COMEA Receives Community Empowerment Fund Award

COMEA 8-30-19

COMEA House and Resource Center recently received a $65,000 award from the Microsoft Community Empowerment Fund to support the shelter and its various programs. The award will be used to ensure adequate and safe housing is available to local homeless men, women and families who are working to regain their independence. Improvements to their business technology and safety measures for the shelter are also receiving support.

”Microsoft is committed to investing in our community through a variety of avenues.  COMEA is fortunate to be a direct recipient of their continued generosity.  These funds will be used to ensure the most vulnerable, individuals and families battling homelessness, will be safe and will be provided with the opportunity to heal and become productive,” said Robin Bocanegra, COMEA’s Executive Director. ”We are incredibly grateful for our partnership with Microsoft and this generous gift.”

The Microsoft Datacenter Community Development team has established a transformational empowerment fund to support community-led and prioritized projects. The Community Empowerment Fund encourages increased collaboration between and among contributors and award recipients. The community development team’s approach is to partner with the community to develop local ecosystems of organizations that team together on common community priorities. Through this approach, the team hopes to achieve long-term, systemic, and holistic outcomes in the communities in which we operate.

“Microsoft is pleased to partner with COMEA House and Resource Center and to support the shelter and its many programs that help the homeless in the Cheyenne community to become independent,” said Robert Sloan, Microsoft Principle Program Manager, Datacenter Community Development. “The Microsoft Community Empowerment Fund awards are an important way for Microsoft and our employees to contribute to stronger, more resilient communities.”

Since 1982, COMEA (Cooperative Ministry for Emergency Assistance) has operated as an emergency homeless shelter in Cheyenne, Wyo., for anyone who finds themselves homeless. COMEA operates on the belief that assistance should be available to anyone in need. COMEA is an emergency shelter serving men, women, and families. Through COMEA’s programs and outreach, residents receive nutritious meals, a clean bed, personal hygiene products, a hot shower, clothing, transportation assistance, employment aid, and case management support.