Read the Complete, Compelling and Inspirational Story of  Prospect Valley Ministry

For decades, founder, Kimary MarcheseKimary Marchese desired to buy a home property large enough to serve as a place of hospitality for visiting missionaries. The 2001 discovery of a wonderful property, possessing every quality on the “needs-list”, made her feel the time had come to see that hope become a reality.

There it stood with its charming Old West storefront, a main house with a pillared front porch, an overhead apartment with its windows peeking out over the trailing wisteria, chicken coops, outhouse and wonderful two-bedroom cottage to the west. It was undeniably an attention-getter.

The realtor immediately cautioned that it was a very high-maintenance property. An offer was made and she was set to close in September on a charming 1872 property that included several structures with an old-west ambiance. The contract was ratified and the financing pre-qualification confirmed. Unfortunately, that fateful day, now known as 9/11, caused the original funding source to back out.

The contract expired with no further financing options. Just when it looked like the property was lost, the realtor connected the founder with a man from his Kiwanis Club. This man offered to fund the property for one year. By the end of that year, the entire “complex” needed to be adequately renovated to attract a traditional funding source or lose the property along with the year’s worth of sweat equity and the $40,000 put into the improvements.

The prospect of having to do such extensive renovations in less than one year made it seem like an extraordinary risk.

Next, 40 people came to pray over the property for wisdom. That time of prayer helped Kimary to decide to take the risk. She knew that what was originally supposed to be a 30-year project was now, out of necessity, becoming a 10-month project! She also knew it could not be done alone.

The current owner lived too far away to keep the place in shape but knew most prospective buyers were only interested in the commercial zoning and might tear down the beloved historic structures. In fact, Ms. Bongers had technically taken it off the market for that reason and initially did not respond to further requests to show the property when the Ms. Marchese first inquired.

The founder and her realtor were perplexed by the lack of response from the seller’s realtor. She prayed over it and felt lead to include her Buffalo Bill Museum exhibitor’s business card and a photo of her and a friend in reproduction Victorian attire. The realtor admitted it was a quirky request, but he submitted an offer including the card and photo and Susan Bongers accepted the offer. Ms. Bongers admitted at the closing that the founder’s love of history, as demonstrated by her profession and history reenacting photo, convinced her that if ever there was a buyer she could trust to preserve the original character of the property, this was it. Mrs. Craig Bongers even agreed to sell it for less money than a previous offer.

A New Vision

From the beginning, the founder knew she would need to restore the residential units to rent. Garden Lion & lambHer desire was to host Christian missionaries, primarily in the detached cottage. When that wasn’t available, she would share the main house. The long-term goal still is that one day, all the property’s units, including the overhead river view apartment, will house missionaries or full-time, Christian, non-profit workers.

The property closed with the temporarily financing on Thanksgiving weekend 2001. While scores of volunteers worked on the rest of the property, the new apartment tenant fixed up the one-bedroom, river view overhead apartment at their own expense.

A Contagious Vision

The men’s group from New Community Christian Church in Denver was the first to embrace the vision. They volunteered on Saturday mornings for several months. They did everything from finishing off the collapsing “barn”, to propping up the mailbox, to stripping off 4 layers and 130 years’ worth of flooring in the main house.

From there, others began to catch the vision. A carpenter and member of Arvada Covenant Church began organizing friends from the church’s singles group and started to work on the missionary guest cottage.

Another volunteer was a manager at LL Johnson, the sprinkler company. In addition to adding a great pond and fountain, he made the yard a poster child for a special underground drip system that rooted new sod in record time and saved 65% over the normal sod watering bill! Since all this was being done during a drought, it was critical to getting the water board to grant special permission to bypass drought planting restrictions and allow the new landscaping to take place. That same volunteer began converting the old chicken coop, turned coalhouse, into a garden prayer chapel.

The former storefront was a project for the Foothills Bible Church youth group. Additionally, a woman who was a member of Wheat Ridge’s Harvest Christian Community salvaged the original blue and red heart shutters on the cottage. And various people began building a gazebo. One of the founder’s favorite days was when farm kids from the Hudson, Keenesburg and Fort Lupton communities were let go with chain saws and a borrowed tractor. They cleared the land then played video games. The tractor was borrowed from Lindgren Landscaping-owned by a man who had never even met the founder nor seen the property!

City-wide Support

Many people contributed much to a project that had no guarantee of succeeding. Sometimes complete strangers would knock on the door and say, “I heard you need help”. Every profession imaginable showed up as needed: from a commercial electrician from Heritage Christian Center to an engineer from Church in the City. All total, more than two-dozen churches and civic groups, not to mention countless individuals, contributed to the transformation of this property. And that was just the first year. VolunteersNot everyone volunteered, but even the paid help was usually greatly discounted.

The project manager nicknamed “Michael the Angel” had people drive right up to the project and ask to hire him away at more than double what he was being paid for coordinating the renovation. He would not budge from PVH. He was determined to make the reappraisal and financing deadline and remained devoted to PVH the rest of his life.

Even the City of Wheat Ridge zoning department seemed to be rooting for the project—going the extra mile to explain what was needed for every step and each permit. It seemed like the whole community loved and supported the revitalization of the property.

Then with hardly a few weeks to spare the property was reappraised with enough equity to bring the risk level of the loan down. After a talk with the CEO of ASFCU, now named The District credit union, the permanent financing came just in the nick of time. The improvements to the property that first year far exceeded everyone’s expectations. The founder is quoted as saying, “It was like having a front row seat to a miracle!”.

Build It and They Will Come – The Missionaries

The first visiting missionaries were from an orphanage in Uganda, Africa before the cottage was even renovated. Visiting missionariesThey had to “camp out” in the main house. Soon thereafter, there were contacts from Tibet, Ghana, France, Kenya, Ireland, Peru, Korea, Namibia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Rwanda, England, Columbia, American relief workers for Honduras, Romania and workers on Native American Indian Reservations! Even Catholic nuns from Guatemala have stayed at Prospect Valley Hospitality, Inc.

Housing Katrina Hurricane victims birthed the creation of a temporary studio in-law apartment use in the former storefront connected to the main house. Years later insufficient income and the enormous expense of the property up-keep caused PVH to go up for sale in 2014. The salvation of the vision was the last-minute realization that the 2-bedroom cottage needed to be used to bring in more rent support for the property which would enable a refinance. The missionary use needed to move exclusively into the former storefront. In 2014 $10,000 was invested in converting the former storefront into a better configuration for a Studio in-law apartmCrossent for ministry guests.

It is still the long-term goal that one day the non-profit will bring in enough support that all the units can be dedicated to housing Christian workers. Only God knows what lies in “store” for the future.

Want to see more?  Check out our gallery of before and after photos.

Main House + Upstairs Apartment + Studio + Gardens + Cottage

Prospect Valley Hospitality, Inc.
10400 W. 38th Ave. Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-4010
303 722-5835
https://www.facebook.com/ProspectValleyHospitality
info@ProspectValley.com   www.prospectvalley.com

The Mission of Prospect Valley Hospitality is to provide inter-denominational, supportive, loving, comfortable accommodations free or under market value, to Christian, non-profit workers visiting the greater Denver, Colorado region in the U.S.A.

People devoting themselves to benevolent work, who need short term housing, do not have to sign leases or devote precious resources to buying furnishings.  They step into this unit equipped with daily necessities and concentrate on the great things they accomplish across the globe.

In recent years we’ve hosted a family who made medical clinics for indigent people in Mexico, a family who works with the youth of Israel feeling the strain of compulsory military straight out of high school, people from Prague, Czech Republic and have a booking from Columbia for people who work with children rescued from sex trafficking.

The great service of PVH could not be offered without the support of our volunteers, prayer partners and financial contributors.  We’d love to have you be part of the exciting things being done at Prospect Valley Hospitality.

Volunteer Application

Name:_________________________________________________________

Address: _______________________________________________________

Phone #___________________   Cell phone # _________________________

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Volunteer Interest:_______________________________________________

Time Commitment:    Day(s):_________________   Time:________________

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Volunteer Needs

General Gardening  _____      Adopt 1 of 38 small flowerbeds   ___________

Welcome, Airport pickup _____      Speakers Bureau ______

Maintenance & repairs:   Painting _____,   Plumbing _____,   Electrical ____

Weekly Chapel cleaning (dusting & sweep) ______,   sweeping walkway _____

Weekly clean Missionary porch  _____      Develop/Maintain Database ______

Setting up speaking engagements & tours _____  Prayer Partner _______

Financial Support  @ $15.00 a month _____, or one time donation ________.

Please return this application with a copy of your Driver’s License or ID attached.  It can be dropped off or mailed to PVH, 10400 W. 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-4010 (or scanned and e-mailed to info@ProspectValley.com)

PVH Provides these loving accommodations at an 1872, historic property with gardens, pond, gazebo, Garden Chapel, picnic area and parking.  All of which needs volunteers to maintain.  Thank you for your interest

Prospect Valley Hospitality
Volunteer Work
Waiver of Liability

I am voluntarily participating in activities at Prospect Valley Hospitality at 10400 W. 38th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, Co 80033.  The activities may include, but are not limited to yard work, painting and other kinds of maintenance tasks.  While risk is minimal and all authorized tasks are those associated with regular home and garden upkeep, I do realize that injury can occur due to my own negligence of safe behavior or accidental injury associated with physical activity.

I am participating in this activity entirely at my own risk.  I assume all related risk both known and unknown to me, of my participation in volunteer work at Prospect Valley Hospitality including travel to, during, and from this activity.  I release liability and hereby waive any and all rights, claims or causes of action of any kind what so ever, arising out of my participation in activities at Prospect Valley Hospitality.  I waive my claims for myself and anyone acting on my behalf and hold harmless Prospect Valley Hospitality and anyone acting on its behalf, including successors and other volunteers.

In the event that I should require medical treatment I understand that those expenses will be my own and that I should carry my own medical insurance.

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