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Editorial: Needful things

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Two community groups tackling important missions in Craig and Moffat County, and they could use the public’s support in the form of donations, materials or activism as they move forward with their worthwhile endeavors.

Our View

Two community groups tackling important missions in Craig and Moffat County, and they could use the public’s support in the form of donations, materials or activism as they move forward with their worthwhile endeavors.

There are two community groups — the Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing and St. Michael’s Kitchen — designed to provide important services to area residents, and both are operating somewhat under-the-radar.

Hopefully this opinion piece sheds some needed and deserved spotlight on both of them.



When it comes to necessities, there aren’t many things more critical than what the two groups attempt to provide — shelter and food.

But, like most nonprofit organizations with important human service missions, these groups need additional community support, in whatever form local residents are willing to provide.

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The Moffat County Fuller Center chapter, essentially a revamped and improved version of what was once the local Habitat for Humanity group, is six months old and is working on its first project — tearing down the Simmons Rooming House in the 700 block of Yampa Avenue and building a duplex in its place.

A lesser known aspect of the local Fuller Center chapter is its’ Greater Blessing Program.

In a nutshell, homeowners can apply with the chapter to have their homes restored to a “simple, decent living condition.”

“The program seeks to aid homeowners with extremely limited income who cannot afford, for example, to replace a leaking roof, fix broken windows or repair hazardous kitchens or bathrooms,” according to organization literature.

St. Michael’s Kitchen, which was established earlier this year, has equally commendable objectives — feeding those who could use a free meal.

The organization offers free meals twice a week to anyone in the community at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. Meals are served Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The editorial board discussed the groups at its Monday meeting, and concluded that the community is lucky to have them. Still, they need help to continue their worthwhile, humanitarian endeavors.

It’s true the Habitat for Humanity chapter that previously operated in Craig and Moffat County was not without issues. The same can be said of any organization.

However, it’s also true that group took a previously blighted home on Yampa Avenue and revitalized it into an appealing residence. And, it’s also true that Habitat members — now Fuller Center contributors — learned from mistakes of the past and have adjusted the operation.

A lot of people helped Habitat the first time around.

There’s no reason people shouldn’t do the same for Fuller, which is trying to accomplish the same goal but in a better way, the editorial board contends.

The group has only a few members right now. It needs more people willing to contribute with time, labor, money and materials. No contribution is too small.

Editorial board members believe that now, with the group’s renewed purpose and adjustments, anyone who helps Fuller Center will be pleased they did.

When it comes to St. Michael’s Kitchen, the editorial board is impressed by the contributions community members, businesses and organizations have made thus far.

However, nonprofits can only exist through continued support, and it’s critical, especially in today’s difficult economic climate, the kitchen stay open to help those in need.

Kitchen volunteers said they could always use more people to help at the Tuesday and Thursday meals.

Like the Fuller Center, it’s difficult to imagine anyone who contributes being unhappy they did.


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