Thank you to the AIL/NILICO Executive Council for their donation of more than $9,500 to the Aspen Homeless Shelter as part of our Closer to the Heart initiative. The Aspen Homeless Shelter works to provide individuals a hand-up in a transition to stability and self-reliance. To learn more about their mission visit: http://spr.ly/61868f1A8
Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2017 11:54 am | Updated: 12:16 pm, Sat Sep 16, 2017.
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado police officer started a recent shift with a routine call: Checking on reports of smoke in a wooded area.
But when Aspen Police Sgt. Rob Fabrocini arrived at the spot that’s a popular campsite for homeless people, he found two men with lobster tails, rack of lamb and salmon steaks loaded onto a small grill.
Fabrocini told The Aspen Times that the men also had a 12-pack of Stella Artois beer to accompany their meal.
Fabrocini, who joked that he dined on cold pizza that Tuesday, said the men told him they just received a paycheck and were celebrating.
The men weren’t cited. Fabrocini suggested another spot they could finish cooking without risk of fire catching in dry woods.
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You can find our booth right in front of their offices at 514 E Hyman Avenue.
Find out more about what we do and how we do it: chat, get a free lemonade, volunteer, donate and/or get a t-shirt…
- socks, especially men’s socks
- XL men’s gloves
- winter coats and boots
- back packs
- small tarps
- sleeping bags
We hugely thank our “Guardian Angels” such as Boogie, our institutional donors, such as Pitkin County, the Thrift Shop, Aspen Community Foundation, Coldwell Banker Mason Morse, Aspen Valley Hospital, and the faith community including St. Mary Church, Christ Episcopal Church, Snowmass Chapel, Aspen Chapel, The Aspen Jewish Congregation, and Community Church as well as the numerous personal contributors who write checks, purchase Homeless in Aspen T-Shirts or make generous in-kind donations of food, survival gear and their valuable volunteer time. We believe that the generosity of Aspen will continue to support our faith that “Giving is the Reason for the Season.”
- $80,000 will see the shelter program through the 4 coldest months of winter.
- $25,000 will keep our Day Center open to provide our clients with 3 months of food, laundry, showers and job hunting assistance.
- $1,000 supports up to 28 persons staying warm and dry for one entire week in winter.
- $150 supports up to 28 persons staying warm and dry for one winter night.
- $100 provides our average daily number of homeless men and women a hot evening meal any night of the year.
- Homeless in Aspen T-Shirt purchase for $25 feeds five homeless persons a hot evening meal.
Upcoming in December
We are helping plant the seed for a future Aspen Outdoor Winter Music Festival Saturday afternoons December 12th and 19th before Christmas. In “concert” (ho, ho, ho) with pianist Kevin Kaukl and the Community Church, there will be live piano music on the mall near the fire pit for a couple hours, or till whenever Kevin’s fingers freeze. Volunteer elves will be taking donations.
Aspen Homeless Shelter