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Inside The Bridge’s New Building

The Bridge has a new home at 735 N. Park St. in Cortez and will be opening for the winter on Oct. 21. 

 

Rebranding from “The Bridge Emergency Shelter” comes from the new combination of three services under one roof: an emergency shelter, a day labor center, and transitional apartments.

Laurie Knutson, executive director of The Bridge, says the apartments have fulfilled a dream of the organization in assisting in housing security.

“I think most of us that have a key to something recognize that we have some ability to control something,” Knutson said. “If we’re sick, we can sleep in. We can cook and eat when we want. And the ability to do those things is just one of those great exhales in life.”

 

Prior to opening for use on Oct. 21, The Bridge will be hosting an opening ceremony and tours at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 19. KSJD readers can get a preview of the new space in the photo gallery above.

 

Knutson joined KSJD’s Daniel Rayzel to share the importance of promoting housing independence and being able to provide all three services in one building.