Shepherd's Hand unveiling new center Saturday; public welcome to open house

Garey Martinez unloads food for distribution while working to set up the new, permanent home for Shepherd's Hand, in January. The center is hosting the public at an open house Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 505 S. Second St. (Katharhynn Heidelberg/Montrose Daily Press file photo)

The community is invited to see the Shepherd’s Hand new community center this weekend.

From 10 a.m. — 3 p.m., Shepherd’s Hand will host the public at 505 S. Second St., offering light refreshments, facility tours and information about its mission.

“Shepherd’s Hand is no longer homeless. We have a home,” Garey Martinez, the charity’s founder, said. “The whole community is invited. Everyone is welcome.”

Shepherd’s Hand serves hot meals for breakfast and lunch five days a week; distributes food boxes (the only eligibility requirement is being hungry); offers showers, laundry, wall lockers for storage, clothing, access to the internet and phone service, plus individualized counseling for resource referrals to those who are struggling.

Shepherd’s Hand had been searching for a permanent location for a few years; previously, its food trailer was parked at the United Methodist Church and Martinez distributed food boxes from Cedar Creek Church various days of the week.

Leasing the South Second Street location not only gives Shepherd’s Hand a permanent place to park its certified food trailer (from which hot meals are catered), and for its other services, but also enables it to help other nonprofits that might serve similarly situated clientele. So far, Integrated Insight Therapy, The Center for Independence and the Grand Junction-based Front Range Clinic are setting up offices in the Shepherd’s Hand Center. Front Range Clinic offers behavioral health services and medication-assisted treatment for substance abuse disorders.

The center is also open to the community at-large during regular business hours. It does not operate as a homeless shelter and overnight housing is not provided there.

The Shepherd’s Hand Center is open from about 7 a.m. — 5 p.m. weekdays. COVID-19 prevention measures remain in place out of an abundance of caution.

Breakfast is served weekdays from 8 — 9 a.m. and lunch is from 11 a.m. — noon, via the food trailer.

Food distribution — set up so that people can “shop” from shelves for what they need — is from 9:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays.

Shepherd’s Hand can be reached at 970-275-7215; more information, including how to make a donation, can be found at shepherdshandmontrose.org.

Katharhynn Heidelberg is the Montrose Daily Press assistant editor and senior writer. Follow her on Twitter, @kathMDP.

Katharhynn Heidelberg is the Montrose Daily Press assistant editor and senior writer. Follow her on Twitter, @kathMDP.

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