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Every Coloradan Deserves a Home

We serve men, women, and children facing homelessness with the ultimate goal to decrease the likelihood they will become homeless again. We help our clients find a path to self-sufficiency through services like job assistance, money management, and case management.

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.

Located in the heart of downtown Denver, Samaritan House supplies close to 25% of the shelter housing available to families in the Denver area.

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

48 beds for the Veterans program

126 beds for individuals

25 Families

More than 225 women on an Emergency basis

400+ Individuals Sheltered Nightly in Emergency and Transitional Shelters

About our program:

  • Residents can stay up to 4 months
  • Zero tolerance program
  • Men, women, and families are eligible for services, unless they have specific criminal convictions
  • Veterans and Families can enter our program through referrals from the VA or through a telephone pre-screening process

At the completion of the Samaritan House program:

Single Residents and Families have Income
Single Residents have Housing
Families have Housing

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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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Our Address

2301 Lawrence St., Denver, CO 80205

EIN: 84-0686679