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.