This March we are reading No House To Call My Home by Ryan Berg, focused on homelessness in LGBTQ+ youth. Get your copy today! It’s just $4.99 on Kindle and has used copies for under $10 on Amazon.
Meeting: Thursday, March 25th @ 6pm
We’ll read independently through March and meet via Zoom on 3/25 to discuss as a community. Meeting details and Zoom link can be found here: https://fb.me/e/3rBC7CdDH
At the meeting, we’ll hear from Kathy Thompson who will share a moving presentation about her personal experience with homelessness during a college assignment. We’ll also view a short video introducing us to Denver Community Church’s new Safe Outdoor Space for people experiencing homelessness.
Online Discussion All Month
We’ll be posting weekly discussion questions in our church Facebook Community Group to continue the conversation all month long.
Greater Boulder/Denver Homeless Resources
If you have interest in learning more, Kathy Thompson put together this list of organizations or programs that are helping the homeless in Colorado, or model programs from other states:
- Denver Community Church:
- helped Kathryn Thompson during her experience,
- recently opened a Safe Outdoor Space on their property for the homeless tents.
- is considered one of our sister churches, having helped with initial funding and with their Executive Pastor serving on our Leadership Council for several years.
- VeteransCommunityProject.org (Longmont)
- Tiny homes in for Veterans currently being built and looking for more funding and volunteers.
- H.O.P.E. Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement (Longmont)
- during a frigid winter of 2006/07 five people died of exposure related illnesses in Boulder County and a dedicated group of citizens responded by starting this Longmont based, year-round street outreach to homeless individuals.
- TGTHR (formerly Attention Homes) (Boulder)
- TGTHR serves individuals who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness for a variety of reasons. The most common contributing factors are a combination of abuse, neglect, family breakup, LGBTQ+ rejection, family poverty and homelessness, foster care history, and health barriers (physical or mental).
- City of Longmont (Longmont)
- a program to house the homeless in hotels while they provide services to help them find permanent housing
- A Woman’s Work (Longmont)
- provides financial support for women in the St. Vrain Valley whose immediate needs cannot be met by other sources. AWW’s assistance, via micro grants, pays for a wide variety of needs including childcare, housing, transportation, medical needs and more.
- led by our very own Kate Gaddis!
- Inn Between (Longmont)
- provides affordable housing and supportive services for people facing homelessness in the St. Vrain Valley.
- O.U.R. Center (Longmont)
- provides critical services such as food, housing, and utilities to help residents of the St. Vrain Valley School District achieve self-reliance since 1986.
- focused on bridging the gap between the streets and stable housing.
- works with and for people who experience homelessness to help protect and advocate for dignity, rights, and choices for people experiencing homelessness.
- Boulder Bridge House (Boulder)
- provides a range of programs and services to help adults experiencing homelessness have access to the resources they need for a better future. Programs range from addressing basic needs to employment and housing.
- Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
- has a mission to work collaboratively toward the prevention of homelessness and the creation of lasting solutions for families, children, and individuals who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness throughout Colorado.
- Colorado Safe Parking Initiative
- a citizen-led initiative to encourage safe, legal parking locations for individuals and families experiencing homelessness who are living in vehicles in Colorado’s Front Range communities.
- Urban Peak Homeless Youth (Denver)
- the only non-profit organization in Denver that provides a full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Our goal is to help these youth overcome real life challenges and become self-sufficient adults.
- a collaborative effort working to mobilize and equip the Englewood, Littleton, and Sheridan communities to constructively engage the issue of homelessness.
- Interfaith Alliance (Denver)
- promotes development of affordable housing on faith-owned land, supports innovative solutions to homelessness and advocates for policies that advance equality of opportunity in housing.
- Community First (Austin, TX)
- an ongoing community of people who were homeless and mission residents who are living there to be a part of the community and help with resources.
- Emerald Village and Opportunity Village in Eugene, ORprovides a long-term community housing program for people who were homeless prior to coming to this community