La Puente is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Colorado’s San Luis Valley by providing food, shelter, and advocacy for the homeless and community members in crisis. La Puente endeavors to meet immediate needs and to empower people to live independently with dignity.
The project began in 1982 as a response to the San Luis Valley Community’s need to house and provide assistance to a number of homeless and under-served families and individuals in the Valley. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s, La Puente Home expanded to provide a variety of services needed by the San Luis Valley community. Today the services offered include the homeless shelter, food bank network, outreach services, family services, children’s programs, Rethreads, Enterprises, VEGI and Veterans GPD program.
UCC has sent volunteer groups to La Puente for many years. Many UCC volunteers return to serve year after year as they feel the difference they are able to make in others’ lives.