MONTROSE—(January 1) Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado helps people approach the end of life with dignity, care, love and the support of a strong community. And in Montrose, becoming part of that mission is as simple as walking through a door Downtown.
To step through the front doors of the Heirlooms for Hospice store (435 East Main St.) is to enter a world of beautiful displays, one-of-a-kind merchandise, and the type of personal service that only a small boutique can offer—and proceeds from the store go to fund the programs that help Hospice serve the people of the Western Slope. Heirlooms for Hospice will celebrate ten years in Montrose in 2013, noted store manager Sally Lawson.
“We are actually doing really, really well in this economy,” Lawson said. “People are looking for a good item at a great price, which is what we offer.”
Because Heirlooms for Hospice specializes in the kind of gently-used, special items that can be hard to find elsewhere, the shop has established a strong niche with shoppers.
“We have unique and different items that you can’t find in the big box stores,” Lawson said.
Supporting the mission are 125 store volunteers, she noted.
“The community support we receive through our volunteers is absolutely phenomenal,” Lawson said, and noted that the volunteers bring special strengths of their own to the Hospice mission.
“I think any time you walk in here, you can hear laughter and feel the warmth and love,” Lawson said. “This is a whole separate family—we have shifts who go out to lunch together before they come to work. There is such great camaraderie between these four walls.”
Donations are key to the success of Heirlooms for Hospice, and are always welcome. Once operations costs are covered, store proceeds go to fund the work of Hospice itself.
“Last year we put more than $100,000 back into the budget,” Lawson said. “We are always seeking donations—everything from men’s and women’s clothing to kitchenware, to household items, knick-knacks, jewelry, vintage clothing and furniture, china, glassware, porcelain, bedding and linens. We save seasonal items, as well as antiques and collectibles, shoes, scarves and belts.
“Don’t be afraid to bring your items here—we have trained volunteers to help you.”
Many of the customers who shop at Heirlooms for Hospice are also among those who bring in donated items, she added.
“I feel I have the best job of anybody,” Lawson said. “I am so blessed to be part of the store here, and what it represents in our community. Our volunteers give so generously of their time and talents—we couldn’t do without them. And our donors support Heirlooms, which supports Hospice & Palliative Care, which supports people at the end of their lives.”
New volunteers are always welcomed, as are donations, she said.
“We could not do this without you,” Lawson said.
In addition to shopping and donating with the Heirlooms for Hospice store, local Hospice supporters will have the chance to give back to the non-profit organization in two upcoming Montrose fundraisers: The Montrose Gala for Hospice & Palliative Care takes place at the Montrose Pavilion on March 16, 2013. The Fifteenth Annual Hospice Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday, June 22 at the Bridges of Montrose. To learn more about either event, please contact Nancy Hoganson, Director of Community Relations at 970-240-7776.