Letter: Meeting Monday on homelessness
Glenwood Springs city councilor at-large
As the summer winds down and the weather cools, the number of obvious street people in Glenwood would appear to be dwindling. There are not quite the number there were a month ago along the pedestrian bridge or in the downtown area. The “problem” seems to be going away.
Questions remain. Is there a problem? If so, what is the problem? Are a few causing problems for everyone? Who are they and what is their story? What draws them to Glenwood?
These questions, and others will be discussed at a community meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. The Glenwood Springs City Council, in collaboration with Partners4Glenwood, a group of local community leaders, have invited a group of panelists to exchange information, provide some facts and figures and begin to determine if there are elements of this situation that can or should be addressed.
Panelists include: Mary Baydarian, director, Garfield County Human Services; Kim Loving, executive director, Lift-Up; Karen Peppers, director, Feed My Sheep; Dr. Al Saliman, Valley View Hospital; Jackie Skramstad, regional director, Mind Springs Health; Marianne Virgili, President/CEO Chamber Resort Association; Pam Willis, assistant chief operations officer, Glenwood Hot Springs; Terry Wilson, chief of police, Glenwood Springs.
These panelists were chosen out of a large number of eminently qualified people to speak to this issue as a representative sample of a variety of perspectives. It is my hope that anyone who is involved or touched by this situation will attend and contribute to this conversation.
If you have any questions or concerns or would like more information, please contact me at 379-4849 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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