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Building Hope

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Serious illness and death are trials no one should have to face alone. Fortunately, HopeWest ensures people of all ages on Colorado’s Western Slope can access dignified hospice service, palliative care, and bereavement programs in an uplifting and hopeful atmosphere.

In addition to serving nearly 1,750 patients through hospice care annually, HopeWest provides individual counseling, grief education, and group support for adults and children dealing with loss. A unique program for children, HopeWest Kids offers creative grief services such as art classes, equestrian therapy, and support groups in all grade schools, middle schools, and high schools across the region. In 2014, more than 30,000 grieving individuals received services in the form of phone calls, educational communications, and in-person support.

Struck by the transformative reach of HopeWest, El Pomar Foundation awarded grant dollars to the organization on two separate occasions.  San Juan Council Member Linda Gann awarded her recent regional merit grants to HopeWest’s Child Grief Program, and El Pomar Foundation’s Trustees supported the building of the Montrose Center for Hope with a $25,000 capital grant in 2012.

In October, El Pomar staff visited the Center for Hope, located just east of downtown Montrose. Situated in the middle of a residential neighborhood adjacent to the town’s hospital, the Center for Hope provides a comfortable, home-like environment for guests. A cozy, wood-paneled library offers resources to grieving adults and children, while comfortable private rooms provide space for caregivers to address individual needs of clients. Welcoming caregivers staff the new building, using the center to coordinate regional care and train volunteers.

The physical transformation of HopeWest’s new Center is not so different from the transformation so many clients experience inside its doors. Where there was once an empty crater in the ground, there now stands a beautiful building, a warm and comforting space for those experiencing grief. The hollow emptiness of the past has been filled with the foundation of a new, dignified structure.

Hope is being built.