Homeward Bound to offer new option to homeless mothers, families looking to stay off streets

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) While some are getting their heaters going for the first time this season, others don't have such a simple solution to stay warm. But a local homeless shelter is looking to add another option for women and children to keep them out of the cold and off the streets in the future.

"When it’s raining or snowing and you don’t want your kids outside to get ear infections and stuff like that," said April Creasman, a homeless single mother who has been spending her nights at Homeward Bound for the past year.

Homeward Bound announced plans last night to build a new family center. It would not only provide a separate shelter for women and families who are presently sharing the North Ave facility with men, but also give them the opportunity to stay at the center during the day.

"It would be nice to have somewhere to just sit and relax and not feeling like oh you have to go, go, go until 6 o’clock and be there," Creasman said.

Homeward Bound also plans to build transitional housing on-site for women and families who are looking to move out of the shelter.

"The objective being that a family comes into our system, stays days to weeks in the shelter, perhaps weeks to months in the transitional pod and then moves into an apartment and then on out into the community," said Bill Wade, vice chairman of Homeward Bound Board of Directors.

Creasman said she looks forward to the opportunities the new center could present to her.

"Obviously it’s not home though, so the primary goal is to get into housing and have your kids their own room," Creasman said.

Homeward Bound is still narrowing down options for the site where it will build the family center. Wade said he hopes to have a specific area picked out by the end of the year, so the shelter can fundraise to get the construction started late next year.