Camp Hope offers local kids a place to change their lives
By Debbie Roberts
At Camp Hope, Valley to Mountain Top, local kids who may have never had a chance to go to camp before, are able now to experience the joys that it brings to children.
Located on the Grand Mesa just past Powderhorn Ski Resort, children who are at or below the poverty line in Mesa County have a way to attend day and overnight camp with the help of Camp Hope and those who support it.
Because of financial restraints, there was almost no hope for many of these kids to be able to attend a summer camp, and the Valley to Mountain Top program has worked hard to make sure that those who want the experience can have it.
The Camp Hope Valley to Mountain Top program is a nonprofit organization that relies on generous donations of people and businesses in the community to make the dream of going to camp a reality for many of these low-income children. They have partnered with many organizations, businesses and community resources to make sure that the summer camp experience is one that these kids will never forget.
Louis and Carrie Nelson, who are the Camp Hope Directors, said that when they were given the opportunity four years ago to help the kids and their families, they took it. “By giving them an opportunity to challenge themselves, we see their eyes opened to new and exciting possibilities. Many of these kids are living in pain from abuse, addictions, broken homes, foster care, parents who are incarcerated, deaths of loved ones and a multitude of other situations that give them a sense of hopelessness,” they said in a letter to those who attended the Camp Hope meeting last month. “We both realize that money and material “stuff” was not the answer to helping them overcome the generational poverty mentality that they are in. Camp Hope is a place to start rebuilding these lives by providing the tools to help them grow in to the young men and women that God has intended them to be.”
Anyone who would like to help local kids go to Camp Hope are encouraged to donate their time or funds to the organization. Volunteers are always needed to help prep the camp before it opens in the summer, from landscaping to maintenance to cooking staff. Counselors are always needed, as well as EMS workers; building and floor contractors, lifeguards and nurses are needed as well. Monetary donations are also accepted for those who wish to help, but cannot donate time.
For info, visit www.camphopekids.org or call 970-858-0453.