GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – Nearly 90,000 people across 22 Western Slope counties will benefit from funding recently awarded by Rocky Mountain Health Foundation to nonprofit organizations that address physical and mental health, basic needs, and COVID-19 Response. “We continue to focus on addressing the wide-spread effects of the pandemic,” said Michaelle Smith, executive director of the Foundation. “These grants will assist the amazing people doing the important work — the “boots on the ground” work – of trying to meet the increasingly complex needs of marginalized and vulnerable people living on the Western Slope.”
The 25 organizations receiving grants in this cycle are (by county): Delta County: Tri-County Health Network; Eagle County: The Hope Center, Trio Therapy Partners; Garfield County: Mountain Family Health Centers, Valley Settlement, West Mountain Regional Health Alliance; Gunnison County: Gunnison Valley Mentors; LaPlata County: Local First Foundation, Pine River Shares, The Grief Center of Southwest Colorado; Lake County: Advocates of Lake County; Mesa County: Ariel Clinical Services, Doors 2 Success, Harmony Acres Equestrian Center, Hilltop Community Resources, MarillacHealth, Mesa County Partners; Montezuma County: Medicine Horse Center, Moguan Behavioral Health; Montrose County: CASA of the 7th Judicial Dist., The Dolphin House Child Advocacy Center, Valley Food Partnership; Pitkin County: Response; Routt County: Yampa Valley Autism; Summit County: CASA of the Continental Divide.
In response to their award notification, Lynne Howarth, Executive Director of Medicine Horse Center in Montezuma County said, “Over this last month we provided social-emotional wellness sessions for 80 local youth from 5th thru 9th grades. Our Trauma Informed programs are highly sought after now, more than ever, as our young people continue to struggle with the very real consequences of school shutdowns and physical distancing. We feel fortunate that we can continue to work with Rocky Mountain Health Foundation to help create healthier communities on the Western Slope.”
Rocky Mountain Health Foundation was established in 2017 to improve the health of Coloradans living on the Western Slope by investing in community assets and by acting as a catalyst for new approaches. These awards bring the total amount distributed through traditional grant-making since the Foundation’s inception to over $3.2 million, benefiting 280 organizations. To learn more about Rocky Mountain Health Foundation and to see a detailed list of funded projects, visit https://rmhealth.org/grant-making/funded-projects/. Contact: Michaelle Smith, 970.644.8188, michaelle@RMHealth.org