Homeless shelter braces for winter

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

For the first time ever, Grand Junction’s homeless shelter was full all summer long, and with temperatures now turning cold, the need for more space is greater than ever.

Shelter officials say they're concerned they're going to have to turn people away, unless the community can step in to help out.

Homeward Bound Homeless Shelter Executive Director Gi Moon says it’s a heart-wrenching feeling to turn the needy away from the shelter, “There's nothing like leaving your shift at night and going home knowing that you sent somebody out into the cold."

She says, like last year, the shelter is working with Grand Valley Peace and Justice to recruit churches to take help house the people they can't. But this year, they’re expecting the number of “overflow” users to double.

Karen Sjoberg with Grand Valley Peace and Justice says anyone with a large amount of space or time to donate is asked to come forward and help out, especially through the coldest winter months.

She says until more backup, overflow shelter locations are volunteered, she’ll be left hoping no one will have to be turned away, “The men and women and children who are facing a winter out in the cold are far more anxious than I am, so it's very important that we get something together quickly."

If you are interested in helping out, by either donating time or space, contact Grand Valley Peace and Justice at 243-0136, or to help out at the Homeward Bound Homeless shelter, contact the shelter at 256-9424.

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