LIFT-UP seeks help from Hayden for Energy Assistance Office |

LIFT-UP seeks help from Hayden for Energy Assistance Office

— Many people in the Hayden community have been helped by LIFT-UP of Routt County’s recent move to town, and now the organization is seeking the community’s help.

LIFT-UP needs $1,000 to defray the costs of operating its newly established Hayden Emergency Assistance Office.

The town of Hayden earlier gave $1,000 toward the organization’s 2002 budget, in addition to a $300 gift from the Xcel Hayden Station and several private donations.

“LIFT-UP is dependent on as much support as possible from the Hayden community,” LIFT-UP Executive Director David Freseman said.

The Hayden Lions Club turned over the administration of the Hayden Community Fund to LIFT-UP last May.

The fund, which depends primarily on Hayden donations, serves the needs of people with a Hayden address on their driver’s license.

Wells Fargo bank of Steamboat gave a $750 community assistance grant to the fund last fall and the town of Hayden recently donated $500 to the fund.

All donations to the Hayden Community Fund solely benefit Hayden clients.

Sixteen families have received $4,085 in assistance from the fund since May. The Salvation Army, Colorado Energy Assistance Foundation and LIFT-UP’s Special Needs Fund also assisted residents.

The Hayden LIFT-UP office can be found in the lower level of the Solandt Hospital at 150 Jackson St.

Residents staff the office. Case worker Theresa Bennett holds office hours from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, and LIFT-UP volunteer Kathy Hockin holds office hours from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

The number of people who visit the office rises and falls, Hockin said. The need, however, never ends, she added.

The Hayden Congregational Church recently moved its food pantry to the hospital building.

The move provides easier accessibility for clients who need emergency assistance as well as food, said Connie Todd, who also serves as a backup volunteer at the LIFT-UP office.

The pantry opens on the fourth Monday of every month from 4 to 5:30 p.m., but Todd said she makes the pantry available any time to people who need assistance.

Todd can be reached at


Hayden residents who are need emergency assistance with past due rent, utility bills and medical or dental bills should visit the LIFT-UP office during office hours or call 276-4214.

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