Community Partners Program

The Community Partners Program offers reliable nightly shelter for women and transgender individuals who are actively engaged in case management with other agencies. Ideal candidates for the Community Partner Program should be experiencing homelessness, meeting with a qualified case manager at least monthly, and actively working on goals towards achieving long-term stable housing. This program is highly desirable and The Delores Project does maintain a wait list for access.

In order to move through the current lengthy wait list, we are not currently accepting referrals to this program. We expect to reopen the Community Partner Wait List in the new year.

For questions or additional information, please contact Emily Wheeland: emily@thedeloresproject.org

RESOURCE:
Mile High United Way
Dial 211 from any phone for information about shelters and services in the Denver Metro Area.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Community Partner Program

Below is a list of questions we are frequently asked by those referring individuals to our Community Partners Program. We are also available to answer any additional questions that you may have and offer tours of our facility. Additionally, we are available to talk with any agency about ways we can better serve those experiencing homelessness.

We strongly encourage individuals who have been referred to the program and are on the waitlist to come and stay with us in the Emergency Shelter Program, so that they may experience the environment of The Delores Project first hand before committing to a program bed. Please feel free to contact Emily Wheeland, to arrange a tour or assist your client in obtaining an emergency bed.

Who does The Delores Project serve?

The Delores Project serves unaccompanied women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness. We are a low barrier facility that does not require identification and serves guests regardless of their background. We are not a safe house, and cannot provide for the safety of those individuals fleeing domestic violence.

What does The Delores Project provide?

The Community Partners program was created with the idea that individuals, when freed from having to worry about getting their basic needs met, will be able to achieve more in the case management and supportive services they receive in the community. To assist guests in thriving in the outside supportive services they receive, The Delores Project provides Community Partner guests with safe and comfortable nightly shelter, food, and access to hygiene services.

What do case managers need to provide?

In order to serve guests in the most efficient manner, case managers who are referring guests should provide services focused on assisting the guest in obtaining stable housing. In addition, case managers must agree to meet with the client monthly, complete and return a monthly update form to The Delores Project no later than the 15th of every month once the client is in the program, and notify The Delores Project if you stop working with the guest. In addition, to help our waitlist run as quickly and efficiently as possible, we greatly appreciate being informed if your client is no longer working with you or no longer needs our services while they are on the waitlist.

Is this transitional housing? Do you help with housing?

This is not housing, rather a long-term stable shelter bed. Individuals in the Community Partners program are still considered homeless, and while we can point the guests to housing resources, we require that you and the guests work together to find stable housing while they stay at The Delores Project.

What is the schedule like?

The Delores Project is closed Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. All guests must be out of the building at 8 am and can return at 5 pm. Community Partners guests have a curfew of 8 pm. On Saturday and Sundays, we are open 24 hours.

What are the rooms like?

The majority of our guests sleep in one of two dorms. There is a larger dorm with 16 bunk beds and a smaller dorm with 16 twin beds. Each guest is provided with limited storage space for their personal belongings. Please note that some of our beds are bunk beds. When completing the referral you will be asked about accommodations. If your referral cannot utilize a top bunk due to a disability please note this on the referral form and let them know that medical documentation will be required, using a form we will provide, and that this may increase the amount of time before they are able to get into our program due to limited availability.

How long may my client stay?

Guests accepted into The Community Partners Program can stay indefinitely so long as they are following the responsibilities of our community, meeting with their case manager monthly, working on obtaining housing, and The Delores Project is provided with a monthly update form.

What are the guests' rules and responsibilities?

The Delores Project’s mission is to provide safe comfortable shelter, so our responsibilities are designed around those ideals. We expect everybody to treat all individuals at The Delores Project with respect. We serve transgender individuals and strive to create an inclusive environment in which everyone is referred to by the gender pronoun they prefer and served without judgment. We do not allow weapons, drugs, or alcohol on property. All guests are required to do a daily chore and be in by curfew.

My client needs medical monitoring or medical care. Do you provide that?

We are unable to provide medical care or medical/medication monitoring. All guests must be self-sufficient and able to care for their basic needs.

How long is the waitlist for the Community Partner Program?

The waitlist is currently closed.

What happens next?

Once the referral is submitted it will be reviewed and approved if appropriate. We will email you to let you know if it was added to the waitlist (this can take up to a week). Once your client Is added to the waitlist, we will contact you when they come close to the top of the waitlist to confirm that they still need the bed. It is very important that you respond to this email as we will not be able to offer your client a bed without confirmation. Once confirmation is received we will offer a bed as soon as space is available.