Community Transitions Program

The Community Transitions Program was created for women and transgender individuals who are experiencing homelessness following release from the Department of Corrections. Ideal candidates for the Community Transitions program should be: experiencing homelessness, engaged with a Re-entry Specialist, and actively working on obtaining housing and other forms of stability.

At this time only Community Re-entry Specialists are able to refer to this program. If you are a Community Re-entry Specialist, please contact Jessica Manus to obtain more information about completing the referral process.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Community Transitions Program

Below is a list of questions we are frequently asked by those referring individuals to our Community Transitions 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. For tours, questions about the program, or other information please contact Emily Wheeland: emily@thedeloresproject.org.

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 Transitions 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. In addition, individuals who are stable will be less likely to reoffend. To assist guests in thriving in the outside supportive services they receive The Delores Project provides Community Transitions guests with safe and comfortable nightly shelter, food, and access to hygiene services.

Is this transitional housing? Do you help with housing?

This is not housing, individuals referred to the Community Transitions program will be referred with a predetermined length of stay by their Re-Entry Specialist. Once their time has expired guests will be evaluated to determine if they are eligible for another program at The Delores Project. Individuals in the Community Transition program are still considered homeless, and while we can point the guests to housing resources, we require that the guests and the Re-entry Specialist 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 Transitions 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 dorms. 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 Transitions Program will be provided with a voucher through the Community Re-entry Program which will determine their initial length of stay. At the conclusion of their voucher guests can call our shelter each Monday to seek access to our shelter as an emergency guest, or in some cases, based on availability and guest’s progress towards goals and overall community fit they have the potential to be referred to other longer-term programs at The Delores Project.

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 our 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.

I need to do unannounced visits, how does that work?

For the privacy of all our guests, we cannot allow anyone to enter the dorm areas while the shelter is open. We will be happy to arrange a chance to view the guest’s sleeping area while the shelter is closed, and you are invited to have face-to-face visits in the front lobby area when the shelter is open. In order to arrange these visits, you must contact Emily Wheeland at (303) 534-5411.

What happens next?

Please contact Jessica Manus to be added to the waitlist.

The Community Transitions Program was created for women and transgender individuals who are experiencing homelessness following release from the Department of Corrections. Ideal candidates for the Community Transitions program should be: experiencing homelessness, engaged with a Re-entry Specialist, and actively working on obtaining housing and other forms of stability.

At this time only Community Re-entry Specialists are able to refer to this program. If you are a Community Re-entry Specialist, please contact Jessica Manus to obtain more information about completing the referral process.

RESOURCE:
Mile High United Way
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