The Delores Project provides safe, comfortable, shelter and personalized services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness, and advocates for housing solutions.
In the winter of 1999, Brothers Redevelopment, Inc. offered use of a building to the homeless service provider community. Recognizing the shortage of emergency shelter space for adult unaccompanied women who are homeless, a collaborative effort of service providers including Denver Human Services, The Empowerment Program, The Gathering Place, and St. Francis Center, organized to open the building as a shelter of last resort for this vulnerable population. The Delores Project (TDP) opened its doors to homeless women on January 10, 2000. For six years, the shelter operated seasonally in borrowed spaces to shelter 34 women a night October through April.
Founded as a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, TDP became an independent tax-exempt charitable organization in 2004.
In response to ongoing need for TDP programs, in 2005 the organization secured its own facility, with significant local foundation community and Denver's Road Home, from which to operate an expanded year-round overnight 60 bed shelter for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals.
In 2015, The Delores Project entered into a partnership with affordable housing provider Rocky Mountain Communities (RMC) to redevelop The Delores Project shelter site and the adjacent parcel owned by RMC. In May 2016, the partnership called Arroyo Village LLC was awarded state and federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits. In September 2017, construction of Arroyo Village began and The Delores Project relocated its shelter to temporary locations until March 2019 when the new The Delores Project shelter was completed at Arroyo Village. By August 2019, Arroyo Village (with a 60 bed shelter, 35 supportive housing units and 95 affordable housing units) was fully constructed with 100% occupancy.
The Delores Project now has a new 60 bed homeless shelter facility for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals in an environment consistent with the evidenced based practice of trauma informed care. The Delores Project is the lead service provider for the 35 supportive housing units, providing an array of individualized supports designed to ensure success in maintaining stable housing.
Quotes from guests of The Delores Project:
"I can't begin to express how much your support means. Without your gift, I'd still be living in my car - always scared, looking over my shoulder, and never feeling safe. Thank you."
"The Delores Project has been a huge blessing for me. Knowing I have a bed for a week means I have time to get grounded, as opposed to simply focusing on survival." - AN
"I got a home. The Delores Project provided literally everything I needed to accomplish my goals" - SD
"The Delores Project helped by allowing me a roof over my head after searching for housing all day. And the bus passes were so great I wouldn't have had any transportation otherwise…Everyone has been so kind and helpful as we go through a traumatic time. There's a sense of peace here." - LS
"I've been accepted into college. None of this would have happened without the Delores Project- it's opened up a world of possibility for me. I have so many more options when I don't have to be totally focused on housing. When I stay here, I feel safe and less worried. I know that, at the very least, I can close my eyes and rest, without having to worry about my safety." AM