Grand Junction, Colo. – HomewardBound of the Grand Valley is renovating its North Avenue shelter and its outside day shelter space. They say all of the renovations will prioritize guests’ at the homeless shelter’s needs and safety, so that they don’t have to,
“Once that’s established, there’s that sense of safety. Then they can legitimately begin to think of other issues other than just out and out survival,” Says HomewardBounds’ Greg Moore.
These changes are made possible through an Emergency Solutions Grant.
Some of the updates will include improved ease of access and security through electronic access panels, a renovated lobby area, and new bike racks,
“These new renovations at HomewardBound mean a lot more than just a new coat of paint to the staff and guests,” Says KREX5’s Reilly Spence.
“I think it’s wonderful,” says HomewardBound staff member Kathleen Moore when asked about the new additions.
The North Avenue shelter has provided a roof over peoples’ heads for over twenty years,
“When you put 100 people a night in a building like this over 20 years, it’s going to have a lot of wear and tear; so this is an opportunity for us to move towards a much more effective and community-based level of care,” continues Moore.
Updates that have already been made to the shelter include adjustable privacy walls in the dorm areas and new floors throughout the facility.
What may look like small projects, can make a world of difference in people’s lives – and thanks to HomewardBound and the Emergency Solutions Grant, more people will have a safe place to stay here in the Grand Valley.
If you would like to donate, volunteer, or tour at the updated HomewardBound facility please visit HomewardBound of the Grand Valley (homewardboundgv.org).