What began in 2000 as a winter-only, overnight shelter for women has morphed into a robust, 24-7 low-barrier shelter serving 60 women, transgender, and nonbinary individuals year-round. While with us, each shelter guest is provided an assigned bed, locked storage for their belongings, 24-7 access to showers and hygiene, on-site laundry facilities, transportation assistance, and three meals and two snacks each day. We have at least two staff members working at all times to help maintain a safe, inclusive, and trauma-informed shelter environment and, all guests are offered on-site behavioral healthcare which includes 1-on-1 counseling as well as processing and art therapy groups. All guests are required to participate in housing-focused case management as part of their stay. As a low-barrier shelter, we believe housing is a primary intervention to homelessness and that individuals are better able to find stability and achieve their goals when their basic needs are being met.
The Delores Project is not a safe house or confidential location and we do not serve individuals fleeing any type of dangerous or violent situation.
Behavioral Health and Wellness:
Our Behavioral Health and Wellness Program launched in the winter of 2023 and is helping Delores transition from a trauma-informed community to a fully therapeutic one where a focus on healing and recovery is integrated into all programs and services. The BHW team consists of an on-site Clinical Supervisor, Behavioral Health Counselor, and Group Facilitator who provide culturally competent and linguistically appropriate services including crisis intervention, peer support, community mental health referrals, medical care management collaboration, and individual and group counseling for shelter guests, supportive housing residents, and continued care clients. The Behavioral Health and Wellness team also oversees our relationship with Colorado Access, helping community members enroll in teletherapy and psychiatry and facilitating on-site skills workshops and peer-led processing groups. With the addition of this program, we are excited to provide a level of service provision and access to clinical and peer support which is unmatched in most shelter environments that contributes to increased stability and wellness among those we serve.