PUEBLO—The City of Pueblo and The Pueblo Rescue Mission celebrated the ribbon cutting of the newly purchased and opened location at 710 W. 4th St. on Monday, Nov. 27. The Pueblo Rescue Mission recently closed on the location on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2023, through Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) funds. The Pueblo Rescue Mission has named the new location the “Lighthouse Campus.”
“The purchase of this second location for The Pueblo Rescue Mission provides a permanent solution to the warming shelter needs in our city,” said Mayor of Pueblo Nick Gradisar. “The Pueblo Rescue Mission has offered a permanent shelter location since 2020, but this additional building purchase allows for overflow and more accommodations for those in need during the cold, winter months.”
The Lighthouse Campus at Pueblo Rescue Mission began offering emergency shelter on Friday, November 24 in accordance with the emergency declaration by Mayor Gradisar which lasts through Wednesday, November 30. The Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce assisted with the official ribbon cutting celebration for the grand opening.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to provide for more individuals needing emergency shelter in the community through the CBDG funds granted by the City of Pueblo,” said Executive Director of The Pueblo Rescue Mission Melanie Rapier. “We want to thank the CBDG committee, Mayor Nick Gradisar and the four members of City Council who voted to approve this funding, Lori Winner, Dennis Flores, Vicente Martinez Ortega and Larry Atencio.”
Half of the campus will be offered for emergency warming shelter needed during emergency declarations by the mayor on the left side of the location, which will be called, “The Porchlight” warming shelter on the Lighthouse Location. Intake begins each night at 6:30 p.m. with a morning exit time determined by weather. Pets are permitted for emergency shelter but must be crated by the owner and is offered on a first come, first served basis. All pet owners are required to sign a liability waiver. In the other suites of the Lighthouse Campus location, The Pueblo Rescue Mission will continue to offer case management, recovery programming, mental health support, attorney/legal services, medical, dental and behavioral health care services.
For more information about The Pueblo Rescue Mission visit www.thepueblorescuemission.org. The main building is located at 728 W. 4th St., Pueblo, CO 81003 and may be reached at 719-924-8413.