Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT DOES SACRED HEART HOUSE OF DENVER (SHH) DO?
Answer: With the help of foundations, individuals, faith-based, business, and social service organizations, SHH provides its Continuum of Services to single mothers with children and single women experiencing homelessness in Denver. Resources and support provided through the In-House Stabilization, Follow-Up, and Transitional Housing Programs, enable women to secure stable housing so as to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.
WHO STARTED SACRED HEART HOUSE OF DENVER?
Answer: SHH helping homeless families and single women, was founded by Catherine Bevanda in 1980 after she learned the convent next to Sacred Heart School in lower downtown Denver had closed. Catherine, who came to Denver to study at Loretto Heights, supported herself by working at an orphanage and at Marycrest Convent, which was operating a skeletal homeless shelter at the time. Thinking she could expand on that idea in the abandoned convent, she opened its doors to those people in Denver, who, for one reason or another, found themselves homeless.
WHY SHOULD I DONATE TO SACRED HEART HOUSE OF DENVER?
Answer: Your gift, pooled with other support, will help us help single mothers and single women experiencing homelessness move to stable housing and become self-sufficient within our programs. Read more about how your generous contribution funds work to improve lives.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Answer: The sky’s the limit. We would love to have you help in any (or all) of the following ways – donate money to our lifesaving programs, donate gift cards and food, spread the word to your network by becoming a SHH fundraiser, or become a sponsor. Read about other ways to donate here.
IS SACRED HEART HOUSE OF DENVER A QUALIFIED NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION?
Answer: Yes. SHH is a qualified non-profit with the State of Colorado for HCTC. Donations of $250 or more donated directly to Sacred Heart House of Denver may qualify for the HCTC.
What is HCTC? The Colorado Homeless Contribution Income Tax Credit (HCTC) aims to encourage taxpayers to make contributions to approved nonprofit organizations to support providing appropriate housing and services to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness. When taxpayers make a certified contribution, they can claim 25% of their donation (monetary or value of in-kind) as a state income tax credit if contributed to a qualified organization in a non-rural county.
WHAT IS SACRED HEART HOUSE OF DENVER’S IMPACT?
Answer: Broadly, the value of SHH is a product of the following. This information is based on the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year.
With the support of the Follow-Up Program, 1,138 individuals, 295 families with 710 children and 133 single women, sustained their housing, increased their stability, and remained shelter-free.
The formerly homeless families and single women who received services through the Follow-Up Program belong to low-income communities who continued to be disproportionately affected by the pandemic. SHH distributed emergency food boxes, cleaning supplies, birthday bags for children and bus tickets for transportation to access medical care, mental health services and housing appointments throughout the year.
During October 2021, SHH was a recipient of the Women’s Health Drive, a national effort hosted by Cigna, and received often-overlooked sanitary and personal items for distribution to women throughout the year.
At Thanksgiving, food donated by members of Our Lady of Fatima Church and donations solicited from the community helped feed 160 families and single women in the Follow-Up Program.
In December 2021, 11 businesses and community outreach organizations, 30 families and individuals, 5 churches and 1 school (which adopted 30 families and 10 single women), shared their holiday joy with 148 families and single women who participated in Sacred Heart’s annual Adopt-A-Family Program. Gifts were provided to 109 parents and their 284 children and 39 single women.
For Easter 2022, a sponsor donated Easter baskets filled with toys, candy, and stuffed eggs for children. These baskets were provided to mothers at an Easter Give-Away, as they arrived at SHH to pick up food and hygiene items.
Supportive housing provided through the Transitional Housing Program allowed women, especially single mothers, to pursue education/employment goals. Case management supported these goals while helping women address barriers to past success and develop critical budgeting, time/household management and parenting skills.
SHH received inquiries from and provided resources for at least 150 women. 30% of the initial conversations led to multiple calls and in-person meetings. These meetings provided consideration for transitional housing through SHH when a unit was available, and furnished food, hygiene items, bus tickets and gift cards to meet the immediate needs of families and single women.
- Through its Transitional Housing Program, SHH provided supportive housing for 6 single mothers with 11 children and 2 single women in special circumstances.
- One mother works for Aramark making meals for prisoners, has saved $9,000, and takes English classes to become a United States citizen,
- One attends classes at Aurora Community College and plans to become a Phlebotomist.
- One will graduate from MSUD with her BS in Accounting in December 2023.
- One, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, is in her third year at MSUD working toward a degree in Business Intelligence in the Honors Program while working for a catering company.
- One works full-time at The Green Solution; has saved $8,000, while receiving intense therapy for past trauma.
- One works full-time at Goodwill Industries.
- One is involved in spiritual formation and mentors prisoners.
- One completed a Certificate in Customer Service from Community College of Denver in anticipation of a new career.
- Upon exiting the program, two single mothers with five children and a single woman moved to more permanent housing.
- As SHH implemented its case management by engaging with callers, the response was enlightening. A surprising number of women revealed that they had not been able to connect with a real person or a person who had the time to listen to them and acknowledge their need for help, much less provide guidance and resources.
Given its mission, it made sense for SHH to focus on helping women stabilize their lives, even when they did not stay in its building.
HOW DOES SACRED HEART HOUSE OF DENVER SUPPORT ITSELF?
REVENUE, GAINS, AND OTHER SUPPORT
FOUNDATION GRANTS $190,095
DONATIONS – INDIVIDUALS $146,746
DONATIONS – RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS $76,800
DONATIONS – BUSINESSES $34,762
PUBLIC FUNDS $10,861
OTHER SOURCES $67,047
TOTAL SUPPORT $558,136
REVENUES AND GAINS:
RENTAL INCOME $22,954
INTEREST AND INVESTMENT INCOME $45,572
TOTAL REVENUES AND GAINS $68,526
TOTAL REVENUES, GAINS, AND SUPPORT $626,662
HOW MUCH OF MY DONATION WILL GO TOWARD PROGRAMS?
Answer: In the 2021-2022 fiscal year, the following lists out the expenditures. More information about our finances and the use of funds is available on our financial page.
IN-HOUSE STABILIZATION $230,658
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING $112,870
TOTAL PROGRAM SERVICES $433,851
GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE $53,367
TOTAL SUPPORTING SERVICES $95,973
TOTAL EXPENSES AND LOSSES $529,824
During the 2022-2023 fiscal year, SHH will continue to provide safe shelter through housing through hotels, in addition to providing case management to women who call for shelter.
Meanwhile, the Board of Directors will focus its efforts on raising funds necessary to resume providing emergency housing and In-House Stabilization services as a 24-hour facility. It is estimated that staffing and related services for this transition will add approximately $100,000 to annual budgeted expenses.
WHAT IS SACRED HEART HOUSE OF DENVER’S TAX ID NUMBER?
Answer: Sacred Heart House of Denver Tax ID Number: 84-0889359
WHERE DO I MAIL MY DONATION TO SACRED HEART HOUSE OF DENVER?
Answer: Checks/money orders should be mailed to:
Sacred Heart House of Denver, Attn: Garrett Singer
2844 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80205
HOW DO I MAKE A WIRE TRANSFER TO SACRED HEART HOUSE OF DENVER?
Answer: Please call (303) 296-6686.
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS OR PAYPAL FOR DONATIONS?
Answer: Yes. This link will send you to PayPal where you have the option to use PayPal, or another form of payment.
WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE A QUESTION OR ISSUE WITH MY DONATION?
Answer: Please contact us here, or call (303) 296-6686.