In Alamosa County, the estimated average wage for a renter is $8.23 an hour. In order to afford the fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment at this wage, a renter must work 1.5 full time jobs. In addition to being physically demanding, this amount of work is often impossible to find due to the local unemployment rate of more than 10%. Given that roughly 18% of people in the Valley live in poverty and less than one in every four residents have any medical insurance, a significant proportion of the Valley’s population lives at high risk for homelessness. Considering the harsh weather conditions and the vulnerable housing situation of La Puente’s service area, our ability to provide emergency shelter is often truly a matter of life and death.Read more: Why Do We Need a Shelter?
La Puente Home is one of the only organizations in Southern Colorado that supplies emergency shelter services. In 2016, we provided over 950 individuals and 173 families with lodging for those in need of shelter.
We welcome families, migrant farm workers, and other individuals in need to use our services; each guest is allowed to stay for up to one month as they work to get back on their feet. The Shelter has 45 beds that are split into a women's area, a men's area, and family accommodations. In addition, there are two public showers available for the use of any community members in need.
In addition to providing food, shelter, and a safe environment, the Shelter also addresses needs by
connecting guests with community resources and by aiding them in identifying options and setting realistic goals.
La Puente Home Shelter serves 3 meals a day. in 2016 we served 53,566 meals. These meals are open to the community as well as the guests currently residing at the shelter.
All food for our meals is donated and meals are prepared by shelter staff members or community volunteers and workgroups.
La Puente Home also houses a special Veterans Per Diem Program. This program has been established to assist homeless veterans in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Our program is set up to assist homeless veterans for up to two years while they strive for self sufficiency.
The Shelter is always in need of food donations. #10 canned goods are great for feeding large groups of people. Additionally we provide hygiene kits for guests and community members in need. These kits can include shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, razor, and a washcloth. You are also welcome to come and prepare and/or serve a meal. For more information call our Volunteer Coordination Office at 719-587-3499.