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Posted on: August 18, 2021

[ARCHIVED] A to B Movers Assist Rifle Citizen


The City of Rifle would like to thank A to B Movers for assisting a local citizen with cleaning his property. Rifle Community Service Officer Dawn Neely first noticed the yard while performing her duties of code enforcement. She quickly realized that the owner didn’t have the physical capability to remedy the situation. A search for a solution and a way to help led her to A to B Movers.   

A to B Movers is a small, locally owned company with a focus on serving the valley. They also do commercial moves, unique furniture and items that may require specialty tooling. The nature of the business provided the necessary tools and skills to get the job done. The crew volunteered their time, equipment and muscle to help remove decades of accumulated junk and yard debris.

Co-owners and longtime friends Jonathan Grossman and Paul Burkhart believe in being good stewards of the community. 

“We give back any opportunity we can. We have always wanted to find a way to use a business we could start and own to give back to the community,” states Grossman.

Giving back is the philosophy embedded in the entire business. Employees are often former convicts or others who are struggling, but have a strong work ethic, moral character and desire for a fresh start.

“We call ourselves the comeback crew”, says a smiling Grossman. “We believe that everyone deserves a second chance.” Starting a moving company was the perfect choice since “moving often represents a second chance or a new beginning”.

No one knows this better than Burkhart. A muscular man with a positive attitude and never-ending smile, Burkhart was serving a lengthy prison sentence for drug offenses until former Governor John Hickenlooper granted him clemency three years ago. Starting the moving business with Grossman provided him a new lease on life which he is determined to pass onto others.

The clean-up turned out to be a multiday job, but the result was amazing. Another member of the team, Dustin Harrelson, and Officer Neely also spent the entire day helping out. Further, A to B are in the process of arranging for some trees to be removed at no cost to the homeowner to help prevent future issues. This type of humanitarian outreach truly represents what the City of Rifle wants to reflect. Be Nice, Be Kind.

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