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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General Information

Official Name
Lapuente Home Incorporated​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
Former Name(s)
Date Established
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
EZ Tax Credit & Child Care Credit
Tax ID
Headquarters Address
911 State Ave.
Alamosa, CO 81101
Colorado Location
Mailing Address
PO Box 1235
Alamosa, CO 81101
Other Address
601 9th St.
Alamosa, CO 81101

513 6th St.
Alamosa, CO 81101

511 6th St.
Alamosa, CO 81101

317 State Ave.
Alamosa, CO 81101

929 State Ave.
Alamosa, CO 81101

509 1/2 Hunt Ave
Alamosa, CO 81101

913 State Ave.
Alamosa, CO 81101
Main Phone Number
Fax Number
Other Phone Number
719-589-5909 x230
Social Media Links

Mission Statement

La Puente is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Colorado's San Luis Valley by providing food, shelter, and advocacy for the homeless and community members in crisis. La Puente endeavors to meet immediate needs and to empower people to live independently with dignity.

Organization History

A group of citizens in Alamosa, Colorado, who were concerned about homelessness, hunger, and poverty in Colorado's San Luis Valley, established La Puente in 1982. Today a diverse community of volunteers contributes thousands of hours of service in support of La Puente Home's mission, continuing the work that began over 30 years ago.

Our residents are isolated by endemic poverty, mountainous terrain, and a large geographic expanse, La Puente was started to keep people from freezing to death in our harsh winters. However, over time and with experience, La Puente recognized that the needs of the homeless and poor were more complex. Throughout the late 1980s and the 1990s La Puente Home expanded to provide a variety of services needed by the San Luis Valley community.

Since 2000, the organization has doubled the size of the shelter in order to serve the increasing needs of the growing community. Today La Puente is a multi-faceted organization comprised of a dedicated staff and numerous full-time volunteers that devote a full year service to the mission of La Puente.

The rural isolation and poverty that exists in the San Luis Valley make it difficult to acquire and maintain ongoing financial support (especially general operating) to provide critical human services. La Puente Enterprises, which includes three thrift stores, a coffee shop, and an antique boutique, generate earned income that help support La Puente services providing job training and employment for the homeless and low-income community residents.


"During my early days I doubted myself. I didn't set my goals high enough. Every step of the way I was thrust into jobs that at first I didn't think I could do. I know now the importance of seeking your goals and always setting them high."
- Bill, Adelante Client

"I had the privilege and opportunity to work with a volunteer maintenance crew. I thought about what I could say that would describe the experience that I shared with those men. After a long time of thinking, I came up with two words in Spanish: La Luz. In English, they mean "the light." It seems to me that La Puente has a way of creating a kind of light in the lives of all those who come here."
- Alvin, Community Volunteer

"My favorite thing about PALS is.... being here!"
- Jadyn, PALS Child

"Now, I can dream about my future."
- Magdalena, Shelter Guest

Tax Credits

Enterprise Zone: Donations over $100 (excluding the donation fee of Colorado Gives) to La Puente Home can qualify for a 25% Colorado State Tax credit. If you give $1000 your will receive $250 back on your Colorado Tax return. You must designate the gift as Enterprise Zone, and you will need to provide the last 4 digits of your SS# when we contact you.
Child Care Credit: Donations over $100.00 (excluding the donation fee of Colorado Gives) given to PALS qualifies for this 50% tax credit on Colorado Tax returns. You must designate the donation to PALS and ask for the Child Care Tax Credit.

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