Shelter seeks donations to meet growing need
Denver, CO—Catholic Charities’ Samaritan House shelter is bracing for another snow storm expected to create hardship on Denver’s homeless and further congest already-packed shelters.
Samaritan House in downtown Denver prepared its emergency shelters for those seeking relief from the blizzard predicted to dump up to a foot of snow in northern Colorado.
“We’re prepared to max out our overflow shelter if it becomes critical late tonight,” said Geoff Bennett, vice president of Catholic Charities’ shelter services, on Monday. “We’ll put people in conference rooms and our hallways if it gets real bad.”
Samaritan House, a downtown shelter that provides overnight beds, warm meals and clothing, typically houses up to 350 men, women and children. Catholic Charities of Denver is one of the only shelters in Denver that provides shelter for women overnight. The Fort Collins Mission shelter and Greeley’s Guadalupe Community Shelter also prepared for an increase in needed shelter this winter.
Bennett said the staff is prepared to handle an increase in homeless seeking a place to stay, but more support from the community is needed.
Catholic Charities asks the community to help by making donations to meet the needs of a growing homeless population.
“We’re seeing more people looking for the coats, hats and gloves that we hand out,” Bennett said.
“Any way the community can help and give donations for families bearing the storm would be greatly appreciated,” he said.