Mountain Family Center of Hot Sulphur Springs receives El Pomar Foundation grant |

Mountain Family Center of Hot Sulphur Springs receives El Pomar Foundation grant

Sky-Hi Daily News Staff
Grand County, Colorado

Mountain Family Center of Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado, received a grant yesterday as part of a $1 million fund established by El Pomar Foundation to address the mounting emergency needs of Colorado residents as a result of the widespread economic downturn.

El Pomar created the Colorado Assistance Fund last month and then worked with local advisory councils in rural areas to determine which organizations could help provide the kind of immediate assistance for food, clothing, shelter and emergency services that is an increasing demand throughout the state.

Mountain Family Center provides emergency relief services to Grand County. Their goal is to improve the quality of life through programs; some of these greatly needed services include rental assistance, utility assistance, and food relief.

“We feel very fortunate to have a strong network of advisers throughout the state,” said El Pomar Foundation Chairman and CEO William J. Hybl. “Their expertise and local knowledge enabled us to not only make quick decisions, but also the kind of decisions that will truly have an impact.”

El Pomar Foundation plans to distribute the entire $1 million Colorado Assistance Fund before Thanksgiving. More than 90 different nonprofit organizations throughout the state are slated to receive grants through the Fund.

Other grant recipients in northwestern Colorado include Catholic Charities-Western Slope (Garfield County), Grand Valley Catholic Outreach (Mesa County), Lift-Up (Routt County), Love Inc. (Moffat County), and the Marillac Clinic, Inc. (Mesa County).

For more information about Mountain Family Center call Jill Korkowski at (970) 725-3257. For more information about the Colorado Assistance Fund, call Josie Burke, El Pomar Foundation director of communications at (719) 577-5750, (719) 433-3571 or e-mail

El Pomar Foundation, based in Colorado Springs, is one of the largest and oldest private foundations in the Rocky Mountain West, with assets totaling more than $550 million. El Pomar contributes $25 million annually through grants and Community Stewardship Programs to support Colorado nonprofit organizations involved in health, human services, education, arts and humanities, and civic and community initiatives. Spencer and Julie Penrose founded El Pomar in 1937.