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137 Homeless Connection - Day Center:

137 Homeless Connection is a Day Center that offers advocacy and case management for homeless adults. Day Center is open year round at 137 S Lincoln Ave in Loveland 8:00am-11:30am Monday through Saturday for all clients, 1:00pm-4:00pm Mondays through Thursday by apointment and scheduled classes, mentoring and training. Eligible clients are offered case management, advocacy and referrals including mental health assessments and substance abuse counseling. We also offer showers, laundry, storage, phone, computer and mail services.


137 Homeless Connection is a place that listens to the needs of those who are seeking assistance, connecting them to resources, encouraging hope for the future, and providing inclement weather shelter.


137 Homeless Connection - Inclement Weather Night Shelter:

Available November-March when night temperature falls below 20 degrees. Clients are hosted by participating Loveland Churches. Transportation is provided from the 137 Homeless Connection Day Center at 137 S. Lincoln Ave, Loveland. Pick up for the night is at 5:30pm. All clients are required to be breathalized and comply with 137 Homeless Connection rules. Please visit 137 Homeless Connection Day Center for more information.


New Life Program:

WHAT: The New Life Program is for those individuals who are seeking a new way out of homelessness. It is designed to bring hope, acceptance, respect and responsibility by connecting each person to their identity & to their life purpose & plan.


WHO: Adult homeless individuals


PROGRAM: The New Life Program helps each person to connect to their identity and life purpose through discovering their gifts / strengths. Rather than initially focusing on problem areas, which may contribute to hopelessness, inferiority issues and actually disempower, we use these identified gifts / strengths to address the needed areas of their lives. This will empower each participant to develop and maintain healthy productive relationships including family, job and community.


STRUCTURE: The New Life Program is an individualized program with advancing levels. It consists of five components within its structure: case management, personal / spiritual development, an education / career tract, referral system and a work / volunteer tract.


Volunteering:

137 Homeless Connection provides a home base for their guests in a supportive, family-like atmosphere. Volunteering at 137 is like joining a welcoming family.


Every volunteer brings their own life experiences and talents to 137 and those gifts are used in some amazing ways. Doug and Val, manager and assistant manager, have a way of finding those gifts so that volunteers have a fulfilling experience while meeting some basic needs of the guests that they serve.


Many heart wrenching and frustrating stories are told, tears are shed and sometimes tempers flare, but the overall atmosphere is light, loving, hopeful and fun. You often hear volunteers say that they receive back more than they give; this is so true at 137.


Most volunteers handle day to day operations: accessing lockers, maximizing use of the showers and laundry, and making sure that chores are completed. Others may handle construction and maintenance, organizing events, or raising public and sometimes political awareness. But for volunteers and the guests, the most important thing is just being there. Relationships are built, each person finds respect and hope is inspired.


Stories:

Michael's story:

For three years Michael has been living out of his truck and, despite debilitating health problems, the first thing he’ll tell you is how thankful he is. read more


John's story:

This story is about John, a 52 year old man. He was a former employee at IBM for 16 years, was married for 10 years before his divorce, with 5 grown children, 1 girl and 4 boys from which he was estranged. read more


Shelter History:

In 2003 Lee Severance of All Saints Episcopal Church began taking into their church a small group of homeless on extremely cold nights.read more


Gardening:

One of our meny projects at 137, Our guests plant, water, weed, and eat from the fruit of their labors.


Potluck BBQ:

During the summer months on Monday afternoons we have a potluck BBQ with our guests and volunteers from 4pm to 6pm. Our guests are used to receiving things. We want to give them an opportunity to give back by bringing food and making food for the potluck. They set up the picnic tables, do the grilling and help with clean-up. It is a great time for fellowship and fun and a reward for all their hard work.


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