 11, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Valentine's Day can be lonely for some

With all the interest surrounding failed government-sponsored investment banks and tax-evading Treasury Securities, I fear we have been able to gloss over one of the biggest scandals of our...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Keep roads, walks clear for those with disabilities

Snow. We have only one word for this precipitation in our English language, even though it means so many different things for different people in different situations.For some, it means fun and...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community