Feb 10, 2010 6:10 PM by Greg Boyce
The Colorado Springs Rescue Mission has a plan to offer immediate services to the homeless currently living in tents throughout the city, after the city council passed, on first presentation, an ordinance The plan involves expanding its available bed capacity within the Mission's New Life recovery program. The one-year residential program offers a solution to those who want to transition from life on the streets.
"Springs Rescue Mission has played a major role in a consortium of homeless service agencies, organized by Homeward Pikes Peak, to provide appropriate, high-quality programs that assist homeless individuals in moving from the despair of homelessness and substance abuse to the hope of a better-quality, self-sufficient life," says Bob Holmes, Executive Director of Homeward Pikes Peak
To facilitate awareness, a group consisting of current residents in recovery from the Mission's program will be visiting area homeless camp sites, along with members from the Homeless Outreach Team, distributing information and inviting interested men to explore the entry process. "I personally know a lot of those guys living in the tents from my recent days as a homeless individual myself," says Dave, a current Springs Rescue Mission resident. "I just want to tell those living in tents how my life has changed in a more positive direction since I became a part of the New Life Program at the Mission. I've been there and know that there's something better that's possible."
Currently, Springs Rescue Mission, at 5 W. Las Vegas Street, serves more than 20,000 meals each month and houses nearly 40 men in transitional treatment.