Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Plan

Last updated 09/06/2012

If you are not feeling well or have knowingly been exposed to the virus, please stay home and email or call us to cancel.


The Delores Project is committed to taking all appropriate steps to protect the health, wellbeing, and safety of our guests, residents, staff, and volunteers. We follow best practices and guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) to prevent and minimize spread of COVID-19. Please remember that many of our guests and residents are at greater risk of serious complications from COVID-19.

As a result of the pandemic, we reduced the number of guests from 60 to 35 to accommodate physical distancing. As of 8/12/21, shelter capacity is currently at 40 guests. We will fill approximately three empty beds a week to reach full capacity by September 30, 2021. We made these changes, along with other enhanced safety procedures detailed below to meet the needs of shelter guests, follow recommendations by the CDC and local public health officials, and protect the health and safety of The Delores Project community.


Requests for Volunteers

  • Provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
  • Bring a face covering or mask to wear at all times while volunteering.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well or have knowingly been exposed to the virus. Email or call to let us know.

Enhanced Safety Practices


The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment issued a public health order requiring individuals at high risk of exposure to COVID-19 to be fully vaccinated by September 30, 2021, including employees, contractors, and volunteers in shelters for people experiencing homelessness. You can read the full public health order here and FAQs here. If you have additional questions about Denver’s vaccine requirements, please call 311.

To fulfill the requirements of this public health order, we are asking volunteers to provide proof of vaccination as soon as possible. You can provide proof by bringing it with you when you volunteer on-site or by clicking the Submit Vaccination or Medical Exemption Record button to the right. Volunteers without vaccination or medical exemption documentation will will not be permitted inside the building after September 30.

Exceptions to this policy can only be made for a documented medical reason (download the medical exemption form from the right). In this case, we will ask you to follow additional protective measures including wearing a mask in all parts of the building at all times and completing a rapid test at the start of each volunteer shift. Rapid tests and training will be provided in this case.

If you drop off donations or a meal, this requirement will not apply to you, though we will ask you to stay outside for your drop off. 

Guests are also required to provide proof of vaccination. New guests must provide proof of vaccination or a vaccination appointment within three (3) days of admittance to the shelter.