Colorado’s San Luis Valley is a vast, isolated, geographic expanse that experiences national-high rates of poverty. 

Poverty begets hunger, homelessness and other crises that destabilize families.

Ultimately it is this elevated need that has led to the development of La Puente’s two-generational wrap-around services.  To understand this community’s response, you can learn about the underlying factors that drive persistent poverty in a community like the San Luis Valley.

Understand The Root Cause

Below is a library of educational resources that can help you increase your understanding of poverty and its’ impacts on those we serve.

What is Poverty?

“Poverty is hunger. Poverty is lack of shelter. Poverty is being sick and not being able to see a doctor.  Poverty is not having a job, is fear for the future, living one day at a time. Poverty is having to choose between paying rent and getting your car fixed. Poverty is powerlessness, lack of hope and freedom.”

What causes poverty?

The struggle of  Poverty in the USA?

CNN: What’s it like living in poverty?

Why do poor people make bad decisions?

The Line: The Haves | The Have Nots