Say halo to a new life |

Say halo to a new life

April E. ClarkGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

NEW CASTLE The Roaring Fork Valley is about to have one less homeless family in the area.A family of five children ages 2, 4 and 6 will soon move into a refurbished mobile home in the Apple Tree Park.They once lived in a run-down recreational vehicle parked by the river or in church parking lots.Now a little girl will have a princess-themed bedroom.Two boys will have a bunk bed and Disney decorations in their new space.And Mom and Dad will have their own home to raise a family.

Through the Angel Project and the Glenwood Springs Association of Realtors, Chapter of Carhof, a family receives the gift of a lifetime next week.A new home.”They will have everything they need, as soon as they walk in the house,” said Donna Fell, a Glenwood Springs real estate agent who started the Angel Project with help from the community. “Words would dilute the power of gratitude that we feel by helping this family.”The Angel Project has been helping those in need from El Jebel to Rifle for about three years, Fell said. Assistance ranges from grants to help pay medical bills to a full kitchen makeover.”This is about our 35th project. But they’re all different from a crib to redoing a whole house,” Fell said. “I’ve lived in all types of situations so I remember the little things that do make a difference in people’s lives. Sometimes it’s the small things that make a big difference in people’s lives. It’s probably the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.”Fell stressed that it’s the community that helps make it happen.”Wow, it’s a whole community project it’s not my project,” she said. “It’s people helping people. This is really community creating community.”

The Angel Project is supported through corporate donations, volunteers’ time and the generosity of businesses and contractors throughout the valley.”It’s pure love. I look at it like it gives people the opportunity to feel the beauty of giving,” Fell said. “It’s true alchemy one man’s lead is another man’s gold. It’s beautiful how people can find things in their spare rooms and garages that can help the livelihood of a family.”Teresa Monger, Fell’s assistant at Fell Real Estate, knows the impact the Angel Project can have on a person. She received a grant to help her pay hospital bills after a cancer diagnosis.”It’s life-altering,” said Monger, of the assistance. “As my way to pay back the Angel project, I’m doing the kids’ rooms in Disney’s ‘Cars,’ and a Disney princess room. I think I was more excited than they will be.”Looking around the property, Fell said there was one addition she’d like to see made before the family moves into the Apple Tree location.”We would love to have a swing set,” she said. “Wouldn’t that be great to give to these kids?”

Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601aclark@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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