Tag Archives: transients in Boulder County

‘Bomb cyclone’ turned into a dud in Boulder, CO

Can meteorologists please dispense with this hysterical label from now on?

Alex Patterson and his dog, Ellie, play in the snow at Scott Carpenter Park during Wednesday’s snowstorm in Boulder. For more photos, go to Alex Patterson and his dog, Ellie, play in the snow at Scott Carpenter Park during Wednesday’s snowstorm in Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer for the Daily Camera)

Luckily, it appears that no homeless people on the streets in Boulder, CO (there are hundreds who refuse to go through the so-called Coordinated Entry process to become eligible for shelter) froze to death. I lived outdoors year-round for a decade, and I know it can be done safely and comfortably, but the fact remains that many transients have come from warm weather states and have no experience in cold and snow with high winds. Add to that the impaired judgment if they’re under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs, and it’s a wonder there are so few deaths.

The one good thing that Boulder nonprofits are finally doing is paying for bus tickets, so that transients stranded in Boulder can return to their home states.

The nonprofits’ worst failure remains a lack of WALK-UP emergency shelter and services in life-threatening weather conditions. Time to get over the idea that homeless people can all be coerced into becoming obedient little dependents of the social services system; my guesstimate is that half may do so, but they inevitablty wind up recycling through various programs, being evicted from subsidized housing, and returning to the streets.

For years now, I’ve challenged the do-gooders to have ANYONE who has been reformed to their blueprint and lived that way for at least 5 years to publish a commentary in local media. A couple of posers have stepped up, but their claims were easily debunked. I’m still waiting, even as the “nonprofits” continue spending umpteen millions of $$$ annually.

— MRW

(E-mailed to Boulder City Council.)

Don’t believe everything you read . . .

No surprise to me that the most egregious offender is Longmont, CO’s OUR Center. There are several fake reviews from do-gooders who haven’t ever wanted for anything, and responses from the executive director praising them for their positive support. I felt nauseated. BUT, we can all be thankful that Edwina Salazar has announced she’s retiring in a few months. Unbelievable how low some people can go!

NO emergency overnight shelter for the homeless in wintertime, despite spending $4 million on this new facility.

— MRW

Boulder, CO ‘Single Adult Homelessness Services Dashboard’

See the website by clicking here.

What I want to draw your attention to is the number of homeless single adults, going through Coordinated Entry, who end up in a category called “Reunification outside Boulder.” In other words, they’re being provided with transportation costs back home, something the Homeless Philosopher has been calling for as long as I’ve been blogging (since 2009).

A couple of screenshots of the website follow below:

(Click on image to enlarge and note the tan-colored portion of each column.)

This may give you a better look:

(Click on image to enlarge.)

Almost as many homeless men and women who go through Coordinated Entry are receiving bus tickets out of Boulder as are finding housing.

The website states that 2,900 have been screened by the Coordinated Entry process from 10/1/2017 through 12/31/2018, but my educated guess is that at least an equal number have passed through Boulder without agreeing to enter the system, and hundreds are living on the streets.

Another effective way to help transients get back home, one I’ve touted for years, is to offer petty offenders the option of accepting bus tickets back home in lieu of fines and/or jail time. Toss in a sack lunch to go, as cops watch them board the RTD bus for Denver (where many will then head to the Greyhound bus station), and the costs will be a tiny fraction of putting the miscreants into the local criminal justice system.

I’m gratified to see that one of my ideas has finally been put into place, at least to the extent it has been in the Coordinated Entry process.

— MRW

(This blog e-mailed to Boulder City Council, Longmont Mayor and City Council.)

Boulder County do-gooders are confused

Worthless programs and grossly overpriced apartments to benefit only a relatively few people on the streets, while hundreds more are left out in the cold, verges on criminal negligence. BUT, these clowns are patting themselves on the back for their misguided and inappropriate compassion.

— MRW

Transients trashing Boulder County forests:

See for yourself by clicking here to view the Peak 2 Peak Forest Watch gallery of photos taken by members.

2016 Cold Springs Fire started by transients from Alabama.

Image result for cold springs arsonists

These two were arrested when they showed up at an evacuation center looking for Free Stuff, and people quickly became suspicious.

— MRW

Volunteer positions at Boulder Shelter that could be JOBS for the homeless:

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY FROM NONPROFITS AND HOMELESS PEOPLE ALIKE!

By Max R. Weller

See the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless website for the complete info.

Excerpt copied below:

Breakfast Cook
  • Work with a team of volunteers to prepare and serve breakfast for approximately 160 individuals
  • 5:30 – 7:30am, Monday through Sunday, 7 days a week
  • This role is generally filled by volunteers who commit to coming in one time per week or once every other week
  • This position can be filled by youth volunteers accompanied by a parent/guardian
Dinner Cook
  • Work with a team of volunteers to prepare and serve dinner for approximately 160 individuals
  • 4:30 – 7:45pm, Friday – Monday shifts available
  • This role is generally filled by volunteers who commit to coming in one or two times per month, depending on how many shifts you would like to fill
  • This position can be filled by youth volunteers accompanied by a parent/guardian
Dinner Server
  • Work with a team of volunteers to complete the final preparations and serve a dinner for up to 160 residents
  • 5:30 – 7:45pm, Wednesday – Thursday
  • This role is generally filled by volunteers who commit to coming in one or two times per month, depending on how many shifts you would like to fill
  • This position can be filled by youth volunteers accompanied by a parent/guardian
Kitchen Lead
  • The Kitchen Lead is responsible for supporting and supervising volunteer groups in the meal preparation and serving process for up to 160 individuals, ensuring all food safety guidelines are satisfied
  • Dinner: 4:15 – 7:45pm or 5:15 – 7:45pm; Breakfast: 5:30 – 7:30am
  • This role is generally filled by volunteers who commit to coming weekly, every other week or monthly
  • Experience in kitchen preferred; additional training needed
Dorm Supply
  • Support Shelter staff by distributing items to residents that meet their basic needs (hygiene items, over the counter medications, linens) and assisting residents in making appointments with service providers (mental health therapist, medical staff, resource specialist, etc.); additional tasks include answering the phone, recording wake up calls, distributing mail, and sorting donations
  • There are three shifts per day: 6:00 – 8:00am, 5:00 – 7:00pm, 6:45 – 8:45pm, seven days a week, 7 days a week
  • This role is generally filled by volunteers who commit to coming in one time per week or once every other week
  • This position can be filled by youth volunteers accompanied by a parent/guardian
Staff Assistant
  • Support Shelter staff during nightly resident intake by assisting new residents with demographic forms, giving tours of the building, answering phone calls, receiving donations, and other duties as needed
  • 5:00 – 7:00pm, 7 days a week
  • This role is generally filled by volunteers who commit to coming in one time per week or once every other week
  • All Staff Assistant volunteers receive cross training for Intake Assistant duties
Intake Assistant
  • Support Shelter staff during nightly resident intake by providing information about Shelter services and resident access to the bathroom and locker room
  • This position is outside, in a covered location
  • 5:00 – 7:00pm, 7 days a week
  • This role is generally filled by volunteers who commit to coming in one time per week or once every other week
  • All Intake Assistant volunteers receive cross training for Staff Assistant duties duties
Laundry Service
  • Laundry Service Worker is responsible for assisting in laundering linens that are handed out to Shelter residents nightly
  • Anytime between 11am – 2pm
  • Weekly, M-F, 3-hour shifts
  • Can accept short-term volunteers
Group Dinner/Breakfast Service
  • Work with a team of your volunteers to cook/prepare and serve meal for up to 160 individuals
  • Up to 8 volunteers for dinner, 6 volunteers for breakfast
  • Dinner: Monthly; Breakfast: Weekly, every other week or monthly
  • Dinner: 4:30-7:45pm or 5:30-7:45pm; Breakfast: 5:30-7:30am
  • If you are interested in coordinating a team, a church group, colleagues, or a group of friends, please email the Volunteer Manager, brandi@bouldershelter.org

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I understand the reason why BSH seeks to involve SO MANY VOLUNTEERS from the community — goodhearted people’s time and effort will be accompanied, in many if not all cases, by their monetary donations.

But, is this the most important consideration? I think not . . .

Every one of these volunteer positions could be filled by the homeless men and women who stay at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless — and it would go a long ways toward giving them dignity and self-respect. Far better than keeping them helpless and needy, or assigning a few easy 15-minute chores to program residents (which frequently don’t get done, anyway).

It’s NOT the volunteers’ fault that policy is so very misguided. This fouled up beyond all repair mindset belongs to the executive director and every one of the board members at BSH.

While I’m giving helpful advice on the way that our local homeless shelter is run, let me add this: STOP paying one of the two staff members on duty overnight to sleep — these aren’t firefighters working a 24-hour shift! Instead, hire armed security guards to be on the premises from 5PM until 8AM — guards who will be WIDE AWAKE!

I worked at a homeless shelter in Springfield, MO which was staffed almost entirely by the residents. I also worked for pay at a homeless shelter in Kansas City, MO which made it a point to hire some homeless individuals to work there in various capacities. And I volunteered full-time for over a year at a homeless day center in KC, and I was happy to have something useful to occupy my time (once a week, the director would slip us a $20 bill out of petty cash — reminding us that it was a gratuity.)

The way things are currently run throughout Boulder’s homeless shelter / services industry is FUBAR and counterproductive.

Sorry, volunteers, but it really isn’t beneficial to them in the long run to wait on homeless people hand-and-foot.

To be expected, and you can thank the do-gooders in Boulder County

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless continues to harbor registered sex offenders, allowing them to live alongside the adult survivors of sex crimes . . .

— MRW