A place to call home

Vicki McGee, founder of H0PE of the Grand Valley, wants to purchase this 105-year-old Fruita house, formerly Stonehaven Bed and Breakfast, and turn it into a home for families who don’t qualify for assistance and new, single mothers who need support.

HOPE of the Grand Valley needs the community’s help to purchase a former bed and breakfast in Fruita and turn it into a place for struggling families to regroup.

The attempt to buy Stonehaven at 798 N. Mesa St. is the nonprofit group’s newest, biggest project yet.

Vicki McGee, founder of HOPE of the Grand Valley, said Stonehaven is just the next step to help these families.

The home will support working people who don’t qualify for assistance and new, single mothers — the two “gaps” McGee said she has found within Mesa County.

“We want to be able to help them take care of the immediate situation and move forward with life and be prosperous and independent people,” McGee said.

McGee said there would be mentors in the home to help the tenants regroup. Ideally, then, families would stay for a month or two, which would give them time to save money to pay for rent.

“That’s the difference in these families, they are not on government assistance and they don’t want to be,” McGee said.

The Stonehaven home will not only provide a shelter, but a place to learn. McGee said there would be a resource room for jobs and lessons in life skills such as resume building and budget planning.

First-time, single mothers benefiting from Stonehaven would learn parenting skills. 

Mike Finton, fundraiser chairman for HOPE, said the foundation separates itself from other organizations.

“One of the things I like about what HOPE does is that it’s to get a hand up rather than a hand out; it’s for people who are striving,” Finton said.

McGee said the home would be drug- and alcohol-free, and the tenants would need to complete chores, follow rules and attend the classes.

With the help of grant requests and the community’s support, McGee hopes to open Stonehaven in October.

HOPE is looking to the community to continue to give. People can donate through the foundation’s website by purchasing a brick. The bricks range from $25 to $1,500.

McGee said she’s done what she felt like she needed to, and hopes the community will do the same and give back.

“It was a calling on my life and I don’t take credit for any of this because I couldn’t do any of it. (God)‘s put the passion in me, and He’s put the passion in me to share hope with as many people as I possibly can until the day I die.”

HOPE needs to raise $500,000 for the home. So far, it has raised $2,000.

The group, founded by McGee four years ago, focuses on the working poor or underemployed families who try to make ends meet.


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