Fort Collins Rescue Mission’s shelter on the corner of Jefferson and Linden Street reopened at the beginning of May. But, as with many things in life, operations at the Mission’s shelter have changed since the pandemic.
The most impactful change that has taken place is the shift to 24/7 sheltering.
What is 24/7 Shelter?
The Mission has traditionally provided only overnight shelter and daytime meals, but 24/7 sheltering means the shelter will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Mission guests will be able to receive meals, services with case managers and overnight shelter.
These changes allow for more stability for guests and connects them with services that will help them transition out of homelessness.
Fort Collins Rescue Mission guests now have access to essential services, meals and sheltering. A recent Coloradoan article highlights these changes and how it has been a positive shift for the Mission, its’ guests and the Northern Colorado community as a whole.
In the article Seth Forwood, Senior Director of Fort Collins Rescue Mission, shares how the transition has been effective and hopeful to those experiencing homelessness, as well as how it has encouraged conversation around how we can move forward together to find long-term and sustainable solutions to tackling homelessness.
To learn more about this, we encourage you to read the full Coloradoan article here.
Staff members like Stephen (above) say the changes to the shelter operations have enabled the Mission to serve a smaller community in a deeper way, creating a place where guests can build a foundation for a healthier life.