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Cook finds renewed purpose in culinary program

“I’m Dave and I’m a cook at Samaritan House shelter. Every day we start cooking at noon to prepare dinner for 350 residents—it’s a lot of work! But when I cook, I feel like I have a purpose. Before I came to stay at the shelter, I gave up on life. It was worthless to…

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Samaritan House marches in 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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Longing for family: One shelter resident’s testimony

One resident at Samaritan House Women’s Shelter shared her story of struggle and hopes for a reunited family. “The hardest part about being homeless is now. It’s difficult being here on the streets. I’ve been homeless for more than two years. I’m originally from Texas. My own mother had me at 16 years old. I…

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Grateful for shelter but longing for home: One resident’s story

One resident at Samaritan House Women’s Shelter shared her story of hope in the midst of poverty and loneliness.   “Everybody hits rock bottom at one time in their lives. This is my rock bottom. I’m 31 years old. I had a fiancé once, but he committed suicide. I also had a job at Good…

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Historic Samaritan House rededicated on 30th anniversary

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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Samaritan House braces for bitter cold snap

Denver shelter asks for Colorado Gives Day donations, warm clothing to give to homeless   Denver, CO—Catholic Charities’ Samaritan House shelter is preparing for the first severe cold weather of the season that is anticipated to create hardship on homeless and pack the shelters. Samaritan House in downtown Denver is preparing its emergency shelters for…

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Restored hope

When Jennifer walked toward the doors of Samaritan House with her two young girls, she started crying. “I just didn’t want to be there. It’s not where I wanted my girls. I felt like the worst mom,” she said. Jennifer first came to Colorado from Arizona to reunite her daughters with their father. When plans…

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‘Worth every second’

Kansans experience a conversion volunteering at Samaritan House Despite fear of the unknown, a group of faithful Kansans came to the big city to help the needy. “This was the first time doing this from our community,” said Rick Binder, a farmer from Hays, Kan., 340 miles east of Denver, about the volunteer group. “The…

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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.


2301 Lawrence St., Denver, CO 80205

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