GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Community members created a haunted house, asking only for donations to benefit Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley.
Bobby Howell, one of the haunted house creators, said this all began when he was a kid and his local Boy’s Club hosted a haunted house for the homeless, “Ever since then, it just has become, I don’t know what it was, it was just this is what I love.”
Now, Bobby says it’s turned into a tradition, “Every year, whether I do a big one or small, one I always make sure I do it just because it’s a passion of mine.”
Jesse Redmond, the Development Director at HomewardBound of the Grand Valley, said Bobby brought the idea to the shelter, “He’s got a pretty big heart, so he came to us with the idea and we said, absolutely we love it.”
Bobby said, after just 4 days of running the haunted house, they were able to donate 14 or 15, 55 gallon bags and upwards of 600 to 700 pounds of food.
Jesse said its important for the shelter to be able to provide certain things, “It’s really important for us to be able to feed people that need somewhere to stay, but also give them items so that they can stay warm when they do leave the facility.”
Bobby said people in the community won’t have to wait until next Halloween to experience one of their helpful haunted houses, “Now the idea for us is to do events throughout the year to kind of be a good pipeline for them so their supplies stay up.”