Below are the building and upgrade objectives of this first phase of the campaign, so that when you donate, you know where your money is making the difference.
Summer and year-round youth campus
This initiative is not simply about buildings but about the long-term transformation of the hearts and minds of young people. It reflects a major, long-term commitment by The Episcopal Church in Colorado to reach out to all young people—regardless of religious beliefs or ability to pay—especially those from underserved and at-risk populations. Because we believe this to be so important, The Episcopal Church in Colorado has committed significant, long-term financial and staffing resources to this work.
Since 2010, Cathedral Ridge has served over 1,400 young people—not just from within the Episcopal Church but through collaborative partnerships with non-profit organizations that work with youth and young adults, such as TwoCor, Colorado Uplift, Urban Youth Ministries, the Colfax Community Network, Jill’s house, and others. The new Youth Campus will provide new recreational facilities that will greatly enhance the programs we are able to offer, and effectively triple our overnight accommodations for youth—from 50-60 summertime beds up to 160. By doing so, we anticipate more than doubling the number of young people we serve from well over 600 in 2014 to approximately 1,500 annually.
The first priority for improvements at Cathedral Ridge is the creation of improved overnight accommodations for youth and young adults.
Plans call for the creation of summer youth facilities that will include:
- Ten cabins for youth and staff
- Shower and bath facilities
- Recreational program elements (trails, playing fields, basketball court, Frisbee golf, climbing wall, game room, contemplative spaces, high and low ropes elements, etc.)
The renovation of the existing Aster Lodge will create year-round, all season accommodations for youth and families, including:
- Four dormitory style bunk rooms
- Improved shower and bath facilities
- Two large meeting spaces upstairs and downstairs
- Improved outdoor gathering and meeting spaces (decks and patio)
Adult lodge and meeting space
Hospitality is at the core of the Cathedral Ridge experience. Every year, Cathedral Ridge hosts dozens of retreats, conferences, and family and community events—a mixture of religious and non-profit groups—which generate the core income that supports the Center’s youth and young adult programs.
By upgrading and expanding the adult accommodations, we will be able to extend our hospitality and provide services for more and larger retreat and conference groups. The increased occupancy will help Cathedral Ridge become self-sustaining, and it will also expand our ministry to:
- Bring people from the Diocese, and all over the world, together to learn and grow in faith
- Support the growth of the Episcopal Diocese in Colorado
- Train leaders who come from faith and love to meet the challenges of serving their communities, churches, and the world
- Provide a financial base for our outreach to youth and young adults
The facilities improvement plans calls for the renovation of Lupine Lodge (currently 22 rooms, double occupancy, with ensuite accommodations) to:
- Reorient parking and entry in a more suitable location that will improve views
- Add an additional group meeting room
- Upgrade fixtures and finishes for all rooms, and
- Create and furnish exterior patio and meeting spaces on both the upper and lower levels
Arrival experience and circulation
We want to welcome the world to Cathedral Ridge with deep hospitality. Our arrival experience should be as open as our hearts and as peaceful as the space our guests are entering. To facilitate this we will make some simple and pragmatic changes:
- New, more robust and visible signage from exiting the highway to entering the property
- A new road on the property itself that will take guests up and behind Lupine Lodge to new parking and entrance accommodations.
- Connecting walkways between the lodges, dining hall, and outdoor patio spaces, along with new signage, to improve circulation across the Cathedral Ridge campus
The vision for Cathedral Ridge is far-reaching. It extends beyond the traditional confines of an historic denomination and seeks to bring the best of Christian tradition and spirituality to bear upon the needs of our changing global society—ideally bringing people of all ages, of different languages, races, and cultures, together from different parts of this country and the world to pray together, to learn with and from one another, to discover new ways to address the urgent life and death needs of our world, to grow in faith, and to become effective leaders of reconciliation and peace in their own communities.
The construction of a 7,500 square foot three-season pavilion will provide a much-needed indoor recreation and large group meeting space for all ages.
Dining hall remodel
Breaking bread and sharing meals is a way to grow together in joy. The current dining facilities are not up to the task of welcoming the groups who come to Cathedral Ridge. They need new fixtures, finishes, and furnishings to become more hospitable and pleasant. We will also expand the patio and deck for outdoor dining to increase the capacity of the dining facilities and make meals more enjoyable and convivial.