This year marks Hilltop Community Resources 65th year of providing services and support to individuals and families in western Colorado. To celebrate, Hilltop is hosting a bash Friday, July 31, at the CMU Ballroom. The event is sold out with over 500 supporters coming together for a festive celebration and to raise funds to help Hilltop continue its mission for the next 65 years.
Hilltop began in 1950 as the Mesa County Society for Crippled Children and Adults, created to provide outpatient rehabilitation at the height of the polio epidemic. The name was changed to Hilltop House in 1967. In 1978 Hilltop House became the Hilltop Rehabilitation Hospital providing inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing and various therapies. In 1995 Hilltop sold the rehabilitation hospital to St. Mary's Hospital and soon merged with The Resource Center, changing its focus to community-based human services. In 1996 Hilltop partnered with Mesa County to create the Workforce Center. Over the next 19 years Hilltop grew to include domestic violence programs, a residential living program for adults with brain injuries, senior living and care services, family support programs, youth services, a Montrose regional office and more.
Today, Hilltop is where Western Colorado turns for compassionate and comprehensive human services. Hilltop puts people first and gives them the tools and support they need to face life's challenges. The wide-ranging services offer real-world solutions designed to give people of all ages a chance at long-lasting success. To meet these needs in the community, Hilltop employs over 680 people along with a large base of committed volunteers. Hilltop has recently been recognized as one of the healthiest places to work in the nation by the American Psychological Association.
Paonia Elementary School second grade teacher Jodi Simpson is passionate about pedagogy. She understands that the important things kids learn in school isn't accomplished through testing, but by experiencing life and all its wonders.