La Puente: A Bridge between charity and commerce

Article by Marcia Darnell

Helping the poor – January 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine

IN MOST CITIES, the homeless shelter is the bastard child of the middle class — hidden from sight, the object of pity and scorn, never really a part of the family. In Alamosa, however, the shelter is a conglomerate of businesses, programs and educational efforts that’s a major part of the city’s character.

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