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The Bridge Shelter Has Less Than One Month to Find a Temporary Home for the Winter

Austin Cope

The Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez must vacate its premises by mid-May. Bridge Executive Director Laurie Knutson tells KSJD that she received a letter from Montezuma County on Tuesday giving 30 days’ notice for the homeless shelter to leave the Justice Building. That aging facility is being purchased for use by the Children’s Kiva Montessori School, which has outgrown its home in a warehouse in downtown Cortez. The Bridge is set to construct a new facility this summer but it won’t be completed until February or later. Knutson says she’d hoped to move only once, but the Bridge now needs an interim home. It ceases operations for the season on April 30th and will reopen in October.  Knutson says the main problem is finding another facility with multiple showers and she hopes for suggestions from the community. The Bridge also will need help moving its commercial kitchen and laundry equipment by mid-May and would welcome the use of a moving van.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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