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HEART of Safety in Saguache Today

Last month the HEART of Saguache/KV hosted their 2nd Saguache Community Health and Safety Event.

Saguache Volunteer Fire Department present on fire safety and first aid.

“We had an incredible turnout of both information booths and visitors and it was great to share so much information with the community,” said Miracle Gomez one of the event’s organizers.   

The idea for this event first came about at the suggestion of Valley-Wide Health Services which was interested in making stronger connections in KV Estates. As a result HEART of Saguache/KV hosted the event for the first time in 2018 at the KV Clubhouse as an outreach specifically for residents of KV Estates. During the inaugural event, it was suggested by many that HEART should do a similar event in Saguache so that more people could participate and attend. The event was held on October 19 on the Saguache County Courthouse lawn and was made possible in part by a generous grant for the Alpine Achievers Initiative.

The 2nd Annual Saguache Community Health and Safety Event was held Oct. 19.

And the timing couldn’t have been better with a number of safety issues have been in the news headlines, from the Moffat fire to an escaped inmate. The goal was to provide necessary safety information and equipment as well as information about community resources to the residents of Saguache County.

The highlights of the day were the talks given twice during the day by the Volunteer Fire Department and EMS on fire safety and first aid. Participants who signed up for and attended those talks received a fire extinguisher and smoke/carbon monoxide detector and a first aid kit respectively. The talks were engaging and the rewards; useful, necessary household items, were well received.

The Saguache County Courthouse lawn proved to be the perfect venue with lovely fall weather in a beautiful setting. There were free drawings throughout the day for useful safety-related equipment and many people left with great prizes.  Music was provided by Jacob Chavez of Remedy Records and HEART of Saguache/KV volunteers cooked up a free barbecue lunch for the entire community. Cory Ross and Larry Ormsby kindly offered their assistance and vehicle for set-up.

Neighbors catch up at the Saftey Event hosted by HEART on the courthouse lawn.

Groups attending were, the League of Women Voters, Saguache County Museum, Communities that Care, the Libertarian Party, Planned Parenthood of Alamosa/Salida, The Saguache Chamber of Commerce, The Saguache Senior Center, Valley to Valley Senior Care, Butterflies Sing, the San Luis Valley Veterans Coalition, Alpine Achievers Initiative, Saguache Works, Cooking Matters, Valley Roots Food Coalition, Valley-Wide Health Services, Department of Social Services, AirMedCare Network, Saguache Volunteer Fire Department, Northern Saguache County Ambulance District, and of course HEART of Saguache/KV. Groups that didn’t participate this year and would like to next year are encouraged to contact HEART of Saguache/KV.

In addition, Valley-Wide brought their mobile medical unit and offered free dental and health screenings. Coats and backpacks were given away to children. HEART also thanks the Saguache County Sheriff’s office for spending time at the event getting to know the community.

Members of HEART/KV Estates at the 2nd Annual Community Health and Safety Event.

HEART of Saguache/KV is a grassroots health equity organization committed to ending poverty and disengagement among affected populations through education, increasing diversity, and creating equity throughout our community to secure a positive future.

Leaders Turn Tassels for Saguache

By Kathy Bedell, Saguache Today

While this time of year generally marks the back-to-school season, there was a special graduation ceremony held this past week that is noteworthy in Saguache Today.

Congratulations to the 7 members of the graduating class of the Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) from the HEART of Saguache/KV Estates: Cristalray Dominguez, Jamie Dominguez, Michelle Loddy, Jeron Parkins, Carla Quintana , Nyla Thompson, and Peggy Williams.

On August 23, the 2018/19 graduates participated in a ceremony and celebration as they concluded a multi-week course which is offered t o “adults who want to make a difference in the community by focusing on positive leadership and civic skills.”

Here is an overview of their community projects!

Next Classes Begin in October

How will you use your voice in 2019-2020? Explore new ways and techniques to do so by taking the Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) offered in Saguache by HEART of Saguache/KV. This free 20-week class starts on October 2, 2019 and is offered to adults who want to make a difference in the community by focusing on positive leadership and civic skills.

FLTI graduates, family & friends celebrated with a community BBQ after their graduation ceremony on August 24 after completing the 20-week leadership course.

 “I am so grateful to be able to go from someone who doesn’t feel like they belong in their community to someone who is so engaged and has so many connections with people around the community,” said one graduate who took the class in 2016. FLTI class will be held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month and dinner will be provided.  Classes will begin on October 2, 2019.  Space is limited apply now! Call Miracle Gomez, 719-849-3645 or email: heartmgomez@gmail.com

What is FLTI?

The Family Leadership Training Institute of Colorado (FLTI) operates under CSU’s Office of Engagement, with program support provided by CSU Extension, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office of Community Engagement.

FLTI coordinates locally based, leadership development and civic literacy training sites offering 20 weeks of classes designed to promote greater cooperation between individuals, families, institutions, public administrators and elected officials throughout the state. The 20-week training experience is modeled after the Connecticut Commission on Children’s Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) curriculum and its community implementation practices.

Participating in the FLTI experience provides Coloradans with the opportunities to build their skills, develop robust social networks, and form civic partnerships necessary to make an extraordinary community impact.

Michelle Loddy’s project involved starting a community garden at KV Estates.