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Severe Weather Shelter Network

Individuals experiencing homelessness in the suburban corridor of Denver have no access to emergency winter shelter, except where SWSN is serving. Your gift provides life saving shelter and supports our year round efforts walking with our guests on a pathway to safe and stable lives off the street.

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General Information

General
Official Name
Severe Weather Shelter Network​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
N/A
Former Name(s)
N/A
Acronym
SWSN
Date Established
2016
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
None
Tax ID
81-3289994
Addresses
Headquarters Address
Severe Weather Shelter Network
6228 S Carr Ct
Littleton, CO 80123
Colorado Location
Severe Weather Shelter Network
6228 S Carr Ct
Denver Metro area, CO 80123
Mailing Address
Severe Weather Shelter Network
PO Box 620546
Littleton, CO 80162
Other Address
N/A
Phone/Fax
Main Phone Number
720-515-9313
Fax Number
N/A
Other Phone Number
N/A
Web/Email
Email
connect@swshelternetwork.com
Website
www.swshelternetwork.com
Social Media Links
     

Mission Statement

Severe Weather Shelter Network partners with other organizations and agencies to provide emergency overnight shelter on life threatening winter nights for individuals living on the streets.

Organization History

Severe Weather Shelter Network was birthed out of the Severe Weather Collaboration in the summer of 2012. The Collaboration is one of seven sub-committees of Heading Home Collaboration in Jefferson County addressing the needs of families and individuals experiencing homelessness during life threatening winter nights. One objective to achieve that goal was to invite churches to open their buildings as a source of shelter for families and individuals.

In October of 2012 the Collaboration assembled representatives from the social services and faith communities to put together a shelter model that would provide emergency overnight shelter using churches as the shelter sites for single men and women.

The first shelter night was hosted at Sloan's Lake Community Church in February 2013 as a beta test. The Church hosted every other week through the end of April that year. There were many lessons learned, but a sustainable model had been formed.

In January of 2014 SWSN had developed a strong Leadership Team and was ready to come out from under the leadership of the Collaboration. SWSN began to take full responsibility for the day to day shelter needs, leadership development, volunteer recruitment and training, and seeking their financial support for the growing ministry.

Our ministry vision for the future includes expanding our shelter model to encircle all of the suburban communities surrounding Denver. Beyond the geographic reach of the Denver metro area we are already duplicating the ministry in other communities. Evergreen has adopted the model and in the future will include Conifer and Bailey into their own network of shelters. Love INC in Howell, Michigan adopted this model and is now sheltering in partnership with other service providers in their community. This ministry belongs to our Lord. We will go wherever He leads and where He opens doors to share.

We are currently providing emergency shelter in Littleton/Englewood, Lakewood and Arvada.

Lastly, Severe Weather Shelter Network will partner in the building a sustainable pathway of care in the communities in which we are providing shelter. Empowering important change in our communities through provision of Refuge, Relationship and Restoration for our guests and volunteers will change the forward view of how homelessness is addressed. Most importantly we believe our God will be honored and lives will be saved.

Testimonials

"I didn't understand why anyone would care whether I lived or died. Severe Weather Shelter Network volunteers literally saved my life simply by loving me where I was. I am now sober, working and housed. All because a group of people chose to see me for who I am and love me anyway." Brian

"I was pregnant the first time I stayed with Severe Weather Shelter Network. I wasn't sure what to expect. Other shelters I had stayed in left me afraid and wondering whether I would even wake up the next morning. The volunteers at Severe Weather Shelter Network loved me and my baby. I left the shelter each morning with enough supplies to stay warm and enough food to eat throughout the day." Helen

"I love Severe Weather Shelter Network. When I think of them I think of Jesus." Chuck

"I feel safe at Severe Weather Shelter Network. It is the only place I know my stuff will not be bothered, I can get a hot meal and actually sleep without worrying about whether I will be attacked during the night." Tim

"Severe Weather Shelter Network is like visiting family. I am always welcomed with a smile and a hug when I get to shelter." Tina

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