Home for the holidays

Moving into a new home can be an overwhelming experience, especially when you’re on a fixed income. For the residents of the St. Valentine supportive housing complex in Loveland, Colorado, those “little” things that add up were taken care of. Thanks to the tireless efforts of building coordinator Rob, all 54 units at St. Valentine’s received “starter kits” to help them get adjusted to their new living spaces. Parishioners at St. John the Evangelist in Loveland, and other individuals contributed thousands of dollars over the past few months to make sure every resident had all they needed to make their new house a home. Everything from kitchen to bath to bedding was included in these packages to make their transition as smooth as possible.

During the move-ins that started this month, residents have been lifted from many of the stresses of rising costs, with a warm place to call home this winter season. Paired with these “starter kits,” 80 individuals are that much closer to having all of their basics met. These tokens of kindness are what the Loveland community is all about.

On top of the $400 worth of items that were purchased for each unit, Rob also arranged for $50 Safeway gift card to be given out. These gift cards gave residents a chance to stock their pantries and fridges up for the first couple of weeks.

For the 80-plus individuals receiving income-based housing at St. Valentine’s, this is the start of a wonderful new chapter in their lives. A place to call home, and items that make it feel even homier. Thank you to the city of Loveland for welcoming this building into your community, and for welcoming some new neighbors with open arms. God bless.