Montrose, CO—The Montrose Board of County Commissioners voted to invest in the West End community as the board donated a 0.427 acre lot and building to the West End Family Link Center at this week's regularly scheduled board meeting.
For years, Montrose County has leased the property and building off Main Street in Nucla to West End Family Link Center, a community-based nonprofit that provides low-to-no cost supportive services. These services include referrals; education towards self-management; evidence-based program (parenting and nutrition classes); emergency assistance services such as heating assistance and food bank services.
“Five years ago, the West End Family Link board began a strategic plan with big goals—to purchase a van, create stability in staffing, and find a permanent home,” said West End Family Link Board President Doris Van Ness. “Today, the final piece of the dream is a reality—we have a home for the West End Family Link. Thank you to the board and County Manager Jon Waschbusch for this idea and believing in our services and mission.”
“This is about doing what is in the best interest of our community,” said Commissioner Roger Rash. “Growing up in the West End, my family relied on these services and I know how critical they can be for a family’s well being and a community’s success. West End Family Link is important to the West End residents and I am proud to be able to make this happen today.”
“I think this will give you the opportunity to take this to the next level—you guys do great work down there and this an essential community service,” said Commissioner Keith Caddy.
In the process of working on long-term capital plans, County Manager Jon Waschbusch put forth the idea to dedicate the property to the Family Link. The commissioners’ unanimous support of the donation culminated in this week's vote. The county is currently completing design of a new facility for the Sheriff’s Office in the West End which will also include space for Health and Human Services staff.
For more information on Montrose County and to watch the meeting, please visit montrosecounty.net.