Extending Hospitality to Newly Arrived Migrants

December 15, 2022

Recently, dozens of migrants arrived in Denver. Several non-profits, faith-based organizations, and government agencies are coming together to extend love and hospitality. If your community/faith community would like to express care to migrants within our Conference’s area, below are a few opportunities. This hits close to home as we think about the Holy Family this Advent season.

Donation Sites -

West Side Donation Site-

Donation drop-off times are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon - 5 p.m.

Please follow the signs for drop off location. The storefront sign is "Modern Boutique, Inc."
1011 S. Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO 80219

The new donation site at 1011 S. Federal needs volunteers to help sort donations. Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting at 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. Show up if you’re able to help - every hour helps!

East Side Donation Site -

Donation drop-off times are on Mondays from 5 - 8 p.m.

Temple Emanuel
51 Grape Street
Denver, CO 80220
  • Temple Emanuel can only accept physical item donations during designated times.   
  • Please ONLY provide items listed at denvergov.org/oem as the highest need. Right now that is listed below.
    • New or very gently used men’s winter clothes (Small and Medium only)
    • New socks, underwear/boxers, jackets, hats, gloves, and sweatpants (hot item)
    • Backpacks and/or medium-size duffel bags (definitely highest demand item)
    • Large and XL men's belts
    • Men's shoes and work boots size 7-10
    • Shower sandals
  • Personal hygiene items donated must be UNOPENED and NOT EXPIRED.  
  • Donation needs and drop-off locations/hours are updated frequently at denvergov.org/oem.  
  • Please do not drop off or offer donations, including food, at shelter sites.  

School Supplies –

Another possibility is collecting school supplies for the children. You can drop off your donations for this at 1011 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80219 between 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, January 21. They would love to have children’s and teens' backpacks with all of the supplies inside them. Below is a list of needed supplies.

  • Composition books
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Backpacks
  • Lunch boxes
  • #2 wood pencils
  • Colored pencils, crayons, and markers
  • Baby wipes
  • Watercolor paint sets
  • Glue stick / liquid glue
  • Water bottles
  • Tissues
  • Surface wipes 

For more information contact info@organizacionpapagayo.org or info@vivewellness2022

Monetary Donations –

If you would like to contribute funds towards purchasing items, please contact Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org.

Time and/or Monetary Donations –

Space – 

General Opportunity:
Churches in Denver and the surrounding areas, if you are able to welcome new neighbors who are migrants/asylum seekers, there is an invitation to open your church doors. Please email me at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org if you are interested, able, or have questions. 

"We are seeking any heated space available for our current sheltering emergency. We are currently looking for a 1-3 month commitment, however, any space would be considered.

Here is our wish list:
We are looking for 2,000+ square heated space with some of the following amenities:
In order of importance
  • Open Space for bunks or cots
  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchen or Kitchenette facilities
  • Showers
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Other smaller rooms to segregate family groups or medical issues"

Hosting a Migrant Family for a Minimum of Six Months:
One of the biggest needs for newly arriving migrants who desire to remain in Colorado is obtaining medium to long-term housing. This is our primary ask and the best way that the faith community can make a difference. We are looking for congregations who are willing to partner with and care for just one family including providing assistance and services for a minimum of six months. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, reach out to the Colorado Hosting Asylum Network (CHAN) by filling out this form.  

Migrant Welcome Centers/ Shelters:
There are a few faith communities that are currently serving as temporary shelter sites.  This entails having the space to host 25-100 individuals who are in need of 7-10 days of shelter.  If your congregation is interested in learning more about the process of providing temporary shelter to those who are in Colorado, please sign up here