Palisade honor students help with housecleaning

Donation of supplies helps struggling homeowners

The National Honor Society students at Palisade High School are helping previously homeless renters keep their new homes spotless.

The students used $1,000 of their club’s money to purchase cleaning supplies — such as dish soap, laundry soap, toilet brushes and paper towels — for Home Now, a community collaboration of 40 local organizations dedicated to helping families find warm homes this winter.

“We decided to adopt this project, because our mission is to make clear impacts in our community,” said Jaron Curtsinger, president of the Palisade National Honor Society.

Curtsinger said members purchased enough cleaning supplies to fill 19 laundry baskets with “the basics that we really take for granted.”

The club chose to donate cleaning supplies after learning that many of the Home Now families were living on government subsidies such as food stamps, which don’t cover the cost of nonfood items.

“We’re hoping that just a little help from us will go a long way,” Curtsinger said.

The large donation is the biggest project the group has taken on this year. The club raises money throughout the year with a variety of fundraising events and by volunteering in the community.

The Mesa County Workforce Center reported that more than 300 school-aged children were in need of permanent housing in Mesa County, up 20 percent from last year.

“So, these kids are really helping other kids,” said Julie Hinkson, executive director of the United Way, one of the organizations involved with the Home Now program.

Hinkson said the club’s donation filled an overlooked gap in the program. She explained that as part of their renters’ agreement, tenants promise to keep the houses and apartments clean and in good condition. “We want to keep the landlords happy,” Hinkson said.

“It’s so incredible,” Hinkson said of the club’s donation, adding, “It goes to show that generosity knows no age limit.”

Home Now is still seeking landlords or property owners who would be willing to help find housing for desperate families in need of immediate shelter. Monetary donations to the program are being collected by the United Way of Mesa County.


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