The mission at Haven of Hope is to provide food, shelter, clothing, counseling, rehabilitation, and hygienic services to the homeless and less fortunate. Haven of Hope offers comprehensive programming for individuals experiencing homelessness in Denver, Colorado. Haven of Hope offers a variety of services and programs that meet their guests’ basic and emergency needs; they address health concerns, teach stress management skills, and increase marketable job skills.
Haven of Hope follows the best practice of providing low barrier access to those seeking services, and therefore does not require proof of income or housing status. They believe low barrier access is the cornerstone to effective crisis response, and therefore welcome all guests as they are not requiring any qualifying information or action. Quick access to emergency services, such as food and hygiene services, is then used as a platform for more comprehensive, wraparound services like healthcare, job training, and housing referrals.
Haven of Hope’s services reach a diverse population, as evidenced by the demographics:
- 7,200 meals
- 1,240 showers
- 80 loads of laundry
- 20 pairs of shoes
- 1,000 items of clothing
- 10 Medicare services
- 91 dental, vision, or mental health appointments
Haven of Hope is completely privately funded thanks to the generosity of individual donors and foundations. Major donors include Bridges Trust, The Anschutz Foundation, Falcon Trust, Virginia Hill Foundation, May Bonfils Stanton Fund, and anonymous foundations. For over 20 years Haven of Hope has provided much needed basic and emergency aid and human support services to a highly vulnerable population. Most recently Haven of Hope has launched 13 new services, which provide a truly comprehensive service program and address elements that contribute to self-sufficiency.
One of the newly revamped and re-launched programs at Haven of Hope is the return to self-sufficiency program; Fresh Tracks. It employs up to 10 participants in the custodial, laundry, culinary, and guest services departments of the shelter. This program provides individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to seek and attain sustainable employment while addressing the physical and spiritual characteristics contributing to their current life status. These restructured services add depth to the program and help participants move from simply finding a job to cultivating a career. All participants also have access to peer navigators who assist them in the next steps of self-sufficiency. Participants are empowered by the investment the staff is making in them, as well as by the investment they are making in themselves.