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How to Help Denver's Unhoused

Peyton Garcia
Peyton Garcia
Posted on August 1
Volunteers plate meals at the Denver Rescue Mission.

Volunteers plate meals at the Denver Rescue Mission. (Aaron Ontiveroz / The Denver Post / Getty Images)

With the Johnston administration announcing lofty new goals to combat homelessness, the conversation around the unhoused community is front and center. As that discussion continues to grow and evolve, here are a few ways you can get involved in supporting your unhoused neighbors.

💚 Volunteer at a local shelter

Help run operations or serve meals at any of Denver’s homeless shelters. A few worth checking out include: St. Francis Center, Samaritan House, or Urban Peak Youth Shelter. But there are dozens of other organizations and resource centers always accepting help.

💚 Consider monetary donations

If you have the financial means but a tight schedule, consider a monetary donation to any of the aforementioned shelters and services. Most of them are nonprofit and rely on community donations to keep their doors open.

💚 Donate food and other essential items

Non-perishable foods, warm clothing, and personal hygiene items are always helpful. Most of the mentioned shelters accept donations — but check their websites for specific needs. Also consider making some DIY “care bags” filled with essential items that you can keep in your car and distribute to people you meet who are presently unhoused.

💚 Sign up to stay informed

When you’ve found an organization that you like, sign up for their email updates or follow them on social media, so you’re always in the loop on upcoming events and current needs. The email list at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is a great place to start!

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