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Aspen Homeless Shelter

One of the first questions that people ask Dr. Vince Savage, executive director of the Aspen Homeless Shelter is: There actually are homeless people in Aspen?

Roger Adams / Aspen Public Radio

Reporter Alycin Bektesh stopped by the Aspen Homeless Shelter’s day center recently to check in on summer use, new programs and preparations for the winter season.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

Mental health resources are scarce in the valley, leaving those without homes, jobs, transportation and support systems to fend for themselves when it comes to seeking help.

 This week on Cross Currents, The Little Nell Hotel is hosting a BBQ cookoff with top Aspen chefs to benefit the Aspen Homeless Shelter Thursday.

Roger Adams / Aspen Public Radio

The snowstorms during these final days of skiing are a welcome return to winter for some. But, unlike the winter months, the Aspen Homeless Shelter is no longer open. For those without a home this is the hardest time of year.

Courtesty Aspen Homeless Shelter

When Michael Engfors, a homeless man in Aspen, won five hundred thousand dollars on a scratch off ticket last fall his newfound fortune made national headlines. Months later, the longtime local is still utilizing the services of the Aspen Homeless shelter. Its services go beyond a warm place to sleep at night, as shelter director Vince Savage explains.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

About 20 people on average eat at the Aspen Homeless Shelter day center each evening. Tonight, the room is also crammed with  9-year-olds, their parents and their siblings. 

Aspen homeless shelter questions smoking ban proposal

Apr 21, 2015
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There’s opposition to a smoking ban at a cluster of Aspen’s health buildings. Smoking bans in public places are common, especially in locations where people get medical treatment. Such a prohibition is proposed for Aspen Valley Hospital, a nearby Senior Center, and the Pitkin County Schultz Health and Human Services Building next door.