Welcome Home Montrose News

Mar 25th @ 7:07 am in News by Scott Staley

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Welcome Home Montrose Newsletter                                       March 24, 2013

Featured Activity:

Amy Harmsen of the Canyon Gallery will teach a sunrise photography workshop at the Black Canyon!


Wow-what a week!

We are awed by the support that has already been pledged for Mission NO Barriers week June 11-17, when 30 medically retired service members will arrive here for a week of recreation, therapy and adventure without barriers. Thank you all for supporting this exciting time of challenge and opportunity!

The following individuals, businesses and organizations have already called to contribute to this event:

Treasure Hunters Club: Gary Melugin (metal detecting),

MaxArchery: Heath & Jesse McCombs (archery),

Michael Hudson (offered property for archery shoot)
Black Canyon Jet Center (providing hats in the backpacks)
Montrose Rotary Club (host a dinner),
Michael Hudson (host a BBQ),

Menudo’s Restaurant (host a breakfast),
Shepherd’s Hand (host a breakfast),

Black Canyon Golf Course (location),

Jim & Marcia Baily (golf lessons),

Atty. Ben Brickweg (donating all fishing flies),

Toads Guide Shop (rafting, fly fishing),

True Grit Café in Ridgway,

O.E.S./Masons (hosting a breakfast & a lunch),

Tim & Patricia Kenney (housing),

Amy Harmsen (photography),

Toni Woodrum (plein air painting instruction)

Ken Van Skiver (volunteer),

Thad Jensen (volunteer),

Sharon Smith (volunteer),

Steven Curry (volunteer),

Denny Erwin (volunteer),

Vern McBride (volunteer),

Sue Wright (volunteer),

Carlos Pitts (volunteer),

Deborah Ferris (volunteer),

Jim Bailey (volunteer),

Dennis Zitzka (volunteer),

Jeff Dorman (volunteer),

Steve Sitton (volunteer & jeeping).



Non profits, church groups, organizations, veterans, business owners and community members...

                         WELCOME HOME MONTROSE NEEDS YOU!
We are asking for your help to make Montrose a NO BARRIERS community from June 11-17.


During Mission No Barriers Week, 30 medically-retired service members will arrive in Montrose, to immerse themselves in the recreational opportunities that abound in the Montrose region and to help us learn more about how to better serve them in the future.

We are working on activities that include kayaking, horseback riding, rafting, fishing, hiking, golf and archery as well as photography, treasure hunting with metal detectors and even hot air ballooning and panning for gold.


These veterans will experience for themselves the diverse culture of the Uncompahgre Valley. Art, music, massage therapy and Tai Chi will also be offered, and each day will begin and conclude at the Warrior Resource Center at Park Avenue and Main Street.

Whether you can afford to donate or have time to volunteer, Mission No Barriers Week is your chance to show our wounded veterans-and the world- what we have to offer here and to “SUPPORT OUR TROOPS”.


Here’s how you can be a part of the adventure:
Meal Sponsors -We need meal sponsors for at least six breakfasts and four lunches, as well as hosts for four afternoon snacks. Please help us to work with our local eateries-if your favorite local restaurant is taking part, consider sponsoring a meal through them.


Backpack Donations: We need donors to help us with the backpacks that Amy Harmsen of Canyon Gallery is putting together. These backpacks will include the necessities our wounded warriors will need for their week of adventure outdoors-items like rain gear, sunscreen etc.-and will cost about $125 apiece to prepare.

We need boaters!  Team River Runner is sending equipment and supplies but not instructors.

They have a prior commitment in Salida the same week.


Transportation:  We are also seeking transportation sponsors-whether you have a bus or van, or whether you would prefer to donate toward the cost of hiring vehicles through All Points Transit, your help with transportation funding will help us move our guests safely from one activity to the next. We will need approximately seven vehicles per day, as we will be offering them a choice of destinations each morning.


Also needed are volunteers with CPR or EMS training.

If you are a teacher, massage therapist, guide or recreation enthusiast, we urge you to step forward to help assist us in making this a wonderful experience for these guests.
In addition, we will be able to accommodate up ten disabled veterans who are already living here. If you are interested, apply at the Warrior Resource Center.
Local business owner and outdoorsman Tim Kenney, himself a wounded veteran, is serving as project coordinator and will provide bunkhouse and tent space (got tents?) for the visiting vets. Kenney said he is helping because it is the right thing to do.

“We are bringing wounded soldiers here to give them another chance to heal,” Kenney said. “As a community, we can get behind this to help these guys get their lives back.”




Thank you to Girl Scout Troop 54,

for making Welcome Home Montrose their “hometown hero”during cookie sales-

the cookies are wonderful and have been greatly enjoyed!    

We are still seeking volunteers willing to help with security for  

The Wall That Heals, July 3-8.

When the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Moving Wall returns to Montrose this summer,

organizers will need three to five people on guard every hour, 24 hours a day.

Those who would like to work a two-hour shift may come into the Warrior Center-

we have signup sheets available here.

Many of you have already stepped up but we still have timeslots to fill. 

Spring Brunch and Luncheon

A lunch for spouses of service members was held at the Warrior Resource Center Thursday, March 21, and we also surprised our Thursday morning coffee veterans with breakfast that day.

Many thanks to both City Market stores and to Coffee Trader for donations, and to volunteers:

Sharon Smith, Katie Anderson, Sara McCombs, Pat Blackwelder, Misty Miller, Linda Granzow,

Susan Cofano and Kim Conant for making it happen.

The brunch was awesome, and we welcomed approximately two dozen guests.   

This month’s luncheon was sponsored by
The Montrose Women’s Club. 

If you are a military spouse, you are invited!

Call 970-765-2210 to reserve your spot for

next month.

Bid Farewell to the 928th Medical Company

Finally, everyone is invited to come out to the Montrose Armory (12147 6390 Road ) on Saturday, April6, for an open house as we bid goodbye to the 928th Area Support Medical Company of the Colorado National Guard, which relocates to Fort Carson in June, and hello to the 947th Engineer Company, which will be moving to the Armory here. The open house is a way of saying thank to Montrose for all of the support over the years, and will include hot dogs, drinks, and with a field hospital setup, the chance to watch guard members as they train.   

David Berkeley concert at the Turn of the Century

The David Berkeley concert on behalf of Welcome Home Montrose and the Warrior Resource Center

has been officially confirmed for May 9 at Turn of the Century (121 NW Fourth St.).

 If you have not heard David perform, visit his website, www.davidberkeley.com.

 David will introduce a new song entitled, “I’m Coming Home,” at our event.

Local acoustic musicians who would like to play before we introduce David are invited.

 If you are interested, please call Melanie at 970-417-0927.

Tickets will be available soon.


Welcome Home Montrose Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and  

powered entirely by volunteers and sustained by  

donations of all kinds at the Warrior Resource Center and  

on the website, www.WelcomeHomeMontrose.org.



Thanks to Caitlin Switzer for producing this newsletter!  



Warrior Resource Center     11 South Park Avenue     Montrose Colorado  81401     970-765-2210

With the suicide, divorce and unemployment rates so high in our  military population, Montrose means to set the standard for other cities to follow in how to serve those who stepped up to serve all of us. By strengthening our services, identifying and filling our gaps, creating programs and removing the barriers in our infrastructure, we are preparing a place for our wounded warriors to visit and hopefully, to stay.