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La Puente Home, Inc.

The San Luis Valley has some of the highest poverty in the state. We are the only nonprofit providing a network of services to address the neediest among us, including children, families, homeless. We provide shelter, housing, food, meals, prevention (rent, electrical, heating etc.) assistance.

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Community Education

Class

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
General population
Homeless

Description

Community Education believes when compassionate people are inspired, they are willing to help others. In a world filled with so much need, we seek to inspire others to compassion and action by educating about poverty, homelessness & hunger. Through presentations, publications, social media & events. Community Education seeks to tell the story of La Puente and encourage those who believe in our mission to support our efforts.

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Evidence of Program's Success

La Puente's Community Education host over 30 event annually to share our mission and fundraise for La Puente's programs.

Re-Threads Resource Center

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Families

Description

Re-Threads believes the feeling of "home sweet home" should be in the reach of all. Re-Threads connects individuals to what they need to make their house a home. For those on limited incomes, they must often go without the comforts of home because they can not stretch their dollar far enough. Re-Threads is a free community resource to ensure everyone can access clothes, home-goods, toiletries and other basic necessities which we all enjoy in our own homes.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Re-Threads has given out 55000 items annually to those in need in our community.

Social Enterprises

Class

Employment 

Beneficiaries

General population
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

A social enterprise is a business which exists to support a social justice cause, in this case, La Puente's programs, with its profits. Five businesses in the San Luis Valley make up La Puente's Social Enterprise network. These social enterprises bolster economic activity, create a sense of community, provide meaningful jobs, offer workforce development opportunities, and communicate the mission of La Puente to residents and visitors alike.

La Puente's social enterprises consist of three Rainbow's End thrift stores, the Hunt's Avenue Boutique, and the Milagros Coffee House.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Annually over 100,000 of net profit is generated from our social enterprises. This money goes directly back into the services of La Puente.

Street Outreach

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
At-Risk Populations
Disabled
Homeless
Offenders, Ex-Offenders

Description

Street Outreach strives to improve the safety of those individuals who are unsheltered and experiencing homelessness. Street Outreach will: keep people from freezing to death during extreme temperatures; develop relationships with the people served in order to improve safety, to build positive connections, to increase self sufficiency and to encourage pursuit of resources; and educate our community about the needs of the people we serve with the intent to empower open communication.

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Evidence of Program's Success

This is our newest program. Success is our ability to make contact and build relationship with people living on the streets and give them opportunity to access their basic needs and services. Ultimately we strive to help them build a less vulnerable and healthier life through our network of services and referrals to other community resources.

Adelante Family Resource Center

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Families
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Adelante Family Resource Center believes that families of all shapes, sizes and abilities should have the opportunity to thrive. Adelante Family Resource Center provides strength, stability, and support so families can achieve their potential. Adelante utilizes best practice strategies for two-generational services and a strength-based approach utilizing a supportive system that includes housing, case management, job training, referrals, counseling, parenting, and family advocacy classes. Families are the drivers, Adelante is the navigator. Adelante seeks to be a resource center for families of all shapes & sizes trying to find success, but especially for those who are in need of extra support.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Adelante continues to successfully serve families with children, parenting couples, and individuals by providing permanent supportive housing and additional supportive services.

Adelante served a total of 31 families from November 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019. There were 7 families who completed the program while 24 families remain in the program.

Adelante Provides Financial literacy training is provided no less than once a month but often touched upon during weekly case management visits. Of the 31 families served, 22 improved their budgeting skills and knowledge about making changes to improve their family's overall financial health.

Adelante has seen a rise in the number of families who have moved from homelessness to stability and on to more sustainable living practices

Rural Outreach Initiative

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
People/Families of People with Health Conditions
People/Families with of People with Developmental Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Rural Outreach Initiative connects isolated households living in underdeveloped & remote areas of the SLV to resources and a safety net. We work to ensure dignity for those seeking independence in harsh conditions. Families and veterans get what they need to survive in a cold, desolate environment: food, firewood, propane, trash service, medical assistance, support and whatever else their unique situation requires.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Annually Rural Outreach gives out 90 tons of Firewood so that members or our community can heat their homes during the winter. over 390 individuals utilized Rural Outreach's services.

Long Term Volunteers

Class

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking 

Beneficiaries

Families
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed
Veterans

Description

La Puente relies upon new college graduates, as well as a sprinkling of retired "young at heart" volunteers, to be our front line, skilled case managers. Every La Puente program engages our guests and clients with case management services to address the reasons for homelessness, crisis and instability. Our region has an under-skilled work force so this volunteer work-force is essential to our programs. These service oriented individuals give a year (sometimes more) of their time, live in communal housing with other volunteers. They bring energy to our programs, build stronger community, and help to educate our donors and short-time volunteers about the needs in our communities. At the end of their service the leave with marketable leadership skills and a passion help others with dignity in other parts of the country.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Over 400 long-term service volunteers giving 1 year of their time. That is 400 years of service!

Valley Educational Gardens Initiative (VEGI)

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Children (4-12 years)
Families
Homeless
Parents
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

The Valley Educational Gardens Initiative (VEGI) provides educational opportunities to kids, adults, and families by teaching about gardening and nutrition while also producing healthy food to benefit the community. VEGI is a collaborative project among La Puente, local schools, area non-profits, and community members. Food grown in the gardens is distributed to the homeless shelter for meals, throughout the Food Bank Network, and to community members who are in need or who have lent a helping hand. VEGI engages in 2-generation efforts with box gardens that families can grow together. We provide support to sustain these gardens.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Each year VEGI harvests over 1,000 pounds of produce grown at 3 production sites, which gets distributed to school cafeterias, the soup kitchen at La Puente's homeless shelter, and through 14 food pantries comprising our Food Bank Network.

Each year 4-7 nutrition and gardening lessons are held for each of the 1,200 students at Alamosa Elementary School.

Each summer at least five weekly summer garden camps are provided in three communities for over 100 youth.

We are increasing the number of youth, families and communities served each year.

La Puente Home Shelter

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Veterans

Description

La Puente is the only organization in the San Luis Valley that provides emergency shelter services, and each year affords over 10,000 night stays to more than 700 men, women and children. Families, migrant workers, the mentally ill, displaced workers, veterans, and others in need are welcome to share nutritious meals, rest in a safe environment, and find help in resolving difficult situations.

The shelter resembles a common household in many respects, with laundry facilities, home-style bedrooms, access to phone, and front and back porches for enjoying the outdoors. In the backyard there is a recreation area for guests to stay active. The environment is family-friendly, providing a safe and quiet place to stabilize and rebuild one's life.

Shelter residents are immediately engaged in developing a personal plan to transition out of the shelter, and staff work one-on-one to assist residents with their job search, medical and counseling appointments, and entering the wider network of services and support needed for a successful transition.

The shelter provides temporary housing with stays generally limited to 30 days. Case managers are assigned so housing, mental health, employment and other barriers to more permanent housing can be addressed.

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Evidence of Program's Success

La Puente is the only organization in the San Luis Valley that provides emergency shelter services. In 2015, 720 individuals were provided emergency shelter. Through La Puente's partnership with Tu Casa, Inc., the San Luis Valley's only provider of supportive services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, La Puente Home Shelter also provided emergency safe house for 30 families escaping domestic violence. In total, the Shelter provided over10,800 nights of shelter and 47,000 meals through their soup kitchen. In total, 489 adults left the shelter having found employment.

Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

The Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley is comprised of 14 food banks located throughout the region. Each Food Bank prioritizes offering nutrient dense perishable and nonperishable food options to anyone who comes in need. In addition to providing food, the Food Bank Network also provides access to educational resources around SNAP benefits and nutrition so individuals and families can get the most abundant and healthiest options for their budgets. Food banks offer client choice with incentives to choose nutritious options. Recipes are available and samples are provided of recipes made from products on the shelves.

At the Alamosa Food Bank, the hub of the Food Bank Network, donations of perishable food are received on a regular basis (ranging from daily to weekly) from stores such as Wal-Mart, City Market, and Safeway. These donations, along with the generous support of other individuals and organizations, account for a large portion of the food distributed. The Food Bank also purchases roughly $50,000 in food annually which is distributed throughout the Food Bank Network.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2016, a total of 11,600 unduplicated individuals visited the network, equaling a total distribution of 321,012 meals. Also, over 8,000 lbs. of produce was reclaimed through the FBNSLV's gleaning project.

PALS Children's Program (Positive Activities Lead to Success)

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children (4-12 years)

Description

PALS, a program of La Puente Home, Inc is a development program for children ages five to nine designed to address each child's past experience of trauma in order to ensure his or her present and future success. PALS provides a positive structure, offers an exploratory learning environment, and builds trusting relationships in order to enhance an individual sense of self, family, and community. We open children's eyes to a bigger world, through recreation, exposure to art and culture, educational support, relationship, and volunteerism. By encouraging new adventures and challenges, we expand children's capabilities and broaden their futures.

We work with the schools and provide out of school care, including all-day programs in the summer.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Though PALS does not provide direct therapy to the children we serve, we do offer a therapeutic environment as well as academic and emotional support for the children and serve. We also act as a sponsor for their best interests when working with parents/guardians, educators, or medical professionals.

Overall, our results from this evaluation show that PALS effectively reduces the physical presence of trauma in a majority of children's lives as well as helps children affected by trauma better cope with any past traumas that have occurred.

Overall, total trauma factor scores decreased between the pre and post assessment in 6 out of the 9 areas accessed. The factor scores that did not decrease were Single Parent, Language Development, and Education.

Crisis Prevention Resources

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
General population
Homeless
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

With grant support and the support of donors Crisis Prevention Resources is able to assist community members in a variety of ways:

Rental Assistance: Provides community members with assistance at the onset of an eviction notice or on the brink of such a notice. Rental Assistant involves comprehensive case management as applicants are reviewed and followed up with through the process of working with landlords to secure housing.

Utility Assistance: Provides assistance with utility bills such as heat, electric, and propane. Outreach is also able to provide wood to keep a home warm.

Medical Assistance: Provides assistance with immediate medical needs and gas vouchers to get to appointments.

Crisis Intervention: When a community member is needing an ID, birth certificate, etc. Outreach is able to assist in acquiring such documentation.

Rural Outreach. Our newest program works to prevent homelessness with resource limited "homesteaders" who have followed their dream to have a place of their own and purchased inexpensive land in barren areas of the San Luis Valley. The harsh reality, lack of amenities and required land use laws have placed many of this intrepid settlers in danger of homelessness.

All the assistance above is condition on the availability of funds and resources.When clients' needs are outside the scope of Crisis Prevention Resources, caseworkers offer referrals to other relevant services throughout the Valley.

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Evidence of Program's Success

in 2016 Crisis Prevention Resources aided 1,796 unduplicated families and 4,018 unduplicated individuals with rent and utility bills, emergency provisions such as firewood, medical assistance, and crisis intervention. Out of the individuals served, 101 identified as veterans. In addition to these services, Crisis Prevention Resources helps plan and implement La Puente's annual Christmas party hosted at the Shelter, gives away Easter baskets, and has an annual Back to School Backpack Drive prior to each new school year.

Those requiring rent and energy assistance must meet with a case manager to develop skills to prevent further assistance.

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