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Columbine Homemakers celebrates five years of caring

Kay Vasilakis
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A celebration of Columbine Homemakers for Independent Living’s fifth anniversary will be held from 4-6 p.m. June 1 at the Columbine Homemaker’s office at 927 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs. The Columbine Homemakers wish to thank the community and funders for all of their continued support.Columbine Homemakers for Independent Living (CHIL) has been an independent 501(c)(3) in the valley for five years, but their services have been around since 1994. In 1994, the Pitkin County Senior Services director, Mountain Valley Developmental Services director and Community Health Services director met to discuss how seniors could be assisted to remain in their homes with the help of higher functioning clients. With this meeting, the homemaker program started at Mountain Valley Developmental Services. In 1995, Heritage Park took on the challenge. In 1997, Columbine Home Health Inc. was founded and added the homemaker program to their list of services. The program grew quickly, increasing to 60 clients and employing three full-time employees by 2001. The board of directors of Columbine Home Health felt the program had grown into a strong and well-needed community service and could be self-sustaining. In 2001, a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency named Columbine Homemakers for Independent Living was formed. CHIL continues to grow strong, serving about 100 of the valley’s seniors and disabled adults each year. Volunteers seek funding from community resources, foundations supporting senior services, and government funding. One of the goals is to ensure that at least 90 percent of clients remain in their homes for one year or more after joining the program, instead of being institutionalized. It has always been the mission to promote a dignified, safe and independent lifestyle within the community by providing homemaker services. These services include light housekeeping, dusting, dishes, laundry, meal preparation, grocery shopping, mail sorting, bill paying, assistance with exercise programs, bathing and companionship.Michelle Moore is the executive director of Columbine Homemakers for Independent Living. She thanks her staff, everyone at Columbine Home Health and the board of directors for caring attitudes and support. “The caring and support that we receive internally and from the community is heartfelt,” said Moore. “Everyone that is involved truly understands the importance of our services for the valley’s seniors and disabled adults. For that, I can’t thank everyone enough.” Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” appears every other Wednesday. She is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission, and can be reached at 945-8515, ext. 513, or by e-mail at kvasilakis@postindependent.com.

Founded: 1994 Mission: To promote a dignified, safe and independent lifestyle within our community by providing homemaker services. Contact number: 945-8050 Contact number for those who need care: 948-4102 To send a tax-deductible contribution: Send a check to Columbine Homemakers at P.O. Box 1331, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602


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