The Presbyterian Church of Delta invites volunteers and sponsors to join a community-based project to provide disadvantaged children with a bed of their own. The church at the corner of 4th and Meeker is hosting a "build day" on Saturday, March 23, in partnership with Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace was founded in 2012 in Twin Falls, Idaho. In 2018, after growing to 13 chapters around the country and building roughly 2,000 beds, a national campaign was promoted by Mike Rowe (known for the TV show "Dirty Jobs). Following that campaign, the SHP-Montrose chapter was launched, the first chartered chapter in the state of Colorado. After becoming chartered in June 2018, the SHP-Montrose chapter began coordinating "build days," accepting applications for beds, and delivering/assembling beds for kids who did not have beds of their own.
The SHP-Montrose chapter finished the year 2018 by building and providing 66 beds in communities from Cedaredge to Ridgway.
Chapter president Bill Martindale said SHP-Montrose has made multiple deliveries in Delta County, from Cedaredge to Austin to Delta, and currently has four applications pending.
During the build day on March 23, Martindale anticipates volunteers will be able to build at least 10 beds for kids in our community. SHP uses an assembly line process, where with just a little bit of training, volunteers of all ages cut, sand, assemble and stain the lumber for beds, as well as provide bedding. The beds can be stacked to create bunk beds. The cost is $350 for each bunk bed, including the lumber, mattresses and bedding.
"Many of the kids we've encountered have no bed at all," Martindale said. "They sleep on floors in sleeping bags, air mattresses or couches every night. The kids who are fortunate enough to have dirty mattresses on the floor often have to share them with multiple other kids -- we fix these problems instantly. This project is based around humans helping humans and making our community stronger by providing our kids with safe, warm beds of their own for years to come."
As an added bonus, SHP says it's proven that quality sleep can improve children's attention and learning in school, decrease irritability, decrease risk of injury, and decrease health issues such as illness and obesity.
Volunteers are invited to participate in the build day March 23, for all or part of the building session from 9 a.m. to noon. Community members can also help by funding the cost of one bed ($350) or donating new pillows, sheets and blankets for the twin-size beds. Donations are tax-deductible.
For more information, call Martindale at 844-432-2337, ext. 5303, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. He also welcomes the names and addresses of children in need.