When the youngest of their three kids packed up for college last summer, Michelle and Patrick Huck of Pagosa Springs didn’t turn in their child-rearing credentials. Instead, they completed the final steps to becoming registered foster parents.
“We still had a lot of love we wanted to share with some little people,” said Michelle, mother to a 26-, 22- and 19-year-old.
Last November they received a call for an emergency placement – a 10-year-old Delaware girl who desperately needed a new home far away from her past. The Hucks dropped everything to go get her and bring her back to their home.
“It was kind of an unusual situation in that we had to go get her, and the travel costs and the clothing and other things she needed when she got here exhausted what we had in savings for firewood and Christmas presents,” said Michelle, a secretary at the Community United Methodist Church in Pagosa Springs.
The church is one of Energy Outreach Colorado’s partner agencies, so Michelle was familiar with the energy bill assistance program and applied for help through an outside agency. EOC helped pay for a delivery of firewood to the Hucks’ home just as their supply ran out.
Patrick, who works at a home rental maintenance company, and Michelle were truly grateful and relieved for the assistance.
“It’s one situation when you are adults dressing warmer for the elements, but now we’re responsible for a child,” Michelle said. “This will enable us to be warm and comfortable for the rest of the winter.”