Montrose County Forgoes Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
by Watch Staff
Nov 03, 2011 | 864 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MONTROSE – Montrose County leadership has made the difficult decision to take a pass on the annual fall volunteer appreciation dinner, due to fiscal constraints the County is experiencing this year.

“We very much appreciate all of the people [who] volunteer their time and effort with the county, and we want them to know that the county could not do what we do without our volunteers, but in these tough economic times, we thought it best to forgo the dinner this year,” commissioners Gary Ellis, David White and Ron Henderson said in a statement.

There are many volunteers who assist Health and Human Services with the Montrose Medical Mission, and many individuals who support the county through their service on the following boards, commissions and committees: The Montrose County Board of Adjustment, Montrose County Airport Advisory Board, Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, Montrose Regional Library District Board of Trustees, Olathe Cemetery District Board of Directors, Nucla/Naturita Cemetery District Board of Directors, Montrose County Housing Authority, Montrose County Fair Board and Superintendent, Montrose County Weed Commission, Montrose County Planning Commission, Montrose County West End Planning Advisory Committee, Montrose County Health and Human Services Citizen Advisory Board, Montrose County Citizens Advisory Committee, Region 10 Low Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) Board of Directors, Region 10 LEAP Revolving Loan Committee, Region 10 LEAP Gunnison Valley Transportation, Colorado River Water Conservation Board of Directors, Southwest Water Conservation District Board of Directors, Gunnison Basin Roundtable, Southwest Basins Roundtable, Montrose Economic Development Corporation, Coalition for a Drug Free Montrose County, Tri-River Area Advisory, Club 20, Mexican American Development Association, Community Corrections, San Miguel Basin Fair Board, and the Western Regional Emergency and Trauma Advisory Council.

Hed: Older Seniors in Delta, Montrose and Ouray Counties Will Get Homemaking Help

Help With Home Chores Is Now Available

DELTA, MONTROSE AND OURAY COUNTIES – Free homemaking services are available to anyone 60 and older in Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties, thanks to teamwork between the Region 10 Area Agency on Aging and Touch of Care, a family-owned business with offices in Delta and Montrose.

Touch of Care will help eligible adults with housekeeping, laundry, linen changes, and meal preparation, and offer assistance with shopping, errands and trash removal.

Eligibility for homemaker services is determined during the completion of a comprehensive but brief assessment. There is no charge for eligible older adults receiving homemaker services, but a suggested donation amount is gratefully accepted.


“This program really fills a gap,” said April Martinez, Montrose Agency Manager and Assistant Administrator for Touch of Care. “Medicare doesn’t pay for these services. There are lots of people who need help who don’t qualify for Medicaid, but can’t afford to pay for the services of a private homemaker.


“Our homemaking services help keep people safe, and often times, out of a nursing home.”


By assisting with routine chores, Touch of Care ensures that older adults do not have to undertake chores that pose a physical risk, such as bending down to clean hard-to-reach areas of their bathroom or kitchen, lifting a heavy vacuum cleaner or stretching too far to change their bed linens.


“If someone is not feeling good their house still needs to be cleaned, their laundry washed, their bed changed and often they push through these tasks themselves even if it means potentially injuring themselves in the process. With this program, people can get the assistance they need to help keep them living independently at home,” April said. For more information about Touch of Care, visit, or call 970/866-874-6115. AAA is dedicated to developing a network of services to assist older adults in maintaining their independence within their communities. For more on AAA, call 970/249-2436.

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