Nonprofit overwhelmed with Denver's booming homeless population set to close

Denver, Colorado News and Weather | August 27, 2018

It serves more than 20,000 people in real need in the Denver metro area, including the homeless, those with disabilities and senior citizens. But now, the Denver Inner City Parish will close its doors if it doesn’t find enough funding to keep going. Catherine Guertin, who is currently homeless, is just one of the thousands that come to The Parish for help. "This was our safe zone for me and my husband," said Guertin. "I use a lot of services out of there. [I use the] food bank, and I even get hygiene products. I get everything out of there." But the nonprofit has to close its doors on August 31. It's run out of money to keep providing a place for low-income families, senior citizens and those with disabilities, like Alfred Lujan. "I can't do too much in this wheelchair, so the weekends we look forward to it," said Lujan. "I don't know what I'm going to do to tell you the truth." Larry Martinez with The Parish told Denver7 that the nonprofit usually stays afloat with government grants and donations from churches and the community. The organization has been providing those in need a with a  place to eat, socialize or find help with childcare since 1960. The board of directors tells Denver7 they can no longer support Colorado's booming population that's bringing more people with needs to their nonprofit.

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CyberGrants | June 07, 2022

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