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October 2013

A shower, a clean shirt, a place to sleep—for the 740 people who walk into the St. Francis Center each day, these basic needs can be difficult to come by. The nonprofit has provided shelter,  employment, and housing services to Denver’s homeless for 30 years. To commemorate three decades of work, executive director Tom Luehrs created a coffee-table book, Reaching Great Heights from Deep Roots: St. Francis Center 30th Anniversary, featuring the narratives and photos of 25 patrons who have benefitted from the organization’s outreach. Take Wyatt T., who made some bad decisions that cost him his job and resulted in a prison sentence; he’s been homeless ever since. Thanks to the center, Wyatt has a place to make calls to find new work and get clean clothes. “This was an opportunity to remind our guests, ‘Your story matters,’ ” Luehrs says. Aid the center’s efforts by buying a copy ($30, available at the center) or volunteering. sfcdenver.org