About Us

OUR MISSION

The Delores Project provides safe, comfortable shelter and personalized services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness. We also work to end homelessness by advocating for housing solutions.

OUR VISION

All individuals have the community of support and housing stability they need to reach their potential.

OUR VALUES

Our model of service is one of respect, hospitality and dignity for each guest.
We support those we serve without judgement
We believe in the potential of each individual and their right to self-determination
We are good stewards of our financial and human resources
We value the diversity of our guests, staff, board, and volunteers, and we are a model of inclusiveness.
We believe the community is strengthened when it cares for those with the fewest resources.

PARTNERS:

The Outreach & Events Committee is a volunteer group that supports the Development & Communications team with special events and community outreach. Special events include an annual brunch and golf tournament. Community outreach includes events like Denver’s Pridefest, restaurant giveback nights, and other pop-up community events. The Committee is staffed by the Director of Development & Communications and the Volunteer Coordinator, and is chaired by a member of the Board of Directors. Participating in a TDP committee is a great way to learn more about the organization and how volunteer leadership shapes and strengthens our programs.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Attend monthly committee meetings.
  • Participate in the planning for at least one (1) annual event.
  • Support development staff in identifying and soliciting potential sponsors for events.
  • Actively solicit in-kind donations for silent and live auction items.
  • Represent The Delores Project as an ambassador at Denver Pridefest and other special and community outreach events.
  • Help identify opportunities for community engagement at local events.
  • Follow the guidelines, policies, and procedures for volunteering at The Delores Project.

Qualifications

  • Comfort with or willingness to try asking for donations.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Creative thinker.
  • Comfortable talking to strangers.
  • Willingness to learn about The Delores Project programs to share about the programs knowledgeably at community events.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, donors, and community members.
  • Desire to serve women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • Ability to work effectively and sensitively with individuals from diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to communities of color, indigenous peoples, LGBTQ, victims of trauma, people experiencing homelessness, chronic mental illness, and/or substance use.
  • A willingness to engage in continuous learning about anti-oppression and social justice issues.

Location

  • The committee meets at The Delores Project offices. Attendance at events within the community is strongly encouraged.

Time Commitment

  • Committee meetings are scheduled monthly on a regular day of the month and time TBD by committee members. Members commit to this role for a minimum of one year.

Training

  • Committee members are required to participate in an orientation to The Delores Project.

Responsible To

  • Director of Development & Communications

The Delores Project is the largest single provider of shelter and services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals in metro Denver, providing 50 shelter beds year round, and a minimum of an additional 10 cots during colder months or times of extreme need. Without minor children, the needs of this population are largely unrecognized. Across metro Denver more than 650 women and transgender individuals experienced homelessness on any given night, according to the 2015 Metro Denver Homeless Initiative Point in Time Study. Including the beds at The Delores Project, only approximately 200 beds are regularly available for this vulnerable population, leaving at best more than 450 without safe reliable shelter during the overnight hours.

The Delores Project is widely recognized as being a shelter provider that implements HUD recommended best practices in serving those people experiencing homelessness who identify across the transgender spectrum.  We have been respectfully serving transgender individuals since our founding in 2000 and are proud to be a place of safety and dignity for some of our most vulnerable citizens.

The Delores Project provides welcoming, low-barrier shelter and services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals during times of homelessness. We believe that hospitality, respect, and regard for the dignity of each individual lay the groundwork for forming positive relationships leading to lasting change. Learn more about our programs and our impact.

We believe that in extending true hospitality, our guests will begin to believe that they are worthy of our care and regard. To this end, we provide services with as few requirements and barriers as possible. For example, guests are not required to present identification or immediately commit to a long term program. We welcome each guest, as they are, with no immediate expectations that they must “fix” their lives as quickly as possible; people are not broken.

At the Delores Project, we hold hope for people who have temporarily lost their capacity for confidence. We believe that change comes for each person in their own time and in their individual way, and that our guests deserve choice when planning for their future. In our programs we collaborate with our guests as they identify individual needs and goals we can support them in meeting. We believe in the value of recognizing mistakes or poor choices as places from which to learn and move forward. Everyone deserves second, third and more chances to recover and reclaim their lives.

Each year, The Delores Project serves nearly 450 individuals and 20,000 nights of shelter through our Emergency and Extended Stay shelter programs. To learn more about our welcoming shelter programs, please visit our programs page.