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Women's Homelessness Initiative

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Since 2012, the Women's Homelessness Initiative (WHI) has offered shelter and hospitality every night of the year to women who are homeless. Founded by members of Capitol Hill United Ministries (CHUM), it is run by volunteers through a network of diverse and inclusive congregations, agencies, and organizations in central Denver.


We strive to provide these vulnerable women with a chance to be known, heard and cared for with compassion, dignity, respect and presence of heart. More than 1,000 volunteers come together to share their time, talent and treasure. They make up cots each night, provide dinners and breakfast bags, and ensure their safety overnight.

Since 2020, WHI volunteers have worked together to support local human services agencies with donations of needed goods and sack lunches for the unhoused. Our mission is to serve those in need, educate our community, and advocate for women who are without homes.

Our Goals

To serve – because that is what we are called to.


To educate – because we must transform the fear we hold toward those on the
streets to see them as truly our brothers and sisters. Through WHI and our churches
we have educated thousands.

To advocate – where we can….to make a difference in the lives of those who are
the disenfranchised.  We are called to become a compassionate people.

"Awakening compassion - that spark that illuminates our world"

~ Sakyong Miphan Rinpoche

During the Health Crisis

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, WHI 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. 


Agencies Supported During Pandemic

  • St. Francis Center

  • The Gathering Place

  • The Delores Project

  • Network Coffee House

  • First Baptist Safe Outdoor Space

  • Denver Coliseum

  • EarthLinks

  • Rodeway Inn

  • Samaritan House

  • Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Outreach

  • Denver Public Library Outreach

  • St. Francis Center Outreach

  • St. Francis Center/Regis University SOS

  • Urban Peak

  • Warren Residences

We Need Your Support Today!

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