Winter storm drives homeless women to seek shelter
Catholic Charities’ Holy Rosary shelter accepted more homeless women last night who were seeking shelter from the blustery and cold winter storm that hit Denver.
The shelter, which buses women from Samaritan House downtown to an overflow shelter, is running low on bedding for women seeking a place to stay. About 160 women were taken into Holy Rosary shelter and its overflow area last night.
Geoff Bennett, vice president of Catholic Charities of Denver, said the shelter is in great need of twin sheets and blankets.
“We are running low,” said Bennett, who spent this morning at the shelter assisting the staff. “Any way the community can help and give donations for women bearing the storm would be greatly appreciated.”
Samaritan House, a downtown shelter that provides overnight beds, warm meals and clothing, houses men, women and children. Catholic Charities of Denver also oversees one of the only overflow shelters in Denver that provides shelter for women overnight called the Holy Rosary shelter. These women come to Samaritan House for meals and temporary shelter. Every evening additional women are bused to an overflow shelter to stay the night.
“We’re prepared to help more women if the situation becomes more critical,” Bennett said, “But help from the community is needed.”
Catholic Charities asks the community to help by making donations to the shelter, located at 2301 Lawrence St., or by donating online at www.ccdenver.org/donate.