This Guide was created in response to grassroots demand. It is a product of the valley-wide One Valley Prosperity Project and the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley’s Health Equity project. It reflects three important ideas:
- Many people in this County aren’t sure where to turn for services that they need. Several specialized directories have been created, yet there is no single place that lists the multiplicity of options and services available.
- Health is a big idea. It’s bigger than physical and emotional health. It includes having a decent place to live and enough to eat. It includes feeling that you belong in your community, and have like-minded people to interact with. It includes feeling that your spirit can flourish and that you have places to expand your mind and exercise your body. It recognizes that these are all interrelated.
- People have different needs and there are different ways to approach problems or encourage health. One person may believe that the first place to turn to get help is their medical clinic while another may first turn to their church. It up to the user to select the options that may work best for them.
Inclusion in this Guide is in no way an endorsement by Gunnison County, the Gunnison County Libraries, the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley or any other entity or individual who has worked on this Guide. Nor is any representation, warranty or promise made regarding the accuracy of the information, quality of services, the competency of the provider, or the availability of other providers. Descriptions are the practitioner’s or the organization’s own self-description wherever possible. It is up to you to determine the validity of the service and decide if it will meet your needs.
In most cases, commercial businesses are not included where non-profits also exist. For example, Wal-Mart and the Boom-A-Rang are not included as places for basic clothing needs but Six Points or St. Jude’s Thrift Store are. However, if there are commercial businesses or departments in a larger business that are exclusively health-related – such as pharmacies or sporting goods stores that rent equipment – they are included. Spas that provide only aesthetic or cosmetic services are not included, but it they also include massage therapy services, they are.
- Basic Needs Food, clothing, shelter, emergency contacts and the social support networks for people in need.
- Physical Health Traditional and alternative treatment options.
- Mental Health Traditional and alternative treatment options.
- Spiritual Well-Being Organized religious groups as well as individuals whose practice addresses spiritual healing.
- Education Preschool, elementary, high school, college, continuing education programs, vocational education, GED, English language, libraries, museums or any nonprofit that offers classes.
- Exercise/Recreation Opportunities to stay active and healthy both in a gym or in the great outdoors.
- Get Connected Ways to connect with people whose interests are like yours – causes you could volunteer for, support groups, clubs and more. There are scores of other informal groups and you could find them via public library bulletin boards or website www.gunnisoncountylibraries.org, at two local Facebook pages Gunnison Marketplace and Gunnison Valley Non-profit Forum or in the weekly Shopper available throughout the county each week .
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