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, March 5, 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 Taskforce collects donations on Social Justice Sundays for our community partners who serve people experiencing homelessness.

We are currently accepting donations for the House of Hope (homeless emergency residential services) that is administered through the Family Tree.

The mission of the Family Tree is to help people overcome child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness to become safe, strong and self-reliant.

The Family Tree is in need of the following items (they only accept NEW items):

  • baby supplies (diapers, wipes)
  • personal hygiene items
  • toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • cleaning supplies for the shelter
  • paper towels
  • toilet paper
  • laundry detergent

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

Recent Projects

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

Community Forum: Denver Homeless Out Loud, on “Housing, Homelessness and the Right to Rest”
with Terese Howard, Marcus Hyde, Teresa Horne, and Jerry Burton.

Members of the Homeless Task Force will attend this event.

Sunday, March 5th 12:30 p.m.
First Plymouth Congregational Church of Denver
La Foret Room
2nd Floor
3501 S. Colorado Blvd.
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
(SW corner of E. Hampden Ave. & S. Colorado Blvd.)

Come learn about the correlation between federal affordable housing cuts and the advent of contemporary homelessness starting in 1983. We will look at the growing national trend to criminalize the presence of homeless people and the historical discriminatory laws upon which today’s laws are based. We will discuss the “Right to Rest Act” to be introduced into the Colorado House by Reps. Joe Salazar and Jovan Melton. We will talk about other recent developments affecting the homeless in Denver and actions we can all do together to once and for all overturn discriminatory laws and ensure all people have a safe, decent and affordable place to live.

Terese Howard was one of the founders of Denver Homeless Out Loud (DHOL). She has worked tirelessly over the past 5 years as an advocate for people without a place to live.

Marcus Hyde has been active in Denver Homeless Out Loud since 2012 and came to be involved in this work from the Catholic Worker movement. He really thinks housing is something worth talking about.

Teresa Horne has been homeless for almost two years. She sleeps where she feels safest on a daily, moment-to-moment basis. She goes to DHOL meetings in hopes her and our children won’t have to experience homelessness. Other homeless folks may also attend and speak.

Jerry Burton has been living on the streets and advocating with DHOL for over a year.

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.