Greg Harms, born in Kansas in 1961 and educated at Kansas State University and Harvard Business School, has been the director of the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless since 2002. In this interview he gives an overview of the shelter’s history, especially regarding funding, location decisions, and community reaction to it. He points out that the shelter is really the “community’s shelter” because the majority of contributions come from local donations and dedicated volunteers. He also shares the mission, philosophy and underlying issues of running the shelter, gives an account of the categories of people who make up the homeless population, an estimate of annual headcounts, and provides a brief tour of the shelter facility, as well as discussing the logistics of running the shelter, such as meal plans, schedules and rules.
Supplemental material available in OH file at the Carnegie Branch Library for Local History.