Homeward Pikes Peak has something to celebrate.

This week the homeless outreach program is celebrating because its 100th client recently got a job.  The client was formerly a homeless tent camper.

Executive Director Bob Holmes said this amounts to securing one job a day for clients since the effort to place homeless tent campers in jobs began.

He noted that all 100 people are still working and no one has gotten fired.

Holmes calculated that 100 people earning minimum wage would collectively be paid about $1.6 million a year. If 30 percent of that money were spent on sales-taxable items, the tax revenue returned to the city would be about $36,000 a year.

“So, in less than a year and a half the city will have recouped its ‘investment’ in this ‘human capital,'” he said. “The public needs to know that “charity” can be looked upon as a positive investment in the community.”

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A celebration party is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 3 at the Aztec Motel, 1921 E. Platte Ave.

Free cake and soft drinks will be served.

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A Colorado native, Marija (Mary) B. Vader graduated with a degree in technical journalism, focus on English and chemistry, from Colorado State University. For the most part, she has worked in print journalism since then. For the Business Journal, she covers banking, commercial and residential real estate, legal business, transportation and more.

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