Parachute LIFT-UP cuts back hours
The LIFT-UP office in Parachute is temporarily cutting back to three days a week. The change is in conjunction with a number of other changes within the organization.The new LIFT-UP building on Railroad Avenue in Rifle is expected to open before the end of April. Cindy Farris, who currently manages the Parachute office, has been promoted from a part-time position to a full-time position. And she’ll be in charge of thrift store operations throughout the valley.Farris used to be at the Parachute office every day and could handle it on her own if she had to. Now that she’ll be heading up thrift store operations, she’ll only be in and out of the Parachute office.”We really need more volunteers,” Farris said. “A lot of them have moved or they have health concerns. A lot of them are in their 70s and 80s and just get worn out or want to spend time with their new grandkids.”She said she needs to find and train four new volunteers just to fill out the new three-day week. The office will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays.”I think we can meet the needs of the community in Parachute with that schedule,” said Mike Powell, the LIFT-UP director. Farris said the thrift store hours in Rifle most likely will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday so that people who work during the week will be able to visit the store.He added that the LIFT-UP office in New Castle is open only two days a week and the one in Carbondale is open three days a week.Farris said she hopes to have the Parachute office back up to at least four days a week by May. She said she plans to train new volunteers when the office is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She’s looking for volunteers who can handle a cash register, stocking duties and help on the floor and in the food pantry.
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