From Surviving to Thriving: Changing the Perception of Homelessness.

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Our Mission:

"From Surviving to Thriving; Changing the Perception of Homelessness."


Our Values

Housing First

  • Our primary purpose is to provide emergency shelter and assistance in locating housing opportunities.

Community

  • Our well-being depends on teamwork. Respect, compassion and unity are our foundation; love and truth are our motivators.

Safety

  • Together, we create a safe and supportive environment for everyone by looking to each other's well-being.

Service

  • We serve the community focusing on compassion and dignity.

Resources

  • We utilize all available resources to help each other move from surviving to thriving by changing the perception of homelessness.

Our Journey

The Grand Junction Community Homeless Shelter was formed in 1998 by a coalition including St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, the Grand Junction Housing Authority, the Salvation Army and Grand Valley Catholic Outreach in response to a critical need for winter night shelter for the homeless in our community.

Today, HomewardBound operates as an independent non-profit and is the only year-round homeless shelter within a 200-mile radius of Grand Junction.

We provide temporary housing for up to 120 individuals per night, run three successful transitional programs, collaborate with local organizations in a number of projects to address winter housing issues and substance abuse issues, and assisted 1,322 unduplicated individuals during our 2017-18 fiscal year.

Concerned citizens brought this organization together, our community made it the compassionate shelter it is known to be, and continued collaboration is taking us into the future.

 
 
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"Homelessness doesn't care about race or age. It doesn't care if you are a mother, father, daughter, uncle, niece, nephew or child. Someone graciously opened the door for me that night, offering shelter, food and a lot of other resources I did not know about. You guys were there when no one else was! Now I want to try to help just like you helped me."

— Joaquin, former guest

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Our Team

 
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Leadership Team

Greg M. | Executive Director

Greg M. | Executive Director

Jesse R. | Development Director

Jesse R. | Development Director

Jennifer G. | Guest Operations Director

Jennifer G. | Guest Operations Director

Ashley G. | Administrative Director

Ashley G. | Administrative Director

Marlene B. | Grants Director

Marlene B. | Grants Director

Daryl D. | Culinary Director

Daryl D. | Culinary Director

Clarita I. | Transitional Programs Coordinator

Clarita I. | Transitional Programs Coordinator

Sundae M. | Volunteer Coordinator

Sundae M. | Volunteer Coordinator


Board of Directors

 
William Wade  Chair

William Wade Chair

Sheryl Violett   Vice Chair

Sheryl Violett

Vice Chair

 
 
Sara Tourney   Secretary/Treasurer

Sara Tourney

Secretary/Treasurer

Don Kendall   Chair Emeritus

Don Kendall

Chair Emeritus

Scott Aker

Scott Aker

Dr. Amy Gallagher

Dr. Amy Gallagher

Nick Gower

Nick Gower

 
Karen Harkin

Karen Harkin

Megan Kemmis

Megan Kemmis

Becki Leitman

Becki Leitman

Patricia Moreno

Patricia Moreno

Jerry Otero

Jerry Otero

Brian Rusche

Brian Rusche

In the Press


september 2019

(Pathways Family Shelter) is not just a place to sleep and get a meal. There are going to be educational programs and training programs. This is very focused on what it takes to get people back into society.

Bill Wade, HomewardBound’s Board Chairman / See the Full Story on KREX News


May 2019

HomewardBound broke ground on their new family shelter… The whole project started back in 2014, and the director of Homewardbound says the new shelter should be done in February next year. It'll specifically help homeless single women and families in the Grand Valley.

KKCO 11 News / See the Full Story


August 2018

The new focus of a shelter is not just a place to sleep it off. We want to help people look beyond and ask them, 'What do you need to get out of this situation?' The more the community is aware of that, the better.

Susan Diaz, legacy donor / Read the full article in the Daily Sentinel


August 2018

Going back to school is filled with excitement and nerves, but for some students, it's more about a regular meal, a warm place to stay and taking their minds off reality. More than 400 students in School District 51 are homeless, but there is help out there.

KKCO 11 News / See the Full Story


July 2018

We're hopeful that a shift in our methods to a low-barrier, housing-first model of service will not only help provide a safe, community-oriented environment, but also help us focus more of our time and effort into assisting our clients locate permanent housing opportunities.

Jesse Redmond, Development Director / Read the full article in the Daily Sentinel

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