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  • 09/24/2020 15:52 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    Sept 24, 2020– Operation Revamp, Inc has been awarded a grant of $5501 by the Trutta Foundation and Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) for our transportation and communications programs.

    The purpose of the grant is to provide operating costs, registration, insurance and maintenance of the suburban for our transportation program and for the annual costs of our online website and member database at Operationrevamp.org

    Our transportation program provides rides to and from the VA, special appointments, food bank and delivery services, other transportation needs, as well as helping veterans with local moves.

    The grant from the Trutta Foundation and Western Colorado Community Foundation will provide our annual cost to keep our website and member database operational.  The website provides information on our programs and services, event calendar and registration, member database, online store, public forums, resource information and more and during this time is our main method of communication while the center remains closed.

    The Western Colorado Community Foundation serves seven counties in western Colorado, managing charitable funds for community good. Currently, the Community Foundation manages over 265 charitable funds totaling over $80 million in assets and awards over $3.4 million in grants and scholarships annually.

  • 09/12/2020 20:11 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    There is no date yet but there will be new policies and procedures in place when we do unlock the doors.

    Art Classes and Open Studio

    Any and all classes will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only.  On these days there will be no  open studio* so access will only be available to those registered for a class.

    Open studio will be available on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday only.

    *There will be exceptions to the above as follows.

    • The woodshop will be available daily unless a woodworking class is scheduled.
    • Glass and ceramics studios will be open daily unless classes are scheduled.
    • Computer area will be available daily (One computer station only unless a couple or family come in together)

    Coffee, lunch, laptop use, reading or lounging will be in the gallery for anyone using open studio, the woodshop, glass studio, ceramics studio or computer station and social distancing will be required.

    Walk-ins for services, assistance, sales, copies or fax will be restricted to the store front and gallery area and social distancing will be required.

    Anyone entering the building will be required to wear a mask (per government mandate), practice social distancing, and will be subject to temperature check and health questions. 

  • 09/11/2020 20:35 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    When will we reopen?

    This is probably the number one question we get asked and I ask that you please check the forums on the website at operationrevamp.org for news and updates. Any and all information regarding our schedule will be posted there. 

    Services currently available

    We continue to offer art supplies at no charge to veterans, and in many cases families of veterans and the first step is to complete the online application, on the website. Ask and you may well receive.

    We also help with urgent needs including bus passes, vehicle repair, food and gas cards, transportation, housing and utilities for eligible veterans.  And you guessed it, you start by filling out the online application form. Please note that nothing completely magical happens after you submit the form if you do not reply to any of my emails or texts.  

    The Suburban is running and we do offer transportation.  Again, fill out the online form and you will usually get called back asap.  Once you have filled it out you can also call or text the driver at 970-462-1247 to make arrangements.

    We are not yet having any art classes but we are offering some of our Healing Arts. Tai Chi is every Wednesday at 1 pm and BodyTalk every 2nd Tuesday. Both of these can be found on our event calendar.  You will initially need to fill out the online application and then for each session you want to attend you have to register on the event page or through the email notification you receive.  These sessions are at no charge to eligible veterans.

    Sales and giveaways

    We might be closed to the public but please remember that we do have a lot of things for sale, some listed in the online store, and we do provide curbside pickup, and in some cases, delivery. We also have a ton of art and craft supplies, crafting magazines, patterns and more that are free or almost free and we need to get them cleared out so we can get ready to open. We have a large inventory of essential oils and several boxes of herbal supplements and more. We also have some shop equipment and a couple of photo enlargers for sale, and I will hopefully get that listed soon but you don't have to wait. 

    What I just said and more

    I will sum this all up with a few very important points. 

    • We are not yet open to the public and I am working from home.
    • We continue to provide many services and healing art sessions
    • An Online Application is required for almost everything (but you only need to do it once)
    • We are organizing and have lots of stuff that needs to go.
    • The forums on the website are there to provide you with current news and information on everything we do and what we plan on doing next. 
    • I am easiest to reach by email at wendy@operationrevamp.org or by text at 970-424-2312. You can also try phoning but if you are not in my contact list you will likely go to voice mail. Please leave a message.
    • We currently have 158 lapsed members.  You can fix this by logging in, resetting your membership (or click renew but make sure it doesn't still say lapsed) and click the link for an invoice.  You can then pay online, or drop by the studio and drop it off, or mail it. There is no need to print out the invoice.
    • Financially we are struggling.  Our membership, donation and sales income that we need to continue to function has all but come to a screeching halt.  We still have monthly expenses, even while we are not open, and it is hard to manage them with no income.  Our total public support income for July and August was $248.  With those figures the question should not be 'when'  we will open but 'if' we will ever be able to open.

    A reminder that our Facebook group is for anyone to post.  Feel free to share, post, ask questions or anything else that is non-political.  I do post a lot of community announcements there if you are just a follower, but this is a group and we're all in it so I do invite you to use it, even if you just want sympathy for your stubbed toe.  Its why we're here. If you have not yet joined the group please join us now on FaceBook.

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  • 09/11/2020 12:39 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    Mesa County –The Western Region One Source (WROS) is excited to announce the newest Veteran Artist of the Month, Donna Fullerton. She is a Grand Junction resident who finds inspiration for her art from around the world, although she says, she is most inspired by the American West and South Africa.

    Donna’s photography has been published or featured in magazines and online, including official websites for organizations like the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service, The International Audubon Society, Department of the Interior and National Geographic. In 2016, her photo of the Coke Ovens view, taken from inside the Colorado National Monument, was awarded the cover of the National Park Service Centennial Edition photo book. In 2016, Donna was invited by National Geographic to photograph Yellowstone. Two of her photos from that shoot are on display in the WROS.

    “As a child I began sketching animals I saw on the big screen,” Fullerton said.

    Donna served in the United States Marine Corps, playing the flute in the Marine Corps band. In 1986, she was stationed at El Toro Marine Base in Irvine, Calif., with Comm. Squadron 38.

    “I want my artwork to convey a sense of tranquility, beauty and mystery,” Fullerton said. “My work ranges from photography to lost-wax bronze work, and performing arts.”

    A reception hosted by Fullerton and WROS staff will be held on Oct. 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with some of her art work available for sale. A mix of Donna’s work is on display during business hours at the WROS until Oct. 9. 

    Any veteran with creative/art work will be considered for future displays at the WROS. Interested veterans should contact Heather Benjamin, at (970) 257-3764.

    COVID-19 Note: Social distancing, masks and no hand shaking will be practiced at all public events and inside the WROS building by all DMVA West state staff and patrons. Masks are required to be worn inside the building due to the Governor’s mandate.                                                                                               

  • 08/10/2020 10:13 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    Any veteran with creative/art work will be considered for Artist of the M onth at WROS. Interested veterans should contact Heather Benjamin, at (970) 257-3764.

  • 07/30/2020 09:39 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    If you are still out there waiting for news and updates this is your lucky day.  First, I want to thank everyone who is patiently waiting for us to open for classes and studio activities again. The good news is we continue to clean and reorganize while we are closed and it will be a lot more inviting when we all come back.

    To date we have cleaned and organized much of the storefront, installed and filled shelves in the new storage area (formerly the dark room), organized the glass studio, moved all models and model making supplies into their own room, and unpacked and sorted all of the porcelain, tole painting and wood projects, glass, bisque ware and green ware and displayed everything on shelves.  There is still much to be done but when we do reopen it will be a lot easier to find projects and supplied to work on as well as finding a space to work on them.

  • 06/30/2020 11:27 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    It is the end of the year for us (doesn't end 2020 unfortunately) and it is also the end of our first decade.  Yes, 10 years!  Operation Revamp was founded early in 2010 and officially registered and incorporated as a 501(c)3 non profit on July 11, 2010.  Happy 10th birthday.

    The veterans art center is still closed although still very busy.  We are cleaning and reorganizing and hope to open soon.  We are also continuing to provide eligible transportation, with restrictions, art supplies if we have what you need (includes some tools and equipment) and our alternative healing sessions are starting or already started.  Tai Chi is back and BodyTalk is available through phone or video sessions. Our grant providing emergency funding, bus passes, food and gas cards, ended this month but we have been awarded a 2020-21 package and will have more info on that once we know the covered line items.

    Applications are being accepted online for art supplies (and any of our other services) and art supply applications are for Veterans, family members and caregivers.  Transportation and anything funded by our grant are limited to eligible veterans only.  The online form is also required if you will be attending any of our classes (veteran or family) once we open, or to attend any of the healing arts sessions (veteran only).

    The online form is on our home page or you can access it here Veterans Online Application.

    Check back often for updates on various activities as they reopen.

  • 05/28/2020 14:09 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

  • 05/14/2020 00:56 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    Safer at Home - effective April 27, 2020

    Restricted Transportation Provided:

    To or from VA or medical

    To GVT transit for bus pass

    Urgent transportation needs otherwise not provided

    Food or grocery only as deemed necessary and not routine shopping.

    GVT Bus Passes Available

    Online Application Needed for Bus Pass or Transportation (one time only)

    Veterans Assistance Application

    All Transportation Requires the Following:

    Practice Social Distancing and Sanitation

    Driver must wear mask

    Passenger(s) must wear mask

    NO symptomatic passengers (or anyone who has been in contact)

    Passenger(s) must use hand sanitizer prior to entering vehicle

    No Passengers in front seat

    Clean and sanitize surfaces at end of trip

    Use Clorox wipes or Lysol or liquid disinfectant spray with cloth or wipe.

    Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer

    Avoid touching your face

  • 05/14/2020 00:54 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    Even though we may no longer be able to meet in person, we're still doing all we can to provide value to our members. The Veterans Art Center is still closed but we are doing what we can to reach out to you and carry out our mission.

    Here's more steps we are taking to get through this:

    • We are reaching out to as many as we can to get you set up with arts and craft materials at home.
    • We have delivery and curbside pick up available at this time.
    • Transportation is once again available on a restricted basis
    • GVT Bus passes are available for Veterans
    • Art supplies and kits we have available to you will be posted in the online store and on FaceBook on our page and the group as we get pictures of them.  You can pick what you want and most will be free.

    And to help you get through this crisis, if you are in crisis please contact us:

    • We provide emergency food and gas cards to veterans
    • Assistance with housing, utilities and other approved expenses

    For any assistance, transportation or art supplies request please complete the online form at operationrevamp.org/Veterans-Assistance-Application

    This form is for veterans, family members or caregivers.

    Volunteers Needed

    During our continued closure we are working on much needed deep cleaning, sorting and reorganizing.  We are also posting a lot of the items that are available for pickup or delivery, at no charge, along with items we have for sale in our online store and on social media.

    If you would be interested in helping out with any part, from sorting or assembling craft kits to sorting out storage lockers and hauling metal to the scrapyard please contact me by return email or text me at 970-424-2312 or leave a voice message. I would say phone me but I am very seldom close to my phone and have never gotten into the habit of carrying it around with me.

    I am also looking for volunteers to make masks and we have plenty of fabric for you to do it with.  Currently our volunteers are asked to wear masks and masks are mandatory when riding in the suburban so we need several.  Excess will be available for those needing them for the many other places in town with mask requirements. If you would be willing to make some please contact me.


    We are in dire straits for our regular monthly expenses.  With the Veterans Art Center being closed we have had little to no income since mid March but regular monthly expenses did not take a break.  Our sales have been non-existent (even the coke machine) and no donations in the jug. Online donations are very low too.   

    I would like to request those of you who can, to help us out with online fundraising. One of the best in our experience is the FaceBook fundraisers and you can create one at  https://www.facebook.com/fund/VeteransArtCenter/

    By creating the fundraiser and sharing it with your friends the donation income is usually greater than if you just share one someone else created.  If you take the time to create it your friends are more apt to consider donating because they trust you.

    Additionally, we are offering our soap and other items in the online store.  As with everything in the store, if you are a member make sure you are logged in to get the member savings.  You can help with this too by sharing the link to the store.  The store is directed to local shoppers and members but there is an option for shipping for out of town shoppers.  If you are local you can select curbside pickup or delivery.  We'll let you know when your order is ready to go out the door.

    The DoTerra kit Spring Raffle that was to be drawn on April 8th is in limbo at the moment but as soon as all changes are approved by the State we will again have raffle tickets available and will let you know.  

    If you have any other ideas for funding resources during this time please let me know.  In fact let me know anything you want :) Or ideas about how we should adjust our programs to continue to meet our mission while at a distance.  The Veterans Art Center will not open for any in house services or classes until it has gone through deep cleaning, sorting and organizing.  

    This is a difficult time for all of us, but you're not alone: we're just as committed to helping you as we have been for the past 7 years.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.


    Wendy Hoffman


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