Denver Foundation grant helps homeless women start again

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Last month, The Denver Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant to Volunteers of America in support of the Irving Street Women’s Residence, which serves 25 formerly homeless women, according to a news release.

The program at Irving Street, located in the Westwood neighborhood in west Denver, helps chronically homeless women with disabilities or mental health issues. Some are also victims of domestic violence. Women are allowed to stay in the home as long as they need, the release said. The space allows the residents to care for themselves in a supportive community environment.

“We are so grateful to have the support of organizations like The Denver Foundation, who enable so many women to rebuild their lives and find their forever home,” said Courtney Fischer, the Irving Street Women’s Residence Program coordinator, in the release. “We look forward to continuing our mission to serve those women most in need in Denver through this upcoming year.”

In 2017, the program at the Irving Street Women’s Residence served 63 women. Staff from Volunteers of American help the women set goals to rebuild their lives and eventually find a home of their own.

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