Award-Winning Advocacy Work

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – Next week, Hilltop Community Resources will be receiving the Purple Ribbon award for outstanding and innovative work from the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Comprised of The Latimer House in Mesa County and Tri-County Resources in Delta, Montrose and Ouray Counties, Hilltop was selected as the Outstanding Domestic Violence Organization for 2013 by its peers in Colorado.

Latimer House Coordinator, Karla Kitzman, says that being a part of Hilltop has made it possible for those working directly with victims to focus solely on their social work without the distractions of running a business at the same time.

“For me to get this award, I know that it’s a great honor but I know that the reason we get to do the work that we do is being a part of Hilltop.”

Hilltop Community Resources provide victims with group and individual counseling, advocacy, emergency shelter and a crisis hotline where victims can call in for help and information.

“I’ve worked at Latimer house since 2001 and people have come and gone,” says Kitzman. “Over the years they’ve actually come back and said, ‘The most important service that you guys offer is the crisis line,’ and that’s twenty-four hours, seven days a week.”

The award will be presented to Hilltop at the Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference in Vail, CO on Monday.

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