Helping those in need for the holidays

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT News)-- While many people might be looking forward to the holidays it can be a difficult time of year for some others.
“It’s a lot harder during the holidays. There’s already a stigma for homelessness,” says Development Director for HomewardBound, Jesse Redmond.
“This time of year it is difficult for some of the homeless people because they don’t have the resources. But coming in here, they do,” says Former HomewardBound User, Angie Harding.

All throughout the year HomewardBound is already at capacity. They say the colder months bring in a lot more people. “Typically in the past we’ve seen about 1300 individuals each year and just this year we’ve seen over 3,000,” says Redmond.

But people like Wendy Curry say that programs like this can do a lot for people. Seeking shelter only three months ago, she’s now back on her feet.
“Today I just signed a lease on a home for me and my 7-year-old. Without the support of the staff and the groups I belong to now, I don’t know where I would be,” says Curry.

The winter overflow program that the shelter has provides an additional twenty beds to accommodate more people. They’re also part of the community outreach to make sure everyone is fed on Thursday. Working hard to provide people with the support and cheer they need this season.
“We try to make it a safe place for them and try to make them feel warm and welcomed here,” says Harding.

Homeward Bound says that last Thanksgiving 90 people received services such as food and shelter. This year they expect to see 115 people coming in.

Below is a list of community Thanksgiving meals offered in the area on Thursday:
Post 1247: 1404 Ute Avenue GJ,CO will be hosting a free thanksgiving dinner for vets and the public from 12-3 pm.

The Salvation Army Community Thanksgiving Dinner is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the Elks Lodge, located at 249 South 4th Street in Grand Junction. The public is invited to attend this free meal, and the Salvation Army will also deliver meals to shut-ins as well. Also, a shuttle will provide free transportation from HomewardBound (2853 North Avenue in Grand Junction) to the Elks Lodge. For more information or to request a meal delivery to shut-ins, call 242-7513.

First Christian Church will host their Annual Community Thanksgiving Day meal from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the church, 1326 North First Street in Grand Junction. First Christian Church is encouraging everyone to come and enjoy the free meal. For more information, call 242-7204.

Canyon View Vineyard Church - Delivery of Thanksgiving meals for those in need. Register on the church website for delivery between 11:00am and 12:30pm.

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