For nearly four decades, La Puente has been the embodiment of our community’s values.
In the San Luis Valley, community is not a noun, community it is a verb set in motion each every day. It is a feeling of fellowship with others that breeds joint ownership, participation, and responsibility for one another.
In these small towns, that most know little of, we have pledged to judge the health of our community by those with the least among us.
La Puente is our community’s response to address 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.
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.
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. 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.
Each day, La Puente depends on the generosity of those who support our mission. With thousands of hours of volunteerism from youth and adults; donations to, and patronage of our Rainbow’s End Thrift Stores and Milagros Coffeehouse; and financial support from individuals, businesses, and churches, we are able to provide both hope and the services when families need it the most.