HOPE of the Grand Valley

A hand up, not a hand out

Vicki McGee

Vicki has lived on the Western Slope for over 30 years and calls the Grand Junction valley her home. She has overcome many challenges in her life and understands first- hand what it is like to suffer at the hands of a spouse, both physical and verbal abuse over many years. She knows very well how difficult it is to leave, and break the destructive cycle many women face that are challenged to overcome the devastating effects of domestic violence. Vicki strongly believes, as a survivor, she is now in a position to live out her passion to give others guidance, support and encouragement to finally free themselves from this debilitating problem.

Vicki also identifies with the challenges of being a single mom, as she too had a baby to raise on her own. She was on government assistance for her baby for one month when she decided she would rather make the sacrifices necessary to be solely responsible for the upbringing of her daughter. She worked hard as a radio disc jockey for 10 years and changed the direction of her life by intentionally making better choices.

It can be said that Vicki has a genuine heart and passion for people who do everything possible to better themselves, by working, budgeting and embracing hope. She believes with a positive attitude, willingness to receive advice and work hard - the sky is the limit for anyone in any circumstance.

Vicki founded Hope Of the Grand Valley with these purposes in mind and has successfully provided help to many families on the brink of poverty. She has been operating and managing these efforts out of her home for over 10 years and is working towards obtaining a facility to better meet the many needs of the people she helps.

One of her long-term goals is to provide a temporary shelter and assistance for first time young moms with newborns who are homeless and at a crossroads in deciding what is best for themselves and the baby. With this provision, Vicki believes innocent babies will be saved from being placed in dumpsters or even on railroad tracks. Having this alternative available is consistent with the Safe Haven Law and would provide these vulnerable moms with a warm bed for her and her baby. In addition, the mother(s) would have a loving mentor to help them in securing a brighter future for both.

Vicki is uniquely gifted with her experience and in her unshakable compassion to help under-privileged families. Her vision to come alongside those who have suffered greatly, but are genuinely motivated to improve their lives, is effective and growing with each day. The western slope of Colorado is fortunate to have such an amazing leader in the community who truly makes a difference for those less fortunate!