A note from Canyon Cares Founder, Lorraine Revelle
Never get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.
In 2003, I looked at my life in depth and thanked God for all the blessings I have in my life. I also thanked Him for the hard times, when I had learned that faith and hope can overcome fear and doubt. I was so overcome with gratefulness; it was then and there I knew I wanted to give something back in thankfulness for all He had given me. I didn’t know how to do that but many thoughts ran through my mind. Giving back to my community topped the list: Thus Canyon Cares was born in Coal Creek Canyon to provide for the urgent needs and necessities of our community.
Adversity can make us stronger, but it is also an opportunity for us to feel and offer compassion to others who are down on their luck. Listen to our national and local news and hear the adversity around us. It is filled with events that challenge us to our core. There are many charitable and government programs to help people but sometimes you just fall between the cracks in the system.
Our friends and neighbors often face adversities that are beyond their immediate capabilities. Look locally – within our community. The tradesman who is injured and cannot work nor pay his bills. The single mom whose car breaks down and she can’t get to work. The retired pensioner who is a victim of the 2013 flood and is faced with repairs beyond his small budget. The man or woman who suddenly lost their job after years of service, and has a mortgage to pay and a family to feed; those with medical bills that take precedence over their utility bill; those who have lost their retirement investment and are trying to live on social security with the rising costs of housing, food, and utilities. It is these unmet needs that too often challenge us. That is why Canyon Cares is here.
I am so proud to be a part of Canyon Cares, working side-by-side with compassionate, skilled, and dedicated board members and volunteers. We provide valuable advice and resources through the various talents of our leadership team and the generosity of our community. Canyon Cares works through the generous donations within our community that are used, as a one-time-shot, to help our neighbors pay a rental payment, doctor’s bill, car repair, or other immediate need.
Please contact us to donate or become a volunteer. And – if you or a friend or neighbor in our canyon community needs assistance, give us a call. Give us the privilege of extending a helping hand. Your information will always be kept confidential.
Canyon Cares of Coal Creek Canyon, founded in 2006, is an unaffiliated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to serve our community by providing short-term resources to help care for the necessities and urgent needs of our neighbors. We help people in Coal Creek Canyon, Nederland, and unincorporated Gilpin County in Colorado’s Front Range.