People Supporting People at STRiVE

STRiVE is a private, non-profit organization authorized by the State of Colorado to provide community-based services and supports to individuals with disabilities and their families. STRiVE has been providing services and support to individuals and families with developmental disabilities in Mesa County for over 50 years. As the community needs have increased so has the diversity of our programs. “STRiVE” represents our staff and the people we support every day.
STRiVE offers a coordinated spectrum of care and support services that range from minimal to around-the-clock assistance for people with all levels of intellectual, physical and mental challenges. STRiVE’s mission is support people who strive to meet their full potential. STRiVE is a partnership of people supporting people. 

STRiVE is here to provide the personalized care individuals need as we Strive to provide the best person-centered services, and our clients Strive to be independent and take greater control of their lives.


Valued Community Partners,

As you all know by now, our good friend and colleague, Doug Sorter, passed away in early August. We have been taking our time to allow ourselves to grieve and remember the amazing person he was, all while continuing the great things he did for STRIVE and the people we support. We are taking a thoughtful approach to picking up where he left off, including figuring out who the right people are to do so.

Doug did many things here at STRiVE, but what he was most known for was getting our name out in the community through many fundraising efforts and educational opportunities. He worked with many grantors, foundations, civic organizations, community partners like yourself, and numerous other people who he would interact with.

This portion of his job will now be handled by a long-time staff of STRiVE and Mesa Developmental Services, Tanya Workman. Tanya has worked closely with Doug for many years and has a great understanding of the needs of our organization and also has extensive experience working on grants, with foundations and building positive, long-lasting relationships in our community. She will do an incredible job and will continue to build on the amazing things Doug started. For many of you, she will be your main point of contact.

Regarding the other portion of what Doug did here at STRIVE, namely his work with our numerous Vocational and Day Programming, I will be the main point of contact for the time being. If you have any questions regarding our growing employment-based programming or community inclusion focused day programs, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

We look forward to continuing to make this a better community for everyone and to continue doing great things in the spirit of our buddy, Doug.

Tanya Workman:

Direct Line- 970-244-5519



Grant Jackson

President & CEO

STRiVE/Mesa Developmental Services

“Thank you for taking the time to make the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities more complete.” Doug Sorter

STRiVE's partnership with Alida’s

STRiVE’s partnership with Alida’s is a testament to our belief that true community inclusion of the individuals who experience a developmental disability is paramount to achieving their goals and dreams. Through this program individuals who participate in STRiVE vocational programming will work alongside others from the community who have a passion for producing prized, high quality, “Colorado Proud” products with local fruit and vegetables. Because of this, we are extremely proud and excited to work with Bob and Alida to continue their tradition of excellence and to provide a true purpose-led, social impact business to the Grand Valley!

Doug Sorter with a smile

The STRiVE Family has lost a dear member of our team. Our wonderful Vice President and self-proclaimed Champion, Doug Sorter, lost his life in a tragic accident in the beginning of August. Doug epitomized the spirit of our organization and absolutely everything he did, day in and day out, was to help better the lives of the amazing people we support. He was a true champion of community inclusion and wanted everyone to see the greatness of people who experience an intellectual or developmental disability and the immense value they bring to our society. His memory and legacy will never be forgotten by those who had the pleasure to work with him and especially by those he supported. We will miss his goofy sense of humor and playful attitude. Our community has lost a true leader and doer of great things. We miss you already big guy!

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Colorado Mesa University Football team using the following website or phone number.

Colorado Mesa University (970) 248-1902

Child & Family Services

Services include: Infant/Toddler Early Intervention, Family Support, Children’s Home and Community Based Support, Children’s Extensive Support Waiver.

Early Childhood Intervention

Family Support Services Helping with skills for communicating, problem-solving, social integration, coping, and independence.

Adult Services

Services include: Residential, Supported Living Services, Host Home Care, Prevocational as well as Supported Community Employment Small Group.

STRiVE Upcoming Events for 2021

The Event schedule for 2021 is Full of Fun and Opportunities to Support the People Supporting People.

2021 Events will be listed and updated as restrictions and regulations allow.

STRiVE is Grateful to United Way of Mesa County.

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People Supporting People

Our organization is made up of over 350 employees qualified & trained to provide quality, result driven services in our over 12 Day and Supported Employment Programs and 4 Residential Sites. Are you ready to join our team?

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Contact Us


790 Wellington Ave.
Grand Junction CO. 81501

Botanical Gardens
641 Struthers Ave.
Grand Junction CO. 81501

Uniquely Yours

443 Main Street,
Grand Junction, CO. 81501

Alida's Fruits 

3402 C 1/2 Rd,
Palisade, CO 81526
(970) 434-8769