Oct 18, 2018
La Alma Recreation Center opens early to serve showers for those experiencing homelessness
DENVER – Denver’s Road Home and Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) are partnering to pilot a program to provide shower access at the La Alma Recreation Center for people experiencing homelessness. The La Alma Recreation Center is serving men each Monday and women each Friday between the hours of 7-9 a.m. Maintaining personal hygiene is a barrier faced by many people living without homes. This program will offer them the chance to start the day with a fresh shower.
“For many of us, a warm shower provides renewal and dignity each day and can be something we easily take for granted,” said Chris Conner, director of Denver’s Road Home. “Our hope is that this pilot will make it easier for people experiencing homelessness to simply care for their most basic human needs.”
“Denver Parks and Recreation is proud to lend our off-hour facility resources to this pilot,” said John Martinez, Deputy Executive Director of Recreation for DPR. “We hope it will demonstrate a need for this service, and a manageable solution.”
Bayaud Enterprises and the Denver Street Outreach Collaborative are supporting the pilot with laundry and staffing. Hygiene items are also being donated from area hotels.
The pilot is expected to run until December 21. Shower access is also available currently at several overnight and day shelters such as the Denver Rescue Mission and St. Francis Center. For more information on shelter and services information, visit www.denversroadhome.org.
About Denver’s Road Home
Denver’s Road Home strengthens, aligns, and empowers partnerships to provide safe and supportive pathways out of homelessness for Denver residents. We do this by cultivating strong relationships that build homeless systems, services, and strategies. We embrace our position and ability to convene stakeholders, coordinate and leverage city resources and evaluate collective impact. For more information, visit denversroadhome.org or visit us on Facebook.
About Denver Parks & Recreation
Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities are unrivaled in the Rocky Mountain West. The system’s 150-year history began only a decade after the mining town was founded when Denverites dedicated their first park, Mestizo Curtis, in 1868. Through multiple eras of innovative and intentional planning, design and policy, a rich legacy of parks and open space has been shaped in Denver. Today, the system includes 29 recreation centers and nearly 20,000 acres of urban and mountain parkland including off-street trails, parkways and natural areas. For more information, visit www.denvergov.org/parksandrecreation, check us out on YouTube, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.