Auto group donates $10k to FIRC |

Auto group donates $10k to FIRC

Summit Daily/Julie Sutor Silverthorne Auto Group general manager Wayne Kieffer, far left, and realtor Eddie O'Brien, far right, present a $10,000 check to Christina Carlson, center left, and Cat Morrison, center right, of the Family and Intercultural Resource Center.

SILVERTHORNE – An expanded Silverthorne Auto Group car dealership will soon sit atop the land where 24 trailers once housed local families in Silverthorne.The trailers are gone now, and their denizens have found new homes. But a group of business people who made sure the moves were friendly and smooth took one last step to ensure “a responsible move” Tuesday when Silverthorne Auto Group general manager Wayne Kieffer handed the Family and Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) a $10,000 check.”It’s the right thing to do,” Kieffer said. “We started the project, and it’s time to finish up and support the community.”

The FIRC will use the funds in a pilot project to provide ongoing, longer-term support to clients who would normally just receive stop-gap services in emergency situations.The former residents of Silver Springs trailer park may not have been thrilled about the mandatory move, but Kieffer and others involved in the parcel’s purchase saw to it that the families weren’t left out in the cold.”We formed a small board to facilitate moving people from the trailers to other locations in the community,” said real estate broker Eddie O’Brien. “We’ve watched so many trailer parks end up with a sign on the door saying, ‘Get out,’ and we did not want to see that happen in this situation.”

The group waived the residents’ monthly $600 lot fees for seven months and paid residents who left before the June 1 deadline. The board also directed residents to the FIRC in Dillon, which provided individual case management, housing information, advocacy and translation services.”As a board, we looked for someone that could provide services that would help us with this transition, and the FIRC jumped right out,” O’Brien said.

“Ten thousand dollars will go a long way in this community,” said FIRC general assistance coordinator Cat Morrison. “It’s amazing to see a business be so proactive about a situation like this – the idea of planning for change and making the change happen responsibly, especially in a place where housing is such an issue.”Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 203 or

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