Homeless Getting Bus Tickets Home

By: Mindy Stone Email
By: Mindy Stone Email

Some homeless people in Colorado Springs are getting free bus tickets home thanks to the Salvation Army and Colorado Springs police.

The idea is not to kick the homeless out of town but to help them better themselves.

Many homeless people live in camps along Fountain Creek. They're clearly visible from the interstate.

"They moved into the downtown area where they were comfortable living and being seen," said Officer Brett Iverson with the Homeless Outreach Team.

Colorado Springs City Council is looking at passing an ordinance that would make camping illegal on public land.

In the meantime, Colorado Springs police and the Salvation Army are trying to help those who want to get a fresh start on life.

"Many times they want to relocate because they have family or friends or they've verified a job. They know somewhere where they can work," said Major Don Gilger with the Salvation Army.

The homeless campers can get their one-way bus tickets paid for if they want to move closer to family and friends.

"We verify they have a parent, a friend or family members or a job lined up. Once we can verify that, then we'll get them out," said Officer Iverson.

So far, three people have taken advantage of the new program. Police and the Salvation Army hope to help 30 homeless people.

The Salvation Army recently got a $20,000 emergency grant from El Pomar. They're using some of that money to pay for the bus tickets, which cost about $150 each.

"It's not the total answer to the problem. There are people who can't leave Colorado," said Major Gilger.

But, Major Gilger says it is the answer for those who have a support system in place in another city or state.

If you would like to donate money to help the Salvation Army pay for bus tickets, click on the link below.

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  • by amanda Location: north carolina on May 1, 2012 at 10:00 PM
    i am homeless and pregnant and need to get to reno nv asap please help me i dont have long left till the baby gets here please email cause i dont have a phone its dixie_sweethrt16@yahoo.com
  • by dan and april Location: ohio on Mar 1, 2012 at 05:19 PM
    my husband and i are homeless and need to get home we cant get any help where we live and no one wants to help us my husband is a diabetic and we have no way to get his meds either. so we are stuck and cant get help anywhere in this place if anyone has any ideas or wanna help email me at ds1587@yahoo.com thanks
  • by scott Location: homeless on Jan 9, 2012 at 01:58 PM
    ticket is $234 1st presbitrian baptist $50 travler aid $58 need help with the rest please i,m a, vet mothers sick needs my help from atl -fresno,ca thank you
  • by brittany n maurice Location: greenville nc on Dec 14, 2011 at 09:01 AM
    We are homeless and need help gettin to his sister im preg and we dnt have no money we barely can feed us. His sister wants us thier with her and we just need a ticket to get thier.
  • by Daniella Location: texas on Sep 23, 2011 at 01:54 PM
    my mom is homeless in san luis obispo california and living in a shelter i would rather her be here in tx were she has help and support here so if by any chance u can help me get her home.
  • by keosha buxton Location: youngstown, ohio on Sep 20, 2011 at 07:50 AM
    im homeless and im trying to get a bus ticket back home to daytona beach flordia please because i really dont have anywhere to go i been sleeping outside for the last 3 days and its cold outside
  • by Angel Location: Kent on Aug 4, 2011 at 10:47 AM
    ya I am one of those people who need to get back home from Kent WA to Aiken SC I am homeless right now came here to help my daughter and didn't know how much stuff was here now broke she can't help me she only has enough for her and my one year old grandson if you can help me call 803-508-9022
  • by jessika Location: colorado springs on Jul 15, 2011 at 07:59 PM
    i have two friends that need help getting home to arizona i gave them money but i cnt help them any more the money i gave them was stolen from them if anyone can help that would be awsome .
  • by anthony c. willams Location: cleveland on Jun 26, 2011 at 02:30 PM
    i'm homeless stuck in cleveland ohio need a bus ticket 2 nevada las vegas how can i get this done please contact me asap number 216904 5933
  • by jennifer Location: cape coral fl on Apr 25, 2011 at 12:27 PM
    hi my name is jennifer i live in a damestic violence shelter called act in cape coral fl and my kids where taken away by dcf 3 days ago and i have been trying like crazy to get a bus ticket to go where my family is in oklahoma but can't get the funds i have tryed every where and my case worker promised me she would get me a ticket and backed down at the last minute that is not right i guess they stoped caring when they took my babys away but my case worker has done nothing but lie since i had her all i am trying to do is get to oklahoma with my family so i can be reunited with my babys again when they took them they took my heart so plz can u help me i'm begging
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