FIRC flourishes in new Dillon location |

FIRC flourishes in new Dillon location

Special to the Daily/Bob Winsett

DILLON – The staff of the Family and Intercultural Resource Center can finally stretch its collective legs in their new digs.

FIRC moved into a new location at 103 Main Street in Dillon in July, and they have adjusted quite well to their new surroundings.

“Before, we were tucked into four separate suites behind the thrift store,” FIRC Executive Director Tamara Drangstveit said. “Now we’re finally all in the same location.”

Drangstveit said the move was necessary to allow for for easier communication among staff members, as well as more space for families when they do show up.

FIRC aims to improve the quality of life in Summit County by providing social and family services to members of the community. It provides education and counseling, while also operating one of Summit County’s largest food banks and the Summit Thrift and Treasure.

It’s the little things that add up when moving into a new office, said Drangstveit. Even something as seemingly minor as having a window in the food bank storage area helps to brighten the mood for employees and workers alike. And the food bank is much larger than before, finally providing the space to properly organize the goods.

The new location also includes several offices with doors – a feature FIRC mostly lacked in the former offices. Due to the confidential subject matter discussed between FIRC’s staff and its clients, having private offices has been a substantial boon for the nonprofit.

The thrift store is still being operated at the site of the old offices at 340 Fiedler Avenue in Dillon – just a few blocks from the new offices. But the benefits of the new offices far outweigh the costs of being farther away from one of the organization’s prime fundraisers.

Drangstveit said FIRC is leasing the new offices through Dillon Development Company. The company leased the space to the nonprofit for a “generous price,” she said. The additional room has added only a nominal amount to utility costs.

Though FIRC has lost a portion of its state funding during the difficult economic climate, Drangstveit said donors have been generous enough to help keep the organization afloat and thriving through personal and organizational donations.

SDN reporter Drew Andersen can be contacted at (970) 668-4633 or

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