The D.B.E in Colorado, along with other D.B.E states in the Western district support the British Home Ltd in California.
Founded in 1930 as a non-profit corporation, by the Daughters of the British Empire (DBE) in the Western District of the United States, The British Home in California opened its doors in Sierra Madre on September 22, 1931. Nestled in the foothills, the Home carries on its mission, the tradition of providing the most comfortable, nurturing environment with care and devotion to the residents’ needs.
With the small beginning of just one cottage, named after one of its benefactors, The British Home’s Shafer Cottage is now one of seven cottages including Armstrong Hall, on the 2 & 1/2 acre campus. Our residents living in the DBE Western District Home (licensed for 41 residents) have directly benefited from the long history of elder care sustained by the four DBE-chartered retirement homes in the United States. The National Society of the DBE and its members continue to be devoted to “The Cause” (their four homes) through fundraising, friendship and social activities with the residents.
In keeping with the passage of time, The British Home in California enjoys accepting all manner of American citizens and residents who yearn for a safe, happy, new home and friends in their independent and assisted living community.
Chatsworth Chapter have chosen to support The Freedom Service Dogs of America.
It was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization by Michael and PJ Roche. The Roches worked tirelessly to transform FSD from a local, two-person organization to one of the leading service dog training organizations in the country at a time when the assistance dog industry was in the early stages of development.
As FSD expanded, its leaders recognized a need for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to have additional support as they entered civilian life, leading to the launch of Operation Freedom, a program that provides custom-trained service dogs to veterans with disabilities.
Their mission is to unleash the potential of dogs by transforming them into custom-trained, life-changing assistance dogs for people in need. The clients they serve live with disabilities like autism, traumatic brain injury (TBI), multiple sclerosis (MS), muscular dystrophy (MD), Down syndrome, cerebral palsy (CP), spinal cord injuries, and more. They also serve veterans with post-traumatic stress (PTS); however, they do not provide service dogs for non-military civilians diagnosed with PTS. FSD has been recognized nationally for its innovative approach and life-changing work.
Since 1987, FSD has graduated hundreds of client-dog teams. Dogs that are not suitable for service dog work—or “career change” dogs, as we lovingly refer to them— are adopted into forever homes.
The Commonwealth Rose Chapter has chosen to support Metro Caring.
It is a non-profit organization founded in Denver in 1974. Civic and faith community leaders got together to address the hunger problem in Denver. The focus is to feed families that need help with fresh and nutritious food. It now operates one of Denver’s largest hunger relief programs including a fresh food shopping market, teaching garden and weekly healthy living and nutrition classes. They distribute between 4,000 and 6,500 pounds of food, baby items and personal care products to 500 people a day. Pet food is supplied to families with animals.
Metro Caring owns and operates a hydroponic container farm in a repurposed shipping container. It is fitted with a drip irrigation system designed to grow leafy green vegetables all year round.
They also operate two community gardens one located at St. John’s Cathedral in downtown Denver and another at a park on 18th and Humboldt streets.
The Mary Wollstonecraft Chapter has chosen to support the Animal Rescue of the Rockies.
It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit Colorado corporation. It was organized in 2003 by a group of friends who wanted to provide an alternative to the county shelter. Since then the A.R.R has successfully provided foster homes and subsequent permanent homes to hundreds of dogs and cats to date. They work exclusively with foster homes to give homeless pets the chance to socialize in a home environment. This gives them the advantage of transitioning to their new forever homes much more easily and quickly.
A.R.R. also works closely with other rescue groups in Colorado. They help with transport, fostering, and adoptions whenever they can.
This organization is comprised entirely of volunteers and they depend on community support through fundraising, donations, and proceeds from their thrift shop in Breckenridge, "For Pets' Sake," to run their rescue operation.
The Chatsworth Chapter has chosen to support the Dominican Home Health.
The mission of this organization is to provide quality nursing care and related services to the sick in their own homes. We give priority to the poor, foster the integrity of family life and assist the elderly and chronically ill to stay at home. We provide these services without regard to the origin, creed or other status of the individual.
The In-Home Nursing Program helps poor, frail seniors to remain in their homes safely, healthy, and as independent as possible for as long as possible in the lowest-cost health care site – their home. Wellness Clinics at low-income senior housing sites offer prevention and early intervention nursing services all of which support and empower older adults to be accountable for their health.
The Durable Medical Equipment Lending Program provides a wide range of adaptive equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers, etc. enhancing mobility and self-sufficiency for our patients as well as others in the community with limited resources.
The Royal Daffodil Chapter has chosen to support the Denver Dumb Friends League- Harmony Equine Center in Franktown.
The Center “is a private rehabilitation and adoption facility for horses, ponies, donkeys and mules that have been removed from owners’ care by law enforcement authorities. It also serves as a centralized hub where horses from humane societies and rescue groups in the Midwest and southwestern United States can receive training and re-homing.
The professional staff oversees up to 100 horses at a time at the 168-acre facility, which includes three barns, 26 pastures and turnouts, two indoor riding arenas and an education center. At the center, equines find relief from suffering and opportunities for new lives. Top-quality care and gentle training are provided by a knowledgeable, professional staff. Once the animals are restored to health, they are offered to responsible new owners through an application and interview process." equineharmonycenter.org
For more than 10 years, Sandhurst Chapter of the Colorado DBE have financially supported ‘The Denver Street School’, which is now in its 36th year, as its local non-profit charity.
Bringing hope, a second chance and the love of Christ to Denver’s at-risk youth through quality education in a safe environment and a supportive network of loving, caring adults.
Being 100% privately funded means we don’t receive any government funding. The school relies on the generous support of individuals, churches, businesses and foundations throughout the community and across the nation. These partners make it possible to offer struggling students a second chance to receive an education.
The education is for teens who have been deeply rejected, have seen hurt, pain and loss, have known and been on the receiving end of violence and hate and some are recovering from trafficking and exploitation. They are youth who have dropped out of school, been expelled and need and alternative educational environment to complete their high school education. They all need the unfailing love of dedicated adults who seek after their well- being and work to make the teens feel valuable and worthwhile again. They graduate teens every year and are so proud of the youth who achieve this goal.
The D.B.E of Colorado is Proud to be one of this British Garden in Cleveland's’ sponsors. Originally inaugurated by Leo Weidenthal, Shakespeare Garden (now British Garden) was the seed that eventually led to the formation of the Cultural Gardens. Dedicated in 1916, the Shakespeare bust, and the Shakespeare Garden originated as part of a celebration that stretched across the world. Cities and nations located within Britain’s sphere of colonial influence erected monuments, planted gardens, and held celebrations commemorating the bard’s death. Shakespeare Garden and Poet’s Corner took on a new identity as part of the Cultural Gardens and was renamed the British Garden.
“The garden plot was laid out under the direction of City Forester John Boddy, and was copiously planted with hawthorn, daffodils, violets, fleurs-delis, daisies, pansies, and columbine–the flowers given immortality in the poetry of Shakespeare.”
The Commonwealth Rose Chapter supports the Women's Homelessness Initiative. They supply a three-course dinner to 25 homeless ladies at the St. John's Cathedral in downtown Denver. They supply this dinner, twice a year.
The Women's homeless Initiative is a consortium of churches working through the Capitol Hill United Ministries that gives sanctuary and hospitality every night to women who would otherwise be on our streets.
They also support the Women's Bean Project, a non-profit organization, that hires women who are chronically unemployed to help break the cycle of poverty.