Senior Care Facility Hits Benchmark

Good efforts and a great need have put a strong wind in the fundraising sails for the new Senior Care Campus that is planned just north of Saguache Today. At Tuesday night’s Annual State of the Saguache Chamber of Commerce event it was reported that recent fundraising efforts for the facility exceeded expectations.

“Fifteen thousand nine-hundred dollars,” stated Eve Braden with Valley to Valley Care of Salida and one of the driving forces behind the project.  

Readers may recall the group’s recent “Fat Tuesday” Mardi Gras Fundraiser for the senior care facility which was held at Joyful Journey Hot Springs, in partnership with the Saguache Chamber of Commerce on March 5, 2019. The evening was a big success, reported Chamber President Barry Van Sant who indicated the group was feeling good about the more than $6,000 raised from the silent auction and dinner as the evening came to a close. Phase One of the project was shooting for a $10,000 benchmark and this event had set a good course for success.

But the momentum didn’t stop there with Brayden reporting Tuesday night that after going to the post office that day, the tally now reached $15,900!

Eve Brayden with the Saguache Senior Care Campus shows off the recent fundraising success for the new facility being built north of Saguache Today. Photo: Kathy Bedell

About The Saguache Senior Care Facility

If you regularly drive Hwy 285 through the San Luis Valley, you may have noticed some recent activity off the highway just east of Saguache. First, the stakes went up. Then the plot of land was cleared, and now a sign has been erected. But what does it say? Well, here’s some good-news-you-can-use from Saguache Today.

A sign of things to come: The Future Home of Valley to Valley Saguache Senior Care Campus

Welcome Valley to Valley Saguache Senior Care Campus! Well, the future home of this new business, that is. And while this piece of property donated by long-time Saguache artist and community-volunteer Byron Williams may look barren now, the seeds planted by his generous gift will grow a harvest for valley seniors and their families for years to come.

Many in the San Luis Valley know Byron Williams as the talented artist who displayed his beautifully painted gourds all throughout the region, including his Smith Market Gallery in Saguache, which he sold last year. Unfortunately, in 2018 Williams relocated out of the valley to be closer to his family, after experiencing a shift in his own situation. But before he left, he donated 10 acres of land to create a place where aging family members could still live close to home while receiving quality care. And where veterans would be welcome to affordable, day-to-day assistance in a safe, healthy live-in environment.

In fact, it was Eve Braden, CEO of Valley to Valley who helped Williams take his vision to the next step by demonstrating what she and her husband Jerry had already successfully created and maintained in nearby Salida. Braden tells the rest of the story, in this Saguache Today video taken at last year’s Hollyhock Festival which included a farewell tribute to Williams.

With the land secured and cleared – thanks to an assist from local public works crews – the next step is building the facility. Chamber President Barry Van Sant noted that they will initiate construction bids on the project sometime in the near future. Of course, reaching that initial $10,000 benchmark was a big part of Phase One.

Now the project takes its next step: construction! But the fundraising efforts don’t stop there. So if providing this type of facility for the San Luis Valley matters to you and your family, please consider a donation: LINK.

“We have two Saguache families right now waiting for this campus to open its doors,” said Brayden. “It’s exciting!”

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