Homeless Task Force

Our Missionfirst-universalist-homeless-logo_c1-tpn

To encourage our congregation to assist people experiencing homelessness by:

  • Raising awareness and educating members about homelessness
  • Recruiting volunteers for direct service
  • Establishing partnerships with like-minded organizations

Join Us for Our Next Meeting!

Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
Whole Foods
Tiffany Plaza Mall
7400 E Hampden Avenue
Denver, CO 80231

Donate Items to Help the Homeless

The Homeless Justice Task Force rotates recipient organizations several times a year. We are currently collecting donations for House of Hope, an organization which is part of the Family Tree organization. House of Hope is dedicated to providing safe shelter and resources for homeless women with children.

All donations should be new and unused. They are interested in receiving baby supplies (diapers and baby wipes) and personal hygiene items (shampoo and conditioner; body wash and lotions; toothbrushes and toothpaste; and hairbrushes and combs).

The shelter itself needs cleaning products, detergent, toilet paper and paper towels

Bins are located in the front entrance of Hamilton Middle School on the second Sunday of each month.

Recent Projects

Community Forum: Denver Homeless Out Loud, on “Housing, Homelessness and the Right to Rest”

Members of the Homeless Task Force attended this event. Terese Howard, Marcus Hyde, Teresa Horne, and Jerry Burton of Denver Homeless Out Loud (DHOL) discussed the current housing and homelessness crisis as well as the “Right to Rest Act.”  Panelists also reviewed recent developments affecting the homeless in Denver and actions that we can take to overturn discriminatory laws and ensure everyone has a safe, decent and affordable place to live.

2017 Point-In-Time Survey 

The Metro Denver Homelessness Initiative (MDHI) collaborates with agencies and volunteers across the Metro Denver region to conduct the annual Point-In-Time Survey. Carol Thomson organized a group of First Universalist volunteers to participate.  This is a very important effort as getting an accurate count of homeless people determines the amount of federal funds Denver homeless service agencies and government organizations receive each year to combat homelessness.

Thank You to Everyone that Attended the Homelessness Forum!

The Homeless task force hosted a Homelessness Community Forum on Sunday, January 15, 2017.

Randall Loeb, a Homelessness grassroots Advocate and Chris Conner, a Denver Dept. of Human Services program manager for Denver’s Road Home, discussed the complexities of homelessness. During our church’s time of displacement from our own home, we talked about what it means to face homelessness as individuals and families in our community.

Thanks to Nancy Bolt and Bob Hoffman for putting this informative event together!

For more information about the First Universalist Homeless Task Force, please contact Shelly Dill at shellrafiki(at)hotmail.com.

Blessing Bags 

In early January 2017, our K-5 youth put together bags that they are currently distributing to people experiencing homelessness. These bags contain donated items including gloves, socks, toe/hand warmers, lip balm, and more. If you have any questions about this project, please contact Robin Dodds at doddsfamily(at)gmail.com.

Move Along to Where? Open Discussion and Call to Action

The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado sponsored this event on December 15, 2016. Representatives from the Homeless Task Force attended and listened to grassroots leaders, public officials, and people who have experienced homelessness discuss the implications of making homelessness a crime. Alternative solutions to shelter systems and jail were also explored.

History Colorado Center – Homelessness Exhibit

The Homelessness Task Force and the Social Justice Council hosted a group outing to see the “Searching for Home: Homelessness in Colorado” exhibit at the History Colorado Center on Saturday, December 3, 2016. There was a guided tour followed by a discussion of how First Universalist can work to combat homelessness in our community. A follow-up event is scheduled for Saturday, December 10, 2016, for anyone that was unable to attend the church-sponsored visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Special Collection for Senior Support Services

Senior Support Services is a day shelter for people who are over 55 and homeless. There are still several cold months ahead and many of the shelter’s clients are in need of gloves and reading glasses. The Task Force is hosting a dedicated collection on Sunday, March 19, 2017, to gather these items.  A collection bin will be available in the lobby. 

The Delores Project

The next Delores Project event takes place on April 4, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Shelly Dill coordinates this event on a bi-monthly basis. A group of volunteers from our church donates food and cooks and serves dinner for women needing emergency shelter through the Delores Project.

Contact Shelly Dill at shellrafiki(at)hotmail.com to get involved.

We will support the Delores Project on the following dates in 2017: Feb. 7, April 4, June 6, August 1, Oct. 3, and Dec. 5.