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Funds for Haven on right track

Tamera Manzanares

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is $200,000 closer to acquiring The Haven Assisted Living Center.

Local governments, businesses and individuals have helped provide a solid base for raising the $750,000 needed to pay off the center’s debts and create a reserve operating budget.

VNA officials, which plan to use The Haven as a platform for improving senior services in the Yampa Valley, are optimistic that the organization will reach its fund-raising goal this fall.

“We’re really pleased with the progress so far,” VNA director Sue Birch said.

The list of donors includes Routt County and the city of Steamboat Springs, which each gave $25,000. Moffat and Rio Blanco counties each donated $2,500.

The town of Hayden and the city of Craig plan to consider the VNA’s donation requests in March.

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The VNA also received a $10,000 contribution from First National Bank of the Rockies and $2,500 from the Kenneth Kendal King Foundation. That donation was matched by the Heathcare Foundation of the Yampa Valley.

The organization’s grant requests also have been well-received by state foundations, including the Adolph Coors and Boettcher foundations.

“They have all called to say, ‘Wow, this is wonderful,'” Birch said, noting that many of the foundations will wait to award grants until after the Colorado Department of Local Affairs notifies the VNA about its $600,000 Energy and Mineral Impact grant proposal.

“We are getting very strong indications more are going to come forward after the DOLA request,” she said.

Energy impact funds come from the state severance tax on energy and mineral production and from the state’s share of royalties paid to the federal government for mining and drilling of minerals and mineral fuels on federally owned land.

The VNA’s request is in the staff review process. The organization should know whether it will receive energy impact funds in early April, Birch said.

One of the strongest arguments for the request is that 85 percent of Haven residents and/or their families have in some way been involved in the extraction industry, Birch said.

“We encourage residents to call their legislative representatives and voice their support for the project so we can let the governor and department heads know how important it is,” she said.

The West Routt Rural Health Council built The Haven in 1996. The health council has joined forces with the VNA to help with fund-raising efforts.

The Haven eventually will merge with the VNA, which can provide much more stability for the facility, which is financially vulnerable to fluctuating resident populations –particularly during economic down times, health council president Mark Fischer said.

“I’m very pleased,” Fischer said about the campaign. “It is so great to work with the VNA, which has a staff of accomplished fund raisings.”

The VNA plans to start a public campaign for more individual donations in April.

Donations may be sent to 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 or 745 Russell St., Craig, CO 81625.

— To reach Tamera Manzanares, call 871-4204 or e-mail

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