Salida family, Both Hands work to raise money for adoption

Salidan Dustin Hughes and his family, with the assistance of the Both Hands organization, will raise money to adopt a Chinese boy by working Saturday on the home of Ada Turley in Salida.

“It’s a great opportunity to serve a widow and help bring an orphan home to his forever family,” Hughes said. “We started our adoption process 5 years ago. I feel honored being able to contribute back to the town. This is a really great opportunity for us.”

Both Hands Foundation, a nonprofit group that “serves widows, orphans and adoptive families,” developed an innovative way to help reduce the financial barrier for adoption through home improvement projects for widows.

Turley, whose husband died 14 years ago, needs repairs on her home, including fencing, painting and cleanup. The Hughes family is asking family members and friends to sponsor the project and requesting local businesses to help out with donated supplies.

Several local business are contributing material, including Hylton Lumber and Hardware, Poncha Lumber, Sherwin Williams, True Value Hardware, Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply and Brady’s West Garden Center.

All sponsorship money will help offset the cost of adoptions, while private donors cover the administrative cost to Both Hands.

Since 2008, Both Hands has raised $3,575,000, helped 365 widows, helped fund 382 adoptions and completed more than 336 projects in 39 states.

“We have a team of about 40 people helping out, some coming from as far away as Westcliffe and Pagosa Springs. We even have some people helping out from Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity,” Hughes said. “And we can always use more people. This is great chance to give back to the community, and we are excited and blessed to be able to help out.”

For more information, contact Hughes at 221-3336, or donations may be made online at

Artcile by Brian McCabe, The Mountain Mail

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