Denver’s Road Home is opening a cold weather emergency overnight shelter for single women tonight at the Minoru Yasui building located at 303 W. Colfax Avenue, in partnership with Volunteers of America. The shelter will provide up to 50 mats and remain open nightly from 6 p.m. – 6 a.m. through April.
“With the onset of cold weather, we have seen an increase in the number of homeless women seeking shelter,” Bennie Milliner, Denver’s Road Home executive director said. “In response to this need and based on discussions with shelter providers, Denver’s Road Home has arranged to open the Minoru Yasui shelter until a more permanent shelter location can be identified.”
“We are honored to be a part of this life saving service which is so needed. The Volunteers of America have been serving women in need for over 116 years. We are currently sheltering 254 women and children every night of the year,” said Dianna Kunz, President of the Volunteers of America Colorado Branch. “This project is a living example of our Founders Charge to us, ‘to go wherever we are needed and to do whatever work comes to hand.’ We will do our very best to insure these women find a warm, safe and caring environment within the walls of this shelter.”
“We are thrilled to have the expertise of the staff at the Volunteers of America on-board to manage this shelter,” Milliner said.
Additionally, single women may also access shelter at The Delores Project, Capitol Hill United Ministries Women’s Homeless Initiative, and when the Minoru Yasui shelter fills to capacity, women will be issued a motel voucher for overnight stay. Motel vouchers are issued at Denver Human Services, Samaritan House and Denver Sheriff’s Office.
The cost to operate the Minoru Yasui shelter is estimated to cost approximately $100,000, which Denver’s Road Home will fund.
People in need of shelter are encouraged to call Mile High United Way’s 2-1-1 for shelter information.