Homeless Housing Project Gets Big Boost

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

One local charity received a big boost Saturday morning as a local developer gave it thousands of dollars to help pay for a project that will give homes to the homeless.

Driving along White Avenue, Grand Junction residents may have noticed a brand new apartment complex in the heart of downtown. It's a place that dozens of people living on the streets will soon get to call home.

"I don't know how I would sustain myself if I had some of the obstacles in my life that they've had," said Sister Karen Bland, Executive Director of the Grand Valley Catholic Outreach.

The Catholic Outreach says its new homes for the homeless project is almost complete. And while the costs of construction are all paid off, running the facility is a different story.

"We have to pay for insurance," said Sister Bland. "We have to pay for lighting and heating."

That's where local developer ISC, LLC. comes in. The group, who built and maintains an affordable housing development called Cezanne Court, presented a check for $7,500 to the Catholic Outreach Saturday morning.

"People can make a huge difference by casting a stone into the river and changing it's course," said Clark Atkinson, a developer for ISC.

Atkinson says he and his group truly understand the importance of helping families afford a home. When he heard about the Catholic Outreach's new development, he says he was more than happy to lend a hand.

"We just see the Catholic Outreach as making a huge difference in our community," said Atkinson. "It was a natural fit with what our philosophy is in this development."

Sister Bland says the money will be used to help furnish the 23 units and pay for utilities.

"When a person walks in there they'll have everything that they need to begin living like you and I," said Sister Bland.

Atkinson says that as his remaining units in Cezanne Court are sold, he will donate $600 for each one. An act of kindness, Sister Bland says she and the new tenants of the complex will never forget.

"You just thank God, because if you put it in God's hands, things do happen," said Sister Bland.

The homes for the homeless complex will officially open with a dedication ceremony June 12.

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