GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — A local non-profit providing hope for broken families for the past five years is getting an upgrade and with it…the ability to help even more people.

Grand Junction’s Joseph Center has dedicated the past five years to giving broken families hope, stability and a sense of belonging. Now, Executive Director Mona Highline says they’re getting ready to grow.

“Colorado Health Foundation found out about our Golden Girls Program and they reached out to us to hear a little more about it so conversations were made and we were able to apply for a grant with them and we were awarded the grant,” says Highline.

The Golden Girls is one of the 11 programs at the Joseph Center. This program provides housing for middle-aged women while they wait for SSI and/or disability benefits. With this grant, the program will be able to house more women.

“The Grant will be used for all of our programs expansion focusing really on golden girls as well but we will be able to expand on the programs we have,” continues Highline.

Sean Dillard, Associate Director for Colorado Health Foundation says the work the Joseph Center has done has not gone unnoticed. The Colorado Health Foundation couldn’t be prouder of this historic partnership that aims to advance health equity and housing justice. Highline couldn’t agree more.

“It’s surreal. It’s still – we worked so hard to get to this place because we love this community and we want to do more and when you’re a grass roots organization it has its tough moments. and so this is a huge break for us where we feel like we can breathe now and we can focus more on our programs. and focus more on our guests who come in for our services,” says Highline.

A break that will help them continue to shelter, feed and counsel clients along with advising them on finances and parenting.

For more information on the Joseph Center, click here.