Bridge Emergency Shelter

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The elderly are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population, and that trend is being reflected locally.

Homelessness In Montezuma County

Feb 25, 2016
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Homelessness in Montezuma County in many ways exemplifies what homelessness looks like across rural America. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Deb Keel and Laurie Knutson from the Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez about how homelessness has changed in the past few years, how they go beyond just providing a warm meal and a bed for their clients, and what to expect at their upcoming "Soups Of The World" event.

  • Executive director of the Bridge Emergency Shelter says their Justice Building facility is more needed than ever.
  • Cortez City Council considers a request to remodel and reopen a former Circle K convenience store as a liquor outlet.


  • Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez already serving 30 guests, hopes for improved services for families.
  • Unemployment rate in Montezuma County falls, but is still one of the highest in Colorado.


The Cortez Day Labor Center

Jun 8, 2015
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The Cortez Day Labor Center provides a place where workers of various skills and abilities can gather and be available to fill temporary labor needs in our community. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Laurie Knutson, Director of the Bridge Emergency Shelter (which operates the Cortez Day Labor Center) about how the Center functions, how it helps both the workers and those who need work completed, and where it has moved to in Cortez.

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