“Neighbors helping neighbors build a viable, healthy community” is the vision that inspired a group of local citizens to respond to a critical lack of health and human services in the mountain areas west of Denver in 1990. Geographic isolation, hidden poverty, and the inability to find help normally available in more urban areas created pressures on families that resulted in a significant prevalence of family crises, domestic violence, early childhood developmental and educational problems, isolated teens, and community fragmentation.
Recognizing that area residents needed access to health and human service programs locally, a coalition of concerned citizens identified the unique needs of people living in the rural mountains of west Jefferson and east Park counties.
Once service priorities were defined and funded, the Mountain Resource Center (originally known as the Mountain Family Project) was created to provide assistance to people in need. As the population increased to its current 65,000, Mountain Resource Center’s programs adjusted and expanded to serve an even greater number of neighbors. A successful capital campaign gave the community a new building to utilize in 2004.
Mountain Resource Center (MRC) is a community-based non-profit organization that promotes community involvement and responsibility to foster the optimal welfare of children, youth, adults, and communities in a 1000+ square mile rural mountain area serving a population of over 65,000 in Jefferson and Park counties.
View the MRC Annual Reports