Get Involved

Denver welcomes the community's desire to support newcomers to the city. Find ways to support these efforts through volunteering below:

Host Families

Are you interested in hosting newcomers in your home or organization? If so, please fill out the form using the link below:

Hosting Newcomers Interest Form

A nonprofit organization will reach out to you with information on next steps. Thank you for your kindness and collaboration.


Essential Items

Please help support Denver's newcomers by donating essential items. You can help provide crucial resources and support to those in need.

NOTE: Out of concern for safety, bicycles and scooters of any size are not allowed on shelter property. Shelter guests who violate this standard will be given a warning, and if the issue persists, asked to leave.

We do understand that young children need stimulation. For this reason, we regularly direct families to nearby parks/playgrounds and are looking into creating safe play spaces for children within the shelters themselves. In the meantime, we highly encourage community partners and the general public to refer to the list of needed items below for our guests in shelter.

Most Needed Items

What we are collecting

While all donations are appreciated, the city is especially in need of:

  • Men’s clothing (especially pants)
  • Children’s clothing
  • Shoes (all sizes)
  • Winter gear (coats, gloves, sweaters)
  • Socks
  • Underwear (new only)

What we are *not* collecting

We ask that you do not bring household items, toys, or any clothing sized larger than XL.

Where you can donate

Richard T. Castro Human Services Center | 1200 N Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80204 | 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday

Due to the overwhelming generosity of the community and limited storage capacity, we ask that you call ahead and check to see if items are needed before donating. Call (303) 514-0643.

Do not drop off donations at the main entrance. Donations are accepted at the garage doors on the north side of the building. Appointments are encouraged. To schedule your donations drop off, call (303) 514-0643.

Before you head out, please review the drop off instructions and directions by tapping / clicking the button below:

Directions to Donations Site

Directions: From Federal Blvd., take Holden Place (eastbound). You will see garage doors on your right.
From Decatur St., take Holden Place (westbound). You will see garage doors on your left.

Please drop off donations at the garage doors, pictured below. A staff member or volunteer will greet you there. Donations will only be accepted during the listed days and times.

Donations location at the north side of Richard T Castro Building

Please take a look at the map below before heading out to drop off your donation.

Map of the donations location at the Richard T Castro building

Financial donations

The Newcomers Fund is currently accepting monetary donations from the general public. Donations will go directly to the city’s nonprofit partners who are supporting migrants with resource navigation, shelter and other services. You can also help out by volunteering to support the response.