A housing navigation center and cold weather shelter has been secured in the TriPointe building in Evans (old State Farm facility) beginning Jan. 5, 2018.

The 9,000-square-foot space will be located next to Sunrise Community Health’s Monfort Family Clinic, 2930 11th Ave., Evans, as an extension of Sunrise’s care management and wrap-around services, said Mitzi Moran, CEO at Sunrise Community Health.

“It will bring United Way of Weld County’s navigation center, housing support and cold weather shelter services on site,” Moran said. “Bringing these services on campus will directly improve our ability to connect with a very hard to reach population – those experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty.”

Lyle SmithGraybeal, United Way of Weld County vice president of community impact, said United Way of Weld County and community partners are establishing a housing navigation center for homeless and unstably housed families and individuals.

“Services will help people get to family support systems, access housing and connect with services needed to maintain health, employment and vital relationships,” SmithGraybeal said. “Each year the housing navigation center will provide a seasonal shelter during the cold weather months to keep people alive as they strive to get back into housing.”

Jeannine Truswell, president and CEO of United Way of Weld County, said no one single agency made this happen on its own.

“This was a partnership between nonprofits, City of Greeley, City of Evans and several faith-based organizations,” Truswell said. “This is an example of Weld’s Way Home living united.”

Moran added: “We are excited to bring these services to our campus and are eager to add the United Way expertise to the Sunrise, North Range Behavioral Health, WIC and North Colorado Health Alliance care management teams – all partners located in Sunrise’s space working collaboratively to best meet the needs of our community. It is truly exciting to see this long-term vision come to fruition.”

A temporary cold weather shelter had been in place since the first week of December at the old Mazda dealership, 870 28th St., Greeley. From November 2016-April 2017, a cold weather shelter at the old American Legion site in Greeley was a joint effort between United Way of Weld County, who raised the funds and secured the building space, and Catholic Charities, who managed the property and staffed the shelter. The shelter served 369 people, provided 6,273 nights of shelter, served 12,546 meals and 4,440 hours of service. More than 200 volunteers/groups spent an estimated 1,200-plus hours serving meals.

United Way of Weld County will continue to contract with Catholic Charities to manage the cold weather shelter portion of this project. Hours of the shelter, which will have room to sleep 80 people, are from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. If you want to get involved with Weld’s Way Home, contact Cassy Westmoreland at (970) 304-6187 or cassy@unitedway-weld.org. If you want to volunteer to provide and serve meals at the shelter, contact Monica Gerber at (970) 616-8606 or mgerber@ccdenver.org.