The Joseph Center in Grand Junction will use a $600,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to expand programs offering a variety of services to homeless and low-income people.
“When I found out we were awarded the grant, it was very humbling and overwhelming,” said Mona Highline, the executive director of the Joseph Center. “This grant is for expansion of our 11 programs. We will be able to expand the Golden Girls Program, add more personnel, and add more support services.”
The community outreach organization provides a day shelter, parent advocacy, and transitional housing for middle-aged to elderly women. The center also provides financial management for at-risk and vulnerable individuals who receive Social Security benefits.
The Joseph Center provides still other services through partnerships with other agencies.
“We help provide services to a wide variety of people in our community, from those who are low-income and homeless to those who are employed and struggling when a life situation happens,” Highline said. “Every time we encounter a need, we find a way to meet it. Everyone leaves here with something and a sense of direction.”
Sean Dollard, program officer for the Colorado Health Foundation, said the work of Joseph Center and Highline illustrates housing justice in practice.
“The Golden Girls Project is a foremost example of this, whereby unhoused women who face complex barriers to good health are treated with humanity, compassion, love and offered a pathway to enduring housing stability,” Dollard said. “The Colorado Health Foundation couldn’t be prouder of this historic partnership in advancing health equity and housing justice.”
The Joseph Center is located at 2511 Belford Ave., Unit B, in Grand Junction. For more information about hours and services, visit the website at www.josephcentergj.com.