A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly re-opened Heirlooms for Hospice will take place at 5:45 p.m. tonight, part of a grand opening celebration that continues July 18-20. But many area residents have already stopped by 521 Main Street to donate clothing, home decor, furniture, antiques and more. Others have discovered the unique selection of "upscale resale" items offered in the clean, well organized store. All are pleased Heirlooms for Hospice is back in Delta.
Store manager Dorothy Pew says Delta Advisory Board members Kathy Welt, Jim Ventrello, Tom Huerkamp, Jan Gage, Marge Swain, Mike Smith, Justin Menge, Snub Liles, Michelle Isom and Lettie Hellman provided the impetus for the store re-opening.
"They felt it was a good opportunity to enhance funding for hospice programs, and is proof we believe in the economic revitalization of downtown Delta," Pew said. "They put a lot of financial support as well as manual labor into getting the store re-opened."
"The greatest thing about putting the store together is that it was done completely by local people," said advisory board member Tom Huerkamp. "It would never have happened without all the people who stepped up and contributed everything from cash to furniture to paint. Not one person that I contacted even hesitated to give. It was a remarkable experience in terms of community support. The community as a whole should be proud of the fact they stepped up and made it happen. It didn't happen because of direction from administration in Grand Junction, it happened because the local advisory board and local people stepped up and made it happen."
Proceeds from the upscale resale shop support the mission of HopeWest (formerly Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado) in Delta County. HopeWest is the only non-profit hospice serving Delta, Mesa and Montrose counties.
In addition to end-of-life care for both patients and their families, HopeWest provides grief support and child and teen programs. The Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction focuses on intensive medical end-of-life care for patients who can no longer be at home but would rather not be hospitalized.
"We never want to turn away a family in need because of financial circumstances," Pew said. That's where the Heirlooms for Hospice stores come in — to support programs that are unfunded or underreimbursed.
The stores in Delta, Grand Junction and Montrose feature gently worn furniture, housewares, collectibles, clothing, antiques, jewelry and other treasures. Due to limited space, the Delta store does not accept books or electronics.
For most of her working life, Pew has been associated with non-profit organizations. This is her first foray into the world of retail, and she's finding it fun, exciting and challenging. "I'm lucky to have a seasoned veteran to help me out as we get started," she said, referring to assistant store manager Lynne Sorlye. Sorlye recently relocated to Cedaredge from Grand Junction, where she was involved with the Heirlooms store for nine years. They have an amazing crew of 51 volunteers thanks to "volunteer coordinator extraordinare" Trinda Nelson. Volunteers process donations, clean and repair items as needed, and man the store.
"It took everybody to get the store open," Pew said. "We are always looking for more people who are looking for a fun, upbeat environment with work that's interesting and enjoyable."
Donations are always needed, as well. "Every day is a new day at Heirlooms for Hospice," Pew said, "because our inventory is continually changing."
Donations are accepted any time during store hours — 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Pickup is available for large items and all donations are tax-deductible. For more information, call the store at 773-6464.
Pew invites area residents to stop by for a fun, enjoyable shopping experience that helps support families in time of need. "For me, this store is all about supporting an organization that means a lot to me," Pew said. "HopeWest supports families during their darkest hours, at no cost."
Enjoy extended shopping hours Friday night during the Main Street Fair being held in conjunction with Deltarado Days. Many stores in downtown Delta, including Heirlooms for Hospice, will be open until 8 p.m.blog comments powered by Disqus