Visiting nurse group receives $100,000 |

Visiting nurse group receives $100,000

Bolers' largest private donation will be used to fund community center in Hayden

— The Visiting Nurse Association has received a $100,00 gift, its largest private donation ever.

Philanthropists John and Mary Jo Boler made the donation.

“(The Bolers) are very committed to the Yampa Valley and Steamboat and have been looking for ways to contribute,” said Dace Kramer, VNA Aging Well coordinator. The donation was presented at the Sidney Peak Ranch south of Steamboat Springs. John Boler is the developer of the private working ranch community.

“The Bolers’ gift is a direct reflection of their commitment to the health and welfare of every resident of the Yampa Valley,” said Susan Birch, executive director of VNA.

Kramer said the donation is very important to the VNA. The money will help allow the agency to expand its Aging Well program. Additionally, the VNA plans to use the money to help construct an addition to The Haven assisted living center in Hayden.

“The community center is a high priority for us, so we will be using the money for the construction,” Kramer said.

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Plans for the Hayden community center are being drafted, and most of the money for the $1 million facility has been secured. The center will be home to many of the VNA Aging Well programs. Aging Well uses a variety of techniques to promote mental, and social well-being in older adults through inter—-generational activities and civic engagement.

“We believe that keeping sen–iors at home in their communities for as long as possible will encourage and support independence, enhance self-sufficiency and satisfaction of older adults by affording them greater control over their own lives, thus contributing substantially to the overall health of our communities” Birch said.

The facility also will have a kitchen and large room for multiple uses physical therapy and a meeting area.

“I truly believe that this is a wonderful and caring effort,” John Boler said.

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