St. Mary’s invests in family shelter

Bryan Johnson
Greg Moore

St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction will invest $300,000 over three years in the HomewardBound Pathways Family Shelter.

The shelter, which opened in July, provides families with a place to eat and sleep as well as educational and training programs to help people become self-sufficient.

“For 124 years we have embraced a commitment to caring for our community, especially the poor and vulnerable. This investment is keeping with that commitment,” said Bryan Johnson, president of St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Greg Moore, executive director of HomewardBound of the Grand Valley, praised the investment. “We are thrilled to have the partnership and support of St. Mary’s. Their commitment to our Pathways Family Shelter is incredibly generous and will change the path for the betterment of countless local families.”

With nearly 19,000 square feet of space, the Pathways Family Shelter offers 140 beds for women and families as well as people in recovery for substance abuse. The facility is equipped with a commercial kitchen, laundry services and a children’s library and play area.

In addition to the $300,000 investment, St. Mary’s provides HomewardBound food from the hospital kitchen as well and laundry services for linens.

The Pathways Family Wellness Center scheduled to open in November will offer primary and behavioral health diagnostic, treatment and respite services.

Johnson said the collaboration constitutes a win-win situation. “Oftentimes when a homeless individual is discharged from the hospital, they need a safe place to go to continue on their road to recovery. They no longer need the acute care that is provided by St. Mary’s Medical Center, but they do still require care and oversight. The wellness center will help to bridge the gap while at the same time offering preventive care to hopefully eliminate the need for a future emergency room visit.”

Moore said assistance from St. Mary’s enables HomewardBound to help others. “Our guests typically are depleted of health, home, purpose and community. From the moment of arrival, our goal is to switch their focus from basic survival to building a foundation of stability. It truly takes a village to help people get healthy and return to self-sufficiency. St. Mary’s is part of our village.”