Homelessness meeting to convene businesses and stakeholders


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One area near Shooks Run and Fountain Creek that motivated City Council to adopt an ordinance regulating creekside camping. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • One area near Shooks Run and Fountain Creek that motivated City Council to adopt an ordinance regulating creekside camping.
Many agencies and individuals have poured their hearts and money into the local homeless problem, but sometimes it doesn't seem like any progress is being made.

Now, a local business is trying to create a platform for businesses and individuals to step up to help curtail homelessness.

The 365 Grand Club Properties, which owns many downtown businesses, including the Antlers Hotel, Famous Steak House, Johnny Martin's and others, is hosting a community meeting of stakeholders on Wednesday, July 11, at 2:30 p.m. at The Mining Exchange, another 365 property.

Backers tell the Indy that several City Council members are expected to attend, as well as Mayor John Suthers.

"We're coming together as a team to come up with a way to help with the homeless issue downtown, the homeless issue in the community,"  says Andrew Woehle.

The Indy has written about this issue extensively over the years, most recently to report Council's action to ban creekside camping.

Turn the page to read the full the news release:

365 Grand Club Properties welcomes business leaders and community members to join a collaborative stakeholder opportunity set for Wednesday, July 11 at 2:30pm at The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel & Spa in the Grand Ballroom.

The stakeholder meeting is a call to action regarding direct and preventative intervention for Colorado Springs residents who are homeless or living under the threat of homelessness in our current housing market. The 365 Grand Club Properties is answering the call to join the effort in addressing this growing challenge as thousands of El Paso County residents are in imminent danger of becoming homeless, and there are hundreds of homeless person who have no shelter. The 365 Grand Club Properties will offer a community incentive to business community leaders who become stakeholders at the event. Registration to the event is encouraged as seating is limited: www.365grandclub.com/stakeholder

“We are standing behind critical agencies like REACH Pikes Peak and Springs Rescue Mission to address and continue moving the needle on this community need.” — Perry R. Sanders Jr., attorney, restaurateur, hotelier and entrepreneur.

“This initiative is our way to engage our community. We also realize it’s not about your title or how much money you have, it’s your contributions to life that will define you in the end.” — Andrew T. Woehle, President, 365 Grand Club.

"We are honored to partner with Mr. Sanders and the 365 Grand Club Properties by assisting our community members to move out of poverty and prevent families and children from facing becoming homeless. As a community action agency, we want to be at the front lines to assist in immediate and unforeseen emergencies and disasters, providing the resources needed for community members to take control over their financial futures. Our agency serves over 15,000 community members each year and we will continue to serve our communities needs as they evolve” — Patrice Ravenscroft, REACH Pikes Peak, Executive Director/CEO.

“The heat of summer can be brutal for homeless neighbors. Many hurting people reach out to us each day to help them survive the exhaustion of being without a permanent home. Efforts like this mean so much to hurting men and women. There’s no doubt that when we work together all neighbors can enjoy hope.” — Travis Williams, Chief Development Officer, Springs Rescue Mission.


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