GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.-
The beds at
the Homeward Bound homeless shelter may be
full, but their food pantry remains low throughout the summer season.
Last month, they served nearly 113 meals twice a day, and without additional support, they won't be able to continue to provide this kind of care in the coming months.
“We’re a year round facility and we operate 24/7,” said AJ Johnson, director of Homeward Bound. "We try and give them something to rely on so they have food and we have all types of people that stay here that has all kinds of different needs."
The facility puts out a lot for those who expect only a little. The basic things like a bed, hot shower and a meal are the components they work from.
"Any donations that we can get, any kind of help with volunteers, with food, with supplies helps," said Scott Stallings, a volunteer.
"We're feeding a lot of people on average a day,” said Johnson, “so it goes down very quickly and
we are always in the need for additional food."
The shelter helps 65 to 95 people on a daily basis, and Johnson says many people misconstrue warmer weather and the notion that homeless people are safer now than in the winter season.
“If we can feed people and keep them healthy
and keep them out of being sick to the best of
our ability, with just the natural activity that we do,
then we're providing a great service to the homeless," said Johnson.
The shelter also provides nearly 60 boxes of food each month to people who need a little extra help.
If you're interested in helping out Homeward Bound, they are located at 2853 North Ave. in Grand Junction. For more information on the shelter, click here.