Man pursues dream to provide homeless with respite care

Man pursues dream to provide homeless with respite care

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.

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