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Mission & History

Mission & History 2019-05-08T22:04:17-07:00

La Puente

Seeks to Meet Immediate Needs & Empower People to Live Independently With Dignity

La Puente is our community’s response to the effects of poverty by providing a safety net of services, where individuals and families get what they need to stabilize, heal, strengthen, and ultimately thrive.

With the objective of meeting the needs of the homeless and community members in crisis, La Puente’s services both restore and strengthen people’s lives, so that they can live independently, with dignity.

A compassionate community chose action

The project began in 1982 as a response to the San Luis Valley community’s need to house and provide assistance to a number of homeless and under-served families and individuals in the Valley. Originally operated through a local Catholic church,    La Puente began as a homeless shelter in the church’s basement. During the late 1980’s they hired a director for the program, and La Puente became an independent organization. Throughout the late 1980s and the 1990s La Puente Home expanded to provide a variety of services needed by the San Luis Valley community. Since 2000, the organization has doubled the size of the shelter in order to serve the increasing needs of the growing community.

Today La Puente is a leading human service provider in Southern Colorado.  Annually over 16,000 individuals and family members receive at least one of our services, including emergency shelter, nutritious food from one of our 15 pantries, housing with support services, after-school youth-stabilization services, (educational gardens), homeless prevention resources, soup kitchen meals, home outreach visits, and more.

Our Founding Story

La Puente’s journey began with one step of faith. Sister Angela Lobato and other compassionate community members took that first step.

Learn More

Watch Our Board President Narrate the Story of La Puente.