Valley Settlement

Reaching for more on a limited budget

Valley Settlement works with immigrant families in the Roaring Fork Valley to promote early childhood development, advance opportunity, and reduce barriers to accessing vital community resources.

Valley Settlement needed a complete redesign and reorganization of their website, and they wanted to add functionality to better serve their constituents and accomplish their mission. This included adding a job board , blog and events calendar. They also serve a multi-lingual community, and they needed a better way to organize and update their English and Spanish pages.

While they had a long list of needs, Valley Settlement’s web development budget could not accommodate everything. So we entered a unique partnership: Merge completely designed the new site with several page and section variations, coded the new theme, set up all the pages and added the necessary functionality. Valley Settlement filled in the content, including both English and Spanish variations. Merge packaged it all up and launched it when it was complete. Working hand-in-hand, both Merge and Valley Settlement enjoyed the partnership and process.

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Web Design
WordPress Development
Website Hosting
Ongoing Website Maintenance
Google Analytics & Search Console Integration

Web Design + WordPress Development

We wanted to deliver the most we could with this project, knowing the good work Valley Settlement does every day. We created a simple but compelling design system they could maintain on their own, minimizing the time it would take to keep the site of this busy organization constantly up to date. We incorporated their existing donation platform via embedded forms, so they could gather site visitor information and donations quickly and easily. The technology supporting this site is efficient, secure, lightweight and yet powerful. Combined with their incredible talent for WordPress site management, this should prove to be a solid solution for years to come.

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This is the second time I have worked with Michelle and Stacey at Merge Studio, and I couldn’t be happier with both the process and the end product. From brainstorming design ideas to refining the vision and working out functionality, the entire process was focused and smooth. I think the thing that stands out about Merge is that they really listen to a client’s needs and are thoughtful about coming up with effective and elegant solutions. From start to finish, working on this project in partnership with Merge was an absolute pleasure.

 Sally Boughton
Development & Communications Associate

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