Group that helps poor Denver families struggling
DENVER, Colorado ” Lack of funding is forcing a group that helps thousands of low-income families living in motels and apartments along Colfax Avenue to consider suspending summer operations.
The Colfax Community Network says it is struggling with funding for its operating costs, which go to pay the organization’s rent, employee salaries, utilities and phone bills, and that a large foundation grant fell through just as demand for the group’s services continues to increase.
The group is on pace to serve more than 10,000 people this year, more than double the number last year.
“We have families hungry and losing their homes right now,” said Brooke Davidson, the group’s executive director. “We need help with these operating dollars. Once we meet our needs, we are in a better position to serve others.”
The group provides food, clothing, bus passes, and other assistance to low-income families.
The group’s board will vote Tuesday whether they should stop operations for June, July, and August. The group’s food and clothing bank would still be operational, but only three days a week.
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