Welcome Home Montrose News

Feb 25th @ 8:25 am in News by Scott Staley

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CONTACT: Emily Smith, Executive Director, Warrior Resource Center 970-765-2210  


(Montrose, CO. Feb. 22, 2013) This week, we celebrate the generosity of the local community and some great opportunities for our veterans and volunteers! Welcome Home Montrose and The Warrior Resource Center salute Landon Wareham of Mesa Moving and Storage for the incredibly generous donation of two storage vaults and two outdoor vehicle spaces, to help with storage of the many items donated on behalf of our community’s veterans. Thanks also to Montrose realtor Valerie Meyers for helping to facilitate this awesome donation!

We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to Christ’s Kitchen, located at 2305 South Townsend Ave. in the Penn Center Mall. The non-profit organization will throw open the doors to the pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 10 a.m., exclusively for  veterans who are having trouble making ends meet—all you need to do is show your Welcome Home Montrose dog tag. Many thanks to Christ’s Kitchen Manager Clay Bertram, his wife, Gerry, and to Mike and Ginger McGee who were inspired to approach the Bertrams and help facilitate this innovative idea for better serving our veterans–this thoughtful gesture could be the first ever of its kind in a civilian community!  

Finally, Dennis Shultz and Janice Wheeler of Turn of the Century (121 Northwest Fourth St.) have waived the charges for hosting our upcoming David Berkeley concert there on May 9. Please plan to attend! If you have not heard David perform, visit his website, www.davidberkeley.com. “He is becoming one of my favorites!” says Welcome Home Montrose Founder Melanie Kline.

Welcome Home Montrose is pleased to be among the presenters at the Hunting Expo at Friendship Hall on Feb. 23, and excited to announce that we are now working with firearms instructor and Welcome Home Montrose volunteer Mike Will to offer Defensive Handguns classes. These monthly classes, including both an open enrollment class and classes for women only, will take place each month at the Warrior Resource Center (11 South Park Ave., Suite A) and at the San Juan Shooting Range on the Dave Wood Road.  


On Feb. 28, the Montrose VA Clinic at 4 Hillcrest Plaza Way will host VBA Coordinator Chuck Bruen. Although available appointment-only slots have already been filled, a waiting list for the March visit has been started. To get in to see either Bruen or VBA coordinator Barbara Martinez, call early—upcoming appointment opportunities are always posted on the board at the clinic, and generally take place during the last week of each month. The phone number is 970-249-7791.

Do you love to share your knowledge of and love for the outdoors with others? Welcome Home Montrose and the Warrior Resource Center will host a week of recreation in June for 30 medically retired combat veterans—but we can’t do it without you! Please call Susan at 970-765-2210 to enlist in this amazing week of sharing the outdoors and recreational opportunities with our veterans.

The Welcome Home Alliance for Veterans, locally known as Welcome Home Montrose, is a grassroots community initiative inspired by the determination and courage of Corporal Todd Love, his father Gary Love, and USMC Sergeant (Retired) Jared Bolhuis. Our goal is to make Montrose Colorado a “no barriers” city and invite America’s wounded troops to live in this community where they can have the opportunity to thrive. Programs established to date include the Warrior Resource Center at Park Avenue and Main Street, the Dream Job Program, and Business Window Sticker Program. Please contact us to learn how you can contribute! Our corporate office is located in Timberline Bank (1561 Oxbow Dr.), and can be reached at 970-765-2210.Welcome Home Montrose is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and can accept donations of all kinds at the Resource Center and on the website, www.WelcomeHomeMontrose.org.