P.E.S.T. Relief, CPCA partner to serve youth shelter


August 28, 2019

The Colorado Pest Control Association (CPCA) joined P.E.S.T. Relief International to bring comfort and relief to youth who reside at Urban Peak Youth Center, a homeless shelter for ages 15-24 in Denver, Colo.

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From left are John Martin, Alberto Quinonez, Andrea Hancock, Michael Franks and James Mullen. (PHOTO: P.E.S.T. RELIEF INTERNATIONAL)

During the 2019 CPCA Conference, members donated boxer briefs, Starbucks gift cards and wrote notes of encouragement to be distributed at the shelter.

On the last day of the conference, volunteers from Sprague Pest Solutions headed to the shelter to prepare meals for more than 30 residents who end their day with dinner at the shelter. Upon arrival, colored pencils and markers were scattered across the table to engage the youth and help explore their creative side. Artwork, manicures and Jenga were some of the favorite activities of the evening.

P.E.S.T. Relief donated 68 mattress protectors to provide clean bedding and bedbug protection, while Sprague Pest Solutions continues to service Urban Peak’s transitional housing. These units serve as a stepping stone in helping young adults get back on their feet.

“Thank you for allowing our team to help serve the youth at Urban Peak,” says Kolbin Bertilison of Sprague Pest Solutions in a press release. “We are incredibly grateful for your generous donation and commitment to helping make our urban environments a better place to live.”

Michael Franks of Sprague Pest Control prepares salad for residents of the shelter. PHOTO: P.E.S.T. RELIEF INTERNATIONAL

Michael Franks of Sprague Pest Solutions prepares salad for residents of the shelter. PHOTO: P.E.S.T. RELIEF INTERNATIONAL

The visit not only encouraged the residents and staff but also touched all of the volunteers who attended.

“Working with the youth of Urban Peak left me contemplating for days,” says Andrea Hancock, founder of P.E.S.T. Relief International. “These are the future generation, and yet in so much need for guidance and support. I believe our visit gave them hope and inspiration knowing that someone cared to come and serve them.”

Volunteers and donors for this event included:

  • Kevin Lemasters — EnviroPest
  • Kolbin Bertilison — Sprague Pest Solutions
  • Alberto Quinonez — Sprague Pest Solutions
  • James Mullen — Sprague Pest Solutions
  • John Martin — Sprague Pest Solutions
  • Jeff Hancock — Mattress Safe Inc.
  • CPCA Conference Attendees


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Ellen Kriz

Ellen Kriz is the managing editor for PMP magazine. She can be reached at ekriz@northcoastmedia.net or 216-706-3764.

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