The Lawrence Street front of the new day shelter; photo by author
The men, women, and children of Denver who are without somewhere to keep warm and fulfill basic needs during the day now have a new space to do just that. This morning, community members, support service staffers, and city representatives celebrated the grand opening of Denver Rescue Mission’s new...
December 2 2015, 3:40 PM
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In the November issue of 5280, we published “Our Town,” an in-depth look at homelessness in the Mile High City. One portion highlighted a few of the programs that Denver uses to address homelessness—from housing first initiatives to the Denver Voice and the city's camping ordinace—and ranked their...
December 1 2015, 3:25 PM
Kevin Person —Photo by Mary Clare Fischer
I stood in the living room of my childhood home in Michigan, clutching my sister’s hand as my parents screamed at each other in the adjoining kitchen. I was maybe five years old; my sister was two. My mom’s eyes bulged as she wore her voice hoarse. Dad seemed stern and collected, in a condescending...
November 25 2015, 12:09 PM
—Photography by Sarah Boyum
Denver, like many cities across the country, has a panhandling ordinance that limits how a person can ask for money. Recently, these types of rules have garnered headlines because a U.S. Supreme Court decision on free speech has changed how these laws are interpreted. A federal judge struck...
November 10 2015, 11:00 AM
Salvation Army Cherry Tree Home: The Salvation Army’s Amity Colony was started in 1898, in southeastern Colorado. It was one of several colonies meant to convert underprivileged urban workers and slum dwellers into healthy and happy rural landowners. They opened the Cherry Tree Home in Amity in 1902, for orphans and children from delinquent families. The 60 children who lived there received farming and technical training.
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Tonight, more than 6,000 people in the Denver metro area won't have homes of their own to sleep in. The statistics may change—as well as our perceptions and how we talk about those in need—but the issue of homelessness has a long history in Colorado.
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November 5 2015, 10:01 AM
—Photography by Terry Ratzlaff
Arlan Preblud stands beside one of the trucks used to recover and distribute food. —Photo by Lucy Beaugard
Have you ever thought about the amount of food you dispose of in one day—or a week, or a year? For those who have never struggled with food insecurity, it’s an issue that’s often overlooked. That’s not the case for the people at Denver-based We Don't Waste, who took it upon themselves to change the...
October 13 2015, 12:20 PM
Broncos linebacker Von Miller and a few friends show off their fashionable frames. —Photo courtesy of Von's Vision
Von Miller’s Celebrity Steak-Out: Join the bespectacled linebacker as he works to tackle gaps in children’s eyesight coverage. Support Von's Vision—which provides free eye exams, frames, and lenses to kids—while enjoying a glass of wine and bidding on luxurious getaways, including trips...
October 5 2015, 10:25 AM