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Nov 17, 2017

Denver Highlights All the Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

In recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Denver Human Services (DHS), Denver’s Road Home and community partners are spotlighting all the ways to give to those less fortunate this holiday season.

Nov 16, 2017

City Partners with Hunger Free Colorado to Expand Food Access and Affordability

In Denver, nearly one out of every six households experience food insecurity, and roughly one in five children suffers from hunger. Whether due to lack of income, lack of access to healthy food, or lack of knowledge of resources and help available, Denver residents are going hungry when they shouldn’t. To address this gap, the City and County of Denver is working with community partners to identify barriers and to explore effective ways to connect people with the food necessary to live better, healthier lives.

Nov 16, 2017

Denver Human Services and Denver Juvenile Court Finalize Adoptions of 44 Children on Annual Denver Adoption Day

Forty-four Denver children, previously in foster or kinship care, today officially gained their “forever homes” by having their adoptions finalized as part of the 13th annual Denver Adoption Day festivities at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse.

Nov 15, 2017

Denver Opens New Facilities, Shelters Hundreds This Winter

With three brand new facilities now open, Denver and its partners are prepared to shelter more than a thousand people without homes each night this winter. The City and County of Denver, through Denver’s Road Home, provides $2.9 million annually to support emergency shelter services. The city works with a network of providers to house, shelter and support people experiencing homelessness in Denver year-round.

Nov 02, 2017

DHS Launches 2017 Adopt-a-Family, Teen, or Senior Holiday Gift Drive

The season of giving is underway at Denver Human Services (DHS) with the launch of the 2017 GIVE Denver Adopt-a-Family, Teen, or Senior Holiday Gift Drive. Now in its seventh year, the annual holiday gift drive pairs donors in the community with hundreds of families, teens, and seniors receiving services from DHS programs. The drive ensures holiday gifts find their way to children, families, teens, and seniors served by DHS regardless of their financial or family situation.

Oct 19, 2017

DHS Statement on Child Welfare Audit

Denver Human Services (DHS) Executive Director Don Mares today released the following statement regarding the inaugural City audit of the DHS Child Welfare Division. “We take our charge as a child welfare agency to help kids impacted by abuse and neglect and to strengthen families very seriously and welcome these recommendations. That starts by increasing transparency and access to our work. As a former auditor, I am pleased to have reached an agreement with the City Auditor to allow this review which will set the bar for truly measuring our work for years to come. We agree with all the findings and recommendations of the audit.

Sep 19, 2017

Project Homeless Connect 2017 Links More Than 1300 to Vital Resources; 69 to Immediate Employment

More than 1300 people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless connected to hundreds of crucial resources today at Project Homeless Connect 2017 (PHC 2017). Now in its 11th year, the annual event connects families and individuals to more than 100 service providers, employers, recruiters, and resources. For people without a steady home, accessing simple necessities can take months and require multiple trips to locations across the metro area. PHC 2017 connects participants to services and resources directly on-site, saving them time and travel costs and giving volunteers the chance to contribute meaningfully to those experiencing homelessness in our community.

Sep 05, 2017

September Recognized as Kinship Care Month

Kinship care, the act of taking in children by relatives or close family friends, gets its own official recognition this month as Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock has issued a proclamation designating September as Kinship Care Month.

Aug 01, 2017

DHS Celebrates Child Support Awareness Month with Focus on Fathers

The Child Support Division of Denver Human Services (DHS) has a simple message to convey during August’s Child Support Awareness Month activities: “It’s more than just money.”

Jul 17, 2017

Denver Human Services & Denver Botanic Gardens Officially Kick Off Annual Farm Stands in Sun Valley, Montbello, Union Station & Wellington E. Webb Building

DENVER – July 17, 2017 – Denver Human Services (DHS) and Denver Botanic Gardens celebrated the peak of the summer harvest today by officially kicking off their annual fresh foods Farm Stands, which bring nutritious, locally grown produce to Denver neighborhoods that lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables.