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Stories from the Heart

How Camp Comfort Helps Heal Heartbreak

Every child who loses a loved one carries inside them a story desperate to be told. At Camp Comfort, they can tell it. We are pleased to share Brandon Heeley’s story below. It’s a story of how Camp Comfort helps heal heartbreak.

Sallie Wandling, Senior Director of Camp Comfort

Sallie Wandling

As the founder of Camp Comfort, Sallie knows that the key to camp is that children can look around and realize, ‘I’m not alone in my grief.’ “Seeing children evolve and open up during their weekend grief journey is amazing. The hugs, the conversation, and the smiles are worth everything. To provide such a safe and fun place where a child can be silent or crying in a support group and then be joyful when they are participating in an activity is truly heartwarming. Camp Comfort is simply a part of my heart.”

Shannon Savocchi

“For people who don’t want to leave their mountain, our hospice care means a lot. It’s a gift to be in your own home, in your own bed with your family around. It’s really an honor to help them on their final journey.”

Ray’s chocolate chip cookies are legendary. Here he is shown serving a plate of cookies with a huge smile on his face.

Embraced by Love

Unlike a lot of people who move to Colorado, Ray didn’t come here for the mountains, he was far more interested in a therapeutic treasure tucked inside them. A psychological social worker by profession, Ray served as the director of Forest Heights Lodge for 35 years. He dedicated his life’s work and heart to helping boys struggling with emotional, behavioral, academic and social issues.

Two health care professionals with patient in wheel chair holding a "Veterans Appreciation" certificate.

We Honor Veterans

There are more than 18.2 million Veterans in the United States who have protected and served our country. Of these, more than half, are over the age of 65. There is a growing recognition, both here at Mount Evans and throughout the country, of the need to provide Veteran-centered care to our servicemen and servicewomen.

Emily Deutschmann - Our Heart is in the Home

Emily Deutschmann

Emily gives mountain residents their voice and helps them speak, think, and even swallow foods and liquids. “I am proud to help our mountain community in a variety of ways. Speech therapists have many roles outside of speech and language: educating families on disease processes, strengthening swallow function, and teaching memory strategies. My goal is always to put the needs of the resident and their family first.”

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