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Our Big Why

Pursue Personal Growth

Our Big Why began years before we even knew it, while Kim and I soared 30,000 feet above the South Atlantic Ocean. We’d been in South Africa on a humanitarian mission and were returning home to Colorado, excited by the thought of starting our own family. When our son Austin was conceived, Kim and I were thrilled. We planned on returning to our mission work – with our son in-tow – to continue what we’d started. However, just weeks after Austin’s arrival, we learned he had severe developmental disabilities and that God had a much different path laid out for us.

We threw ourselves into caring for Austin, and making sure he had everything he needed to live the best life possible. When he was younger, it was much easier – the public school system provided education and learning opportunities, daily oversight and care, public outings, and so much more. But once Austin was done with school and considered an “adult,” those programs and services were no longer available to us.

We looked into Adult Day Programs in our area and found our options were limited. Did we trust these programs to care for our son as we would? Would he have opportunities for public outings and socializing with peers? With these and many other questions weighing on us, Kim and I came to a decision – we’d open our own program for adults just like Austin. Today, we continue our mission of serving this ever-growing population, with just as much commitment and enthusiasm, as we had the day we opened our doors. We built HighPointe Services on a solid foundation of compliance, integrity and compassion. And, we are committed to:

  • Caring for our clients and their families just as we would want to be cared for.
  • Treating our employees, donors and community members with respect and dignity.
  • Doing the right thing, ALL the time.
  • Unleashing human potential for good.
  • Being accountable to ourselves, our clients and our communities.

Although Austin is no longer with us, HighPointe Services continues to exist. We exist to help men and women who live with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) gain greater independence and self-sufficiency. We exist to help our clients achieve more connection, more influence and more meaningful ways to live. We exist so families living with IDD will NEVER be alone.

Ken, Kim and Austin Ziel