One of the first rural homeless shelters in the country, La Puente Shelter provides a place to stay, food to eat, support, and new hope for those experiencing homelessness. All who enter the doors are treated as a guest, with hospitality as they navigate the road to stability. With our community’s support, this labor of love has developed itself into a resource meant to ensure we can meet the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter & love for our neighbors in need. A 45- bed facility provides over 11,000 nights of stay a year. Three daily community meals feed over 55,000 hot meals a year. The shelter provides further community outreach services including hygiene kits, shower facilities, clothing, shoes, diapers, and other necessities that many in our community are forced to go without.
For many in our community, they find themselves in conditions where they do not have the ability to meet their basic needs and find themselves homeless and in need. Homelessness affects all communities and is the result of poverty and its stigma, lack of compassion, addiction & mental health, as well as domestic violence. People find themselves in need for many reasons; regardless we seek to be a home with a family that is willing and able to help them get back on their feet.
La Puente’s shelter was established as one of the first rural homeless shelters in 1982 in an abandoned home on the South Side of Alamosa. La Puente Home is one of the few organizations in Southern Colorado that supplies emergency shelter services.
With our community’s support, this labor of love has developed itself into a community resource meant to ensure that all of us can get our basic needs met. We welcome families, migrant farm workers, and other individuals in need to use our services; each guest can stay for up to one month as they work to get back on their feet.
The Shelter has 45 beds that are split into a women’s area, a men’s area, and family accommodations.
Annually, the shelter provided over 11,000 nights of provisional lodging to 650 individuals including families without a home. The community meal provided 55,000 meals to the hungry last year serving 3 meals a day, 365 days a year. Upon checking into the shelter, each guest is matched with a case manager who will help assess a family’s needs to ensure they have the basics of food, clothing, and shelter.
Upon checking into the shelter, a case manager will work on developing a 30-day plan that fits with the goal of getting the family closer to independent living. The shelter also provides community outreach services including hygiene kits, shower facilities, clothing, shoes, diapers, and other necessities that many in our community are forced to go without.
La Puente Home Shelter serves 3 meals a day. in 2016 we served 53,566 meals. These meals are open to the community as well as the guests currently residing at the shelter.
Breakfast- 6:00 AM | Lunch- Noon | Dinner- 6:00 PM
All food for our meals is donated and meals are prepared by shelter staff members or community volunteers and workgroups.
The shelter is built on the support of the community. And volunteers form the lifeblood of our organization. The Shelter is always in need of food donations. #10 canned goods are great for feeding large groups of people. Additionally, we provide hygiene kits for guests and community members in need. These kits can include shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, razor, and a washcloth. You are also welcome to come and prepare and/or serve a meal.
For more information call our Volunteer Coordination Office at 719-587-3499.