Denver Activates Emergency Shelter for Migrant Arrival

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Update on Migrant Sheltering and Support

UPDATED: 2/3/2023 at 3:00 p.m.

The City and County of Denver is providing this daily update on the ongoing activity to support migrant sheltering.  

All migrants are currently sheltering in non-city facilities funded by the city and operated by city staff. As the number of daily arrivals has generally leveled off in the past week, the focus going forward remains on helping migrants develop individual plans for community integration, either in Denver or elsewhere. The city is also exploring additional partner sheltering sites. 

As of 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3:   

  • Number of Migrants that Arrived Overnight: 6
  • Total Number of Migrants Served by the City since Dec. 9: approximately: 4,384
  • Number of Migrants Sheltered in Partner Emergency Shelters: 987
  • Number of Migrants Sheltered in City Emergency Shelters: 0 

Donations

The donation site hosted by the Little Saigon community at 1011 S. Federal Blvd remains open and continues to accept donations from 12- 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Walk-up volunteers are welcome during those times to assist with sorting, and every hour helps.

  

Starting Jan. 21, this daily update will be sent Monday-Friday only.

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Donations

We have limited space to store donations. Please observe the following before you make a donation:

  • We can only accept physical item donations during designated times.   
  • Please ONLY provide items listed below as highest need.   
  • Personal hygiene items donated must be UNOPENED and NOT EXPIRED.   
  • Donation needs and drop-off locations/hours are updated frequently.
  • Please do not drop off or offer donations, including food, at shelter sites.

Items needed – updated 1/15/2023

Items currently in high need include: 

  • Toothpaste 
  • Toothbrushes 
  • Travel-sized shampoo and conditioner 
  • Soap

Items donated need to be new and unopened. Used items will not be accepted or used. 

We also need of the following items. Please only bring items listed. Storage space is limited, and we will update this list with additional needs when they arise:

  • New or very gently used men’s winter clothes (small and medium only) 
  • New socks, underwear/boxers, jackets, hats, gloves, and sweatpants 
  • Backpacks and/or medium size duffel bags
  • Large and XL men's belts
  • Men's shoes and work boots size 7-10
  • Shower sandals 

West Side Donation Site

The donation site at 1011 S. Federal Blvd. is accepting donations on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Drop-off times at this location are from 12-5 p.m.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This donation site is not the well-known Little Saigon restaurant; it is the Little Saigon Community Donation Site in a vacant building off Federal. Additionally, the Iglesias Ciudad de Dios and Temple Emanuel donation sites have closed and are no longer accepting donations. 

Volunteers Needed: Volunteers are needed to help sort donations on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting at 10 a.m. and concluding around 6 p.m. Every hour helps—just show up if you are able to help!


Monetary donations can be made any time at the following locations:

Integration Opportunities (Training or Support Services)

Nonprofits, educators, and businesses: If you have identified training or support services for the migrants that promote integration opportunities in the Denver metro area, please connect with: 

Servicios de la Raza | www.serviciosdelaraza.org
3131 W. 14th Ave.
303-458-5851 | info@servisiosdelaraza.org

El Centro Humanitario | www.centrohumanitario.org
303-292-4115 | info@centrohumanitario.org

VIVE Wellness | www.vivewellness.org
1620 E. 36th Ave.
720-440-1235 | info@vivewellness.org

CHAN (Colorado Hosting Asylum Network) | www.hostingasylum.org
Contact CHAN