Severe Weather Shelter Network was implemented in February 2013 through a collaborative effort in Jefferson County.
Our goal is simple. Severe Weather Shelter Network exists to prevent people from freezing to death in the winter months. We have been providing emergency shelter between October 1st and April 30th each year. This is our 7th season of shelter.
Over the course of the last 6 seasons we have sheltered more than 700 individuals and connected them to important resource partners to meet their greater needs. Through those same partnerships we have participated in assisting more than 40 individuals into permanent housing.
We are currently providing emergency shelter and building long term partnerships that assist our guests to sustainability and self-sufficiency in three geographic regions. Arvada and Wheat Ridge comprise our North region. Lakewood and Golden comprise our Central Region. Englewood and Littleton comprise our South region.
We have learned that resources are not easily accessible in the suburban corridor surrounding Denver. There are no shelters in Jefferson County or west Arapahoe County. Resource connections are few and far between in these same areas making it very difficult for individuals experiencing homelessness to take necessary steps to get off the street. Severe Weather Shelter Network chooses to partner with other organizations that serve with excellence, creating a network of resources that all of us can access with and on behalf of our guests.
While we began as a simple emergency shelter, and our primary mission remains just that, we have come to understand the importance of working together in the broader community to address a very real need. According to the Point in Time survey put together by Metro Denver Homeless Initiative each January, there are more than 1,200 individuals living on the streets of Jefferson and Arapahoe county.
No single organization or agency can address these issues alone. I celebrate the growing number of partners with Severe Weather Shelter Network that are seeking together to create a pathway out of homelessness in our suburban communities.
For more information regarding our values and a detailed history of our founding you are invited to visit our website or contact our Executive Director for a personal visit.