The Denver Foundation and Rock Bottom Restaurant Partner with Local Shelters and Churches to Offer Relief to Metro Denver Homeless Women

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The City and County of Denver is presently about 50 emergency shelter beds short for single homeless women. This shortfall, brought into even sharper relief by the Denver’s recent Camping Ordinance, is currently being augmented by three nonprofit organizations and two church efforts supported by The Denver Foundation and Rock Bottom Restaurant.

The Delores Project provides safe, comfortable overnight shelter and services to unaccompanied adult women who are homeless and have limited resources.

“We are happy to partner with The Delores Project," said Helen DeGennaro, General Manager for the restaurant. “Homeless women are at a great risk on the streets each night, and The Delores Project provides a safe place for refuge."

The Denver Foundation made a recent grant to support women, who are referred from The Gathering Place and The Delores Project, to emergency shelter in the New Jerusalem Church seven evenings a week, and six evenings a week to churches represented by Capitol Hill United Ministries (CHUM). Both New Jerusalem and CHUM are attempting to recruit other church partners to shelter women and cover the seventh night. Presently, the churches are able to shelter 40-45 women six nights a week and 20-25 women on the seventh night.

The Gathering Place and The Delores Project provide the women with case management, referrals, and tokens for bus transportation to St. Francis Center where they then meet with outreach staff and receive transportation to the churches by van.

To date, all of the partners have been operating pro bono, but human and financial resources are nearing depletion. Most of the costs are related to support for the churches and transportation. The churches need help with volunteer coordination and infrastructure. New Jerusalem Church’s African American congregation is economically disadvantaged and includes formerly homeless individuals.

The Rock Bottom Restaurant in Downtown Denver is also providing assistance, recently announcing that it will donate a portion of proceeds from sales of the Summer Honey Ale and the summer menu to The Delores Project, the largest homeless shelter for unaccompanied women in metro Denver.

“We are happy to partner with The Delores Project and support such a worthy cause,” said Helen DeGennaro, General Manager for the restaurant. “Homeless women are at a great risk on the streets each night, and The Delores Project provides a safe, comfortable place for these women to seek refuge and take steps toward stability.”

“We hope this promotion will draw attention to the need for shelter and services for homeless women, and the positive impact Downtown Denver businesses can have in helping us to achieve this,” said Terrell Curtis, Executive Director of The Delores Project. “We applaud Rock Bottom’s charitable spirit, and encourage other downtown businesses to follow their lead.”

To learn more about The Delores Project, visit http://www.thedeloresproject.org, or The Denver Foundation, visit http://www.denverfoundation.org. And to learn more about Rock Bottom, visit http://www.rockbottom.com/denver-downtown.

About The Delores Project
The Delores Project provides overnight shelter to unaccompanied women who are homeless in metro Denver. The 50-bed shelter is open 365 nights a year, and serves more than 500 women annually. The Delores Project also assists women in developing the skills and resources necessary to stay off the streets and move towards stability. Learn more about The Delores Project by visiting http://www.thedeloresproject.org

About CraftWorks
CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc., through its three principal operating units, Old Chicago, Gordon Biersch and Rock Bottom, is the nation’s leading operator and franchisor of craft beer-focused casual dining and brewery restaurants with nearly 200 owned and franchised locations across the United States. CraftWorks also operates strong regional brands, including ChopHouse and Big River and maintains intellectual property rights to the Boulder Beer, Inc. microbrewery. The company maintains dual headquarters in Chattanooga, TN and Louisville, CO. For additional information, please visit http://www.craftworksrestaurants.com

About The Denver Foundation:
The Denver Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to improving life in Metro Denver through philanthropy, leadership, and strengthening the community. Last year, the Foundation awarded over $47 million in grants. The Denver Foundation has three primary roles: stewarding an endowment to invest in meeting current and future needs for the Metro Denver community, managing over 900 charitable funds on behalf of individuals, families and business, and working with community and philanthropic leaders to address core challenges that face Metro Denver.

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