Carbondale charity marks 15 years |

Carbondale charity marks 15 years

Tom’s Door, a Carbondale not-for-profit, has been providing emergency assistance to individuals and families in the Roaring Fork Valley since 2001. Founded by Carbondale resident Rosie McSwain, the mission of Tom’s Door is to provide emergency assistance to those in need who live from Aspen to Rifle and have the potential to improve the quality of their lives.

The organization will host a birthday celebration 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at the Barn at River Valley Ranch. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Since its beginning, the organization has provided more than $1 million in emergency help to thousands of families in need, one grant at a time.

Current partners include the Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork School District, Reach-Out Colorado Inc., Catholic Charities Western Slope and the River Center. “To think we can prevent a family from eviction, keep the heat on during the coldest months and pay for life saving prescriptions is why we exist,” McSwain said.

Tom’s Door is funded by a combination of individual donors, a few small grants and the sale of note cards with iconic photos from the valley. Local photographers donate all of the photos.

“Tom’s Door has grown from a modest beginning to become a vital part of our community. Now it’s time to celebrate and continue our momentum,” states Gay Wisch, Chair of the 15th Anniversary Birthday Party.

For more information about Tom’s Door and to buy tickets, see:

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