Boulder Shelter leases Mary Sandoe House in South Boulder
Boulder Shelter for the Homeless leases the former Mary Sandoe House while considering a number of purposes for the South Boulder property.
While nothing is set in stone, the Boulder Shelter’s acting executive director, Spencer Downing, said the space could potentially be used to provide housing for elderly women or as office space for case managers who work in housing services.
The one-year lease option agreement announced Friday gives the shelter flexibility by allowing it to rent the space for a nominal fee while shelter staff and managers consider how best to use the facility. space. Shelter officials hope to share more specific plans by March.
Mary Sandoe, a former librarian at the University of Colorado at Boulder, donated her home to the Gray Panthers of Boulder in 1980 to help provide shared housing for seniors, according to a press release from the shelter.
The Sandoe House, at 1244 Gillaspie Drive in the Table Mesa area, operated a 24-bed assisted living facility for seniors before staffing issues forced the organization to close earlier this year.
Around this time, the Sandoe Foundation board began researching nonprofit organizations in the area that might be open to repossessing the property.
“Their board reached out to Boulder Shelter, and we took this opportunity because we are looking to expand our services and resources here,” Boulder Shelter spokeswoman Katie Randall said.
As he begins this effort, the shelter is also preparing to hire a new CEO, which contributed to his decision to take time to finalize his plans for the Sandoe House.
“As a temp, I certainly didn’t want to lock in programming that another CEO would have to run,” Downing said. “This CEO will hopefully lead this process, but the board will be very informed and involved, as well as the shelter staff.”
If the space were used as housing for homeless elderly women, it would serve a similar purpose as it has for more than four decades.
“There is a need for this homeless population to have housing, and it struck me as quite similar to what it was used for,” Downing said.
While Boulder is undertaking its own efforts to open a day service center, this space is not envisioned for this purpose, nor would it be used as an overnight shelter, drop-in center with walk-in services. you or a drug treatment center. , Downing confirmed.
He doesn’t expect the shelter to involve the general public in the planning process, but said the shelter is “committed to being a good neighbor” as it determines how best to use the space.
“At the end of the day, if the safe haven really advances (on) that – and I think there’s a very good chance of that happening – then it would be a transfer of assets to the safe haven,” he said. he declares.
The Sandoe Foundation is legally required to transfer ownership of its assets to another non-profit organization.