Weld County donates building at 330 Park Ave. in Fort Lupton for family resource center

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By Ben Wiebesiek

FORT LUPTON — After making renovations to the building, Weld County has donated a building it owned at 330 Park Ave. to provide a new family resource center offering a variety of services to the community.

Fort Lupton Police Chief Kenneth Poncelow made the announcement during the Fort Lupton Chamber of Commerce luncheon Dec. 11, and he said the family resource center would be located in a historic location in the city.

“The family resource center is the old county building, prior to that it was the city hall, and prior to that it was the fire department,” Poncelow said. “But that was back in the 1930s.”

Weld County donated the building, which also houses the Colorado Mounted Rangers.

“They are an auxiliary to law enforcement; you’ll see them around here whenever we have something going on, like Trapper Days, the Christmas gathering. They help out all the time,” Poncelow said. 

Poncelow said the Rangers put in more than 700 hours of work helping with flood relief efforts near Evans and Greeley after this September’s heavy rains.

“We have United Way will be coming down and they will be a big presence now,” Poncelow said. “We have A Kid’s Place — the ones that deal with kids that have been traumatized by crime and other things — they will be there, too.”

Weld County Youth & Family Connections — a nonprofit, community based service organization — will provide coordinated multi-agency services for youth that are, according to its website, “struggling with life issues, out of parent control or engaged in anti-social behaviors.”

“They’re the ones that deal with kids that are in trouble with law enforcement or in the court system,” Poncelow said. 

There is no cost to the public for the services of Youth and Family Connections, which uses prevention and early intervention strategies, individualized assessments, case management support and coordinated access to services, youth (and their families) are offered positive alternatives for sustainable change and growth.

“A Woman’s Place will be there, and they help women who are in domestic violence situations,” Poncelow said.

A Woman’s Place was started in Weld County in 1977 to originally serve as a crisis line, but the organization now offers safe housing, crisis support, legal advocacy together with prevention and intervention counseling.

Life Choices Pregnancy Center will have a presence on site to help women and men who are facing unplanned pregnancies.

Weld County applied for a community development grant to renovate the interior of the building, and federal funds helped with asbestos abatement, which was an issue with the building.

The Family Resource Center will be managed by a seven-member board of directors.

“There’s a lot of other groups that will also be utilizing that building,” Poncelow said. “It’s just going to be a real asset for us.”

Contact Ben Wiebesiek at 303-659-2522, ext. 205, or email bwiebesiek@metrowestnewspapers.com.