The West End Family Link Center (WEFLC) is a community-based nonprofit founded in 1993, and one of the original family resource centers members of the Family Resource Center Association which has grown to 31 member-centers.
WEFLC is located in Nucla, Colorado, in the west end of Montrose County. We serve a frontier area of 2,069 square miles, which includes the west ends of Montrose and San Miguel Counties which are both physically and financially isolated from the eastern portion of both counties. From our office it is at least 90 minutes to a two-hour drive each way to hospitals, medical/dental specialists, shopping centers, airports, entertainment, Department of Motor Vehicle services, etc.
The population is approximately 1,900 with 25% are under the age of 18, and 20% over 65; approximately 60% of children receiving reduced to no cost lunch at school, with many of those vulnerable families receiving services through our programs.
West End Family Link Center’s mission is to empower the people of the west end of Montrose and San Miguel Counties by providing low-to-no-cost supportive services. These services include: referrals; education toward self-management; evidence-based programs (parenting and nutrition classes); emergency assistance services, such as heating assistance and food bank; and other resources when available.
To build stronger, healthier families and individuals in the West End of Montrose and San Miguel counties.
Doris Van Ness was raised in Saguache, Colorado she married Jerry Van Ness in 1972, they have two children son Monte who lives in Texas, and a daughter Jessica who lives in Arizona, four grandsons. She moved to Bedrock in 1997 where her and her husband own Van Ness Angus Ranch. They raise registered Angus bulls and cows for resale and sale meat. Doris was an EMT for Paradox Valley Ambulance service for 16 years. She was the EMS Coordinator for 14 of them years. In 2005 She was county commissioner appointed to the RETAC board and continued until 2016. She served on the Montrose County Fair board for 7 years. She served a board member on the Montrose County Hospital Board of Trustees. She was Western Slope Cattle women president for four years and was a member of the cattle women for twelve years. Her and her husband have been members of the Western Colorado Angus Association sense 1992. Doris was a board member of The WEFLC board for three years and took a reprieve and came back on in 2016 where she served as secretary until July of 2021 and is now the chair.
Mimi Johnson joined the West End community in 2019 after relocating from St Louis, MO. She brings a wealth of experience as her career experience is in both non-profits as well as Senior Level Director roles within different Fortune 500 companies. Johnson currently resides with her husband and two children in Paradox where she spends her free time launching a Biotech StartUp.
Alice Marie Orth is the secretary to the Board of Directors for WEFLC. As a board member she is responsible for attending meetings, recording minutes, events and planning the future direction of WEFLC. Alice is a former Denver Public Schools teacher. After teaching math and science in Denver for many years. She returned to Montrose County to retire and then moved to Nucla in 2017. Alice is enjoying “living the dream” in the West End and hopes for all our residents to be living our best lives. Realizing the WEFLC serves its motto of “infant to senior services or all ages.”
Jim Womeldorf relocated to Colorado in 1977 from the Finger Lakes region of western New York State. He had careers in teaching solo guitar, land surveying and massage therapy prior to nearly three decades of employment in upper-level management of nonprofit agencies supporting people with psychiatric and intellectual disabilities. The last 19 of those years, prior to retiring in 2021, he served as Adult Services Director at Community Options in Montrose, Colorado. He and his wife moved to Nucla in 2021, along with their corgis. Jim especially enjoys hiking, trail running, bicycling, cross-country skiing, solo guitar, photography and generally being out in nature.
TJ Jones has lived and worked in the West End since 2004. She attended Sierra High Tech and received a degree in CST Electronics. She has numerous certificates in the Fire, EMS, Management, Customer Service & Administrative fields. She has been trained as a certified Nurturing Parent facilitator, a certified Financial Health Institute facilitator, trained to administer the SNAP enrollment program, the CFSA2, use of the Salesforce data base system and to administer Energy Outreach Colorado.
She was the West End Citizen of the Year in 2018 and brings a great rounded experience to the West End Family Link Center.