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Caring for Denver Foundation was created to quickly respond to emerging mental health needs and substance misuse issues in our communities. Here is a snapshot of how we are addressing some of Denver’s changing needs.


It is critical that we acknowledge and address the trauma and impact COVID has had on people experiencing homelessness, so they can recover and thrive in stable environments. It’s also important to provide mental health and substance misuse services in trusted community spaces to help prevent people from becoming unhoused.

That’s why we have invested in organizations and ideas that support people experiencing homelessness, or on the verge of it, with trauma-informed care and increased access to mental health and substance misuse services and supports. To date, we’ve made 85 grants totaling more than $24.4 million in funding that supports unhoused or recently unhoused community members.

Grantees Include:

  • Archway Housing and Services
  • Bayaud Enterprises
  • Catholic Charities and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Denver, Inc.
  • City and County of Denver – Denver Police Department
  • City and County of Denver – Denver Sheriff
  • City and County of Denver – Department of Public Health & Environment
  • City and County of Denver – District Attorney’s Office
  • Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
  • Colorado Village Collaborative
  • Community Outreach Service Center Inc
  • CrossPurpose
  • DASHR – Denver Alliance for Street Health Response
  • Denver Film
  • Denver Public Library Friends Foundation
  • Denver Rescue Mission
  • Harm Reduction Action Center
  • Haven of Hope
  • Homeless Leadership Council
  • Latino Coalition for Community Leadership
  • Hazelbrook Community Center (formerly ParadigmONE)
  • Project Restart Inc
  • Saint Francis Center
  • Second Chance Center, Inc.
  • Step Denver
  • Stout Street Foundation
  • Street’s Hope
  • The Delores Project
  • The Don’t Look Back Center
  • The Empowerment Program
  • The Gathering Place
  • The Other Side Academy Denver
  • The Reciprocity Collective
  • The Salvation Army
  • Tribe Recovery Homes
  • Urban Institute
  • Urban Peak
  • Volunteers of America Colorado Branch


During the COVID-19 crisis, Caring for Denver Foundation made 45 grants totaling $1,005,000 to support mental health and substance misuse organizations serving our community, critical self-care resources for safety net providers on the frontlines of care, and additional funding to address the disparate trauma experienced by Black and Indian/Tribal communities.

As of December 1, 2020, Grantees Include:

Operational resources to meet the community’s ongoing needs for the following organizations:

  • Asian Pacific Development Center (Denver)
  • The Center
  • CHARG Resource Center
  • The Center for Trauma & Resilience
  • Colorado Health Network
  • Elements of Discovery – Therapist of Color Collaborative
  • The Empowerment Program
  • Friends of the Haven
  • Harm Reduction Action Center
  • Khesed Wellness
  • Life-Line Colorado
  • Maria Droste Services of Colorado
  • Mile High Behavioral Healthcare
  • Rose Andom Center
  • Servicios de la Raza
  • Sobriety House
  • Tribe Recovery Homes
  • Youth Seen

Support for essential staff providing care for critically ill and people experiencing homelessness:

  • Catholic Charities
  • Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
  • Colorado Village Collaborative
  • The Delores Project
  • Denver Rescue Mission
  • The Gathering Place
  • The Salvation Army
  • St. Francis Center
  • Urban Peak
  • Volunteers of America

Addressing mental health, substance misuse and trauma needs in the Black and Indian/Tribal communities:

  • Apprentice of Peace Youth Organization
  • The Center for African American Health
  • Colorado Black Health Collaborative
  • Crowley Foundation
  • From the Heart Enterprises
  • Seasoned With Grace UnBoxed
  • Struggle of Love Foundation
  • Denver Indian Family Resource Center

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