Capitol Hill United Ministries
The mission of Capitol Hill United Ministries (CHUM) is to be a spiritual presence and resource in the inner city of Denver, to practice hospitality, to advocate for our neighbors in need, and to strengthen and sustain our member communities, particularly through effective communication and cooperation, enhancing the ministry of all.
Women's Homelessness Initiative
The Women's Homelessness Initiative (WHI) is a consortium of over 50 diverse and inclusive congregations, agencies, and organizations, and more than 1,000 volunteers, supporting local human services agencies with donations of needed goods and sack lunches for the unhoused, and offering overnight sanctuary to women experiencing homelessness. Our mission is to serve those in need, educate our community, and advocate for women who are without homes.
What WHI offers is a chance to have these women – our women – be known, heard and cared for with compassion, dignity, respect and presence of heart.
The current health crisis has been difficult for everyone in the world. However, it may not be more difficult for anyone than it is for homeless women. Like so many others, the Women's Homelessness Initiative and our corps of volunteers have been forced to pivot from the work we've done since 2012 to provide safe places for homeless women in Denver to sleep. Instead, most weeks we provide support in the form of generous donations of crucial supplies to countless agencies and organizations throughout the city.
If we allow our eyes to meet and say, "Hello," those who seem invisible become visible for just one moment.
From Exposure: Homelessness through the lens of art & poetry