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Survey exposes housing hardships here and in wider region
Leslie Stephenson, 38, is out of work after suffering a back injury while painting. Short of money, Stephenson and his fiancee, Heather Gibson, are living with family. He cited his 3-month-old son as motivation for getting back on his feet. “For (Elijah), I’ll do anything,” he said. “I won’t be a deadbeat father. That isn’t crossing my mind.”
Sara Wakefield, director of Manna Soup Kitchen, helps Dustin Collins fill out a survey. “We see (the vulnerable people) every day. We’re in the trenches of social work,” Wakefield said. She believes the survey results will help facilitate communication among social workers and politicians, donors and the community at large.
Brady Brown, 16, right, asks questions to Martin Thompson, 16, at the Durango Skate Park. Brown came from Montrose to help interview at-risk youths. Many teens “couch surf” between friends’ homes in the absence of stable housing.
Dustin Collins, 30, poses for a photo that will be added to his survey profile. Sara Wakefield, right, set aside time from her daily responsibilities as director of Manna Soup Kitchen to help administer surveys. Collins lives in a campsite near town.

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Leslie Stephenson, 38, is out of work after suffering a back injury while painting. Short of money, Stephenson and his fiancee, Heather Gibson, are living with family. He cited his 3-month-old son as motivation for getting back on his feet. “For (Elijah), I’ll do anything,” he said. “I won’t be a deadbeat father. That isn’t crossing my mind.”
Sara Wakefield, director of Manna Soup Kitchen, helps Dustin Collins fill out a survey. “We see (the vulnerable people) every day. We’re in the trenches of social work,” Wakefield said. She believes the survey results will help facilitate communication among social workers and politicians, donors and the community at large.
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Brady Brown, 16, right, asks questions to Martin Thompson, 16, at the Durango Skate Park. Brown came from Montrose to help interview at-risk youths. Many teens “couch surf” between friends’ homes in the absence of stable housing.
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Dustin Collins, 30, poses for a photo that will be added to his survey profile. Sara Wakefield, right, set aside time from her daily responsibilities as director of Manna Soup Kitchen to help administer surveys. Collins lives in a campsite near town.
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