To celebrate its move to a new building, the Family & Intercultural Resource Center hosted an open house Thursday, April 4, in Silverthorne. County commissioners Dan Gibbs and Thomas Davidson, along with Silverthorne council members Stuart Richardson and Dave Anderson, performed a ceremonial ribbon cutting to the applause of a small gathered crowd.
“We finally have a place that families in Summit County can call home,” said FIRC executive director Tamara Drangstveit. She also took time to thank generous local businesses, organizations and community members for their part in making the move to the new building a reality.
The organization moved from its previous office in Dillon in early March. The new location is at 251 W. Fourth St. in Silverthorne, formerly the Silverthorne post office. The 5,300-square-foot space is nearly double what was available at the old office, said Drangstveit. “Having good space improves the quality of the programs we offer.”
The new building includes a reception area and welcome room at the front, a brightly colored room for children to play in, a space for classes and a full working kitchen. Drangstveit estimated that 3,500 people will be served by FIRC in 2014.
“This is an incredibly important and special organization to all the people who come from all over the county and the world to live here,” said Davidson.
Gibbs said he plans to take the Daddy Boot Camp next week in order to prepare for his first child.
“FIRC, they do so many things for the community, not only as a last resort for families, but also … to sign up families for success,” he said.
Personal tours of the new location are available by contacting Anita at FIRC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (970) 455-0223.