GRANBY — A long established nonprofit is moving from Hot Sulphur Springs to what is considered a more centralized location in Granby.
The Mountain Family Center, is one of 24 Colorado family resource centers that works to strengthen families and individuals. The philanthropic organization employs two full-time and two part-time staff members and supplies rent and utility assistance, food bank goods and clothing for low-income community members, has been located in a county-owned property in Hot Sulphur Springs for longer than 15 years,
Executive Director of the Mountain Family Center Helen Sedlar is hoping the new location closer to a larger population will boost the organization’s efforts in helping clients, in accepting donations and in attracting volunteers.
That extra 20 miles west, Sedlar said, may be a stretch that can make or break those forced to choose between fuel dollars and other essentials.
The converted home in Hot Sulphur Springs where the Mountain Family Center has been situated for years was a rent-free, in-kind contribution from Grand County government. The organization operated there with some assistance from the county on basic utilities.
The Mountain Family Center’s new location at the former Centura medical center now owned by the Middle Park Medical Center, Kremmling Memorial Hospital District, will also be rent-free, according to Sedlar.
The majority of clients Mountain Family Center helps are from Granby, Tabernash, Fraser and some from Grand Lake, Sedlar said. And the Kremmling food bank will continue to serve the western end of Grand County. The food bank is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The Granby L-shaped location, in which the Mountain Family Center will house its food bank, coat closet and a small thrift store, will be shared with the Mind Springs mental health facility (located on the part of the building closest to Highway 40), Middle Park Medical Center storage (in the middle of the building), with Mountain Family Center at the end of the building with its front door facing the parking area. The location offers plenty of parking, a space that used to double as a helicopter landing site.
Mountain Family Center volunteers and employees have been moving items box-by-box to the new location, Sedlar said. Half of the staff will begin work at the new location starting on Monday, Oct. 21, and the Mountain Family Center will be completely moved from the Hot Sulphur Springs location by Oct. 31.
The coat closet, food bank and rent/utility assistance will be available at the new Granby location starting on Monday. The food bank hours are 9 a.m .to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and once the center is fully operational, its goal is to add half-days on Fridays, Sedlar said.
And in order to get the thrift store up and running, Mountain Family Center is in search of used retail racks, Sedlar said. “Any business that has old racks they need phased out” can donate them to the organization for a thrift store that will provide clothing at prices “clients can afford.”
Once the Mountain Family Center moves, the county-owned building in Hot Sulphur Springs will then become expanded space for Grand County Social Services, which will occupy both its existing neighboring building to Mountain Family, and the Mountain family building itself, according to county officials.
Mountain Family’s first day at the new location in Granby will be greeted with a welcoming wagon in the form of a large check.
Mountain Parks Electric will be donating $10,000 of matching funds between Mountain Parks and Co-Bank, and plans to give the check to Mountain Family at its Granby location the first day it opens doors.