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Intern Blog Series: Brandee Lantz's Meal with the Penroses

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Brandee Lantz, 2019 Penrose House Intern


The El Pomar Foundation Internship program offers valuable professional experience to continuing undergraduate students interested in the nonprofit sector. However, this summer’s Interns had a somewhat unusual experience. After a work week filled with meetings, projects and professional development trainings, the Interns prepared to leave Penrose House for some well-deserved rest. However, Friday-evening drowsiness set over them, and instead of clocking out, they accidentally pressed the “travel back in time 82 years” button. Suddenly, the Interns found themselves sharing a table with Mr. and Mrs. Spencer and Julie Penrose, who were about to delight in a delicious 1930s Depression-era meal. Naturally, Spencer and Julie asked the Interns to update them on the evolved state of El Pomar Foundation some 80 years in the future. Here is what Brandee said:

Penrose House: Past and Present

Pleased to meet you Mr. and Mrs. Penrose,

I currently work as the summer Intern in charge of your very own home, which is now known as El Pomar Foundation’s Penrose House. Your home has been graciously opened to the needs of the nonprofit sector, and I assist with accommodations for groups from across Colorado who use the house as a meeting space.

In honor of your tremendous contributions to Colorado Springs, the home has been recognized as a historical landmark. Local and national guests alike come to visit and learn about the Penrose legacy. I have been fortunate enough to guide visitors this summer, which has been an enriching experience. It is an honor and a pleasure learning and sharing your impressive history and accomplishments with our guests.

As I’m sure you are both aware, the house comes with many unique features and fun stories; I hope you don’t mind me sharing the myriad of interesting nooks and crannies of the house. The staff at Penrose House is full of kind and wholehearted people who not only allow for its smooth and efficient operation, but its maintained beauty and elegance. The house has been kept in excellent condition and continues to serve the people of Colorado in a number of ways. El Pomar Foundation staff work here to support Colorado’s vibrant nonprofits through strategic grant making, while the house simultaneously functions as a conference center, free of charge, to the nonprofit community of Colorado.

The Internship, a hallmark among El Pomar’s many programs, has granted me the opportunity to contribute to El Pomar’s enormous impact, for which I thank both of you.


Brandee Lantz