Respect Life Resources

Homeless Shelters

Catholic Charities shelters assure that the basic needs of homeless individuals and families are met including:

  • safe shelter
  • warm clothing
  • food

Our shelters provide short- and long-term housing and supportive services with the objective to help people become self-reliant.

Our ultimate goal is to decrease the likelihood that clients will become homeless again by providing services like job assistance, money management, and case management to our clients.

Learn more about each of our shelters:

St. Joseph's Home for Veterans

"Serving those who served us first. We provide safety for male veterans experiencing homelessness."

During their stay at St. Joseph’s Home, our veterans rediscover their integrity, self-respect, and respect for others.

They are empowered to become positive, productive members of our community with clarity of purpose and a renewed spirit.

We help our veterans to...

  • Regain lost hope
  • Heal from their respective wounds
  • Reclaim ownership of their lives

We provide our veterans with...

  • Services
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Financial independence
  • Housing

A place to call home

St. Joseph’s Home for Veterans is a sister program to the Samaritan House’s Veterans Program. Last year we served 42 veterans.

We offer a group-home setting with case management services in an effort to further assist veterans in their transition back into the community.

Our home serves 16 veterans. Several of our residents have been diagnosed with mental illness or have a history of severe substance abuse. 

We maximize our residents’ success rate by partnering with our veterans to improve their own self-awareness and to “normalize” their life with routine, daily practice of important life skills.

How can you help?

Help us continue this vital work. Click here to VOLUNTEER.  Click here to DONATE.

Contact Us

4626 Pennsylvania St.
Denver, CO 80216
303-292-2591

Our Wish List

Residents at St. Joseph's Home for Veterans currently need the following items.

  • A prepared meal for 16 men delivered to the shelter 
  • Non-perishable food items (canned soup, vegetables, snacks, cereal, and pastas/pasta sauce etc.)
  • Hygiene items (soap, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, shampoo)
  • Professional quality pots, pans, cookware
  • Single bed sheets
  • Single bedspreads and blankets
  • Pillows
  • Towels
  • Laundry baskets
  • Washcloths
  • Dinner plates, dinnerware and cutlery
  • Books
  • DVDs
  • Surgical gloves and ziplock bags
  • Coats, gloves, hats and boots
  • NEW kitchen trash cans with lids
  • NEW socks, underwear and white t-shirts
  • NEW cleaning supplies for clients who are moving out

Please call 303-292-2591 for additional information and our hours of operation, in order to drop off donations.

The Father Ed Judy House

  • "We serve women and children experiencing homelessness. We walk with families as they restore their lives."

    We serve

    • Single women with children.
    • Many are victims of domestic violence.
    • We can shelter nine families at a time.

    We provide

    • Shelter and basic needs
    • Case management
    • Supportive services
    • Post-shelter support services

    We provide on-going support to families to prevent chronic homelessness.
    We build more than case files – we build relationships.

    We make a difference

    • 93 families were served last year
    • 83% of families moved into stable housing
    • 95% of families remained stable in the community
    • 94% of families exited the shelter with income
    • 66% of families left the shelter with savings

    Get involved

    Contact Us

    Phone: (303) 866-7641
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    Blog: http://fejh.wordpress.com/
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  • Our Yearly Impact*

    36 families served at the  shelter

    83% of new families moved into stable housing

    95% of alumni remain stable in the community

    72 days was the average stay

    $460 per month was the average income

    284 volunteers served the program

    1,681 volunteer hours were worked

    *All statistics are from Fiscal Year 2012

    Here, families receive more than a safe place.
    They receive services, and the support to rebuild their lives. 

    We serve single women, with children, who are experiencing homelessness, both in shelter and as they return to the community.

    We provide...

    A safe, service-rich environment that empowers women to find stable housing and rebuild their lives

    On-going support in their lives to help them remain stable

    Respect, dignity and relationships to help families reintegrate in the community

    Helping our clients after they move out…

    We continue to support families after they have left our care. We continue to support them as they transition into stable housing.

    Our Post-Shelter Support Services include...

    Comprehensive discharge planning: We review transfer of benefits, discuss their children’s educational needs, plan for safety and anticipate the basic logistics of moving to a new home

    A Move-In Kit: A going-away gift that includes new sheets, towels, pots and pans, dishes, silverware, cleaning supplies and pantry food

    Voluntary Case Management: Case managers remain available to talk to families, constantly encouraging them to remain stable and self-sufficient

    One-on-one counseling: At no cost to our families, we offer continued appointments with our domestic violence resource counselor

    Empowerment opportunities: We invite our former residents to participate in leadership development and advocacy opportunities in the larger community. They have an opportunity to directly educate the community about the barriers that homeless families face, and to break down stereotypes surrounding the image of homelessness, poverty reduction and affordable housing.

    Seasonal celebrations: We offer a variety of holiday gift and support programs for our former residents. Examples include food baskets around Thanksgiving, Christmas presents and a Mother’s Day party!

  • We rely on volunteers to help us serve so many families.

    Last year 284 volunteers dedicated 1,681 hours of their time!

    Volunteers came to the rescue.

    In April 2012, we were told the price of our daily, hot dinners would triple, starting in July. The increased cost was far beyond our budget.

    We took a leap of faith. We sought volunteer help. We cast out a “net” to the community, explaining our need. And what we “caught” was in tremendous support!

    This season marked the beginning of our Loaves and Fishes Ministry. Now, 19 groups - families, parishes or other organizations - have each committed to a certain day (or several days) each month, wherein they cook a hot meal and bring it to our shelter. We have been blessed by this rapid response in our time of need!

    Want to Volunteer?

    Please consider joining our team. Your time truly makes an impact! Learn more at http://fejh.wordpress.com/

  • The Top Eight Things We Need Each Month

    The support of the community is invaluable to us! Because we are often asked what we need, here is our current wish list (updated monthly.)

    Please call us at 303-866-7641 if you would like to donate any of these items. We are also happy to arrange a pick-up!

    Our Wish List at Father Ed Judy House in Denver

    February 2014

    • Non-Perishable Food – always the #1 need of our alumni families!
    • Furniture for Alumni – especially beds ad small dressers
    • Toilet paper and toiletries for Alumni
    • Newborn and size 6 diapers)
    • Blankets for single beds
    • Used washer and dryer
    • Child Care Volunteers
    • Bus Slips

    Learn more at http://fejh.wordpress.com/.

  • father-judy-child-samaritan-houseFr. Ed Judy was a Capuchin Friar known for his deep faith and described by Tom Luehrs, Executive Director of the St. Francis Center, as a man who was funny and who had a low-keyed charisma that connected people.

    “He could talk to anyone,” remembers Leuhrs, “he was very approachable.”

    As the director of the Samaritan House from 1990- 2001, Fr. Ed was a community builder and a strong advocate for people who were homeless.

    In 1999, he spearheaded renovations to the Samaritan House which included a three story addition to expand services to include families, the inclusion of veteran services, and he brought in substance abuse counseling. He also served as the President of the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative for two years where he worked to build partnerships that would benefit the people he served. 

    “He was a great ambassador,” Leuhr adds, as he describes Fr.Ed’s work to raise awareness with the Colorado legislature around homeless issues.

    In addition to his dedication to the homeless and marginalized, Fr. Ed had a passion for baseball and played softball regularly.

    He also enjoyed singing and volunteers at the Father Ed Judy House still comment on how they sang in the choir with him. In 2002, he was recognized by the Serra Trust and by Regis University who awarded him the Civis Princeps Award for leadership in the service of others.

    In 2003, Father Ed Judy passed away after a difficult, two year struggle with brain cancer. Radio personality Thomas Manoogian, better known as “Lou from Littleton” on KOA, who now runs Front Range Sports Network, told how meeting Father Judy changed his life for the better. 

    Manoogian is quoted in an article from this time saying, “I try now, because of Father Ed, to give back to those who are less fortunate than me — not just my old shirt, but to give my heart.” And then went on to add, “I’ve never met a man who had so much faith at such a difficult time.”

    In 2005, to honor Fr. Ed’s service to the homeless and his commitment to engaging the community, a consortium of local service providers decided to name a new shelter for single women with children experiencing homelessness, the Father Ed Judy House. This new shelter was developed to serve families who had already run out of time at an emergency shelter, but who had still not found stable housing. 

    It was designed to offer an extended stay so that families did not have to move their children from shelter to shelter as they searched for housing. On the walls of the small shelter, you will see the smiling face of our namesake, Father Ed Judy. 

    We work hard to provide faith-based, compassionate services to the families who enter our doors, treating everyone with dignity and respect.  We are proud of the legacy Fr. Ed has given us and strive to honor it in all that we do.

Guadalupe Community Center & Shelter

  • We help men, women and children experiencing homelessness in Weld County.

    We Provide

    • Overnight emergency shelter
    • Transitional housing shelter
    • Daily meals
    • Clean linens and basic toiletries
    • Case management and referrals
    • Computer Resource Room
    • Medical screenings, and referral to Sunrise Medical Clinic

     We make a difference

    • Last year, we served 555 individuals and provided 14,927 nights of shelter.
    • An estimated 65% of our clients were able to secure sustainable housing last year, upon leaving the shelter.

    Come, take a tour!

    1442 N. 11th Ave
    Greeley, CO 80631

    Contact us at (970) 353-6433.

    How can you help?

    Learn how you can make a difference. VOLUNTEER | DONATE

  • We provide more than just a place to sleep.
    We provide a temporary home, a place for new beginnings.

    Each of our residents is matched with a case manager who helps him/her navigate our 120-day Levels Program. Each resident commits to goals that will help them obtain stable income and housing.

    We operate the only shelter in Weld County that provides services to single individuals as well as families.

    Our new facility is a comprehensive shelter, with complementary social programs operating all at one location.
     
    120-Day Levels Program Requirements

    • Attend “Employment” and “Life Skills” class series
    • Attend “Housing” and “Money Management” class series
    • Regularly submit “Job Search” and “Housing Search” logs
    • Regularly deposit earnings into a supervised, personal housing fund
    • Meet regularly with Case Manager

    Our Permanent Shelter Accommodations

    • Men’s Dorm with 24 beds
    • Women’s Dorm with 6 beds
    • Six, separate Family Rooms

    Special Case Managers for Elderly

    We provide specialized case management to the elderly, to help them obtain benefits, housing and senior resources.

  • Volunteers are our backbone. Donated hours means money saved.
    And that means more help, for more people.

    The Value of Volunteers

    • Over 5,000 hours of generous service each year
    • Over 900 volunteers total
    • Donated hours mean money saved, and THAT means more help, for more people.

    Want to volunteer?

    Please consider joining our team. Your time truly makes an impact!

    Click here to review current Volunteer Opportunities at The Guadalupe Shelter.

  • The Distribution Center at the Guadalupe Community Center accepts donations and gives items out to clients. Our current donation needs include:

    Top Ten Kitchen Needs:

    • Large cans of fruit (or fresh fruit)
    • Large cans of vegetables (or fresh)
    • Whole grain cereals
    • Peanut Butter
    • Tuna
    • Iron Fortified Infant Formula / Cereal
    • Paper Towels
    • Napkins
    • Coffee
    • Sugar

    Top Ten Toiletries Needs:

    • Razors
    • Deodorant
    • Toothpaste
    • Toothbrushes
    • Shampoo / Conditioner
    • Toilet Paper
    • Body Wash/Soap
    • Lotion
    • Feminine Hygiene Products
    • Diapers (large sizes)/ Wipes

    Please call 970-353-6433 for additional information and hours of operation.

The Samaritan House Homeless Shelter

  • We serve men, women, and children facing homelessness.
    We help them find a path to self-sufficiency.

    We provide

    • A warm bed, clean linens, and toiletries
    • A hot meal and community atmosphere
    • Case management and life skills classes
    • Community resources and referrals

    We make a difference.

    Last year alone:

    • 226 residents found employment
    • 65% of our single residents left the shelter with an income source
    • 63% of our families left the shelter with an income source
    • Over 50% of our residents moved into stable housing

    Take a Tour!

    Contact us to schedule a tour at 303-294-0241.

    How can you help?

    Learn how you can make a difference. Click here to VOLUNTEERClick here to DONATE.

    Contact Us

    2301 Lawrence Street
    Denver, CO 80205
    Phone: 303-294-0241
    Fax: 303-294-9523
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  • It’s not just a place to sleep.
    We provide a temporary home, a place for new beginnings.

    Each of our residents is matched with a case manager who helps him/her navigate our 120-day Levels Program. Each resident commits to goals that will help them obtain stable income and housing.

    We supply about 50% of the shelter housing available to families in the Denver area.

    120-Day Levels Program Requirements

    • Attend “Employment” and “Life Skills” class series
    • Attend “Housing” and “Money Management” class series
    • Regularly submit “Job Search” and “Housing Search” logs
    • Regularly deposit earnings into a supervised, personal housing fund
    • Meet regularly with Case Manager

    Our Permanent Shelter Accommodations

    • Men’s Dorm with 126 beds
    • Women’s Dorm with 48 beds
    • 21 Family Rooms, for up to 75 children
    • Overflow space for 100, additional men

    Special Programs for Special Needs

    We offer special programs that cater to the needs of families, singles, and veterans including:

    • Individualized plans and treatment programs
    • An employment center with computers and Internet
    • Faith-based classes
    • Individual and family counseling (in coordination with our Regina Caeli Clinical Counseling)
    • Parent-child connection groups
    • Tutoring
    • School enrollment assistance
    • On-site health care clinic
    • Assistance securing benefits
    • Dental assistance onsite, once a month
    • Rental assistance (for those who qualify, in coordination with our St. Veronica’s Outreach Ministry [otherwise known as our “Emergency Assistance” program])
    • Legal aid
    • Transportation assistance on a limited basis for those seeking work
    • Motel vouchers and food stamps distribution on-site
  • Volunteers are truly the backbone of our operations.
    We could not have the same impact without the help of volunteers.

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    The Value of Volunteers

    • Over 14,209 hours of generous service last year
    • Over 352 volunteers last year
    • Donated hours mean money saved, and THAT means more help, for more people.

    Want to volunteer?

    Please consider joining our team. Your time truly makes an impact!

    Currently, we are seeking volunteers willing to commit to a minimum of 3-6 months of routine service. All volunteers must be at least 16 years of age, though certain positions may require a higher age minimum.

    Click here to review current Volunteer Opportunities at The Samaritan House.

    PLEASE NOTE:
    All potential volunteers for Samaritan House are required to attend one of our monthly Volunteer Orientation sessions. Click here to view a schedule.

    In addition, all staff and volunteers of Catholic Charities are required to have completed the "Called to Protect" Class before serving within any agency program.

    The Samaritan House hosts a "Called to Protect" Class prior to each orientation session, from 12 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.  Click here to learn more.

    Click here to contact us.

     

  • Common items our residents need include:

    Items marked by ** are our greatest needs at present.

    • Baby Items
      • Baby wipes
      • Diapers-sizes 4, 5, 6 (biggest need)
      • Pack & Plays
      • Pull-ups
      • Strollers
    • ** Bus Passes
    • Calendars (prefer pocket calendars for 2013)
    • Clothing
      • ** Pants, all sizes
      • Socks - White Tube Socks
      • ** Underwear, new, all sizes
      • ** Work Boots (Sizes 10, 11 and 12)
      • Work Dress Shoes (black preferred, no slip)
    • Household items
      • Air Mattresses
      • Crockpots (for aftercare clients)
      • Dishes/pots and pans (for aftercare clients)
      • TV/DVD Player (for floor activities/classes)
    • Office Supplies
      • ** Flash Drives
    • ** Phonecards - prepaid, local
    • Teen items (cologne/perfume, teen games, makeup, clothes, walkmans)
    • Toiletries
      • ** Bath gels
      • ** Lotions
      • ** Men's Deodorant
      • ** Razors, double/triple blades
      • ** Shampoo
      • ** Skin conditioners
      • ** Soap bars
      • ** Toothpaste, sample size
      • ** Women's Deodorant
      • Women's Razors
    • ** Tools/Toolboxes
    **Due to limited storage, we are NOT able to take large TV’s or furniture.**

    Drop-Off Location:
    2301 Lawrence Street
    Denver, CO 80205

    Our Donation Drop-Off Door is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please call 303-294-0241 for additional information..