Center among health foundation grant recipients

Christian Mueller

The Counseling & Education Center in Grand Junction is among the latest recipients of grants from the Rocky Mountain Health Foundation.

The $15,000 grant will help the center provide counseling to clients of all ages regardless of their income levels or insurance coverage.

“We are thrilled and grateful for the continuing generosity of the Rocky Mountain Health Foundation,” said Christian Mueller, executive director of the Counseling & Education Center. “Our community’s need for counseling has increased dramatically during this pandemic. Thanks to this grant, we’ll also be able to serve more people whose primary language is Spanish.”

The center has transitioned during the coronavirus pandemic to offer counseling and therapy by telephone and video conferences, Mueller said. “We are here to serve everyone while keeping clients and staff healthy and safe. We offer a sliding fee scale, which helps people who have lost their jobs or insurance. We’re also welcoming new clients.”

The Rocky Mountain Health Foundation awarded a total of $417,000 grants to 43 organizations serving people in 22 Western Colorado counties. The foundation was established in 2017 to promote the health and well-being of Western Slope communities.

In Mesa County, grant recipients also included Grand Valley Catholic Outreach, the Joseph Center, Kids Aid Backpack Program, Lower Valley Hospital Association, Strive, SummitWest Care and Western Slope Center for Children.

“These grants will assist the amazing people doing the important work — the boots on the ground work — of trying to meet the increasingly complex needs of marginalized and vulnerable people living on the Western Slope,” said Michaelle Smith, executive director of the foundation.