Businesses Supporting Social Justice
We believe when we each contribute a small part, we can create something even greater. We operate five businesses that share the values and mission of La Puente while generating income to support our direct services.
Why do we need social enterprises?
In an isolated region with few resources, patronage of our businesses is an everyday way for community members to support the work of La Puente while also investing in their town’s quality of life. The social enterprises of La Puente play a key role in economic activity in the downtown districts of Alamosa, Monte Vista, and Center, CO. The five businesses donate their proceeds to alleviate hunger and homelessness within the San Luis Valley by way of the services La Puente offers to those in need.
Rainbow's End Thrift Store
The Rainbow’s End Thrift Stores are locally-started, community-operated businesses that earn revenue through the sale of second-hand goods. 100% of the profits from Rainbow’s End support La Puente’s services. The thrift stores provides affordable goods to those in need, employment, employment training opportunities, and outreach assistance to people experiencing homelessness and crisis situations. The Hunt Avenue Boutique offers high-end second-hand, vintage, and antique items in downtown Alamosa. The rich history of the San Luis Valley comes alive as you walk amidst bits of history that are looking for a new home. By purchasing and donating items at Rainbow’s End and Hunt Avenue Boutique, you are conserving material goods, preserving the environment, and helping meet the needs of your community!
Milagros Coffee Shop
Located in downtown Alamosa, Milagros is a full-service coffee house that provides earned income to La Puente Home, Inc. through the sale of food and beverages. Milagros is committed to providing a welcoming environment to the community while promoting further awareness of local needs and the work of La Puente.
What is more, the décor of Milagros is always changing as its walls are graced with the work of local artists who participate in rotating art shows. If you are an artist in the San Luis Valley and have an interest in displaying your work at Milagros, please call 719-589-9299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
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What can I do to help?
Shop! You become a vibrant supporter of La Puente and the local San Luis Valley economy every time you patronize one of our social enterprises! Grab a cup of coffee and a pastry with a friend at Milagros. Find hidden treasures at any of the Rainbow’s End Thrift Stores. Browse our unique collectibles at Hunt’s Avenue Boutique. Donate: If you have gently used goods that you are ready to part with, we can put them to great work. We depend solely on the generosity of our supporters to stock our second-hand stores, so every donation is greatly appreciated! Volunteer: We can always use volunteers! If interested, please contact La Puente’s Volunteer Coordination office at 719-587-3499 to learn more.