Homeless Housing Facility Coming to Grand Valley
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. A startup nonprofit in Grand Junction is already impacting the lives of homeless individuals in our valley. Now they are moving forward with another major step, a small housing facility that would provide 20 to 30 beds. The Moth's new facility will help homeless citizens transition to self-sufficiency.
Mellisa Lewis, a client of The Moth, said, "I've been struggling with homelessness on and off for about seven years. I spent two months in the shelter and I was just ready by day one to be out of there."
Through motivation and help from The Moth, Lewis made a change, "I'm in my own place, working a full time job. I'm planning on become a drug and alcohol counselor."
Executive Director of the Moth, Mallory Rice, said, "Mellisa is incredibly motivated to make her life better and she was a perfect fit for The Moth."
The organization is a stepping stone for people wanting to remold their futures.
"There's a gap between experiencing homelessness and actually attaining self-sufficiency, and that's where we come in," said Rice.
They're in the planning and fundraising stages for a new facility, hoping to open its doors by January 1.
"What we're looking at right now is a facility that would be like a boarding house, so that people would have individual rooms, a door to lock," Rice said.
It will give homeless individuals a unique opportunity.
"We're looking for people who are motivated to get off the streets, we're not trying to give a hand-out, we're trying to give a hand-up," Rice said.
Lewis hopes down the line she can pay it forward to the Moth, "I want to do a family, adolescent and women's type of facility. I know that those are the most at risk."
She wants others to feel what she's found, "Having a peaceful mind and being able to feel human again, I guess it is."
The Yellow Brick Road is The Moth's kick-off fundraiser. With a generous donation of $100 or more, folks will get a personalized brick with their name or chosen phrase that will be laid in their transitional housing facility for all to view.
Also, they are hosting a "Murder at The Midnight Hour" event. It will be held of Saturday July 13 at 6:30.
For more information on these fundraisers and become a mentor for The Moth clients, contact Rice by email or telephone.
Phone: (970) 208-5554