A Benefit for the Nurturing Center will be Tuesday, June 5, at the Ross Aragon Community Center. June Marquez, Ted Hockenbury, Dan Fitzpatrick, Marcus Rivas and Charlie Harmer will be the performing artists in a “Tribute to Patsy Cline”.
The Pagosa Springs Nurturing Parenting Center, LLC developed as a result of a Family Resource Connection committee. It was determined that holistic services for families were too few. One building in which various resources could be provided was the vision, together with filling some of the gaps for families who receive Department of Human Services assistance and who often are victims of abuse. Collectively, members also felt it was important to provide recreational-type activities; to be a one-stop location to meet tangible needs, as well as provide emotional support.
What we’ve learned after being open for one year is that there are many families who are or have been associated with Archuleta County Department of Human Services, Archuleta County Victim Assistance and the Sixth Judicial Courts, yet have many unmet needs. Many times, just having someone available to talk to and be given projects that are useful and important to them broaden their horizons, stimulate their intellect and continually warm our hearts when we witness this transformation.
For example: One young father who receives cash assistance expressed an interest in horticulture. When the Nurturing Center was donated a 26 -foot geodesic growing dome from Growing Spaces, Nurturing Center staff put him to work there. He text-messaged me one day with this message: “My life pretty much sucks right now, except when I’m here at the growing dome.”
Other examples can be illustrated in this way: When parents are working on their Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) hours and are able to bring their children with them (thereby sparing them the expense of child care), not only are they learning new skills, but they also have Nurturing Parenting facilitators/and a consultant available. If there is a crisis, no matter how big or small, everyone rallies to help. Conversations (and classes) are family style — something that so many of these individuals have never experienced. If a baby is crying and mom is just too wiped out, there are always other mamas and daddies to hold the baby. Grandparents grace the facility at times, as well, which is always a treat.
As the Pagosa Springs Nurturing Parenting Center staff, board, and members (everyone is a member) continue to work on and “nurture” its 5,000 sqare foot building that once housed skunks, raccoon, and possibly homeless people, blessings abound because of wonderful partnerships with agencies such as Salvation Army, Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation (for providing grant money for our Crianza con Carino parenting classes), Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center, CDOT (for funding our Child Car Seat “Fit Station”), Growing Spaces, La Plata Electric Association’s Round-Up Grant and (on June 23) donations from the LPEA Golf Tournament, Be the Change Pagosa, Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, Violence Prevention Coalition of SW Colorado, Community United Methodist Church, Justice Ministries, Colorado Work Force, Sixth Judicial District Probation Department, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters, Colorado Dream Homes and countless individuals who have walked in the doors with something in hand to donate, but, more importantly, they bring their friendship. Because, after all, moms, dads, husbands, wives, ex-spouses, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, grandparents and children of all ages need to be nurtured.
Come join us for appetizers provided by our new bakery, Two Chicks and a Hippie and cash bar provided by the Community Center at 5 p.m. Show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door, and children 10 and under are admitted free.