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We serve women, men, families and veterans experiencing homelessness. With robust case management, we support our clients on their path to self-sufficiency through services like job assistance, money management and life-skill workshops.

The Samaritan House opened in November 1986 and was the first building in America designed specifically as a homeless shelter. Samaritan House became a model for the nation for what a “home” for the homeless can be.

The distinction between “home” and “shelter” was significant when conceptualizing the facility. A shelter provides the basics, maybe some food and short-term protection from life on the street. However, a home is a place of nurturing, providing stability and skills, which enables residents to consider a future.

Where it started:

“I know that all of the people of the Archdiocese are deeply concerned about the suffering of the homeless and are anxious to extend a hand of help whenever possible.  May I recommend Samaritan House as an object of your financial generosity in assisting the homeless and poor amoung us."

James Francis Stafford,
Archbishop of Denver

From the Denver Catholic Register
November 19, 1986:

Samaritan House Transitional Housing Program

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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