Together we can provide pathways out of homelessness for everyone in Colorado Springs.
Our community has more neighbors experiencing homelessness, poverty, and addiction than we can presently serve. We have acquired land, developed plans, and inspired support from major community donors, including an approved $2.5m investment from the City. Now we’re reaching out to everyone in our community to help get this done.
Here’s why it’s so important:
We just don’t have enough beds…
Maurice died of hypothermia on December 6, 2016
We had the chance to get to know Maurice well over the last couple of years. He was a regular at our Resource Advocate Program, where we were trying to help him get ID and access resources that might have helped him stabilize. But his drinking made progress very slow.
When he got a new girlfriend, he seemed more determined to make progress. We felt encouraged. But his girlfriend died from complications of alcoholism, and suddenly Maurice wasn’t around at RAP as often. It seemed like he’d given up hope. Then one morning we got a call from his sister. Maurice, thinly dressed, had tried to sleep in a parking garage on December 6. The low temperature that night was 19 degrees Fahrenheit.
Maurice had tried to access our shelter two weeks before he died and was number four on our standby list. The night he died, our shelter was full. We have to turn away friends like Maurice every night our shelter is open.
That’s why we’re expanding ouch shelter from 63 beds a night during the winter to 150 beds a night year round. And for men and women like Maurice, it’s critical we finish before next winter.
We can make life transformation
possible for more people…
Stefan’s Life was Totally Transformed
Broken relationships caused Stefan to start drinking heavily. After being drunk at work, he suddenly found himself jobless and homeless. He enrolled in our addiction recovery program and has been sober since February 2014. Our graduate services program connected him to a great job at a local engineering company—and Stefan says he has never felt more hopeful about the future.
So we are creating a brand new day center—the first of it’s kind in the region—to provide this kind of help to 1,300+ more people each year. It will provide a centralized location to take showers, hunt for jobs, and connect with local organizations dedicated to create lasting paths out of homelessness. Because we are prepared to hear more stories like Stefan’s.
And we are ready to build.
Springs Rescue Mission’s Board of Directors and leadership team, together with a cohort of key community members, have finalized plans for a facility to help every person living on the streets in Colorado Springs find a pathway out of homelessness.
- Low Barriers to entry so that even our most addicted neighbors have a safe place to sleep.
- 150 Beds year-round
- Evening gathering place
- Dedicated space for services provided by multiple agencies including health and mental health
- Laundry and showers
- Case management provided by the Mission’s advocacy program
- Access to computers for job searches
Kitchen & Dinning Room
- Dining room for 200 people
- Capacity for 200,000 meals a year
- Dedicated space for job training in the culinary arts
- Dedicated space for Mission Catering , a social enterprise providing a sustainable revenue for the Mission
- Triage to Service from Multiple Agencies
(all provided on one campus)
- Pet Care
- Personal Storage
- Safe and Secure Courtyard for Gatherings