Downtown shelter seeks donations to warm the hands, hearts of the homeless
Denver, CO-Catholic Charities’ Samaritan House shelter is asking for a little help to warm the hands and the hearts of the homeless today after a major spring storm forced hundreds to seek shelter from the blustery conditions.
Samaritan House in downtown Denver served more than 450 men, women and children—200 were single women—who sought relief from the storm that dumped a foot of snow in many areas along the Front Range.
Geoff Bennett, vice president of Catholic Charities’ shelter services, said the shelter is in great need of twin sheet blankets, hats and gloves to keep residents at the shelter warm.
“We’re prepared to welcome more people into our overflow shelter if it becomes critical late tonight,” Bennett said on Wednesday. “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 about 350 men, women and children. Holy Rosary Shelter holds up to 200 single women per night. Catholic Charities of Denver is one of the only shelters in Denver that provides additional shelter for women. The Fort Collins Mission shelter and Greeley’s Guadalupe Community Shelter are also prepared for an increase in needed shelter tonight.
Bennett said donations may be dropped off at the shelter, located at 2301 Lawrence St., or online at www.ccdenver.org/donate. The items will go a long way to meet the needs of a growing number of people seeking a warm place to stay, he said.
“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 to keep families warm during the storm would be greatly appreciated.”
Rebecca Kessler, director of marketing and communications
The Catholic Foundation Alliance