#PAYITFORWARD: Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, A Temporary Home with Lots of Heart

This guest blog is  written by Travis Railey, of Boulder Shelter for the Homeless,  for our our 30 day Pay-It-Forward Initiative. We’re featuring small businesses and non-profits nominated by our community throughout the month of December. Want to make a nomination? It’s not too late!

This could be the night you save or change a life.  Really.

You see, every night this winter up to 160 homeless people will call the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless “home”. And, oh how good it felt to me when I realized that I had the power to make available a night of safety, warmth and food for them!

For most of us, home is a place where we can relax, refresh our souls and be ourselves. The place we call “home” is a link to the past. It’s where our heart is and where we hang our hat.  “Home” is where we can close the door on the troubles of the world if just for the night.  But for those whose lives have spiraled into homelessness, who live outside without a door to lock or a roof over their head, even one night at the Boulder Shelter might make the difference and be the support they need to move forward in their lives.

My guess is someone like you cares about issues like homelessness.  You don’t take your good fortune for granted.  And if you are at this moment safe in the face of the unexpected troubles of life it’s likely you are the kind of person who is moved to consider: “Who’s to say I couldn’t be in a situation like the people staying at the Shelter – or worse?”

There is a special power, a special magic, in reaching out to people in need.  Will you join me in adopting a night at the Shelter, through the Shelter’s Adopt a Night program?

Your gift will provide a warm, clean bed and two hot, nutritious meals for 160 men and women in need – and even more.  The Boulder Shelter’s not just a place to sleep and eat: It’s a place for people to get their lives back together. You have the power in your hands right now. Choose your night at the Shelter so when people need help they have somewhere to turn.