Down-and-out Coloradans will receive free phone numbers and voice mailboxes to help them find jobs and homes through a program launched Monday by US West.
Project Hope Box will provide 750 voice mail boxes to Coloradans who are seeking employment or housing, but who do not have a telephone.
The project is being launched in Denver and will soon include use of 10,000 voice mail boxes in the 14-state US West region, including Washington, said US West spokesman Jeff Garrett.
“Often, those who are most in need of employment and are willing to work can’t get jobs because they don’t have a permanent home or phone number,” said Jim Smith, US West vice president for local markets.
“We often take the telephone for granted, but the person who is homeless does not take a telephone for granted,” said the Rev. Ed Judy, director of Samaritan House, a Denver homeless shelter.
In addition to the phone numbers and voice mail boxes, $10,000 worth of $5.25 phone cards will be distributed to homeless people so they can use pay phones to access their messages, Smith said.