Chaffee County Hospitality

Representatives of Chaffee County Hospitality accept a donation from Chaffee County Women Who Care. Taking part were, from left, Rita Leydon, Karen Lundberg, Beverly Van Kampen, Tom Abbott, Jim Monday, Brent Wiescamp, Luz Diaz-Porter, Beth Sanders and Marilyn Bouldin.

A Chaffee County giving circle voted last month to award a $10,500 gift to Chaffee County Hospitality to help the non-profit provide emergency shelter during the cold winter months.

Chaffee County Women Who Care heard three 5-minute presentations at their Oct. 13 meeting, selecting CCH as the recipient of the giving circle’s fourth quarter award for 2020.

The shelter for men is at The Lighthouse, 346 G Street, and for women at First Christian Church, 302 Fourth Street, both in Salida. Entire families who need shelter are housed in a local motel. The shelters have paid supervision during the 8:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. hours of operation. The total budget for the 2020-2021 season is $76,000 which is used to pay the night staff and to purchase cold weather supplies and sleeping bags, tents, etc.

CCH also raises funds through a Gofundme page.

“I am not sure how to thank the Women Who Care for choosing Chaffee County Hospitality Inc. for their October charity, but we are exceedingly grateful,” said Tom Abbott, president of CCH. “Your gift will go a long way toward helping us provide shelter for our homeless neighbors through the winter months.”

Chaffee County Women Who Care began meeting in October of 2018. At each quarterly meeting the group hears presentations on three charitable causes, and the members vote on the recipient. In its first two years, the group has raised $70,000.

The non-profit’s Go Fund Me page can be found at

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