CWC Mission: Providing life-saving shelter and support to individuals and families in Adams County.

Cold Weather Care provides life-saving, emergency shelter to the homeless during the winter months.  Our mission is based on Jesus’ great commandment to love Him and love people (Matthew 22:37-40) and His great commission to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28: 19-20).

Providing more than just shelter, we help guests cope with their immediate housing crisis, work to connect them with housing, employment and education opportunities, assist them with identifying resources for medical and childcare needs, and teach them life skills that enable them to return to independent living and self-sufficiency.

Guests arrive at the Host church between 6 and 7 p.m. each evening. There, volunteers prepare and serve meals, provide safe sleeping quarters, and make shower facilities available (either on-site or off-site, depending on the Host site capabilities).

Every evening dinner is served family style, sack lunches are packed for the following day, and each morning breakfast is served before guests leave.  All adults attend Life Skills classes during the week, which include topics about relationships and parenting, health and wellness, bank accounts and budgeting, time management, and goal setting.

Guests leave the Host churches at 7 a.m. daily (Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.).  They get their kids to school, they go to work, or go out to search for jobs and housing, and they receive case management support as they work on self-sufficiency plans. On Sundays, guests pack up their belongings and volunteers move the beds and luggage to the next Host site, where guests will stay for another week.

Through our Case Manager, CWC offers assessment, service planning, referrals, and advocacy.  The Case Manager works with guests to identify their own unique barriers to stable housing.  Together they develop an action plan that will enable the guest to move towards securing sustainable and permanent housing and work. A guest’s stay in the program is contingent upon positive participation and active efforts toward goal achievement.

Our objective is not simply to shelter the homeless for one more day, but more importantly, to help build a path to self-sufficiency for persons experiencing homelessness, through case management and Christ-centered community support.

We invite you to join with us as we strive to faithfully serve as the hands and feet of Jesus in our community.  Be a part of the solution.

2014-2015 Season Highlights

–  445 program volunteers this season.

– Housed 63 guests, providing a total of 2,156 nights of shelter.

– At the end of the 2014-2015 season 67% of individual guests left the program into stable housing.

Click Here for the 2014-2015 Season Report.


2013-2014 Season Highlights

–  443 program volunteers donating over 12,000 hours to the CWC program.

– Housed 69 guests, providing a total of 2,445 nights of shelter.

– At the end of the 2013-2014 season 64% of individual guests left the program into stable housing.

Click Here for the 2013-2014 Season Report.
Click here for our 2012-2013 Season Report.


Community Need

Every year, the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative conducts a Point-in-Time study (in conjunction with local service providers, including Cold Weather Care) to estimate the number of individuals who are experiencing homelessness in the seven County Metro Denver area. On January 26, 2015, they counted 6,130 individuals experiencing homelessness.

And while the number of homeless individuals living in our community is staggering, thousands more are existing one paycheck away from homelessness, struggling to make ends meet as they grapple with decisions such as choosing between buying groceries or paying their utility bills

Impact on ChildrenPublic schools in Adams County identified 3,874 children as homeless in 2013-2014.    These school-aged children are struggling to remain in school while faced with living in substandard motels, shelters, crowded temporary conditions and even unsheltered living situations. The absence of a stable living arrangement has a devastating impact on students‘ educational outcomes. Research shows that:§  Nationally, one-fifth of homeless children repeat a grade and are enrolled in special education classes at a much higher rate than their non-homeless peers§  In a single school year, 12 percent of homeless youth miss at least one month of classes§  About 12 percent of homeless children are not enrolled in school; many more do not attend school regularly§  Within a year, 41% of students will attend 2 different schools; 28 percent will attend 3 or more schools.Along with the negative impact on educational outcomes, homeless children suffer from one or more major, chronic medical conditions almost twice as often as housed children.

Impact on Children

Public schools in Adams County identified 3,874 children as
homeless in 2013-2014.

These school-aged children are struggling to remain in school while faced with living in substandard motels, shelters, crowded temporary conditions and even unsheltered living situations. The absence of a stable living arrangement has a devastating impact on students‘ educational outcomes.
Research shows that:

§  Nationally, one-fifth of homeless children repeat a grade and are enrolled in special education classes at a much higher rate than their non-homeless peers

§  In a single school year, 12 percent of homeless youth miss at least one month of classes

§  About 12 percent of homeless children are not enrolled in school; many more do not attend school regularly

§  Within a year, 41% of students will attend 2 different schools; 28 percent will attend 3 or more schools.

Along with the negative impact on educational outcomes, homeless children suffer from one or more major, chronic medical conditions almost twice as often as housed children.

In Adams County

§  Adams County has the lowest per-capita income of the 7 metro Denver counties

§  14% of the Adams County population lives below poverty level

§  73 year round shelter beds are currently available in Adams County

§  572 individuals were homeless in Adams County based on the 2015 Metro Denver Homeless Initiative Point in Time Survey

§  Of these homeless, 357 were in households with children (62%).

For 25% of the respondents, this was their first episode of homelessness

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