Prologis Executive, At-Risk Youth and Colorado UpLift Build Homes in Mexico
Giving back to our communities is an integral part of Prologis’ culture. Our colleagues at every level of the organization care about each other, our customers and the interconnected world in which we live. A perfect example is Gary Anderson, CEO of Prologis Europe and Asia, who serves on the board of Colorado UpLift, a nonprofit organization in Denver addressing the needs of inner-city youth. In April, Gary took his wife and two children to Tijuana, Mexico, to build homes for families in need alongside staff and students from Colorado UpLift.
The group built three houses for families in the same number of days. The Andersons worked side by side with the homes’ future residents, transforming concrete slabs into move-in ready houses. These home-builds teach leadership and compassion to the UpLift students. Over the past 15 years, with the help of over 1,000 students and volunteers, Colorado UpLift has built 50 homes for people lacking adequate housing.
Gary talked about the trip, “What a profound experience! Working side by side with my family, at-risk youth and a family in need puts into perspective the truly important things in life. We’ll be back next year!”
Colorado UpLift uses the home-builds as part of their holistic approach to addressing the needs of at-risk students. In Denver, there are more than 65,000 at-risk kids living in fractured families with minimal parental guidance. Colorado UpLift classes are taught at elementary, middle and high schools in the Denver area by staff and high school students who become mentors and teachers, creating long-term relationships for students to improve their chances for a satisfying and productive life.