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Activism & Advocacy
Grimes’ life work has changed the playing field for all regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, skin color, or marital status especially at Hope Center, where she has worked for 36 years. For the past 12 years, Grimes has been President/CEO at the premiere non-profit which provides early childhood education, and vocational training for adults with disabilities. Her leadership and guidance has made an impact on thousands of individuals. Children are labeled “at risk” by the States definition, a label Grimes believes should be abandoned because every individual comes with strengths first and then areas which may need improvement.
She’s been recognized by the Denver Early Childhood Council as a Founding Board Member in 2017, William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities in 2014, Mile High United Way – Anna Jo Haynes Caring About Kids Award in 2013, the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award in 2013, the Minoru Yasui Community Service award in 2011, the Mary McLeod Bethune Award of Achievement in 2013. She earned a BA in Non-Profit Administration from Metropolitan State University and a MA in Non-Profit Management from Regis University.