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Share your heart and your home

Kay Vasilakis

When a family is uprooted, their world changes and a child is forced to move to a new home and a new family. That child can be confused, scared and likely angry.Change a life. Share your heart, open your home and offer help to a youth in foster care. You’ll be surprised at how many lives you transform. Find out how you can get involved by becoming a foster parent. All children deserve and benefit from the love of a family. Children in foster care benefit in many ways if they are able to stay in the same community. Foster care promotes the healing process by offering a stable and secure environment until the child can either return home or establish an alternative lifelong relationship with a caring adult.You can help by offering to become a mentor, providing an internship or career mentoring, or opening your home during school breaks.May is National Foster Care Month, a time to call attention to the needs of the 518,000 American children and youth in foster care.Foster Care Month also honors the 170,000 foster families across the nation who provide safe, stable and supportive homes for children and young people. Humanitarian Service AwardsThe date of the 17th Annual Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards is rapidly approaching. On Monday evening, Feb. 6, the Devereux Room of the Hotel Colorado will be filled with some of the most selfless people in our valley.Reservations must be made and paid for in advance by calling 945-8515, ext. 504. Please specify either a regular or vegetarian meal. The Hot Springs Lodge and Pool has generously agreed to allow people attending the awards dinner to park in their parking lot on Seventh Street across from the front entrance of the Hotel Colorado. For people in wheelchairs or walkers who would like to attend, the hotel’s east side entrance has a ramp. The Canyon Bike Shop entrance on the southeast corner in the hotel basement, leads to the elevator.Please join Garfield County and the Post Independent by honoring these nominees on their special night:Youth category – Kathy Stallings, Becca Petross, Kody Roper, Shauna McWilliams, Haley Carmer, Ali Brown, Molly Jankovsky, Hannah Greenstreet, Tiffany Hardy, Trisha McDowell, Traci Smyth and Zach McCulloughStaff category – Steve Spencer, Jamie Adkins, Karolyn Spencer, Marti Duprey, Julie Fite, Peter Jessup and Terry ShanahanSenior category – Evelyn Metzger, Betty Hollenbaugh, John Breckenridge, Harlan Hansen, Ralph T. Koehler, Maegean Smith, Lorena Nadon, Dorie Hunt, Don Edgar and Dorothy YoungVolunteer category – Mary Riddle, Ray Limoges, Nanci Limbach and E.C. Quintana. Kay Vasilakis is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission. Contact her at 945-8515, ext. 513, or by e-mail at

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