Getting an Easter basket is a highlight of the holiday for Madison Sullivan’s 3-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter. And, after a trip to nonprofit Hope House of Colorado to pick up two baskets, …
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Getting an Easter basket is a highlight of the holiday for Madison Sullivan’s 3-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter. And, after a trip to nonprofit Hope House of Colorado to pick up two baskets, Sullivan, 22, is already prepared to keep the tradition going this year despite the constant changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Hope House, an Arvada-based nonprofit, connects young moms from across the Denver area with food, classes and other resources. The nonprofit has been running a drive-up distribution of Easter baskets, donated to Hope House by another nonprofit, Family Holiday Promise, to help families brighten up their holidays this year.
“It’s special for them,” Sullivan said. “We want to try to make this holiday as normal as possible.”
In addition, the moms have been able to pick up a number of other resources from Hope House including food, diapers and disinfecting wipes as the nonprofit keeps its operation running throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
Moms can send a message to the organization’s volunteers and staff to request resources, with Hope House then getting the resources together and organizing for the moms to drive by its resource center, 6475 Benton St., for pick up.
“We are still able to provide a lot of the essential needs our moms have at this time,” said Dana Streufert, Hope House’s communications manager. “We’re providing specific goods the mom has asked for, and then she’ll have what she needs for the next couple of days or a week.”
The nonprofit's Grab & Go service has been helping up to 40 moms each day, including Sullivan, who has been able to utilize the service about three times a week.
With the virus continuing to spread, “I don’t like to take my kids into stores right now, so this eliminates a lot of the barriers,” Sullivan said.
While the state’s stay-at-home orders have prevented Hope House participants from meeting at the resource center, staff members have continued to check in on the girls virtually.
The nonprofit has been working to assist the moms with the services it typically offers, such as counseling or educational needs. For instance, Hope House worked with Sullivan to help her complete and fax over paperwork for a university scholarship she reapplied for this year, Sullivan said.
With plans to continue assisting its moms and offering the Grab & Go services for as long as possible, Streufert highlighted local organizations that have donated resources for distribution.
“We’ve been receiving canned food, toiletries, even things like donated puzzles or games to help keep our moms’ children occupied while they stay home and try to stay safe,” Streufert said.
Individual residents have also been donating to help the families in need, she said. The nonprofit has posted a list of items it still needs at hopehousecolorado.org, which includes hygiene items, cleaning products and shelf stable food products, among others.
For Sullivan — who has been balancing the challenges of watching her children and completing schoolwork from home — it’s been comforting to have Hope House as a constant in her life during the other changes, she said.
“The girls are really thankful for everyone who’s donating because it’s really helpful,” she said. “It’s nice to know we have Hope House to fall back on.”
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