Our mission is to provide safety, stability, and opportunity for families in crisis through emergency shelter and comprehensive support services.
Brief history of organization:
The Greeley Transitional House (GTH) program was established in 1985 through the collaboration of the Greeley Interfaith Association, United Way of Weld County, and local human service agencies in response to an acute lack of services for homeless Weld County families. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, we sustain our mission through federal, state, city, and county funding, and through individual, corporate, foundation, and faith community donations. GTH is governed by a 12-member board of directors which provides fiduciary and policy oversight, and actively fundraises for the organization.
Today, more than 27 years later, GTH has grown into a comprehensive emergency shelter and transitional housing program providing not only temporary residential emergency shelter, but also in-house case management, a child/adolescent program, and a two-year client follow-up program. Families live at the shelter for up to 60 days while developing a self-sufficiency plan and achieving goals such as securing housing and employment. We have the capacity to house up to 12 families at a time. In 2011, GTH provided emergency shelter to 80 families and 234 individuals (including 134 children) in its emergency shelter program, and another 139 families (478 individuals) in its follow-up programs. The organization is staffed by 4 full-time and 8 part-time employees. Up to 50 volunteers assist us with everything from facility repairs and maintenance, to tutoring of children, to clerical and organizational help. We also receive extensive in-kind donations from the community to help our families get back on their feet.
How many total clients are served annually:
Approximately 712 individuals are served annually through both the Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing programs. More significantly, the Emergency Shelter provided over 11, 790 individual nights of shelter in 2011.
How are Empty Stocking funds expended to
benefit your clients:
The Northern Colorado Empty Stocking funds provide general operational support for our emergency shelter program. Our individual night of shelter cost averages approximately $28.00 per night. Since 2007, the NCESF has provided Greeley Transitional House with over $42,255 in funding which has allowed us to provide approximately 1,500 individual nights of shelter for homeless families.
What is the true, lasting impact of the Empty
Stocking Fund on your organization/clients:
Government and foundation funding for homelessness has been stagnant and declining for the past 15 years. Without the commitment and support of our community’s greatest assets – its businesses and individuals, we could not continue to provide these critical services to homeless families. Through the support of the many individuals and businesses that contribute to the Northern Colorado Empty Stocking Fund each year, we have been able to continue to provide a safe and nurturing environment where families stabilize and begin to rebuild their lives and put homelessness behind them.