I got divorced in Jan 2016 and quickly found myself the sole provider for 4 children, one of who was still in college and myself.
I make decent money, but too much to qualify for any assistance. The cost of rent in this area is high, and I found myself barely surviving. I was in a vicious cycle of over drawing myself and beginning each month in the negative. I could never catch up, I was having anxiety and couldn’t sleep at night wondering how I was going to make it to pay day, and I was stressed about how I was going to feed my children.
Since beginning the budget classes in January I have become more aware of where my money is going, and while I am still struggling to get my budget up and running I feel that just by being aware I am making some great headway. For the month of April I DID NOT begin the month in the negative, in fact, my bills are paid and current and I still have money to make it the rest of the month. I don’t have anxiety about my bills being behind, I have one small credit card paid off, and I can sleep at night.
Thanks to Hope of the Grand Valley, I also have food in the cupboards and I am not stressed about feeding my family.
This organization has already been invaluable to my family and myself in just a few short months and I am so thankful to have found them. THANK YOU!
Coming back to Grand Junction was wonderful but unfortunately the job market had not been as kind to me as I would hope. I struggled for several years working 2 jobs to make ends meet, then my son was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum and I started working for myself to be able to meet the therapy schedules and have time for therapists which put us a little further in the hole.
As my son started improving I was able to get a job with some benefits (and horrible pay) and then cleaned houses on weekends and did other odd jobs in the evenings to get caught up.
On March 30, 2016 I had a small stroke and ended up in the hospital for a few days, thankfully the damage was minimal but my stamina and speed slowed down so I retained my full time job and dropped some of the side jobs.
In November I was referred to HOPE by a friend from church and we had the best Christmas we had ever enjoyed since being in Grand Junction.
The moms I have met and the support has been outstanding. I am learning so many things and have caught up on most of my bills with the budgeting skills and learning that other moms have some of the same struggles I do is so comforting. I am trying to overcome my insecurities and believe that I am good enough and only have positive influences in my life.
Being a single mom is tough, being an abuse survivor is tough, feeling like you are good enough is tough, but HOPE is helping me be tough enough and be proud of what I can accomplish!
Struggle, I know it well, better than I care to admit. I have always been one to fix things on my own, and in trying to do so, I have realized in a big way that I can’t always do so. To go one step further, it isn't even for me to always make things right on my own. If that were to be the case, how would others have a sense of being useful and help? How would I know what being grateful truly is? I have been married twice and am twice divorced. Such is life. However, debts that I could have taken care of then stayed with me as a single parent with one income. Feeling as though I was drowning was the norm for me. I learned how to budget to the penny but it still felt like treading water. I am teaching my children to be wise financially and make good sound decisions. My underlying focus was always to provide for them the best that I could. I would make strides and then I would fall back and work to undo the "crisis spending". Then my eldest daughter was placed in hospice due to a rare form of cancer that was taking over. She lived in Pennsylvania and I was scrounging to have the means to get us all there. Hope of the Grand Valley was there with so much comfort and support and became family. They provided me with food to feed my children and was able to take care of them through the stress and loss over the holidays. I found strength and hope through a time where I wondered if I had any left. I have gone to budgeting classes and now have a great start to saving and paying down debts. This year (2017) I have been able to volunteer for HOPE of the Grand Valley and plan to do so when there is an opportunity. I also plan this year to adopt a family for Christmas since I am in a better place to do so, instead of receiving, for which my family and I are incredibly humbled and grateful. I am moving forward and I have hope because I had HOPE of the Grand Valley to bolster me when I felt that I could tread water any further. Now I can thrive instead of survive. My life is richer and we will continue to give back where we see opportunity. Thank you Hope of the Grand Valley. Thank you God. .
I have two kids on my own. I have always been on my own with the kids.
I can't get help from the state because I work.
HOPE of the Grand Valley has helped me stay on my feet! I have been taking the classes they have and attending the groups. I have met lots of new people and my kids have fun also.
I just want to say thank you for choosing HOPE of the Grand Valley for your support. They have helped me a lot.
"I'm a single mom and I have been divorced almost 5 years, the best decision I've ever made.
I'm a supervisor for Gray Gourmet in the kitchen.
HOPE of the Grand Valley has helped me at on of the lowest times of my life.
Being a single mother is hard, struggling to make ends meet; but also trying to give my children the best life possible.
To be a part of HOPE of the Grand Valley is like being a part of a huge; caring family! I am truly blessed to be a part of this program" -Tish
“Our family has 7 children total. We are a large, blended family with ages ranging from 26-4. We also have 4 grandchildren!
We are very unconventional, but it seems to work for us. We have hit some struggles along the way; but ultimately it has made us a stronger family. We have realized in times of struggle are when we shine.
HOPE of the Grand Valley has given us more support and people to add to our extended family. Financial support is awesome; but the emotional support and connections we have made mean the most! We are forever humbled and grateful for what we have been given!
Thank you HOPE of the Grand Valley! Many times this is a population that goes unnoticed. The support HOTGV gives to the community is more than just financial, it is also a place where meaningful relationships and support are provided to strengthen our families.”
A hand up, not a hand out
"My husband and I had a goal to purchase our own home the following year, but we felt this may be the opportunity for us to try and pursue this dream even sooner. With the amazing support from HOPE, we were able to reach our budget goal in just five short months."
"HOPE of the Grand Valley is a fantastic place to receive a hand up and not a hand out! It's like a big family where we get to learn and grow with faith and knowledge in financial and parenting and many other subjects. They lead by example and have a true gift of love for their community! I am so thankful to get to be a part of this family group!"
"This program gives HAND UPS not HAND OUTS; You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime." (Chinese proverb.) Great classes, support and people running the program."
"The moms I have met and the support has been outstanding. I am learning so many things and have caught up on most of my bills with the budgeting skills and learning that other moms have some of the same struggles I do is so comforting.
I am trying to overcome my insecurities and believe that I am good enough and only have positive influences in my life. Being a single mom is tough, being an abuse survivor is tough, feeling like you are good enough is tough, but HOPE of the Grand Valley is helping me be tough enough and be proud of what I can accomplish!"
In our lives we have truly had a hard start. We lost two babies due to my health issues. But five years later we finally had a son at 30 weeks after a lot of tries and failures.
We still had troubles but we finally started getting better, then we had a daughter.
After that we moved back to Colorado, my husband got a job but we were still struggling, then we found HOPE of the Grand Valley, and we have finally gotten on track using the techniques I've learned in the budget classes.
We have all our bills paid and we are finally looking towards a good future. It means the world to be a HOTGV family, we would not be where is are today without this program.
My family and I truly thank you for HOPE of the Grand Valley, this is an amazing organization!
My name is Kindall, I joined HOPE of the Grand Valley in 2016 after hearing about them on the radio.
My son and I have been on our own since he was born. Being a single mom for eight years has been tough.
Having HOPE of the Grand Valley has made a huge impact on my life, knowing that people care about us and our situation.
Being a part of HOTGV has truly made me feel better about my situation and that even though I am struggling, there are people out there who care.
The mom groups are a lot of fun, and I have made new friends.
Not qualifying for any type of assistance really isn't that much fun, but with HOPE of the Grand Valley I can breathe.
Thank you with all of my heart for choosing HOPE of the Grand Valley for your donations. It really helps people like me, who work hard, go to school, and take care of my son.
We really wouldn't be able to do it without HOPE of the Grand Valley!
My husband and I moved (with our almost 2-year-old daughter) to Grand Junction from Orange County in 2013. My husband grew up in the valley and I was offered a job with the City of Grand Junction. 2014 we bought our home here, 2015 we welcomed our second daughter and January 2017 I was laid off without warning. This, of course, was the same time my husband was transitioning fire departments making almost minimum wage while he transferred and re-upped some credentials.
I immediately started looking for jobs. I didn’t have a problem getting interviews or even offers. The problem became; I was going back to work to pay for child care and some of the offers were not enough to cover child care. We decided to pray about it and I would continue to search. In the meantime, I was donating plasma twice a week to help pay for gas and groceries.
Come Christmas of 2017 I was scrolling through jobs with the news on in the background and on came Hope of the Grand Valley. At this point I was almost a year of being laid off, we had tried for assistance but were told my husband made too much; but yet we were picking and choosing what bills were paid and almost two months behind on our mortgage.
After listening to what the requirements were, I decided to apply. Other than the short story on the news, I was not familiar with HOTGV and didn't quite understand what we were in for. Christmas came and our children were so incredibly blessed. We had an amazing Christmas dinner but it didn't stop there. What I thought was an "event" turned in to so much more for our family.
In January of last year, we started our budget courses. This should be mandatory for every adult who has a kid--- never did we think we needed this but we were so wrong. After just one class, we began to feel hopeful. We had support and it was what we needed. The following month I was offered an amazing job with Starbucks Coffee Company. We continued the classes with hope not only attending budget courses but the Moms & Dads groups as well. We were back on track.
April 30th 2018, 1 day before my health insurance kicked in with Starbucks I was hospitalized and very ill. Thankfully, my husband's medical training kept me alive but we're now saddled with a long hospital stay as well as enough medical debt to purchase two more cars. I'm honestly not sure where our family would be without Hope. Vicki was by my bedside to pray with us and spend time with us. Our hope family was there with prayers and support. Because we are a family of HOTGV (and our budgeting classes) we have HOPE.
HOPE of the Grand Valley means so much to my husband Daniel and I.
My name is Corrine, I am a mother living with multiple sclerosis and have two teenage children, one of whom has none verbal autism and keeps me on my toes. My husband works full time, and I stay home due to fatigue and anxiety, and other issues.
We needed help a couple of years ago for Christmas and HOPE of the Grand Valley was there to help us.
We've been with HOPE of the Grand Valley now for 2 years now and I'm very grateful for all their help. They have helped with budgeting, and much needed classes; as well as food and many other things. They are all really nice people and the classes are great to learn and talk about things everyone is going through.
It's nice to know there's a group like HOPE of the Grand Valley to help people like us.
I'm so very grateful to all of them, and to the people that help fund HOPE of the Grand Valley!
"HOPE of the Grand Valley is a fantastic place to receive a hand up and not a hand out! It's like a big family where we get to learn and grow with faith and knowledge in financial and parenting and many other subjects. They lead by example and have a true gift of love for their community!
I am so thankful to get to be a part of this family group!" "Our family has been tremendously helped by the generosity of the HOPE of the Grand Valley Team.
When my husband was laid off from his job during the holidays we didn't know where to turn or didn't know how we were going to provide a decent Christmas for our boys. We were also new to the area. Then another family told us about HOPE of the Grand Valley.
This organization restored our faith in good people and gave us the hand up that we needed! Thank you!" "HOPE of the Grand Valley is a fantastic organization! They have helped my family and I in so many ways, from classes to the wonderful Christmas program. Thank you so much HOTGV!
This program gives HAND UPS not HAND OUTS; You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime. (Chinese proverb.) Great classes, support and people running the program.
HOPE of the Grand Valley is like an extension of family! Not only have they provided amazing Christmas memories for my family and help with groceries and budget coaching. But members have also sat in the ER with my husband and I when our daughter was sick. I get emails and texts just to see how we are doing. I get invited to help with different community events and a chance to give back.
It's a wonderful organization with amazing people who truly want to see families succeed and prosper! Amazing! Warms my heart to know there is still hope! Thankful for the blessings.
I would like to thank everyone with Hope of the Grand Valley for their big hearts warm hugs and willingness to help others. Though I may not know you all personally, you all are a blessing. You all went above and beyond for for my children and I couldn't be more thankful. May God bless all of you, thank you." Carrie Daugherty
Sue Ellen Rodwick
All the normal resources in the community weren’t available to me, a single mom of a toddler; who was working full time and still not able to make ends meet.
I made too much money to qualify for SNAP and CCAP, but I did qualify for Medicaid and WIC. Although I was thankful for every bit of assistance, that was a drop in the bucket compared to what I needed.
When I found out about HOPE of the Grand Valley for Christmas two years ago, I thought my son and I would be given a couple of presents; I was blown away by the generosity of the family that adopted us!!!
Taking the required budget classes help me see clearly that I needed to make more money to meet all of my expenses. So, I began looking for a better job-and I found one!! HOPE of the Grand Valley is a major reason I got the job!
The Mom’s group has been a fun and informative way to feel connected to others in the same boat as me. It is incredibly encouraging and empowering to know there is a group where I’m welcome just as I am.
Now that I have a much better job, I am able to build on the budgeting principles and begin setting aside savings; and I can come to HOPE of the Grand Valley to stay connected to others and be an encouragement!
I am so thankful to Vicki and HOPE of the Grand Valley and I tell many, many people about them!!!
We are fortunate to serve ever-increasing numbers of hard-working, low-income families. This segment of the population is growing, yet typically over looked and often struggling. Children with parents that are making a little too much money to qualify for government assistance. We are here to give a hand up to parents who are working tirelessly, paying their bills, and doing everything in their power to provide their children with food, clothing, and shelter without public assistance.