Cardinal J. Francis Stafford to attend reception featuring shelter residents’ art work
To mark the 30th anniversary of Samaritan House shelter and its vital service to the poor in Denver, Catholic Charities is inviting the community to its inaugural Sam’s Supper event, a benefit to support those facing homelessness.
When Samaritan House opened its doors in November 1986, it made history as the first building in America designed and built specifically to meet the needs of the homeless. The Sam’s Supper fundraiser will pay tribute to its historic beginnings and encourage support for its continued mission.
Sam’s Supper will begin at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Mile High Station, 2027 W. Colfax Ave., in Denver. All are invited to show their support for Samaritan House—the cornerstone of charity located in the heart of downtown Denver—during the evening full of storytelling, music and a meal. Ticket sales and table sponsorships are limited. More information is available at samssupper.org.
Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, archbishop of Denver from 1986-1996 and retired Vatican official, will kick off Sam’s Supper with an art walk and reception. Attendees will view and bid on art work created by Samaritan House residents for the benefit of the shelter.
“I would encourage individuals to come down and show their appreciation of the dignity of these human beings, who are also very creative, (and) show interest in their art work,” Cardinal Stafford said about the art walk.
The downtown urban event will continue at 6 p.m. with the music of local band Matt Miller and the Lites, supper, video stories and awards. Some of the shelter’s first supporters and staff will share their memories of its first days and the passionate priest behind it—known to many as Father Woody. Also during the fundraiser, a current shelter resident and mother of two children will share her unexpected experience with homelessness and hopes for the future.
Sam’s Supper will highlight the continuing and evolving needs of the poor today, noting an increase in the number of homeless women and children. According to the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, 6,130 men, women and children across the Denver Metro area identified as homeless in January 2015. More than half of the newly homeless reported having children in their care, the study found.
Catholic Charities CEO Larry Smith encourages the community to participate in Sam’s Supper and to support those in need.
“We encourage people to participate in charity. Give where you can, give to whomever you can,” Smith said.
Samaritan House anniversary events
September 10—Benefit dinner Sam’s Supper at Mile High Station in Denver
September 24—Pilgrimage Walk at Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden
December 10—Rededication of the shelter building by Archbishop Samuel Aquila
Rebecca Kessler, director of marketing and communications
The Catholic Foundation Alliance