36 years ago, the tragic death of a homeless veteran on the streets of Boulder compelled our community to act. Since that time, the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless has been bringing relief to our homeless neighbors whose misfortune leaves them without a place to call home and no safe place to spend the night. From that first year to today, we have evolved to meet the needs of our community. In our most recent year, the Shelter provided over 49,000 bed nights and over 98,000 meals to more than 1,200 adults experiencing homelessness in our community.
The population served by the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless is diverse. Individuals who seek our services are disenfranchised for many different reasons, including dysfunctional or estranged family situations, divorce, job loss, domestic violence, addiction, as well as physical and mental illness. As a result, the Shelter provides an array of programs along a continuum of care from overnight sheltering to permanent supportive housing in effort to meet the needs of our community and provide opportunities to transition out of homelessness and in to housing.
The emphasis on serving the most vulnerable members of our community has been at the heart of the work at the Shelter since its inception. We are humbled to be entrusted to implement programs and serve as advocates, for those in our community who would otherwise be without a voice.