Posts Tagged ‘Samaritan House’

Veteran says Samaritan House saved her life

Cindy Brown calls Samaritan House her lifesaver. “If I kept going on the road I was on, I’d probably be gone,” she said in her Denver apartment. “So, they saved my life.” A previous drinking problem and losing her job and apartment made the phrase “hitting rock bottom” a reality. “I felt it was rock…

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Samaritan House has residents’ dignity down to an art

Shelter’s art and music program helps residents find renewed self-worth More than a place for a hot meal and warm bed, Samaritan House shows residents the fine art of dignity. Shelter case manager Eric Johnston launched an art and music program two years ago to help reacquaint homeless residents with society and find a renewed…

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Big commitment reaps big reward for volunteer

Several months ago, an unexpected gift was brought to the Samaritan House shelter in Denver. Deby Schwartz saw a posting online for volunteers needed to help decorate the shelter for the holidays and quickly jumped at the opportunity. Deby, who is Jewish, got in to the giving spirit by dedicating her time and energy to…

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Chef finds new start at shelter

“I’m Tommy and I’m a cook at Samaritan House shelter. As sous chef (second in command), I oversee cooking dinner for 350 residents—plus I train residents in the new culinary program. I’m grateful to work here. I struggled before I came here. My wife was killed by a drunk driver five years ago. It happened…

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Volunteering leads way for gratitude

Jerry Fitzgerald calls volunteering the sure way to grow in appreciation for life. “To see the struggles and, at times, the desperation and lack of hope in other people—you try to have a positive impact on them,” Jerry said. “It can’t help but improve your appreciation of your own life and the many blessings you…

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Samaritan House featured charity of St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Thousands joined for a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and all things green, including the Samaritan House shelter, which proudly walked in the parade held in downtown Denver. “Being a part of the parade was an incredible honor for us as we are a part of the downtown community,” said Mike Malloy, executive director of…

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28 Days of Love to shower women with care

Samaritan House is celebrating 28 Days of Love this February. And what better way to show love than through the kindness and support of those less fortunate—especially the growing number of homeless women in the community. According to the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative’s 2016 Point-in-Time survey, over 5,467 homeless men, women and children are homeless…

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Couple gives fruits of farm to Samaritan House

For more than 100 years, the fruits of the Vettel family’s farm in North Dakota supplied grain across the country. This year, Sherri and Tim Vettel sold their family’s 1,000 acres and gave a portion of the sale to benefit Samaritan House. “I just hope and pray that it affects so many lives,” Sherri said.…

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Thirty years after Samaritan House made history as the first shelter in America built and designed for the homeless, a group of Catholic Charities donors and staff commemorated its years of mercy to the poor. Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of the Archdiocese of Denver celebrated Mass and rededicated the building located in downtown Denver on…

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Samaritan House rededication to mark 30th anniversary

Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver to bless shelter during December 10 event    Denver, CO—After 30 years of mercy and compassion to the poor and needy in the Denver community, the historic Samaritan House shelter will rededicate its mission to fighting homelessness. “It’s an important moment for Samaritan House, because we continue to grow and…

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