Homeless shelter nixes moving plan, fires its director

Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley is taking a step back on securing a new building for its homeless clients.

The nonprofit agency had been under contract on the former Grand Valley Power building, 2727 Grand Ave. It had expected to move operations there by the fall.

Board President Lori Rosendahl said the shelter will work with the community on securing a new building, “instead of Homeward Bound on its own.”

Rosendahl said the shelter would consider all its options, and it is unclear whether the organization even needs a larger building.

Homeward Bound’s current site, 2853 North Ave., is 10,000 square feet. The old Grand Valley Power building is 14,000 square feet, and Homeward Bound had planned on including an 8,000-square-foot addition.

During the winter months, Homeward Bound shuttles single men to area churches because of overcrowding on the singles side of the shelter.

Other changes have taken place at the shelter. Former director Gi Moon was terminated and has been replaced by interim director AJ Johnson. Rosendahl said she couldn’t comment on the change because it is a “personnel issue.”

The board plans on engaging in a hiring process to locate a permanent director, Rosendahl said.

Moon, when contacted by phone last week, declined to say why she was fired but said she was concerned about changes at the shelter.

“I’m truly mystified by the board’s decisions,” she said of being let go. “I’m deeply saddened.”

About the prospect of moving into the larger space, Moon said, “I am sure that I could have made that shelter a go.”


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