Women's Homelessness Initiative
Since 2012, the Women's Homelessness Initiative has offered shelter and hospitality every night of the year to women who are homeless. Founded by members of Capitol Hill United Ministries, it is run by volunteers through a network of faith-based 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 400 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.
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
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Outreach
Denver Public Library Outreach
St. Francis Center Outreach