Volunteers laid foundation for successful homeless shelter in Cortez

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Volunteers laid foundation for successful homeless shelter in Cortez

The Bridge provides refuge from frigid winter nights
Cole McKinney with the Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez opens the door for a client on Tuesday. The Bridge was founded in 2006 to help keep homeless residents from dying from exposure. The shelter’s new building is currently under construction.

Volunteers laid foundation for successful homeless shelter in Cortez

Cole McKinney with the Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez opens the door for a client on Tuesday. The Bridge was founded in 2006 to help keep homeless residents from dying from exposure. The shelter’s new building is currently under construction.

Volunteers laid foundation for successful homeless shelter in Cortez

Mike Shelton, a volunteer with the Bridge Emergency Shelter, makes a salad for Daril Stuckman on Tuesday night in Cortez. Stuckman, a Cortez native, became homeless seven years ago after his aunt sold his grandmother’s house.

Volunteers laid foundation for successful homeless shelter in Cortez

The Bridge Emergency Shelter is temporarily housed in Grace Fellowship Church in Cortez, while a new, permanent building is being constructed.

Volunteers laid foundation for successful homeless shelter in Cortez

Randy Lee Skinner8, who spells his name with a numeral, stays the night at the Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez on Tuesday. Skinner8 said he was living with his mother, but when she died about three years ago, he became homeless. Without the shelter, he said he would have left town. But he wants to stay to be close to his daughter.
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