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Two organizations receive health-related grants

SUN photo/Randi Pierce Archuleta County Administrator Bentley Henderson, Veteran Services Officer Raymond Taylor and Commissioner Clifford Lucero pose with a $5,000 grant check from The Colorado Trust. The grant, received Monday, will help the office provide additional mental health counseling to local veterans.

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Archuleta County Administrator Bentley Henderson, Veteran Services Officer Raymond Taylor and Commissioner Clifford Lucero pose with a $5,000 grant check from The Colorado Trust. The grant, received Monday, will help the office provide additional mental health counseling to local veterans.

On Monday, The Colorado Trust announced that five southwest Colorado organizations received a total of $25,000 in funding — including two Archuleta County organizations — as a result of June’s Rural Philanthropy Days event.

The Archuleta County Veteran Services Office (VSO) and the TARA Historical Society each received $5,000 grants after connecting with The Colorado Trust during the RPD event held in Pagosa Springs in June.

The Colorado Trust, a foundation dedicated to creating fair and equal opportunities for Coloradans to lead healthy lives, awarded the grants to nonprofit organizations working to advance the health and well-being of citizens and communities in southwestern Colorado, stated a Monday press release announcing the grant awards.

The VSO assists veterans and their family members with benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

According to a blog post written by Maggie Frasure, communications officer with The Colorado Trust, the VSO’s grant will help local veterans with mental health services.

“Veterans are especially prone to mental health issues. The nearest clinics providing mental health services to Archuleta County veterans are over an hour away. Funding will help provide veterans and their family members with local, timely and consistent mental health counseling,” Frasure wrote.

Raymond Taylor, Archuleta County Veteran Services Officer, said the grant will help pay for veterans to meet with local mental health counselors when needed to supplement the mental health services offered through their VA benefits.

The TARA (Tiffany, Allison, Rosa and Arboles) Historical Society provides programs and services to Archuleta County’s rural communities around Navajo Lake.

According to Frasure’s blog post, “The Tara Historical Society oversees the community center, a hub of activity serving children with its playground, hosting community meetings and events, and providing activities for seniors and disabled residents. The building is two stories high, without an elevator. Funds will be used to make the lower level handicap-accessible by modifying doors to accommodate wheelchair entry, installing additional handicap railings and signage and creating more handicapped parking spaces.”

The other southwest Colorado organizations receiving $5,000 grants are Hospice of Montezuma, La Plata Family Centers Coalition and Shining Mountain Diabetes Program (which works on and around the Southern Ute Indian Reservation).

RPD

RPD aims to connect funders with nonprofit organizations and government officials that serve rural Colorado. This biannual three-day event was created in 1991 by the Community Resource Center (CRC) and the Anschutz Family Foundation to strengthen nonprofit-funder relations and to address critical needs in rural communities across Colorado.

June’s RPD brought together representatives from Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties.

“Having grown up in rural Colorado, I understand the important role that nonprofit organizations play in improving community health and well-being,” said Dr. Ned Calonge, president and CEO of The Colorado Trust. “RPD allows us to connect with nonprofits and residents in rural communities so that we can advance opportunities for all Coloradans to be healthy.”

The next RPD, serving southeast Colorado, is slated to be held in Trinidad in September.

For more on RPD, visit www.crcamerica.org.

The Colorado Trust

According to Monday’s press release, “The Colorado Trust is a health foundation dedicated to achieving health equity. We believe all Coloradans should have fair and equal opportunities to lead healthy, productive lives regardless of race, ethnicity, income or where we live. The Trust focuses on policies and information related to advancing health equity, as well as projects that address health equity in partnership with communities throughout Colorado. For more information, visit www.coloradotrust.org.”

This story was posted on August 14, 2014.