Samaritan House shelter prepares to shelter more women, assembles new beds

Volunteers to assemble furniture as part of renovations; shelters prepare for more women amid cold

Denver, CO
Samaritan House shelter in Denver is gathering volunteers to prepare new warm beds, lockers and furniture today after renovations continue to shelter more single women experiencing homelessness. Meanwhile, as historic bitter cold temperatures hit Denver, preparations are made to ensure women have a safe place to go at its shelter locations.

The volunteers will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, February 13, at Samaritan House, 2301 Lawrence St. in Denver, by assisting with assembling bunk beds, lockers and furniture in the newly renovated space. Media are invited to cover the event. The downtown shelter, which provides case management and a path to self-sufficiency for single women, families and veterans, recently renovated areas of its dorms and is preparing for an influx of people experiencing homelessness over the winter months.

Samaritan House and the Samaritan House Women's Shelter have adjusted during the COVID-19 pandemic with the City of Denver and other community partners to ensure safe shelter for single women experiencing homelessness. Other shelter locations include northeast Denver and a Denver motel for single women. Current renovations at Samaritan House will enable the shelter to offer more warm beds for anticipated increases in women seeking refuge.

Among the volunteers helping arrange the renovated space are the Knights of Columbus and Team Samaritan, comprised of cycling, running and walking groups who fundraise for Catholic Charities of Denver shelters.   

“This is an incredible opportunity for Samaritan Cycling members to do what we do best—raise awareness for those experiencing homelessness,” said Tom Schwein, director of Team Samaritan. “With COVID-19 this past year, we waited out of caution to return to Samaritan House and serve dinner to those experiencing homelessness. Now we are thankful for the opportunity to help assemble beds, furniture and lockers for the newly renovated Samaritan House. Jesus said, ‘The poor will be with you always.’ Therefore, our mission continues to raise awareness for those experiencing homelessness and money for their food, clothing and shelter.” 

Samaritan Cycling is a group of independent sports enthusiasts who turned their passion into a cause by supporting those experiencing homelessness. Formerly named Team Samaritan House, the group of riders was the largest single team in The Denver Post Ride The Rockies annual event. Funds raised are used to assist families and individuals at its shelters including Samaritan House, Samaritan House Women’s Shelter, Samaritan House Fort Collins, Guadalupe Community Center in Greeley, and Catholic Charities’ Western Slope Services.  

Samaritan House asks the community to drop off donations at its Denver shelter, located at 2301 Lawrence St., or by donating online at