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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Volunteer Coordination

Class

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking 

Beneficiaries

Adults
At-Risk Populations
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

La Puente Volunteer Coordination believes every person has something to contribute to make the world a better place.Volunteers are the lifeblood of La Puente. Without the support of hundreds of volunteers each year. La Puente would be unable to do all that we do. Individuals and work groups contribute thousands of hours of service each year which are crucial to helping us meet the need.

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Evidence of Program's Success

La Puente's Volunteer Coordination has over 40 work groups who serve over 5,000 hours annually.

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

In the year 2020, Re-Threads distributed over 13,000 unique items to individuals in need within 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

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. In the year 2020, the Street Outreach team distributed vital supplies to 162 unsheltered individuals. In that same time-frame, Street Outreach case managers successfully partnered with internal and external resources to place 30 unsheltered individuals into housing.

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 provides strength, stability, and support so families can achieve their potential. Adelante has implemented 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, while Family Advocates act as navigators. 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.

In the past year, advocates and case managers with the Adelante Family Resource Center have provided services to 80 households seeking support on their path to stability.

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, and accept a living stipend well below minimum wage. 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 they leave with marketable leadership skills and a passion to 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 have lent a helping hand. VEGI engages in 2-generation efforts with box gardens that families can grow together. VEGI operates learning gardens on the grounds of Alamosa's elementary and middle schools, providing children with opportunities for engaging learning experiences.

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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, displaced workers, veterans, and anyone 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. Staff work one-on-one to assist residents with their job search, medical and counseling appointments, and entering the wider network of supportive services 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. 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 provides an emergency safe house for families fleeing domestic violence. During the COVID-19 pandemic La Puente's Shelter was forced to operate at a reduced capacity out of concerns for the safety of both guests and staff. Even with these restrictions, in 2020 the Shelter was able to provide approximately 5,000 bed nights to individuals in need. The Shelter also served almost 18,000 nutritious community meals. Despite the challenges faced during this difficult period, we have remained steadfast in our commitment to providing a dignified and engaging experience to the vulnerable members of our community.

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 15 food pantries located throughout the region. Each Food Bank prioritizes offering nutrient rich, calorically dense perishable and nonperishable food options to anyone who comes in need. In addition to 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 approximately$60,000 in food annually which is distributed throughout the Food Bank Network.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2020, almost 8,000 unduplicated individuals visited the network, equaling a total distribution of 315,414 meals.

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.

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.

Crisis Prevention Resources

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
General population
Homeless
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Crisis Prevention Resources was founded with the acknowledgment that so many within our community are just one missed bill, one broken down vehicle, or one destabilizing event away from homelessness. With this in mind, we endeavor to provide a bulwark of case management and financial resources to individuals who find themselves on the precipice of crisis, and to those seeking to re-establish their stability after a crisis.

With grant funding and the financial 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 assistance 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.

COVID-19 related assistance: During the pandemic, Crisis Prevention Resources was lucky to partner with generous foundations who provided relief funds for families experiencing quarantines and medical isolations. Funds were also disbursed for individuals struggling with the costs of funeral for loved ones who passed due to the disease. Most notably, Crisis Prevention Resources became the regional disburser of state and federal relief funds. After initial success within the SLV, Crisis Prevention Resources was contracted to manage rental and mortgage relief efforts for nearly the entire state.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2020, Crisis Prevention Resources assisted 2,306 unduplicated households within the San Luis Valley. The program also disbursed almost 4 million dollars in assistance to renters and homeowners throughout the state, and has been contracted to disburse almost 9 million more. We are proud to be a part of our state's response to the pandemic.

Households within the San Luis Valley who receive financial assistance also participate in case management for assistance with staving off future crises, finding new or better employment, and improving financial literacy.

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