The Board of Directors of The Action Center voted to suspend services of their shelter programs on June 12.
The 50-year-old nonprofit is a human-service organization offering a range of services to struggling residents of Jefferson County and the homeless.
According to a press release, it is facing a budget shortfall and the Board and Executive Director needed to take immediate measures to keep the organization financially stable. The operational costs of the shelter had a great impact on the resources for the organization’s other services.
“We will work closely with other community partners to help the individuals and families using our shelter find a place to go,” new Executive Director Pam Brier was quoted in the release. “Taking care of people is what we do, so this is a tough decision for us. Seeking out partnerships to continue to provide critical services to the homeless is our priority.”
President of the Board Ben Wiederholt stated that “Leadership transition and changes on our development team over the last six months have led to missed donation goals, and that is taking a toll on our cash flow.
“Cutting this expense will allow the organization to regroup and continue to provide food, clothes, and other critical support to those in need in Jefferson County.”
The Action Center serves about 20,000 people. In 2017 in addition to services at the shelter, it provided: 628,410 meals; $235,000 in utility assistance; 230,000 clothing items; $186,000 in financial assistance; school supplies for 5,019 children; Thanksgiving meals for 4,898 people; nearly 4,000-holiday gifts for children; and case management services.
A group of volunteers is seeking to raise $1 million in the next six months. Donations are being accepted at 8755 W. 14th Ave., Lakewood.
For more information, visit theactioncenterco.org or call 303-237-7704.