This Western Slope city’s plan to reshape itself into a “no-barriers” community for returning veterans has been picking up more momentum this week with three public entities voting to support the effort.
The Montrose Board of County Commissioners, the Montrose City Council and the Downtown Development authority all unanimously voted to back a resolution of support for the Welcome Home Montrose initiative that began with a citizen’s idea less than five months ago and has mushroomed into a non-profit organization that has drawn national attention.
Welcome Home Montrose organizers envision drawing veterans to the area by removing barriers from jobs and housing to recreational activities and medical care.
Welcome Home organizer Melanie Kline said she is excited by the latest support from the Montrose public entities.
“It was an impressive sign of unity on our behalf,” she said.
Her next step in the effort that is already inspiring similar efforts in other communities is to hold a public meeting Friday night at the Montrose Pavilion to engage more citizens and report on the group’s progress.
Welcome Home is also planning to hold focus groups soon and to bring wounded veterans from around the country to Montrose this summer to demonstrate what the community has to offer.