Unique Gifts for the Holidays, Part III of III
One of the keys to stay safe from the coronavirus is to isolate yourself from others, according to numerous medical experts.
But what if you donĺt have a place to stay to isolate yourself from the public? According to the State of Homelessness 2020 report by the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, at least 31,207 people in the metro area, including in the counties of Adams Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Jefferson and Denver, accessed services or housing support in connection to homelessness between the beginning of July 2019 and June 30 of 2020.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those who are experiencing unsheltered homelessness may be at risk to COVID-19 where there is community spread of the virus. However, there are ways you can help homeless people this upcoming holiday season.
The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, which provides a variety of services to homeless people including housing health care, supportive services and more, is adding health care staff, paying for motels nights as emergency housing and more. The organization is asking for financial donations, and you can donate at coloradocoaltion.org/covid-19. It also has a link to its Amazon wish list on the page.
The Denver Rescue Mission, which has served the homeless for more than 125 years, is seeking volunteers and monthly donations. You can learn more about how you can support the organization by visiting denverrescuemission.org.
The Volunteers of Americaĺs Colorado Branch provides food, clothing, shelter and programs to homeless people in Colorado as at least 205,205 people received services from the organization last year, according to its website. You can learn more about donating and volunteering for the Volunteers of Americaĺs Colorado Branch by visiting
Family Tree, a nonprofit headquartered in Jefferson County that works with people affected by child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness, offers emergency shelter, an information help line, homeless prevention services, education and employment services and more, offers an easy way to make donations to it. You can do so by visiting familytree.org/homelessness.
Family Homestead operates a transitional housing program and provides emergency and transitional housing in private apartment units. It relies heavily on individual donors, according to its website. All of its donations are 100 percent tax deductible and can be made at familyhomestead.org/donate.
Catholic Charities of Denver provides a variety of resources to the community including shelter to the homeless and clothing. You can volunteer, donate, and receive a monthly prayer intention and more by visiting ccdenver.org/get-involved/.
Many low-income people and homeless people receive clothing from arcThrift Stores. You can find a store near you to donate clothes by visiting arcthrift.com/donations. The stores accept most items including clothes, books, kitchen items, furniture, toys and household items.
Many of us can count ourselves lucky for a roof over our head, plenty of food in our fridge, and a steady job and income, but we know that is not the real world for everyone, especially these days. So get on board, help out someone during this COVID-19 situation. This is indeed a unique way of helping and gifting the homeless or others in need through donations to the various venues provided. This year has been hard for everybody, but by making contributions, you can assist these organizations in helping many vulnerable populations.