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Nonprofit Spotlight
Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

One of Garfield County’s most respected and stable human services agencies is the Family Visitor Programs. Family Visitor Programs was established 23 years ago to address community concerns about increases in child abuse. The agency is the oldest new-parent home visitation program in the state of Colorado, offering support and educational services to pregnant women and new parents living from Aspen to Parachute.

Participating families may choose from a variety of programs, including Colorado Bright Beginnings – visits in three different ages groups including birth through 12 months, 12 through 24 months and 24 through 36 months; Home Visitor Program from birth up to 12 months; and Nurse Family Partnerships for assistance for first-time pregnant mothers until the baby is 2 years old. There is no charge to families for Family Visitor Programs services.

The agency began joint programming with area teen parent programs in 1990.



The state of Colorado awarded Nurse Family Partnership status to the agency in 1993. This is important because the designation guarantees the agency 100 percent funding for the program from the state of Colorado Tobacco Settlement and Medicaid, and Family Visitor Programs does not need to fundraise to provide services for 100 families in the program.

Family Visitor Programs was recently notified it will receive a funding cut from state sources. This cut is on top of funding cuts from Garfield County and the city of Glenwood Springs, and will impact the agency’s capacity to deliver services to families. In this time of budget cuts and funding slippages, the community’s support for Family Visitor Programs is essential and will be very much appreciated.



You can support Family Visitor Programs and have a blast at the Visitors Cup Mini Golf Tournament and Wine Tasting, to be held from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Johnson’s Park Mini Golf. The adult-only event is being held to celebrate its 25th year, and will feature tasting of fine domestic and imported wines provided by the discovery series of Firestone Vineyards. Delicious appetizers will be provided by Juicy Lucy’s Restaurant. The course is wired with speakers throughout the course, so music can be enjoyed everywhere on the beautiful course.

Beer, water and soft drinks will also be available. Juicy Lucy’s is providing appetizers and dessert. Food and wine stations will be located on the courses so players can enjoy the food/wine while waiting their turn to putt.

Thirty-six teams will participate in the event, which begins with a shotgun start. Teams with a maximum of six players will complete 18 holes. Food, wine and beverage stations will be located throughout the course, and a small awards ceremony will take place once all teams finish.

The agency is promoting this as a green event, encouraging teams to use Ride Glenwood, which has a convenient bus stop right outside Johnson’s Park.

Family Visitor Programs Board President Jim Yellico and his wife Myka manage Johnson Mini Golf, and offered the use of the course for a mini-golf tournament.

KMTS will be the tournament’s name sponsor. Other sponsors include Alpine Banks, Pediatric Partners, Good Health Downtown Market and Deli, Savage Land Co., Jucy Lucy’s, Geno’s Liquors, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Johnson Park Mini-Golf, Firestone Vineyards and Grand River Construction.

Winners of the tournament will receive a trophy, and other prizes donated by local businesses will be awarded. Every participant will receive a goodie bag.

The fee for teams of 4-6 is $150/team; teams can register by calling 945-1234, ext. 12, or by downloading an application from http://www.familyvisitor.org. Food and drink are included in the registration fee.

Hole sponsorships are available for $100.

Kudos to Family Visitor Programs for this terrific, fun way to help the families of Garfield County. Sign your team up now and have a great time Saturday, Sept. 19.

Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column runs every other Wednesday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. She is an active member of the Garfield County Human Services Commission. To contact her with a local nonprofit event or inspiration, call 618-6689 or e-mail kayvasilakis@yahoo.com.


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