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 we are expanding our services so we can serve more of those in need,” said Geoff Bennett, vice president of shelter services for Catholic Charities of Denver.

The rededication begins at 10 a.m. Dec. 10 inside the shelter at 2301 Lawrence St. in downtown Denver. Supporters of the shelter and staff will attend a private Mass celebrated by Archbishop Samuel Aquila of the Archdiocese of Denver followed by a rededication, breakfast and tours.

“We have continued to thrive because of our donor, volunteer and staff support,” Bennett said. “We ask for their continued support so we can continue to meet the needs of the people that come to our doors. We need everyone to partner with us to provide hope and dignity to those who are struggling in our community.”

In response to the growing number of women experiencing homelessness, Samaritan House recently unveiled plans for the new Samaritan House Women’s Shelter in northeast Denver. In recent months, the shelter has seen an average of 500 people a night—including more women and children—seeking food and shelter. Bennett encourages those who wish to support others experiencing homelessness to give online at

Catholic Charities of Denver is marking 30 years of Mercy to the poor through anniversary events to raise awareness of the continued need among the community. Catholic Charities operates Samaritan House, which opened its doors in 1986 to alleviate the suffering of hundreds of destitute living on the streets. Catholic Charities also provides for the needy through The Mission shelter in Fort Collins and Guadalupe Community Center and Shelter in Greeley.


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Cheryl Talley, Director, Communications and Marketing
Catholic Charities of Denver, 303-868-3733