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Harvest House For Women Needs Your Help

For over 40 years, Harvest House for Women in Estes Park has been providing help for women who have fought drug, alcohol, and other addictions and are ready to begin life anew. Now it’s Harvest House’s turn to ask for help.

The nonprofit, 501(c)(3) ministry has found itself short on the donations that provide food, a home, and life-altering love and support for women and their children. The economy has redirected funds that normally come from churches, religious organizations, and private citizens across the country, leaving Harvest House without enough money in their monthly budget to pay staff and support their current household. They only have 20 residents right now because that’s all they can financially support – they would love to be able to be home to twice that number.

Harvest House really needs your help to make it through the winter. Would you be willing to make a winter pledge for a dollar a day, just $30 per month for six months, November through April?

The money raised from the pledges will be used for housing, propane, electric bills, food, medical care, clothing and transportation for the women and their children at Harvest House. During the winter, the expenses go higher and the funding goes lower. Please help if you are able.

Bob and Sharon Vigil, who started Harvest House in 1971, would like to continue their ministry, although their plan to do so may take them away from the Estes Park community that has treated them so well. Their ranch on Highway 36 east of Estes is currently for sale; they are looking for more property or a new place to move Harvest House. They hope they will be able to purchase a new place using cash from the proceeds of their current property. That will leave them without a mortgage and will greatly reduce their monthly expenses.

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The goal of the Vigils and the two of their four children, Linda and Bobby, who help them run the ministry, is to keep providing the warm, comfortable atmosphere they have created here at Harvest House that has helped hundreds of families – women and their children — over the years.

Many times these families come to Harvest House with nothing but the clothes they’re wearing. The women have reached the very bottom because of substance abuse, domestic violence, or other circumstances. Often they have lost custody of their children or had to give them to friends or family to raise because they were no longer capable of doing so.

Through an abundance of faith, hope, love, and support, Harvest House helps these women get back on their feet. They get away from the drugs and alcohol. They leave behind their abusers. Then they get their children back. They get an education. They find employment. They once again become contributing members of society. And they all love Harvest House for making it possible.

Women come to Harvest House from around the country and beyond, referred by detox centers, law enforcement agencies, churches, and acquaintances.

The Vigils remain optimistic about their ability to continue their ministry. They would love to stay in Estes Park but feel their location is less important than their need to continue to provide help for women and their children. Monetary assistance is greatly appreciated – and tax deductible – and they also welcome food donations.

If you would like to contribute, you can go to hhfw.org and pay on PayPal with your credit card. If you want to send a check or money order, send it to HHFW, 5532 Hwy. 36, Estes Park, CO 80517. You can also call in your credit card information to the Harvest House bookkeeper and she can arrange to have the donation taken out every month for six months. Just call Sharon at 720-362-2350.

Harvest House is a 501(c) (3) tax exempt organization so you will receive a donation receipt for the months in 2011 and at the end of your pledge, you will receive another receipt for 2012.

To make a donation or learn more about their ministry, visit their website at hhfw.org or call them at 720-362-2350 or 303-598-1583. Harvest House is located at 5532 Hwy. 36, Estes Park.

Thank you for any help you can give.

 

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