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Most Coloradans know at least a little something about Samaritan House. The first building in the nation built specifically to serve people experiencing homelessness, Samaritan House has been a Denver staple since 1986. Since that time, thousands of people have been served and found safe shelter, nutritious meals and support services at Samaritan House. Today, our focus is primarily on serving women, families and veterans who are experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. The community we serve has evolved, our mission has not.

Of course, the population in Denver in particular and Colorado more widely has exploded in the past 35 years and the needs surrounding shelter and food insecurity have grown as well. That’s why we extended our shelter and support reach into Larimer County with Samaritan House Fort Collins, Weld County with the Guadalupe Community Center and the Western Slope over the past two decades. More recently, we’ve seen significant growth in demand because of the pandemic. As a result, more people than ever need a hand up to meet their basic needs.

Catholic Charities is answering the call to expand our Denver footprint beyond the downtown Samaritan House location. During the pandemic, we opened an additional location: Samaritan House Smith, as well as a fully-staffed motel option to allow for improved social distancing.

Catholic Charities has now opened an additional location: Samaritan House 48th. This site doubles our capacity to serve women, making us - by far - the leading provider of shelter, food and support for women experiencing homelessness. We are growing and expanding to meet the ever-changing and increasing needs of the people who rely on us every day in Northern Colorado.

Across our Samaritan House Community, we are dedicated to offering a hand up to everyone seeking safe shelter, nutritious food and supportive life services. Our team of volunteers and dedicated staff wake up every morning determined to improve the lives of those they serve. We’d love for you to get involved. If you or someone you know is in need of support, please call us at (303) 294-0241. If you’re interested in helping out as volunteer, click the “Get Involved” button above and we’ll make it easy for you to get started. And, if you’d be interested in joining us as a donor or would like to learn more about our renovation, please reach out directly at

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About Us

Samaritan House is a ministry operated by Catholic Charities, a 501(c)(3). Since 1986, we have helped people secure sufficient food and clothing, the ability to earn a living wage and affordable housing.

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2301 Lawrence St., Denver, CO 80205

EIN: 84-0686679