Organization Seeking To Create Playground For Homeless Children


For homeless children, many of the simple joys of childhood can be harder to come by. One non-profit organization in Pueblo seeks to provide these kids an outlet to simply be a kid.

For children living in the Elko Avenue Apartments, an emergency family shelter run by non-profit organization Posada, there is no place to play. Posada says that a wooden play-center has been donated, with volunteers ready to help, but funds are still needed to create the playground landscape. The remaining funds needed are $472.

Posada is seeking people willing to make a donation to support the playground project. Along with the playground, Posada is also looking to add a community garden, sidewalks, new gates and cement for a basketball court on the family shelter grounds. Anyone interested in making a donation is asked to contact Diana Hall, the Posada Business Development Director, at 821-0889, or visit their Web site

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  • by hmf Location: cs on May 23, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    It's not like the majority of the proper parents in this town would allow their children to play with homeless kids anyway. They would either tell their kids to keep away from them or chase them off. So a playground for homeless kids is very much welcomed.
  • by Diana Location: Pueblo on May 21, 2011 at 12:42 PM
    On behalf of Posada, I'd like to clarify that safety is our priority at our Emergency Family Shelter where approximately 150 families are housed each year. Each family lives in a 1-room studio apartment, many of them with toddlers needing a safe place nearby to play while they conduct job searches and other efforts to get back on their feet. The play-set was donated free, and Posada asked for donated sand and perimeter materials for the project in the paper on March 26th, and no donors responded. This is why we are reaching out to the community for support. Posada stretches every donor dollor by leveraging volunteers and donations, and all suggestions and contacts are greatly appreciated. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, and thank you for your support!
  • by Citizen K on May 20, 2011 at 03:53 PM
    SERIOUSLY DJR?? You'd be willing to deny playtime to kids who are homeless? They don't have their own toys, they don't have their own backyard to play in. A little bit of lighthearted playtime and a tiny escape from the realities they face without making them walk a mile or so to a different playground, and you're confused as to why people would want this? Congratulations on being part of the problem. It's callousness and a complete lack of empathy for the innocent that will be humanities undoing.
  • by DJR Location: Springs on May 20, 2011 at 11:26 AM
    Why can't the homeless kids walk to the park like all of the kids with homes?
  • by Kelly Location: CS on May 20, 2011 at 09:50 AM
    Seriously me? get over yourself. This is a great program! I will be donating!
  • by Me Location: Colo Spgs on May 20, 2011 at 09:24 AM
    Orrr you could save the money and build another building for shelter...I'm sure there is playground equipment on craigslist (not for as much as you're spending)and sand companies that are willing to donate sand/cement borders. Just saying. I understand kids need an outlet and need to play but lets be smart about this.
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