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Local nonprofit Mountain Family Center’s continued growth leads to space expansion

Big changes are in store for one of Grand County’s key nonprofit entities as officials from Mountain Family Center prepare to centralize their operations following the purchase of property in downtown Granby.

Mountain Family Center announced last week of its recent purchase of the building on Agate Avenue in Granby that has housed the nonprofit for the last five years. The facility, located at 480 East Agate Ave., was purchased from Middle Park Medical Center for a cost of roughly $600,000.

“This purchase secures a permanent home for Mountain Family Center and the important services that it continues to offer within the community,” read a statement from representatives of the nonprofit, stating that the sale was final Jan. 22.

Mountain Family Center, in addition to running the local food pantry out of its space in Granby, provides housing assistance, utility assistance, health service referrals and application assistance for programs like Medicaid and Medicare, among other programs. The nonprofit focuses on the needs of local families with a special eye towards those experiencing financial difficulties.

The building currently contains portions of Mountain Family Center’s eastern Grand County operations as well as the headquarters for Mind Springs Health. Officials from Mountain Family Center said they would continue to honor Mind Springs’s lease agreement for their rental space for the remainder of the lease, through December 2018.

After Mind Springs’s lease expires, Mountain Family Center plans to occupy the entire building, centralizing several elements of its operation, including the satellite thrift shop, which was previously located in a separate building further west in Granby. The food pantry in Kremmling would not be impacted by the process and will remain in operation at its current location.

“We are happy for Mountain Family Center,” said Tom Gangel, regional director for Minds Springs Health. “Relocating is not easy but that is what we will do.”

Gangel said the mental health office is currently looking for available spaces, something similar to what they currently have in Granby.

Operational costs were a major factor in Mountain Family Center’s decision to purchase the property. The announcement from the nonprofit noted that the organization’s programs, services, staff and operating expenses have grown by over 100 percent since 2012. Those costs have not been associated directly with rental of their current space, though, which has been provided free of charge by Middle Park Medical Center for the past five years.

While Mountain Family Center has been in its current space in Granby for the past fives years they, have been serving Grand County for 38 years.

Ongoing expenses related to other facilities operated by Mountain Family Center were a major factor in the decision to purchase the property. Mountain Family Center said “continued expenses of an off-site thrift store outweighed the expenses associated with securing a loan for a common space.”


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