Founded in 1982, the mission of La Puente Home is to provide
emergency services to homeless and economically disadvantaged individuals
throughout the San Luis Valley, La Puente operates an emergency shelter with
over 50 beds, 13 food banks, and provides transitional housing and
self-sufficiency services, homelessness prevention and community outreach
services, and job training for clients.
In the San Luis Valley, 34% of kids live below the poverty
line. La Puente Home’s annual Backpack Drive provides much needed school
supplies to students in the San Luis Valley. Each backpack includes crayons, pens,
pencils, notebooks, binders, and much more. This year, La Puente supplied over
600 full backpacks to Valley students, primarily in Alamosa County.
La Puente Home cares about educating the public about
hunger, homelessness and poverty even as it provides great programs and
services. Every September, La Puente hosts Hope Week to educate the public
about homelessness and how it impacts the community. More than anything, La
Puente understands that it takes a caring community with dedicated inhabitants
to alleviate the impact of poverty and homelessness on those most in need. La
Puente has long been a focal point in the San Luis Valley, and will provide critical
services for years to come.