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Rebuilding Agency: The Inn Between of Longmont, Inc.

Tags: Stories of Impact

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Eli and his case manager celebrate graduation

Affordable housing, case management, life skills, financial management, and parenting support all play a critical role in rebuilding a sense of hope and agency in people facing homelessness. 

Since 1993, “The Inn Between of Longmont” has brought homelessness to an end for many in the St. Vrain Valley community. What is referred to as “The Inn” has been described as a safe and affordable home that provides individuals with the opportunity to build stability.

The story of Justin “Eli” Lucio is a prime example of how stability and support can change the trajectory of any individual’s life. 

Eli, who was a teen experiencing homelessness, participated in the Inn Between’s Student Incentive Program where he received free housing and was enrolled in school. Eli was scheduled to graduate in May of 2016; support from The Inn Between enabled him to earn enough credits to graduate early, in December of 2015. Eli was then encouraged to attend JobCorps, where he studied to be an automotive technician. With the help from generous donors in the community, Eli was able to come back to Boulder and walk with his high school graduating class.

With a high school diploma and Automotive Technician Certificate in hand, Eli is now living independently and is a working, responsible, and contributing member of our community.

Funds granted by El Pomar Foundation in 2015 enabled The Inn Between of Longmont to assist more residents and families with ongoing life-skills and case management, which contributed to nearly 68% those leaving “The Inn” improving their lifestyles and finding affordable housing.