The National Western Complex auxiliary shelter has been open for more than two weeks now. Since then, an average of 700 of our neighbors experiencing homelessness have used this facility as an overnight shelter, along with even more utilizing it during the daytime for meals, showers and activities.

This space continues to allow Denver Rescue Mission to meet the needs of our guests during the challenging times of COVID-19. Even more so, it gives our guests the space to be the unique individuals they are.

We sat down with a couple of guests who have been staying at the National Western Complex auxiliary shelter to hear how their experiences are going.

Since Anthony works overnight he spends his days either sleeping at the National Western Complex or enjoying some sunshine with a few close friends on the patio area outside.


Anthony’s been a guest at Denver Rescue Mission’s Lawrence Street Shelter for the past couple of years.

He is currently an overnight security guard and loves his job. “Through the hard times I’ve been able to get through,” Anthony said.

When asked about the move to the National Western Complex he said, “The wide open spaces are the best part about being here. I think this was a good move considering the coronavirus.”


Greg moved to Colorado from back east just over a month ago. He was hoping to secure a job as a security guard when he arrived, but due to COVID-19 is having trouble finding one.

He stayed at the City’s 48th Street Shelter prior to going to the National Western Complex.

“The space is great,” Greg said. “Out here, there is enough space where you don’t feel like you’re so close to everybody. This is great, especially during a pandemic. This was probably the best decision that the city could have opened up for us.”

Greg enjoys spending time with his friends playing board games, while safely socially distancing.

Volunteers Needed

As we focus on our core services during this time, we urgently need volunteers to help us serve meals to our guests and program participants. Please sign up today if you are healthy, under 65 years old and do not have respiratory issues or other health issues.

Donations Needed

We’re dedicating resources and finances toward services that help protect our homeless neighbors during this time. As we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we need your help to continue to be available for those in need. Will you join us in this fight?

Supplies Needed

Donations of food and supplies are still urgently needed. We are currently low on toilet paper and hygiene products. If you can donate these items, you can safely and easily drop them off at our Ministry Outreach Center, a drive-up and drop-off location.