Volunteer

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS

There are many ways to support the women and children at Sacred Heart House depending on your particular interest! You feel good when you can do something for homeless families in Denver, and volunteering at Sacred Heart House of Denver offers provides you with the opportunity to help others, while feeling good about making a difference in someone's life.

Below are some volunteering opportunities at Sacred Heart House of Denver. If you are interested in volunteering or for additional information please contact Program Assistant at pa@sacredhearthouse.org or by phone at (303) 296-6686.

EVENING OR SUNDAY MORNING/AFTERNOON HOUSE COVERAGE

Sacred Heart House of Denver is staffed by volunteers from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. each evening and, additionally, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sundays. Volunteers are welcome to have dinner with residents at 6:00 p.m.

Supportive interaction with residents is encouraged. School age children are welcome to accompany adult volunteers, and families are welcome to volunteer together. Adults must be at least 21 years old.

Responsibilities include answering the phone and door, giving emergency numbers to people calling for assistance and providing guidance for residents in accordance with house rules.

 

Childcare

Sacred Heart House of Denver relies on volunteers to provide child care on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Child care volunteers care for all the children in the house from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., while their mothers attend Life Skills classes.

Child care volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Responsibilities include direct supervision of the children. Volunteers are encouraged to read, play games or do craft activities with them. Small groups are welcome to participate in this volunteer activity.

We strongly suggest that evening and Sunday morning/afternoon and child care volunteers commit to ONE shift each month before offering more. We depend on the presence of volunteers when they are scheduled.

 

Family Dinner Program

Small groups or families with up to five or six people prepare a meal at home and bring it to Sacred Heart House of Denver at 5:30 p.m. Simple meals, like casseroles or meat dishes, accompanied by potatoes, rice or bread and a salad or vegetable, can easily be served buffet style.

Dishes may be reheated between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., when dinner is served. Sacred Heart House of Denver can provide drinks and condiments. Desserts are optional. Meals are generally prepared for 20 residents. (About 1/3 of them are children.)

We encourage volunteers bringing the meal to join residents for dinner. Dinner volunteers may also occupy resident children after the meal, while their mothers perform required chores.

 

Special Projects for Groups

Since Sacred Heart House of Denver is relatively small in size, the best volunteer opportunities for large groups include making welcome boxes with basic hygiene items for residents, birthday boxes with cake/frosting mixes and party supplies for families in our Follow-Up Program or collecting non-perishable food or school supplies.

Groups are encouraged to schedule enough time for a pre-arranged tour when they drop off the items they collected. Sacred Heart House of Denver is happy to supply a list of items necessary for the physical operation of the shelter, which include hygiene, medical and cleaning supplies and paper products, for group collections/drives.

These are particularly good opportunities for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, youth groups, as well as small businesses, to support their community.

 

Living Skills Classes

Individuals or small groups may present information on resources in the community or life skills to adult residents during informal classes on Tuesday or Thursday evenings between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

For further information, please contact our Program Assistant at pa@sacredhearthouse.org or by telephone at 303-296-6686 between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.