The People Comforters group is looking for a new home.
The nonprofit, which has been meeting at the Seniors’ Resource Center in Evergreen to make quilts, no longer can meet there because the building was closed thanks to COVID-19. Rather than working together on quilts for those facing crises three times a week, members meet in the parking lot once a month to replenish supplies of fabric and sewing materials, so they can work at home.
They make 30 quilts a month that go to sheriff’s deputies and emergency responders, so they have something comforting to give victims in many situations. Others go to the Ralston House Child Advocacy Center in Arvada, and the group makes toiletry bags for the nonprofit Family Tree.
“We can no longer sew together, but everyone has been wonderful about pitching in to keep our project going,” said Gail Young, the organization’s president.
The quilters hope to find new space before the snow flies because they don’t want to be in the middle of the parking lot in bad weather. Also they prefer working together, so they can learn from each other to become better quilters.
The group is looking for about 600 square feet in either Conifer or Evergreen solely dedicated to the group, so it can keep its sewing machines, ironing boards and other materials there. The real catch is it has no money for rent or utilities since all money donated to the group goes to quilt supplies.
“Maybe somebody could give us the space as a tax write-off,” said Vickie Jones, a group member working to find new space. “Maybe somebody has a cabin sitting empty. … We have to find something. We’re grasping at straws here.”
The group, which has been meeting for more than 30 years, is funded by grants from the Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement board through the Jeffco district attorney’s office. In addition, the group gets donations from the Evergreen Elks, Conifer Newcomers & Neighbors and other groups.
Anyone with space or leads can contact Vickie Jones at email@example.com.
Contact Deb Hurley Brobst at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-350-1041.