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Lift-Up executive director David Freseman is predicting the non-profit organization will help even more people than it did in 2006, partially because of a new building. The organization provides emergency assistance, including food, clothing and other services to low-income residents.

Lift-Up executive director David Freseman is predicting the non-profit organization will help even more people than it did in 2006, partially because of a new building. The organization provides emergency assistance, including food, clothing and other services to low-income residents.

— David Freseman had coined 2006 "The Year of the Building" for Routt County LIFT-UP.

With the new consolidated building now a reality, Freseman, the executive director for LIFT-UP, said the organization is ready to surpass its 2006 numbers, which were recently released.

"2007 is going to be the year of service to the community on a whole new level," Freseman said. "What's exciting is what we were able to do in 2006 while in the midst of constructing a building."

Freseman said the success of the building was a main component for LIFT-UP in 2006, which had 3,058 client visits including 554 new persons.

"It's hard to put in words how valuable the building was," Freseman said. "I think it was absolutely critical how important it was for the long range future of this organization."

The building, which is 8,000 square feet and ended up with a value of $1.45 million, opened to the public Dec. 11.

Without the new building, Freseman said LIFT-UP would have lost valuable space for its food bank and thrift store.

Another highlight in 2006, Freseman said, was the first ever LIFT-UP Luau. The fundraiser - which will take place again this year Aug. 17 - raised more than $24,000 for the organization.

The total from all resources given as emergency assistance funding through LIFT-UP was more than $55,000. When added to the total of food and clothing assistance, LIFT-UP helped people with more than $163,500.

Freseman said the initial numbers for 2007 are up significantly from 2006, as much as 20 percent from first quarter numbers.

He said he expects those numbers to increase, especially considering the number of regular volunteers LIFT-UP has. In 2006 LIFT-UP had 50 to 60 regular volunteers who logged a total of 5,030 hours. Freseman expects that number to continue in 2007.

"None of this would have happened without the tremendous generosity from the community," Freseman said. "We remain ever grateful for that."

- To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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