Needs cut across race, generations |

Needs cut across race, generations

Connie Steiert

EAGLE COUNTY – Not all of immigrant advocate Darlene Montano’s clients are recent immigrants. Montano also sees English-speaking clients in need, clients from Eastern-bloc countries, and the elderly. And she would like to specialize in helping teens, who have nowhere else to turn, she says. “I don’t’ think any certain problem is akin to any specific race,” she says.The Immigrant Advocacy Program Montano heads also works closely with Eagle County’s Health and Human Services Department, explains director Kathleen Forinash.The two agencies are able to cross-refer clients to the right programs. “Families have multiple needs. Darlene may be calling us, and we may be calling her. We may also involve the Salvation Army. We all have sort of a common goals to make sure people aren’t going to starve and freeze and go without medical services here in the valley,” Forinash says. By talking together, valley agencies also make sure they are not duplicating services.They also work together on the bigger picture for the community. Catholic Charities, of which the Immigrant Advocacy Program is a part, also runs the Eagle County Nutrition Network, which is a project of Colorado State University’s Extension Service. Montano participates in the Rotary Club’s Child Health Project, made up of a variety of agencies in the valley, as well as with the Eagle River Youth Coalition. Vail, Colorado

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