Denver Samaritan House

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Most Coloradans know at least a little something about Samaritan House. The first building in the nation built specifically to serve people experiencing homelessness, Samaritan House has been a Denver staple since 1986. Since that time, thousands of people have been served and found safe shelter, nutritious meals and support services at Samaritan House. Today, our focus is primarily on serving women, families and veterans who are experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. The community we serve has evolved; our mission remains the same.

Denver Samaritan House

We are dedicated to improving the lives of everyone we serve. Join our community as you begin the journey of rebuilding your life and regaining hope.

Denver Samaritan House

We are dedicated to improving the lives of everyone we serve. Join our community as you begin the journey of rebuilding your life and regaining hope.


Tiffany And Sherrel Family Shelter Services


2301 Lawrence St., Denver


    • Hours of operation: 365 days a year from 5 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.
    • Capacity: 40 dorm-style beds offered on a first-come, first-served basis + two nutritious meals (dinner and breakfast) and bathroom services (no showers)
    • Eligibility: Women 18 years and older.
    • Arrive at Samaritan House on Lawrence Street  by 5 p.m., when doors open. No need to call in advance and no referral required.
    • Contact: 303.294.0241.

Samaritan House 48th

4330 48th Ave., Denver

    • Hours of operation: 365 days a year, 24 hours a day
    • Capacity: 270 dorm-style beds, offered on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Services: Three nutritious meals, shower services, laundry services and case management support
    • Admission: Arrive at Samaritan House 48th, located at 4330 E. 48th Ave. in Denver, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
    • No need to call in advance and no referral required
    • Transportation: Available from Samaritan House Downtown to Samaritan House 48th daily for those women seeking 24/7 shelter services. Arrive at 2301 Lawrence St. in Denver before 4:30 p.m. each day for transportation.
    • Eligibility: Women 18 years and older
    • Contact: 720.799.9506
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Samaritan House Downtown

Extended Stay Program

2301 Lawrence St., Denver

  • Hours of operation: 365 days a year, 24 hours a day
  • Capacity: Offered based on availability
  • Services: 6-9 month supportive living program provides safe dorm beds or family rooms; three nutritious meals; showers; and support services including case management, individualized goal-setting, mental health clinical services, holistic wellness, employment readiness, housing navigation, financial and life-skills classes and referrals to community resources.
  •  Admission
      • A referral by a community partner
      • Go to the Community Resources and Referral Center at 3836 York St., Denver, CO 80205 or call 303-294-0241.
      • Call 303-295-3366 for Salvation Army Connections Center to get your family on their waitlist for multiple family shelters including Samaritan House

Take an inside look at the services offered for families at Samaritan House Downtown

Every Child Pediatrics

Every Child PediatricsSamaritan House is proudly partnering with Every Child Pediatrics to provide high-quality medical care to the children who call Samaritan House home. This is believed to be the first pediatric clinic in the country to be located inside a shelter and is providing children with free medical and behavioral health care. This groundbreaking initiative is part of a comprehensive approach that combines primary care and mental health services through screening, communication and coordination. The clinic is open to families every Tuesday and Thursday. Find out more here.



It's not just a place to sleep.
We provide a place for new beginnings.

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Little Flower Assistance Center provides two weeks of food in all Aurora zip codes and Denver: 80239,80249 

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If you are in need of affordable housing, you are welcome to apply for housing.

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I am a single woman, veteran or have children and am in need of extended services.


If you see something suspicious and suspect it could be human trafficking, you can take action!

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For utility assistance (gas, electric) please call 720.377.1313 between 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

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If you are motivated to recover from the disease of addiction and ready to rebuild those facets of your life that have been damaged by the cycle of addiction, call Step 13 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 303.295.7837.

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If you are a veteran in need of assistance, resources are available through the Grant and Per Diem Program at Samaritan House. To qualify for this program, go to the VA hospital at Clermont and 9th or the Community Resource and Referral Center at 1247 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO 80204. The VA hospital can refer you to our program.

Please obtain a GPD Referral Letter at either the CRRC 3836 N. York Street 303.294.5600 or at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA, Building A 720.857.5037

Our shelters are not SAFE houses. If you're experiencing any kind of domestic violence & feel helpless, please contact The National Domestic Hotline at 800.799.SAFE (7233).

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Eugene signs his first lease in 30 years

When Army veteran Eugene moved back to Denver from Memphis in December 2023, he told himself that he would be without a home for three weeks, tops. While his time in the Veterans Program at Samaritan House, the Catholic Charities iconic shelter in downtown Denver, extended beyond his three-week goal, he used the time there … Read more

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Denver Family Are Three Peas in New Modular Pods at Samaritan House 48th

Denver Family Are Three Peas in a Pod in New Modular Domes at Samaritan House 48th Kathy and her twin daughters, Debbie and Kathleen, are three peas in a pod. They’re inseparable and committed to spending a lot of time together, despite the challenges of experiencing homelessness in Denver for several years. Denver natives, their … Read more

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From Grieving to Giving: Meet one of our favorite ESL volunteers at Samaritan House

“Volunteering at Catholic Charities has been incredibly rewarding for me.” At Catholic Charities, our volunteers are the quiet heroes, weaving their unique skills, life experiences and kindness into the fabric of our mission. With humility and dedication, they stand alongside us, bolstering our efforts to support those in need within our community. One such volunteer … Read more

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Healing Through Creativity

“Twenty years ago, while studying art in New York, I volunteered at a family shelter. That experience planted a seed within me,” Theo recalls. “It led me to pursue a career in education, teaching art in low-income schools for nearly two decades.” Meet Theo Schwartz, the founder behind Big Heart Art, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated … Read more

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Empowering Women Through Employment: Catholic Charities Employment Navigation Program Success

Across the Front Range, Catholic Charities is making a significant impact on the lives of women experiencing homelessness through our innovative Women’s Employment Navigation Program, housed at Samaritan House in downtown Denver. This program is a part of the comprehensive way that Catholic Charities looks at all our ministries, wrapping basics like safe shelter and … Read more

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From Blanket to Blessing: Women Find New Beginnings in Upgraded Shelter Pods

Clark grabs the pink butterfly blanket her daughter gave her and carries it across Samaritan House 48th. Excitedly, she makes her way to the Rose neighborhood, a new section of semi-private cubes called “pods” within the Catholic Charities shelter and settles into her new home. “This changes everything for me. I am a quiet and … Read more

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From Samaritan House to Early Childhood Education, Diega and her family embark on a new chapter

In 2019, Diega and her family arrived in Denver from Honduras. The adjustment to a new city, new language and new culture was challenging, but thanks to the support from the Samaritan House team, they were soon able to find stability and a place to call home. It was at Samaritan House where Diega first … Read more

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Las Posadas celebration with families at Samaritan House 

Last December, Samaritan House transformed conference rooms and common areas into places of shelter and safety for dozens of migrants who had just arrived in Denver. Since the influx fell around Christmastime, staff did their best to adapt to what the holidays may have felt like in their respective countries. To commemorate, they put together … Read more

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Beyond Shelter: Veterans Program Paves the way to Personal Freedom

The Catholic Charities Veterans Program at Samaritan House extends far beyond the conventional concept of shelter, offering a comprehensive array of services, including counseling, job resources and support for those who have served our nation. Meet Ricky. A U.S. Air Force veteran navigating the challenging transition to affordable housing, Ricky is a great example of … Read more

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“Jesus walks through these doors.”

The block that houses Samaritan House in downtown Denver is always humming with activity. From morning until night, volunteers hustle upstairs to help the Catholic Charities team serve meals; generous donors swing by the warehouse to drop off donations and our experienced staff work directly with families, single women and veterans to find the resources … Read more

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Samaritan House Transforms Lives Through Essential Services: One Haircut at a Time

One Tuesday each month, Samaritan House residents are treated to a service that most of us take for granted. A group of cosmetology students from Emily Griffith Technical College heads to Samaritan House to provide free haircuts to neighbors who are calling the downtown landmark home. Rows of chairs are set up, cutting capes are … Read more

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Recognizing Child Abuse Awareness Month Agency-Wide

As we wrap up Child Abuse Awareness month, Catholic Charities wants to recognize the importance of the month agency wide. By placing focus on collaboration and prevention services within all our ministries, we can help protect children and cultivate families’ dynamics. Child abuse comes in many forms, including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well … Read more

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Samaritan House in Denver launches one of nation’s first shelter-based pediatric clinics

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, children experiencing homelessness are sick at twice the rate of children who have stable housing. To increase access to pediatric services, Catholic Charities of Denver’s Samaritan House has partnered with Every Child Pediatrics to provide on-site medical care. The integrated pediatric clinic is one of … Read more

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1,500 Days of Making a Difference

Since 2017, Bob D’Ascoli has volunteered almost every weekday at Samaritan House on Lawrence Street. That adds up to more than 1,500 days that Bob has devoted to helping our participants at the Catholic Charities’ ministry. Amazing! His smiling face wakes up our participants at breakfast and he brings tremendous energy and positivity to everyone … Read more

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Faces of Hope: Stefanie

Stefanie struggled to re-enter the job market after surviving a period of homelessness triggered by the fleeing of an abusive relationship with her former husband who held the housing voucher for the apartment where they lived. “I’ve struggled with alcohol and drug addiction since I was about eighteen. I’m doing a lot better now. I … Read more

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