The purpose of the Colfax Community Network is to provide children and families residing in low-income, transient housing (primarily residential motels) along Colfax Avenue with information, services, and programs that will strengthen and improve family and community life.
In large cities across the United States, thousands upon thousands of children are growing up in dilapidated motels. These places are deemed as no longer suitable for tourist trade, and have transformed to become the last housing safety net for individuals and families facing poverty and homelessness. This is where crime and chaos thrive, but children, their families and adults do not. Metro Denver is no exception to this phenomenon. Approximately 40 rundown motels line Colfax Avenue, Denver's most notorious, crime-ridden street, and families with children are residents in nearly all of them. The Colfax Community Network was created in 1999 to address the needs of this hidden community by providing services.
The area surrounding CCN has changed considerably over the past 18 years. With the gentrification of the surrounding areas, CCN's service area has become more populated with individuals experiencing even greater need. Through our unique understanding of the needs of this sector of the homeless population, we have developed a service delivery model that sets us apart from other non-profits. While we work hard to serve economically disadvantaged families, we are also the only non-profit in the area to focus on individuals residing in motels. We work with clients to take steps towards self-sufficiency. CCN serves a diverse population of individuals and has noted a dramatic increase in individuals seeking services in the last year alone.
-- "Keep up the great work you are doing. What a wonderful organization, doing terrific work." - CO Gives Day Donor
-- "I'm always in awe of the commitment you make to your kids at Colfax, and I can't help but try to be more balanced in my own life as a result." CO Gives Day Donor
-- "[She] is really coming along and I can't thank you and CCN for all the help!" - Teacher, Kenton Elementary
-- "I wanted to touch base with you and let you know CCN makes a difference for both [students in my class]." - Teacher, Paris Elementary
-- "I was homeless for seven months... I needed to somewhere to keep the kids after school so I could keep my job, keep my hours... Thank you, I really appreciate what you've done for my kids." - CCN Parent
-- "We as a family had some serious struggles last year and we met THE family at CCN! Mary, Kelley, Myrna, well all of you! You all did so much for us." - CCN Parent
-- "They have really helped me and my kids to get out of homelessness." - CCN Parent