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Former Egan Warming Center Director Will Continue Working With Homeless

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

After 8 years, Shelley Corteville has stepped down as director of Egan Warming Center, a network of sites where homeless people can keep warm when temps fall below freezing. Now, the advocate plans to focus on helping unaccompanied youth.

Corteville says her resignation comes just before the center undergoes changes.  She adds someone else might be better suited to fill her position. Corteville says her proudest accomplishment as director was fostering an environment where anyone who stepped through the door felt equal.

Throughout her career, she says she’s noticed there aren’t a lot of resources for homeless kids under eighteen.

CORTEVILLE: “I just first need to figure out what’s going on, what’s happening, what’s not happening, what’s needed. And what can I do to help get our kids off the street.”

Corteville says as part of that effort, she’ll reach out to organizations like CAHOOTs, Whitebird, 15th Night and Hosea Youth Services.

Melorie Begay is a multimedia journalist for KLCC News. She was the Inaugural KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.
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