Steamboat Springs No doubt Michelle Petix’s days involve listening to a little of everything.
As the executive director of Partners in Routt County, there are bings of incoming emails, rattles of faxes and conversations of employees that bounce off the walls of the group's current location on 13th Street.
But Petix is excited for a new beginning — and new sounds — as the local nonprofit moves to a new building in Sundance at Fish Creek.
The new building will add roughly 1,000 square feet of space, allowing Partners to host many of its own events.
“The best part on my end as executive director and what I’m looking forward to the most is hearing kids,” Petix said. “Then you can remember why you’re doing what you’re doing.”
Petix said they were happy with the current location and landlord, but with the growth of Partners, a move became a necessary thing.
Right now, Partners serves 47 youths with the goal of reaching 50 by the end of January. Petix said they also have 25 children on the wait list.
The move already is taking place, and Partners will start operating out of the new spot starting Monday.
With the new location, next to Fiesta Jalisco and across from the old U.S. Postal Service building, Petix said she hopes to draw more attention to Partners.
With more visibility, Petix said, they think they will draw more senior Partners to help shrink that wait list.
“We’re hoping this will parlay into some recruitment,” Petix said. “People will see it and say, ‘I’ve never thought about being a mentor, but I should.’”
With the Partners move, Sundance at Fish Creek is continuing to see a revitalization in the area. It’s also becoming a mini hub for local nonprofits. In addition to Partners, Advocates Building Peaceful Communities, Colorado Student Care, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and the Yampa Valley Community Foundation all are located in Sundance at Fish Creek.
The Community Foundation also recently moved from its spot in Sundance at Fish Creek to a ground-level space increasing its visibility.
“There is a really interesting feeling at the moment in that with nonprofits there is a lot more collaboration,” said Tarsha Ebbern, the communications director for the Community Foundation. “There is a lot more communication between nonprofits on various projects to avoid duplicate efforts. We all have lunches at Fiesta Jalisco once a month to talk about what’s going on.”
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