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Plan now for Bowls After Dark Sept. 28th

Written by Lisa Nissley on .

Mountain Resource Center will host its 3rd Annual Bowls After Dark Evening Gala on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6 pm at Mount Vernon Country Club, 24933 Club House Circle, Golden. The Bowls After Dark Evening Gala is the signature fundraising event that supports Mountain Resource Center’s mission: “We strengthen our community with services that empower people.”

The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar; guests will have a chance to mingle while bidding in the silent auction and wine pull. The opening reception, with music entertainment, will be followed by an eclectic dinner of specialty soups and foods prepared by local area chefs. This wonderful evening is considered an adult event.

We are thrilled to have Mark Koebrich as this year’s emcee and auctioneer. A KUSA-Channel 9 reporter and anchor for nearly 40 years. Koebrich's reporting duties included coverage of medical missions in South America, a two-year stint as a correspondent for a national television news show, the host of "Good Afternoon Colorado" and coverage of the Papal visit and multiple Denver Bronco Super Bowl appearances. He also served as the Gannett selection for the NASA Journalist in Space project.

Ticket price for the Gala is $65 for an individual or $120 for a couple. Sponsorship opportunities include a $5000 Title Sponsor, $2500 Platinum Ladle Sponsors, $1000 Gold Ladle Sponsors, $500 Silver Ladle Sponsors and $250 Bronze Ladle Sponsors.

Tickets must be purchased in advance for this event and are available on Mountain Resource Center’s website, If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Mel Nuchols at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 303-838-7552 ext. 26.

Mountain Resource Center is a community-based nonprofit organization that addresses the needs of children and adults within our community. In 2016 Mountain Resource Center provided over 15,476 services. The services provided varied in range, from meeting basic needs like groceries, rent assistance and utility payments to programs that lead to long-term success like workforce training, financial coaching and parent support programs.

Mountain Resource Center works to strengthen and empower people in our communities through programs that support veterans, families through early childhood and parent education, as well as programs that foster good nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Mountain Resource Center relies on donations and volunteers from the community to meet these needs and support our vision of neighbors helping neighbors achieve their potential.

“By meeting the short- and long-term needs of our clients through multiple services, they are able to achieve self-sufficiency more quickly and effectively,” said Lorye McLeod, CEO of Mountain Resource Center.




MRC posts two job openings

Written by Staff Editor on .

The Mountain Resource Center in Conifer has two job openings, one as Integrated Services Manager and another as Family Advocate.

The Integrated Services Manager is responsible for overseeing and implementing adult services programs & grants at Mountain Resource Center, including ensuring program fidelity, supervising staff, administering grant awards, and coordinating events, e.g. the Mountain Area Job Fair and Veterans Rendezvous.

Family Advocates offer a safe, accessible place for families to connect with comprehensive services that help them strengthen their families and become more self-sufficient. Advocates support families with emergency financial assistance, case management, goal-setting and working toward long-term self-sufficiency.

Mountain Resource Center is a community-based non-profit organization that provides bundled services and integrated case management to families in need. Our “neighbors helping neighbors” vision provides accessible health and human services to people living in Conifer, Evergreen, Bailey and surrounding communities in order to foster more self-reliant and healthier lives.

Please send cover letter and resume to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for each position.


Derby Daze a fundraiser for MRC

Written by Kristina Sherwood on .

Please join Mountain Resource Center for a true iconic event of Americana at the 2nd Annual Mountain Derby Daze Fundraiser celebrating the tradition of the Kentucky Derby. This family friendly event is being held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Anchorage Farm, a beautiful horse ranch located at 12889 South Parker Avenue., Pine, CO 80470.

The event will feature food, entertainment and events for children and adults. Local vocal artist Sharla Jackson will serve as emcee and sing the National Anthem. Playing one-of-a-kind rock, jazz and blues will be Ruth Israel & the band, Once Removed.

Have your picture taken by Amy Johnson Photography with local Royalty and the horses at Anchorage Farm. Come ready to play games, enjoy our silent auction, have your face painted and compete to win prizes in Hobby Horse Races -- Riders Up! Creative Cuisine will serve Southern Derby fare, and there will be mint juleps, beer and wine. For the kids, we’ll offer Shirley Temples. The Kentucky Derby race will be aired live at 4:34 p.m as the event finale.

Tickets are $45 for individuals or $80 for couples, $95 for a family pack (2 adults, 2 children) which includes food and one drink ticket per person. Children 3 years of age and under are free; cost is $15 for kids 4-14. Additional drink tickets are $5 each. Tickets can be purchased at Mountain Resource Center’s front desk from 9 am to 1 pm and 2 to 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday or online at

Sponsorships are now available by contacting Mel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 303-838-7552 x 26.

And they’re off!

Wear your own derby hat creation or purchase one from a limited supply of decorated women’s derby hats, available for $10 at the event’s Registration tent and enter the “Best Derby Hat” contest. Winner of the best Ladies derby hat is a gift certificate donated by TallGrass Spa, and the winner of the Men’s best derby hat will win a basket donated by MillerCoors.


Seeking employers in need of employees

Written by Ken Carlson on .

On April 25, 2017, EChO and Mountain Resource Center will be holding a job fair where as many as 150 or more individuals seeking a job have shown up in the past. The cost for employers to participate is $25.00 before 4/11 and $35.00 after that date. This will be at Aspen Ridge Church (27154 N. Turkey Creek Rd. Evergreen, CO.) The programs run from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and we ask employers to arrive at 2:15 pm.

Employers wishing to register for this event should go to:


West Jefferson Elementary named one of the healthiest schools in Colorado

Written by Shellie McKeown on .

Mountain Resource Center is proud to announce that their Healthy School-Parent Leadership partner, West Jefferson Elementary is a 2017 Healthy School Champion and has won the $300 Promising School Award for their school health efforts.

As one of 46 schools named as a 2017 Healthy School Champion, their work will be honored at the 2017 Colorado Healthy Schools Summit: Putting the Pieces Together, presented by The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), Colorado Coalition for Healthy Schools, and the Colorado Healthy Schools Collective Impact, and sponsored by The Colorado Health Foundation, on Friday, March 3, at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel, 360 Union Blvd, Lakewood.

Parent leaders from West Jefferson Elementary have participated in Mountain Resource Center’s Parent Leadership program for the past two years.

Mountain Resource Center’s Parent Engagement Coordinator, Shellie McKeown said, “West Jefferson Elementary’s success is hard earned and well deserved. They have an enthusiastic, passionate, pro-active principal! Wendy Woodland took risks and climbed above and beyond to create positive change. She is doubly supported by talented parent leaders like Healthy Bobcats’ Chair, Liz Murphy. Their leadership and care for their school community as well as the entire mountain community truly shows commitment to the whole child for every child.”

The administration at West Jefferson Elementary school took big steps to improve their school’s wellness and their students’ readiness to learn.

“The West Jefferson Elementary community shows commitment to the whole child for every child in so many outstanding ways. Staff, parents, PTA leadership, Healthy Bobcats and community partners like Mountain Resource Center and Colorado Ball Sports came together to encourage healthy eating and active living at our school. As principal, I thought it was crucial to increase the amount of physical activity students were getting at school so that they are ready to learn. We added 30 minutes to our school day, and our kids are now getting incredible opportunities for movement from regular sessions with Colorado Ball Sports and extended recess. The staff has also excelled in implementing Calming Kids, a yoga-based, mindfulness, violence prevention curriculum for students. So many of us have come together for the health of our school and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish next!” said Wendy Woodland, principal of West Jefferson Elementary School.

Staff, parents, PTA leadership and community partners like Mountain Resource Center have launched several health initiatives at West Jefferson Elementary. Some of the activities include the SuperFit school challenge fundraiser; an obstacle course and health knowledge based event, the switch witch; students trade Halloween candy for non-food prizes, and creating snacks for the healthy snack competitions. Bobcat students also participated in a school-wide heart-healthy bingo disseminating Healthy Jeffco’s 5-2-1-0 campaign and Hidden Sugar project and will have the opportunity to participate in a Cooking Matters for Families course in March.

The 2017 Colorado Healthy Schools Summit annual celebration recognizes schools that create and support a healthy school environment and also successfully implement effective school health efforts that support student learning.

“At CEI, we have seen how impactful school health efforts can be on student success and this annual celebration allows us to recognize and celebrate schools that are succeeding at this important work,” said CEI Director of School Health Amy Dyett. “These schools have successfully demonstrated the critical link between student health and academic achievement.”

Schools are awarded based on their implementation of best practices in school health through an assessment tool called Smart Source, a narrative outlining their work, and letters of support. “For the winning schools, health and wellness is embedded into the culture and systems. It’s about having an intentional investment to meet the needs of their students and staff in order to achieve academically,” added Dyett.

The program has granted more than $300,000 in awards over the past seven years in the range of $300 to $7,500 per school.