Zach Blasdell (left) 14, of Grand Junction, Colo., gets algebra help from James Madison University graduate student and Mercy House volunteer David Powell last week at the homeless shelter’s after-school program. According to recent reports, state and national homeless figures have seen a gradual decline in recent years. (Photos by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
Tamara Corum tries to get a library iPod to play a recorded book so she can follow along at the Mercy House’s after-school program last week. Eighteen families sit on a waiting list hoping for a chance to occupy one of the homeless shelter’s 12 apartments.