By Barbara Cotter, Colorado Springs Gazette
Published on Dec. 11, 2012
Some people dip into their savings to pursue extravagant, self-satisfying dreams: buying a plane, trekking through Nepal, investing in a mountain chalet or a sleek sports car.
Greg Morris hit up his savings to chase a dream, but the main beneficiaries will be homeless people who need care and a whole lot of support after they’re released from local hospitals.
Since 2009, the director of Peak Vista Community Health Centers’ Homeless Medical Clinic has worked to start a medical respite program for homeless patients. After a lot of research, a few setbacks and a successful year-long pilot project that ended in October, Morris is on the verge of launching Ascending to Health Respite Care, which will begin as a recuperative program for people with low-acuity medical issues, and possibly expand to include more serious cases.