GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — Roughly 300 teenagers experience homelessness in Mesa County per year.
Oftentimes, the streets are full of people, desperate for a second chance.
Hidden in the basement at 4th and Main is exactly that, an upgraded facility for teens to utilize throughout the day.
John Mok-Lamme, says, “I’ve got goosebumps, a great day for homeless kids. We’re right here at 4th and Main, where you can drop in and do drop in every day. So, it’s a great day for our community and it’s a happy day to celebrate this facility and what’s it’s doing for homeless kids across the Grand Valley.”
The facility is a warm and welcoming place for people to reset for a few hours.
Sterling Gray, the Street Outreach Program Coordinator, says, “a facility like this is of the utmost importance at least in giving them a break from the constant battle out there. So, they can come down, obviously, we’ve been saving up with warm jackets, got sleeping bags, tents, gloves, hats, hand warmers.”
The 4th House isn’t just home to new amenities, it is also home to a new name, the Eidsness Center for Youth.
Cary Eidsness, with Eidsness Center for Youth, says, “I don’t believe in giving back, I believe in just giving them yourself, don’t wait ’til they’re some point when they have some success to start giving back, I think you just need to get out and give to it.”
From a generous twenty thousand dollar donation to other helping hands in the community, this is just one more way the Western Slope is taking action to help homeless people.
Source: Grand Junction Local News | A facility that provides resources to the homeless in the Grand Valley receives upgrades