We had fantastic holidays, we hope you did too! 
A letter from our Executive Director, Dave Carlo: 

Happy New Year RSVP friends!

I remember as a child that it always seemed to take forever for the new year to roll around or for my birthday to arrive. Now the years seem to fly by and birthdays are merely excuses for pie and ice cream, (I’m one of those “I prefer pie to cake” guys). Perspective is just understanding what end of the telescope you’re looking through. When you’re five years old, your birthday is 1/5 of your life away…when you’re sixty, it’s 1/60th! Quite a difference…

Change and the need to change comes up in many holiday conversations.

“What are your New Year Resolutions?”

“What would you like to change about yourself?” 

“How am I going to change my eating habits this year?”

“How many books am I going to read this year?”

“How am I going to work out more this year?”

“What am I going to do to meet new people and socialize more this year?”

Reflecting on a quote from one of my favorite television series, "Ted Lasso," the protagonist and coach, Ted Lasso, prompts the characters to contemplate the concept of whether or not people can change. 

In one insightful moment, Trent Crimm, a recurring character, shares his perspective, stating,

“I Don’t Think People Change Per Se As Much As We Just Learn To Accept How We’ve Always Been.” 

Accepting ourselves creates space for embracing those facing struggles that differ from our own, even those we might be oblivious to due to our own shortcomings.

Actively assisting others becomes a powerful avenue for both blessing them and nurturing a greater love and appreciation for ourselves. 

For me, this will be my goal going forward into this new year and beyond. I hope that our volunteers and cooperating agencies will strive to love themselves and others through the blessing of service to others in 2024 and beyond.

Happy New Year,


Coming up this year...


As we reflect on our past events, we couldn't help but think about the incredible energy and enthusiasm our volunteers bring to each gathering. However, we noticed that our last event didn't have the turnout we had hoped for.

Nevertheless, we are excited to extend another heartfelt invitation to you for our upcoming Volunteer Appreciation Event on May 23rd from 5 PM to 7 PM at the Grand Shelter at Canyon View Park. This event is a celebration dedicated to honoring YOU and the invaluable contributions you've made to our cause.

Here's a glimpse of what we have in store:


Event Highlights:

~ Live Entertainment by The PB&J Jazz Band

~ Delicious Sandwiches and RSVP Mini Cupcakes

~ Exciting Door Prizes, including gift cards to local businesses, bottles of wine/whiskey, and pickle ball gift certificates

~ Games such as Corn-hole, Ladder-ball, and Lawn-darts

~ Plenty of seating at picnic tables, or feel free to bring your own lawn chair



Grand Shelter at Canyon View Park (next to the volleyball courts). Please refer to the aerial map below for easy navigation.

Your presence would truly mean the world to us and contribute to making this event a memorable and joyous occasion. We believe that together, we can create a vibrant and supportive community.

Kindly RSVP by May 1st, 2024 to ensure we have enough goodies for everyone. Your commitment to attending will help us plan accordingly and ensure a fantastic experience for all.

We look forward to celebrating with you on May 23rd and expressing our gratitude in person.

Open Enrollment is over,
but we still have our
SHIP walk-in days every
Thursday from 9AM-12PM
For more information visit our website.
This project was supported, in part by grant numbers 90SAPG0060, 90SHPH0015, 90MPPG0033, from the US Administration for Community Living, Washington DC, 20201
Join us for the M2M Quilt Show!
Featured Artist: Ricky Tims
There will be quilts of all varieties, vendors, boutique, vintage quilt bed turning and a
silent auction with a  buy it now option.
The Linus Project will be attending and show casing the wonderful work our volunteers have done.
Below is a list of the vendors that will be participating.
If you are interested in submitting an entry the fee is $10 and the deadline is 3/13/2024.
If you are a Sunset Slope Quilters member the entry fee is free.
For more information contact Joan Walker: 970-314-5862

Celebrate Age at Western Colorado’s Largest Boomer & Senior Expo

Join us twice a year in Grand Junction and Montrose, Colorado for Beacon Senior News premier event for seniors, baby boomers and their families. This one-of-a-kind event brings together live entertainment, food from local restaurants, free seminars and prize giveaways every 30 minutes. Plus, visit directly with nearly 100 exhibitors showcasing their products and support services to help you age well.

Best of all, admission is FREE!

Meet the amazing person who went above and beyond to make a difference in our community. 
Thank you Irene Bladow for dedicating
6,318 hours of your free time. 
Irene has been with Mesa County RSVP since
July 16, 2012. 
Her positions have included: 
  • Christian Community School
  • City of Grand Junction
  • Grand Junction Symphony
  • RSVP – SHIP Outreach
  • RSVP – Senior Scholar Project – Dos Rios Elementary
  • Salvation Army
  • Various One-Time Events
Our volunteer manager, Valerie Herrera-Hanner, asked Irene some questions about herself and her time with RSVP: 


    • How did you start with RSVP?


    • Irene said that she and her husband Ronald were looking for something to do and came across an ad about RSVP. They decided to start volunteering then.


    • What would people be surprised to learn about you?


    • She said she is very verbal and is an open book. She said she loves to travel and so does her husband, and at this stage of their life, traveling together is what they want to do.
    • What would you say to someone considering joining RSVP?


    • Irene said that people should do it. If you have the time, energy, and desire you should volunteer. Volunteering enriches your life, helps you to stay active, keeps you young, gives you something to do, helps build friendships, and enables you to give back to your community. She said that as a senior we have skills and experience that we acquired along the way, and we should use them by volunteering.
    Welcome to the team: 
    Denis Larson
    Gene Smith
    Doug Robert
    Hal Kime
    Stephen Sacarisen
    Rik Bergethon
    Laura Jones
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