New location helps organization help others

Strive has moved into a new building at in Grand Junction. The two-story, 30,000-square-foot building was redesigned and renovated to provide services to children and adults with developmental challenges. Strive offers a range of services to 1,500 clients a year. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)
Strive has moved into a new building at in Grand Junction. The two-story, 30,000-square-foot building was redesigned and renovated to provide services to children and adults with developmental challenges. Strive offers a range of services to 1,500 clients a year. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times

Doug Sorter leads an impromptu tour through the building, pointing out various features along the way.

Specially designed rooms offer places in which to conduct examinations and assessments. Meeting rooms and offices offer spaces for conferring with families. That’s not to mention all the handicap-accessible restrooms or, for that matter, the break rooms for employees.

The new location for Strive was built to provide clients with improved hospitality, confidentially and comfort while providing employees with an efficient and pleasant environment. “It was designed for exactly what we do,” said Sorter, vice president of Strive.

What the Mesa County organization does is provide a range of services to children and adults with developmental challenges. And the new quarters for Strive at 790 Wellington Ave. in Grand Junction will help in sustaining and even expanding those services, Sorter said.

An open house is planned for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15.

Strive opened in the new location on Jan. 25, relocating from an aging building in downtown Grand Junction originally constructed as a hospital. That building would have required expensive repairs to continue to use and posed other problems, Sorter said.

The interior of the new facility for Strive in a two-story, 30,000-square-foot building was redesigned by Grand Junction architect Rob Jenkins and rebuilt to meet the needs of the organization, Sorter said.

While the first floor houses facilities that provide services to clients, the second floor houses offices and meeting space for staff, Sorter said. Nearly 75 people work in the building.

The new location itself is better, he said, with its close proximity to St. Mary’s Medical Center and other health care services as well as its ready access by public transportation.

The new location positions Strive to continue a more than 50-year-old mission of helping people with developmental challenges, Sorter said.

Strive operates a total of 21 facilities, including group homes offering round-the-clock skilled nursing care for people with more severe conditions. A total of 350 people work for the organization, he said.

Strive offers services to clients of all ages, including early intervention services for infants and toddlers, support for families raising children with challenges and vocational training and group homes for adults. The organization provides services to a total of about 1,500 children and adults a year, Sorter said.

Strive has developed a reputation for the scope and quality of its services, and families move to the Grand Valley to take advantage of those services, he said.

Strive also manages the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens in Grand Junction as well as the Uniquely Yours retail outlet on Main Street downtown.

The organization provides a range of services to businesses on a contract basis, including assembling, bulk mailing and packaging as well as janitorial and landscaping services.

Many businesses also employ Strive clients on an individual basis, Sorter said. Strive offers assistance in offsetting training costs.

Businesses gain diligent and loyal employees, some of whom have worked for the same company 20 years, Sorter said.

Clients gain self-confidence and a sense of purpose, he said, which is part of the mission of Strive to help people realize their potential. “They can come into a great, great place in their lives.”

Businesses long have supported Strive in other ways, Sorter said, including contributions to the campaign that will help the organization pay for its new building. “They’re always willing to step up and do the best they can.”

For more information about the programs and services offered by Strive as well as supporting the organization financially, call 250-1595 or visit the website at www.strivecolorado.org.