Happy New Year & The Gift of Blessing Others
I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday, filled with amazing food, fun and friendly gatherings, and (most likely) some much-needed rest and relaxation.
Recently West Coast Cowgirl had the amazing privilege of pouring into the lives of some very special individuals. Thirty-five pieces of jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, and earrings were donated to The Delores Project located in Denver, Colorado. This amazing non-profit community provides welcoming, low-barrier shelter and services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals during times of homelessness.
The Delores Project is the largest homeless shelter for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals in metro Denver. They provide 50 shelter beds year round, and a minimum of 10 additional cots during the colder months or in extreme times of need. This community serves those with very little resources who are also some of the most vulnerable in Denver. They welcome transgender individuals into their shelter, and always treat them with respect and dignity.
Not only does The Delores Project offer emergency shelter, they also provide 3 core programs to help these individuals move towards stability in their life. The Steps to Stability Program helps participating guests assess their strengths/needs and develop an individualized plan for taking steps towards self-defined goals. The Community Partners Program assists women and transgender individuals receiving case management and specialized support services through a partner agency. The Community Transitions Program helps women and transgender individuals who require safe shelter and emergency services after being released from the Department of Corrections.
Pictured above is Kathy with one of their amazing resident assistants, Riana Mitchell. The resident assistants help create a peaceful, secure environment for all guests and manage the day to day functioning of the shelter. They ensure that the guests are welcomed and safe, provide resources and referrals, and help to create a supportive trauma informed experience.