Partnership with City of Fort Collins and Community of Christ Church help provide seasonal shelter
Fort Collins, CO—Catholic Charities’ Fort Collins shelter The Mission expects a crowd of women seeking refuge tonight after its staff open doors to its seasonal overflow shelter to provide safety and warmth for those experiencing homelessness.
“One of the fastest growing populations of people experiencing homelessness are unaccompanied women, and most critically senior women. We are grateful to help our wider community meet this need by operating this woman-specific shelter, staffed entirely by women, in a trauma-informed manner,” said Joe Domko, regional director of Catholic Charities Larimer County, which operates The Mission shelter. “Our goal is to ensure that absolutely no woman must endure a night outside. To us this is simply a matter of kinship and hospitality.”
The Women’s Seasonal Overflow Shelter will open to 32 guests starting 9 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Community of Christ Church, 220 E. Oak St., Fort Collins. The seasonal shelter—open from November through April—is a partnership between the City of Fort Collins, Catholic Charities Larimer County, and Community of Christ. Included as part of the partnership is an evening warming shelter available 5 p.m.-10 p.m. on Monday through Friday at the Murphy Center for Hope, 242 Conifer Street in Fort Collins. The evening warming shelter from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays will be held at Mennonite Fellowship and Peak Community Church, respectively. The Fort Collins Rescue Mission also contributes to the project by expanding their capacity and staff to accommodate increased numbers of men experiencing homelessness.
“Over the past several years the City of Fort Collins and several key community partners have built a systemic approach to address the increased needs and challenges of people experiencing homelessness during the cold winter months,” Domko said. “We are most grateful, encouraged, and emboldened to contribute to this community-based solution by providing a safe and dignified environment for some of our most vulnerable neighbors.”
The Mission shelter in Fort Collins is one of several services offered for the poor and needy in Larimer County. Services include shelter, senior services, emergency assistance, the Gabriel House Project for women and children, and counseling. Learn more at ccdenver.org/larimer-county-services.
Nissa LaPoint, public relations manager
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