GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Oct. 3, 2018 – Many parents work hard every day to provide for their families but still struggle to make ends meet. However, they may also make too much money to qualify for government assistance. HOPE of the Grand Valley (HOPE) was founded in 2008 to help those in Mesa County, Colorado, who fall into this category.
“This is a group that tends to fall through the cracks,” says founder and director, Vicki McGee. “That’s why we provide a hand up, not a handout to these local families.”
The Alsco Grand Junction branch is also helping provide a hand up through its recent donation to HOPE. They know that for many low-income families in the area, a little help can go a long way. The Alsco Grand Junction branch applied for and received a nonprofit gift/grant through the Steiner Foundation, which Alsco created in 1969 to allow Alsco branches to become involved in and support various nonprofit charities and projects in their local communities.
HOPE provides a hand up through classes and programs that build critical skills to help parents better manage their finances. Classes are on topics including budgeting, cooking on a budget, time management, job interview skills, and more. HOPE also provides families with food and holiday assistance.
“Many of the recipients of HOPE’s help are making just above minimum wage and don’t qualify for assistance or aid,” says James Jonely, Alsco general manager for the Grand Junction branch. “This program strengthens the community by teaching people how to stabilize their finances and better provide for their families without public assistance.”
HOPE has made a difference in the lives of many families. Alsco is proud to be able to support its continued efforts.