PROPOSED PROJECT SUMMARY

Military & Families Resource Center - A One Stop Shop for service members and their families -serving the Western Slope PLUS* 

 

428 28 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Submitted June 25, 2015

*PLUS means to include county residents who are not considered part of the Western Slope, but are part of the Grand Junction VA Medical Center’s catchment area.

 

PROJECT TITLE: MILITARY & FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER

Introduction

On behalf of Joining Community Forces (JCF), representing over 49 organizations, we would like to submit the following proposal for a One Stop Shop dedicated to serving military and their families on the Western Slope. 

Project Description

In every forum where the topic is how best can our community meet the needs of our military service members, the need for a One Stop Shop is expressed. The concept of a One Stop Shop where military and their families can make one stop, get their individual situations assessed and then connect them to service providers who can potentially meet their needs is exactly what the mission of the Military & Families Resource Center is determined to accomplish. In addition, the resource center will be dedicated to providing the following: 

Educational opportunities

Cultivating and sustaining community partnerships that will work on behalf of service members
Raising community awareness of service members’ needs, challenges, etc. 
Fostering a sense of community pride
Encouraging re-investment into the Veteran/service member community 

Short Term Goals

Secure one time funding for the renovation of the proposed location site- 428 28 Road, Grand Junction, CO
Renovate the proposed location site
Identify, recruit and network organizations that will commit to providing identified key areas of service to the service member community
Rally community support for the creation of the Military & Families Resource Center 

Long Term Goals

Establish an identifiable and respected Military & Families Resource Center on the Western Slope that offers on-site services and resources to in need service members and their families. 
Increase JCF membership
Expand facility use by stakeholders
If need be, secure funding to acquire a van that will provide transportation daily to service members and their families to service providers that reside outside of the Military & Families Resource Center
If need be, secure funding to expand building to meet community needs



MISSION

The Military & Families Resource Center will meet the needs of veterans and their families by connecting them to local military and/or community resources.

CURRENT MEMBERS OF JOINING COMMUNITY FORCES

American Legion
American Red Cross
Base Camp 40 Warriors in the Wild
CapTel Captioned Telephone
Center for Independence
Challenge Aspen Military Opportunity (C.A.M.O.) 
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Colorado Mesa University
Colorado Serves
Compassionate Friends
Department of Military and Veteran Affairs (DMVA) 
Department of Veteran Affairs
Dream Catcher Therapy Center (Loma and Olathe Location) 
Employer Support for Guard and Reserve (ESGR) 
Family Voices Colorado
Grand Valley Catholic Outreach
Grand Valley Equine Assisted Learning Center
Grand Junction Housing Authority
Grand Junction VA Medical Center
Grand Valley Peace and Justice
Help for Hospitalized Veterans
Hilltop Community Resources
Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley
How to Life Consultants LLC
Huts for Vets
Keller Williams Real Estate Agency
Mesa County Work Force Center
Military Officers Assn. of America (Western Slope Chapter) 
Military One Source Network
Mind Springs Health
Mountain Vineyard Massage
National Guard Family Programs
Operation Interdependence
Operation Revamp, Inc. and Veterans Art Center
Patriot Guard Riders
Primerica Financial
Rocky Mountain Human Services (RMHS), Homes for All Veterans (HAV) 
Salvation Army
Senator Bennet’s Representative
Supporting Tiny Soldiers
Survivor Outreach Services
Vet Center
Veterans of Foreign War
Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Western Slope
Veteran Service Office
Veterans Upward Bound
Volunteers of America (VOA) 
Western Colorado Community College
Western Colorado Conservation Corps of Partners-Veterans Crew 


Eligibility

Acceptable documentation of military service will be the following

DD214
VAMC ID Card
Statement of Service
DEERS ID
HINQ 

Target Population

Male/female service members and their eligible family members
Veterans, prior service, retired, active, reserve and National Guard service members 

Military Branches Recognized

United States Marine Corps
United States Navy
United States Army
United States Air Force
United States Coast Guard
National Guard
Military Reserves 


Veteran Family Eligibility Determination

Individual program requirements may vary. 

Primary Areas of Focus that the Facility will Address

Homelessness
Counseling
Employment
Legal
Veteran Benefits
Creative Thinking
Education/Life Skills/Social Skills/Wellness

Counties/State(s) Impacted by Project

Colorado Counties
Wyoming County
Utah Counties


VA MEDICAL CENTER LOCATED IN THE CATCHMENT AREA FOR THIS PROJECT

Grand Junction VA Medical Center
2121 North Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501 

 

Number of Veterans Currently Served by the Grand Junction VA Medical Center

*14,500 (Note: 1100 additional veterans have been enrolled since this last publicized count) 

These numbers do not reflect service area National Guard service members

Number of Veterans in VA’s Catchment Area

*Approximately 37,000 to 42,000

These numbers do not reflect service area National Guard service members

Proposed Location Site

The Colorado National Guard Armory 482 28 Road Grand Junction, CO 81501 

Will the building be ADA compliant? 

Yes? 

Is there access to public transportation at proposed current site? 

Yes, Grand Valley Transit provides bus transportation daily and throughout the day to the VA Medical Center which is located within walking distance from the proposed location site.

Previous Contractor of other DMVA Projects

Ed Forsman, President, FCI Contractors
3070 I-70 Business Loop, Bldg. A
Grand Junction, CO 81504
Office: 970-434-9093
FAX: 970-434-7583 

Website: http://www.fciol.com/locations/grand-junction-co 

Total Project Budget

TBD, Mr. Hunt will provide this information 

Funding Sources for Remodel

Note source(s), Mr. Hunt will provide this information 

Anticipated Future Funding Sources to Off-Set Costs of Operating the Facility 

Offer at cost office space for community service organizations 

Option to rent out shared conference room, meeting space and/or training areas to outside community members for various events 

Buy in from community residents and business owners 

Timeline 

Mr. Hunt to establish 

End Result

The Military & Families Resource Center will meet the long recognized need on the Western Slope to provide a visible One Stop Shop dedicated to connecting service members and their families to community resources they need in order to stabilize and/or enhance their lives. In addition, the resource center will encourage community partnerships to continuously collaborate on how best to meet our military and their family’s needs. The visibility of the Military & Families Resource Center will also foster a sense of community pride which will encourage re-investment into the Veteran community. 

* Data provided by the Grand Junction VA Medical Center 7 

Attached Exhibits: 

Exhibit A- Proposed Floor Plan, page 8 

Exhibit B- Proposed Tenants, pages 9 & 10 8 9 10