Non-profit seeks donations for big project

HOPE of the Grand Valley kicked off the Stonehaven project on Wednesday, July 10.



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HOPE of the Grand Valley kicked off the Stonehaven project on Wednesday, July 10.

HOPE of the Grand Valley needs the community’s help to purchase Stonehaven, its newest, biggest project, yet.

The Stonehaven home, also the old bed and breakfast of Fruita, Colo., would become a place for struggling families to regroup.

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

The home will support working people who don’t qualify for income 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 that there would be mentors in the home to help the tenants regroup. Ideally, 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 that 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 also mentioned that the home would be drug and alcohol free, and the tenants would need to complete chores, follow rules and attend the classes.

With the community’s support, McGee hopes to open Stonehaven to open in October. Presently, people can donate through the foundation’s website by purchasing a brick. The bricks range from $25 to $1500.

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, HOPE of the Grand Valley has 350,00 pending donations via foundation requests. The project was announced on Wednesday, July 10 at the ribbon cutting ceremony. The bricks are the foundation’s community outreach fundraiser.

HOPE of the Grand Valley is a foundation that focuses on the working poor or underemployed families that try to make ends meet. For the times that they come up short, HOPE gives them hope to fill that gap, without giving handouts. For more information visit hopegv.org.



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