Catholic Outreach finds means to support troops

Denial of a federal grant can often be the kiss of death for a charitable project, but not so with Grand Valley Catholic Outreach’s plan to build housing for homeless veterans.

When the organization didn’t receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the project, Sister Karen Bland, executive director of the local Catholic Outreach, continued private fundraising efforts and looked on the bright side.

“By doing it without the government, we won’t have them looking over our shoulders,” she said.

Catholic Outreach has raised roughly $1.2 million for the 16-unit housing complex to be built on Pitkin Avenue. It still needs approximately $350,000 for the project, which will be called St. Martin’s Place and is scheduled to open in the fall.

Catholic Outreach has unobtrusively gone about helping those in need in this area for many years. St. Martin’s Place is one more example of the group’s willingness to fulfill unmet needs.

Additionally, as Bland noted, it offers people a chance to contribute to a project that makes “Support Our Troops” more than just a bumper-sticker slogan.

Credit is due to Sister Karen Bland and all those working with her, whose collective determination is close to making the veterans’ housing project a reality.

If you would like to contribute to St. Martin’s Place, contact Grand Valley Catholic Outreach, 245 S. First Street, Grand Junction, 81501; call 970-241-3658; or visit the group’s website:  http://www.catholicoutreach.org.



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