Our view: 'Committed citizens'

Craig Editorial Board

  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Jennifer L. Grubbs, newspaper representative
  • Bridget Manley, newspaper representative
  • Allan Reishus, community representative
  • Chris Runyan, community representative
  • Ken Wergin, community representative

— A group of Moffat County religious leaders and nonprofit organization representatives seem to be embodying the spirit of words from a famous quote.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world," American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead once said. "Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

The consensus reached by the group, which met for the second time in late May, seems to be that it can and will make a difference in a growing problem in Moffat County: the need for more temporary housing.

The Editorial Board is encouraged by the group's determination and optimism that positive change will result from its efforts.

The confidence to do so certainly isn't lacking.

"The churches have all the resources we need because we are the children of God," said Pat Jones, executive director of Love INC of the Yampa Valley. "We are the heirs to everything.

"The churches can do this."

Love INC is spearheading the group and its lobbying of area church leaders to support a program that would help shelter people in need.

"We have no programs in place for someone who needs a week in a room long enough to get a deposit for an apartment," said Karen Brown, Community Budget Center office manager.

"The need is temporary," said Len Browning, pastor of The Journey at First Baptist Church, "but it's real."

Providing temporary housing, group members said, is a task that doesn't come without difficulties. It would require time, money and resources, obstacles that aren't always easy to come by.

But, Jones said she thinks churches will look favorably upon the request for assistance.

With "a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens" at the helm, the Editorial Board has no doubt that Jones' words will be prophetic and the group will inspire positive change in our world here in Moffat County.

Comments

taxslave 5 years, 10 months ago

Hotels will fit this need just find and they're in the process of building two of them right now. The hotels will have the staff, etc., to run the place and the institutions can just help cover the weeks rent. It was stated that one of these hotels will be offering monthly rents as well.

The 20K sent to denver would have covered plenty of "weeks".

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