Heart of the Rockies Christian Church in Fort Collins, CO

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For immediate release

December 14, 2020

Contact:
Heart of the Rockies Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
6501 Brittany Street
Fort Collins, CO 8025
970-223-1230
office@heartoftherockies.org

Local Church Votes to Share Vacant Land with Nonprofits

Heart of the Rockies Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) plans to share several acres of undeveloped land at the northwest corner of Trilby and Lemay with local nonprofit organizations. The church currently occupies about two acres of the 11-acre property. It has long been the church’s goal to develop the remaining property to benefit the greater community.

Following a year-long process that began with a Request for Proposals, three primary partners have been selected to join in a collaborative effort to develop the property — CARE Housing, Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity and Friends of L’Arche Fort Collins. “We are excited to move forward with these partners in an atmosphere of mutual trust, common values and a shared vision,” said Rev. Melissa St. Clair, Senior Minister of Heart of the Rockies Christian Church. “We exist to serve others. Our hope is to create a thriving community that addresses the church’s space needs and also serves those beyond our congregation by providing vital services.” 

By partnering with CARE Housing and Habitat for Humanity, the church hopes to support the City of Fort Collins’ stated vision of providing its residents with healthy, stable housing they can afford, St. Clair explained.  “Together, we imagine a diverse, inclusive community that can live and thrive on this property, anchored by a community center that will be shared with the partnership’s residents, the church and its current mission partners, and others.”

The selection of partners is just the beginning of the process — to follow are site studies, community engagement, a collaborative design process, and navigating all processes required by the City. The church anticipates a three-to-five-year timeline for the development.

Heart of the Rockies Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Heart of the Rockies Christian Church is a part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and is located on an 11-acre site at the northwest corner of Lemay Avenue and Trilby Road in southeast Fort Collins. The church moved to the property in January 2000. As an expression of the Church’s Christian faith, it has always been the intent to use a portion of this property in service to the northern Colorado community.  The church welcomes all people; and our community programs and services are offered, without proselytizing, to persons of all races, genders, ages, economic status, physical or mental abilities, sexual orientations, familial status, and faith histories. Its mission is Loving God. Serving others. Changing lives.

CARE Housing 
CARE is a Northern Colorado nonprofit organization committed to creating an equitable and just community through high-quality affordable housing and transformative resident services. Driven by the belief that opportunity begins with home, CARE was founded over 25 years ago with this principle and a commitment to ensure that a home offers everyone a space to grow and thrive. CARE is Northern Colorado’s largest local, private nonprofit affordable housing developer and housing service provider. CARE has developed and operates 7 communities in Northern Colorado, providing home to over 870 individuals including 440 children.

Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian organization that empowers low-income families by partnering with them to build affordable housing. Habitat does not give the houses away, but rather sells them to families in need through no-profit loans. Qualified families also contribute hundreds of sweat equity hours in the building of their home alongside hundreds of community volunteers who give of their time and talents.  Since its inception in 1993, Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity has constructed 62 homes in the Fort Collins community and 148 internationally.  Visit us at www.fortcollinshabitat.org to learn more.

Friends of L’Arche Fort Collins
L’Arche is an International federation of communities where adults with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities share life and friendships that affirm the inherent dignity and worth of all. Communities are centered around homes and work that provides meaningful activity and opportunity for growth, employment, and connection. Though the physical presence of a L’Arche community may be small, the community presence is mighty and the footprint it leaves on the heart is unforgettable. There are 153 L’Arche communities in 38 different countries, with 17 communities and 61 homes in the United States. For more information, please visit larcheusa.org or friendsoflarchefc.org.