Grand County Advocates is Dedicated to Creating a Violence-Free Community

We are so proud of the work our local nonprofits do to provide support to our community members who need it most. Our small, rural community shows it self to be committed to those less fortunate or in crisis over and over again. And Grand County Advocates is another beautiful example of big hearts banding together to meet people when they might otherwise have nowhere to turn, providing powerful support, encouragement, and resources to those experiencing domestic abuse and violence.

Residents and visitors can feel like our idyllic mountain town and its laid-back lifestyle full of adventure and love for the outdoors is immune to the abuse and violence Grand County Advocates seeks to end, but statistics speak for themselves. Regardless of location, more than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men more have been victims of abuse, violence, or stalking. Advocates stands against violence as a means to control others and empowers people leave dangerous and unhealthy environments. The work Grand County Advocates does to care for our community and make it even more beautiful is invaluable. 


Their mission is bold and clear: end domestic and sexual violence in the Grand County community. They've established a six-part strategy to realize that mission: make domestic and sexual violence unacceptable in Grand County, enhance programs for victims, promote healthy relationships, increase outreach and education in our community and schools, diversify and increase funding, and "break the cycle and be the change." 


Advocates puts those strategies into practice with the comprehensive services they provide. A vital and fundamental service is the 24-hour crisis line, a confidential lifeline for those experiencing abuse. They also provide emergency safehousing, safehousing at Sprout House, safety planning, on and off-scene crisis intervention, courtroom advocacy, assistance with restraining orders, medical advocacy, counseling referrals and assistance, relocation assistance, support groups, and address confidentiality assistance. 

Their community outreach through local events and the schools helps spread awareness around healthy relationships, utilizing resources like One Love Foundation to educate teens and adults. Advocates sets up booths at local events and shares resources and information with the community every chance they get. 


Volunteers are the heartbeat of the work Grand County Advocates does. Volunteers provide childcare services, act as court advocates, answer the crisis line, lead groups, assist at the safe house, provide administrative support. Learn more about the various opportunities and apply to volunteer

Opportunities to serve are also available for single events. This holiday season, Advocates is partnering with Mountain Family Center to provide a gift-wrapping station at their North Pole Gift Room at the Inn at Silvercreek from December 14-22. It’s expected that up to 500 Grand County children will be receiving gifts through this program! They are looking for both donations of gift wrap, boxes, ribbon, bows, and gift tags and volunteers to help wrap gifts when the North Pole is open. If you’re interested in this opportunity, email


Grand County Advocates is sustained by volunteers, grants, and donations. As Colorado Gives Day approaches, consider donating to support the work the Advocates do. Our crew at West and Main Grand County proudly supports the Grand County Advocates - feel free to connect with us if you'd like to learn more!

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