Days of Thanks / Days of Giving: Day 6

Caroline Morris
December 4, 2018

Days of Thanks / Days of Giving: Day 6

Lisa Jordan and Sue Corser-Jensen have both chosen Colorado-based charities for our holiday Days of Thanks / Days of Giving campaign.

Lisa knows that nutrition and access to healthy meals is an overlooked element of caring for the sick and elderly. That’s why she has chosen Project Angel Heart for her charity this year.If you like to prepare meals, they have great volunteer opportunities, and they have several fun food-related fundraisers each year, including “Pie in the Sky” at Thanksgiving, “Dining Out for Life” in the spring, and “A Taste for Life” in the fall.

Project Angel Heart addresses a major challenge for Coloradans who are ill: getting the nutrition they need to get stronger, heal, and remain at home. Many are too sick to get to the grocery store or unable to cook for themselves. Others find they have to choose whether to buy food or medication to make ends meet.

That’s why Project Angel Heart prepares and delivers medically tailored meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses. Each week, their professional chefs and registered dietitian prepare thousands of delicious meals from scratch, and tailor them to meet the medical and dietary needs of those who are ill.

Loving volunteers package and deliver each meal, free of charge, to neighbors living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, kidney/heart/lung disease, and other illnesses. In 2018, they will prepare and deliver 385,000 nutritious meals critically ill neighbors in Denver and Colorado Springs.

The results? Improved health and well-being for those in need. Project Angel Heart’s meal recipients report better health, less stress, and more energy. They’re better able to afford their health care and adhere to their prescribed health care regimen. And, it’s easier for them to live independently in their homes. Groundbreaking research also shows that many Project Angel Heart meal recipients have lower health care costs and hospital readmission rates.
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Sue has picked her donation to go to HOPE, Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement in Longmont. She has volunteered for HOPE for many years and has seen the immediate impact that volunteer time, food, clothing, and money has on the homeless in Boulder County. One of the many reasons why she continues to volunteer is that ten years ago, they helped a scared young couple (both 18) living out of their car in a Walmart parking lot. She was 8 months pregnant, he was desperately trying to find a job. They had no family to help them, no support system. The night they found them it was 10 degrees outside. They delivered food, clothing, blankets, and clean water. The next day they found a landlord who was willing to provide free rent until the baby was 2 months old. The young man found a job two days after they moved into the apartment. They never accepted free rent from the landlord. Today they own their own home in Longmont, have two children, and mentor young people who are in the same position they were in ten years ago.

A dedicated group of citizens saw the need for a Longmont-based, year-round street outreach to homeless individuals during the frigid winter of 2006/2007 when five people died of exposure-related illnesses in Boulder County. Run primarily by volunteers, H.O.P.E. was formed on May 15, 2007 and received its 501(c)(3) designation on June 12, 2007.

HOPE provides emergency street outreach for the homeless in Longmont and offers supportive follow-through services. HOPE strives to eliminate barriers of access which keep homeless individuals on the streets, and provides life-sustaining support to homeless individuals, who are at risk from living on the streets of Longmont. HOPE provides basic needs support such as food, water, clothing, and blankets or sleeping bags, and referrals to appropriate social service agencies for follow-up or more comprehensive care.

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