Organizations Supported by the Waldeck Fund…
Grand Valley Catholic Outreach
Grand Valley Catholic Outreach is the collaborative effort of many churches and individuals offering emergency services to people in need with the help of over 500 volunteers. They provide emergency services to individuals and families in need; support the homeless in their quest for safe and decent housing by offering services at the Day Center and emergency, transitional and permanent housing; feed those who are hungry in our valley; and invite participation from all denominations in this quest to support human life. Their mission is to proclaim the dignity and worth of each person, respond to human needs, and strive to show the compassion of Christ.
Catholic Outreach’s day center typically hosts over 100 guests a day – homeless people in our community who need access to a shower, laundry facilities, a place to receive mail, and otherwise regroup in a comfortable place with shelter over their head. Approximately 12% of the guests at the Day Center are veterans.
Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County
Since its founding in 1991 by a group of volunteers, Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County (Habitat Mesa) builds out of a belief that everyone, everywhere should have a healthy, affordable place to call home. Their mission is to construct simple, affordable, and decent housing in partnership with families, volunteers, and the community for God’s people in need. Their vision is a community, and a world, where everyone has a decent place to live.
Hilltop Community Resources
Hilltop Community Resources offer a wide range of services and support for people of all ages, including: Information on prenatal care and early childhood development; resources and referrals for basic needs; home-visits to help promote effective parent/child interaction; screenings to help identify developmental, health, vision, and hearing issues; car seat safety checks; day treatment and transitional living services for adolescents; mentoring services, matching youth with positive role models; therapeutic services for youth; domestic violence and sexual assault services, including safe houses and 24-hour crisis lines. Most of Hilltop’s services are provided free of charge.
Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley
The Grand Junction Community Homeless Shelter was formed in 1998 by a coalition including St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, the Grand Junction Housing Authority, the Salvation Army and Grand Valley Catholic Outreach. Today, HomewardBound operates as an independent non-profit and is the only year-round homeless shelter between Denver and Salt Lake City that accommodates single adults, families with children, people with disabilities, and military veterans. In addition to the above services, they also provide onsite healthcare, vocational training, day shelter, and free access to necessities like blankets, clothing and toiletries.
Created through a community-wide vision, our founders recognized the need for comprehensive, expert, and collaborative care for those facing serious illness and grief. HopeWest is a nonprofit, 501 ( c )( 3 ) organization serving western Colorado in Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Ouray and Rio Blanco counties. The organization cared for 81 patients and their families in 1993 – their first year of operation. Today, they serve more than 7,000 square miles with five offices and a state-of-the-art HopeWest Hospice Care Center. With a staff of 375 and more than 1,300 volunteers, we provide care to more than 2,500 patients and well-over 1,500 individuals coping with grief every year in the counties we serve.
What began as a small organization for the uninsured has grown into MarillacHealth, a well-known, dynamic health care organization that provides primary medical care, behavioral health care, a full scope of dental care, optical services and discounted eyeglasses. One of 1,400 Community Health Centers nationwide, annually MarillacHealth serves over 10,000 patients (birth to the end of life), warmly welcoming the uninsured and under-insured, homeless persons and migrant farmworkers, persons on Medicaid, Medicare and some private insurances. The caring spirit that gave rise to Marillac is steady and strong. Louise de Marillac would be pleased.
Mesa County Partners
The mission of Mesa County Partners is to make a difference in the lives of young people by helping them develop a positive self-image, a sense of belonging, and an acceptance of responsibility for their actions. Many young people get into trouble because they lack the experience coping with problems and pressures that exist in their lives at home, in school, and in the community. Partners believes that a one-to-one mentoring relationship with a successfully coping adult can help a young person learn skills that will improve his/her adjustment to societal expectations. Partners’ goal is to help young people become independent and productive members of society.
Roice-Hurst Humane Society
Roice-Hurst is a long standing animal shelter serving Mesa County and Western Colorado. They have helped thousands of amazing pets find loving human companions since 1963. Roice-Hurst was founded by a grass-roots citizen’s group led by the Ival Hurst and Joe Roice families who were concerned for the welfare of animals in, at that time, a predominately agricultural area. Roice-Hurst is an animal shelter and adoption center that provides loving care for homeless dogs and cats and services to our community aimed at keeping pets in their loving homes. They never euthanize animals because of a lack of space or resources. All healthy, treatable, and adoptable animals are cared for until they are adopted – whether it take weeks, months, or longer.