Faith-Based Groups Organize Amid Pandemic

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Local faith-based groups are working together to come up with a practical way to serve the needs of Grand Valley residents.

UPDATE: Chevron made a donation to this effort, allowing the agencies to purchase the software.

Many groups, including Canyon View Vineyard Church and Project 1.27 are raising money to purchase software which will streamline the ability to connect local need to resources.

Senator Ray Scott said this would significantly help the Western Slope during this pandemic and beyond.

The Care Portal software is being used across the country to streamline community needs between the agencies that can provide those services.

Tyler Riehl, one of the organizers of this effort said, “The Care Portal software actually connects each church and agency together so that when a request comes in everybody gets a copy of that request.”

“Right now we are in the final fundraising stages to get the money, to get the software,” said Riehl.

Normally a $30,000 program, but amid the pandemic, is being offered to local groups for roughly $5,000.

“The sooner they get the software in place, the faster they can have emergency response to everybody’s needs,” said Senator Scott.

Riehl said that although the group plans on delivering groceries and other supplies to community members, its primary deliverable is hope.

You can donate now on their Facebook page.

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