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Safe parking lot in Longmont offers homeless guests stability for the night – Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado 2021-07-16 15:00:19 –

Longmont, Colorado — Trisha Gautney loves her Jeep Wrangler. From pink rock lights to dozens of bumper stickers.

“Everyone loves it. I always get the waves. I love my jeep. It’s my first car,” Goatney said.

But for Goatney, a car is more than just a vehicle.

“It means a safe place to sleep,” she said. “It’s expensive now. It’s a little hard to find a place, but I got a pretty reliable jeep. It’s hindering my life on the street.”

The “Safe Lot” of the West View Presbyterian Church in Longmont offers drive-in guests a chance to sleep peacefully. The goal of the organizer, run by an organization called Homeless Outreach Offer Encouragement (HOPE), is to help longmont homeless residents find a stable place to live.

Renee Ikemire, HOPE’s SafeLot Program Manager, said: “They have a little peace, so their brains can focus on other things.”

Hope has three compartments for homeless residents of Longmont that can accommodate up to 12 cars at a time. Each lot provides secure parking, food, shower facilities, and security. Lenny says it’s the security needed to save people from poverty.

“We have made 27 exits since the program started last June,” said Ikemire. “My goal for everyone here is to get into their stable situation.”



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