Samaritan House sees record number of women seeking refuge

Women’s shelter requests donations as bitter cold hits homeless women in Denver

 

Denver, CO—Samaritan House Women’s Shelter provided warm beds and hot meals to a record 215 women seeking shelter from a cold winter night—a number expected to rise after bitter cold temperatures hit Denver this weekend.

The downtown Denver Samaritan House shelter, which buses women to the new women’s shelter in northeast Denver, is running low on blankets and cold weather items for those coming to its doors. About 215 women alone were taken into Samaritan House Women’s Shelter on Dec. 18 in its emergency shelter area.

Larry Smith, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Denver, said the situation is becoming critical. The shelter greatly needs blankets and gloves, and online donations to help women bear the freezing weather before Christmas Day.

"We are running low on items needed to keep women safe and warm this Christmas," Smith said. "Any way the community can help and give donations for the homeless facing the hardship and unbearable temperatures would be greatly appreciated. I invite the community to share compassion and mercy to those most in need."

Samaritan House Women’s Shelter, a shelter that provides overnight beds, warm meals and clothing, case management and support for single women, is run by Catholic Charities of Denver. It also runs Samaritan House shelter in downtown Denver, The Mission in Fort Collins and Guadalupe Community Center in Greeley.

"We’re prepared to help more women if the situation becomes pressing this weekend," Smith said. "But every bit of help from the community is needed."

Catholic Charities asks the community to drop off donations to the main shelter, located at 2301 Lawrence St., or by donating online anytime at samhousedenver.org/help-cold-weather.

 

 

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