Denver’s largest provider of shelter for single women follows CDC-compliant conditions during pandemic
After planning and coordinating with the City of Denver and area shelter providers, Catholic Charities of Denver—the largest provider of shelter for single women experiencing homelessness in Denver—took the lead in operating a 24/7 auxiliary shelter for up to 300 women at the Denver Coliseum to maintain social distancing, medical triage and respite facilities.
The Women’s Auxiliary Shelter at the Denver Coliseum opened to provide the safest conditions for women during the COVID-19 pandemic. Catholic Charities hired 12 temporary workers to help care for participants and oversee operations for as long as the shelter is needed to follow health and safety guidelines, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“The health of residents at our Women’s Emergency Shelter and their successful journey to self-sufficiency is our mission. We are taking swift action to provide them with the CDC-recommended social distancing necessary and medical care needed during the pandemic,” said Mike Sinnett, Vice President of Shelter Services for Catholic Charities of Denver. “We are grateful for the City of Denver’s support and for our area shelter providers continuing collaboration to make this a safer and healthier shelter option for women experiencing homelessness.”
Catholic Charities’ staff is handling the operations of the auxiliary shelter for women and providing expertise on best care for participants. Staff from other shelters are offering support while it operates the auxiliary shelter, which provides screening for all participants upon entry. It also serves meals and gives medical care, including mental health services and respite facilities for those exhibiting symptoms or advised to isolate due to medical necessity. In addition to the women’s shelter at the Denver Coliseum, the city is supplying 550 motel and hotel rooms to provide protection and respite care when needed.