Nationwide children are the fastest growing population of the homeless as a result of more and more families finding themselves in a homeless situation. High unemployment and underemployment, lack of affordable housing, and rural isolation are just some of the factors that may lead a family to becoming homeless here in the San Luis Valley. Throughout all of our work with the homeless one thing has become more and more apparent: there are many factors that go into getting a family out of homelessness and even more that go into keeping them out of homelessness.Read more: Why Do We Need a Family Services Program?
Adelante provides homeless families with children in the San Luis Valley with a safe environment, intensive case management, program referrals, and supportive services to promote self-sufficiency and independence to end homelessness.
Program highlights for clients include:
• Weekly meeting with case manager
• Job training and education
• Individual and family counseling
• Parenting and life skills classes
• Financial management training
• Up to two years enrollment in the program
Three main criteria for acceptance into the program:
• Individuals must be at least 18 years old
• Must have children under the age of 18
• Must be currently without a home
Support the Ruth Bloom Self-Sufficiency Fund!
In honor of Ruth Bloom, long time San Luis Valley resident, the Ruth Bloom Self-Sufficiency Fund was created to provide start-up monies for homeless families who are working their way towards financial independence with Adelante. Adelante is the only two-year transitional housing program for families experiencing homelessness in the San Luis Valley.
Who is Ruth Bloom?
From Zavaruha (Little Whirlwind), to Mom, to Friend, to Grandma, to Union Organizer, to Supporter of Youth, Strong Families, and Strong Communities, Ruth Bloom has had a life-long commitment to social justice and peace.
Listen to Ruth tell her story>>Listen Music Files - Free Audio - Ruth Bloom Shares Her Story
Donate to the Fund
Making a donation to the Ruth Bloom Self-Sufficiency Fund is easy. Here's how:
- Make your donation payable to "La Puente's Adelante Program."
- Write "Ruth Bloom Self-Sufficiency Fund" in the memo.
- Mail your donation to: La Puente, PO Box 1235, Alamosa, CO 81101
- OR, hand deliver it to La Puente Administration, 911 State Ave, Alamosa CO 81101
- We'll mail you a receipt!
You can also donate to the Fund online!
Like Ruth, thank you for believing in the resiliency and worth of families in need!!
Share a Life Skill
Adelante is always looking for community volunteers to speak at our weekly Life Skills classes. If you have a talent, skill or passion you'd like to share, please call (719) 587-0538
"We rely on support from important community and foundation partners such as Xcel Energy," says Dores Jay-Pang, Director of Adelante. "This funding helps us provide vital services to families transitioning out of homelessness to self-sufficiency."
Partnering with Families for the Future
In 2013, Adelante, a program of La Puente, served 20 families with 43 children. Examples of the services provided to families included transitional housing, intensive case management, supportive services for employment, education, and childcare. Other services provided included life skills classes for home ownership, financial management, parenting, and family counseling. Adelante is the only 2-year transitional housing program working with homeless families in the San Luis Valley.
Through Xcel's support, Adelante can continue offering services to assist families enhance and sustain their economic development.
"The success of our company is directly related to the health of our communities," says Monique Lovato, Xcel Energy's Director of Corporate Giving. "Through our Foundation grants we can positively impact the quality of life in the towns and cities we serve."
Tiffany and Winfred Sandoval feel the positive impact. The Sandovals moved to the Valley in May 2013 from their home on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. "In New Mexico, we had no place. We just had a small camper," says Tiffany. "We had no electricity or running water."
From their home, the Sandovals had a two hour drive to the nearest GED classes and medical appointments. "My husband said, 'I can't do this anymore. I can't live like this.' That's when we decided to move."
A Family Finds Hope
Since arriving in Alamosa and being accepted into Adelante, the Sandovals and their three children have found a home. Both Tiffany and Winfred have also completed their GEDs and are pursuing higher education degrees studying Medical Assistance Technology at Trinidad State Junior College and Engineering at Adams State University, respectively.
"I have always said we are not only helpers, but most importantly, we are the greatest supporters of dreams and goals in the Valley," says Jay-Pang. "I say we are not only helpers because we expect that the families help themselves. We, at Adelante, are enthusiastic and hard workers. We support the family's dreams. We don't do it for them."
For the Sandovals and Adelante's other families, there is a new hope.
Adelante Family Self-Sufficiency Program provides homeless families with children in the San Luis Valley with a safe environment, intensive case management, program referrals, and supportive services to promote self-sufficiency and independence to end homelessness. To learn more, call 719-587-0538 Extension 104.
Xcel Energy is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company operating in eight Western and Midwestern states. The company is committed to providing cost-effective, clean, responsible energy delivered with the highest standards for safety, reliability and responsiveness. Xcel Energy supports communities in four important focus areas: math and science education; environmental stewardship; job training, placement and creation; and access to arts and culture. In 2012, Xcel Energy invested $8 million in support of communities across its service territory.