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

 Neal S. | Culinary Director

Neal S. | Culinary Director

 Clarita I. | Transitional Programs Coordinator

Clarita I. | Transitional Programs Coordinator

 Amanda P. | Volunteer Coordinator

Amanda P. | Volunteer Coordinator


Board of Directors

 
  William Wade  Chairman

William Wade Chairman

  Sheryl Violett    Vice Chairwoman

Sheryl Violett

Vice Chairwoman

 
  Sara Tourney  Secretary/Treasurer

Sara Tourney Secretary/Treasurer

  Don Kendall  Chairman Emeritus

Don Kendall Chairman Emeritus

  Nick Gower

Nick Gower

  Dr. Amy Gallagher

Dr. Amy Gallagher

  Scott Aker

Scott Aker

  Brian Rusche

Brian Rusche

  Karen Harkin

Karen Harkin

  Jerry Otero

Jerry Otero

  Patricia Moreno

Patricia Moreno

  Megan Kemmis

Megan Kemmis

  Becki Leitman

Becki Leitman

  Kimberly Lindsey

Kimberly Lindsey

In the Press


October 2018

With this new lower barrier model we are able to spend a little bit more time with people get the resources they need and because of that we were able to help eight people get housed last month .

Jesse Redmond, Development Director / See the Full Story from KJCT 8 News


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


April 2018

HomewardBound of the Grand Valley is saluting an eight-year-old Grand Junction boy who decided to he wanted to do something special for those who need it most... 'Because it's the right thing to do,' said Jaxson Sinclair, a young volunteer.

KKCO 11 News / See the Full Story

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