Special treat arrives for families at Samaritan House

A volunteer at Samaritan House shelter helps families create Halloween treats during a fall festival event at the shelter in Denver. Families at Samaritan House shelter got a special treat before Halloween—new winter shoes and a fall party to boot. The downtown shelter held a fall festival party for parents and children days before Halloween.…

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The Vulnerable Among Us

Clients of the Samaritan House Women’s Shelter waiting to get inside the shelter during the winter. The housing market is booming. Bad neighborhoods are becoming gentrified, cranes tower over downtown, and trendy restaurants are popping up on street corners. This is the state of Denver in 2017. But take a closer look—not everyone is benefiting…

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Samaritan House has residents’ dignity down to an art

Samaritan House shelter residents’ art work is displayed at the Sam’s Supper benefit last year. 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…

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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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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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