Homeless Pick Up Trash To Pick Up Awareness

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
Plastic bottle lying just yards from trash can

Trash at Aqueduct Park, June 28, 2009

Some of Grand Junction’s homeless population spent Saturday morning proving something while making our community a better place to live.

Angel Light, a new non–profit organization consisting of mostly homeless folks, picked up trash at Columbine and Lincoln parks.

The group wants to break the stereotype that homeless people are lazy and show the community that they care about Grand Junction, while bringing attention to their cause.

Angel Light board members say the project is just the start of many
more to come, and in the future they hope to organize other community service programs.

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  • by Another Neighbor Location: Grand Junction on Jan 28, 2010 at 07:43 PM
    I just noticed the above comment. Apparantly, I've been reading and wsatching different reports. For instance, it was actually every weekend during the summer. . .the reason for the effort was so we could see that the homeless population is not so 'scary'. They are, in fact, just like the rest of us. They ARE us. It could happen to anyone--I've heard many say, "Man, I'm just one paycheck away!" Not sure what is meant by 'not clean enough'--all the city parks look just like Columbine . . .
  • by Neighbor Location: Grand Junction on Aug 30, 2009 at 02:30 PM
    Living near columbine park I have seen it slowly taken over by the homeless over the last few years. Groups occupy the same spot daily excluding tax paying citizens from use of the tables or shade. Its wonderful a group organizes a cleanup. One weekend out of the whole year. The other 51 weeks of the year city tax dollars are used to clean up the trash these groups leave behind. Nobody cleans up the cigarette butts or the scraps of rotting food left lying about on the grass. My kids have to stay home because columbine is not safe or clean enough for them to play there. Just a tax paying neighborhood home owner with an opinion
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