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February 21, 2001

 

`House of Hope' opens in Englewood

During ceremony, Father Mollison presented `Legacy of Hope Award'

On Feb. 6, Father Roger Mollison was honored by the recently opened family resource center in Englewood, House of Hope, by being named the first recipient of the center's Legacy of Hope Award. The annual Legacy of Hope Award recognizes and honors those who, by their lives and works, have provided hope to those in need of it at vulnerable times in their lives.

Situated in the original convent adjacent to St. Louis Church, House of Hope is the first family resource center for the homeless in Arapahoe County. A collaborative project of the Western Arapahoe County Homeless Alliance (WACHA), Family Tree, and United Way, the Center provides homeless families with safe shelter and a broad range of services enabling them to become strong and reliant. Renovation of the home began last summer with the assistance of community volunteers and civic groups. A welcome boost in project funding came from a large donation from the Gallegos Family Foundation through Mile High United Way.

In presenting the award, Dolores Curran, advisory board member, stated: "We are honored to present the Legacy of Hope Award to our first recipient, Father Roger Mollison, whose legacy of hope includes the founding of a shelter for abused and neglected children, a mountain retreat-recovery center for teenage addicts, and the St. Vincent Home in Englewood for relatives of patients in nearby hospitals."

"These are but a few of his many acts of caring. As valuable as these structures are, Father Roger's greatest gift has been the giving of himself to those seeking help and hope," she continued. "Because Father Roger is a beloved former pastor of St. Louis Parish, there are many here today who can attest to his caring and impact on their lives. Father Roger, you honor us by accepting this award because your life exemplifies the hope we are offering at the House of Hope."

Father Mollison expressed his gratitude and ended his brief acceptance address by singing a refrain from "On Eagles' Wings" to a delighted crowd of 200, including many of his former parishioners. He now resides and celebrates Mass at the Gardens of Saint Elizabeth at 2825 W. 32nd Ave. in Denver.

A poignant moment arose during the open house when a visiting woman asked a resident if she could show her young son the family's room explaining that she had painted it last summer. As they left the now homey quarters, the visitor placed her hand on the arm of the resident mother and said, "I was homeless, too, once."

For more information, volunteer opportunities, and the Center's Wish List, readers are invited to call Tina Podolak, WACHA project coordinator, at 303-789-4171.

 


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