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For students, heading back to school each year can bring a myriad of emotions — excitement, fear, and even dread (it is the first day of a new school year, after all). 

A 2022 study estimated that households spend $661 per child for back-to-school shopping. In families where every dollar counts, it is often essential school supplies that get cut from the budget in favor of groceries or rent.

We know that education is the first step to overcoming generational poverty. Not having school supplies can put kids at a disadvantage, resulting in a significant impact on their learning, and even their health.

Mercy Housing staff across the region hosted back-to-school supply drives in August. Hundreds of backpacks were donated by supporters, and volunteers helped fill the bags and hand them out to kids who may not have had school supplies otherwise. A perfect example of how communities coming together can make a huge impact. 


With affordable housing communities across seven states, Mercy Housing Mountain Plains depends on donors like you to help residents set goals and achieve their dreams. With 39 properties and 2,867 apartment homes in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Utah, Mercy Housing Mountain Plains works every day to provide affordable housing and onsite supportive services to individuals, families, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. 


The fish were biting at the annual Fishing for HipHop event, where kids learned to fish and even took home free rods and reels. 


Shelly Marquez joined Mercy Housing Mountain Plains as the regional president. In this role, she leads all operations, including Resident Services, real estate development, 
and philanthropy, for the region.


Celebrated partnership, collaboration, and hard work at the grand reopening of Grace Apartments in Denver. All 53 apartments now have brand-new features and amenities.  


Broke ground on The Rose on Colfax in Denver. This mixed-use building will include 82 affordable apartment homes for families, along with an early childhood education center on the first floor.


Thanks to several community partners, we provided senior residents, families, and people with special needs with healthy food options and other essentials through our food pantries. 


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