Augustana Lutheran Church reaches into the larger community with support for these ministry partners.
They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share.
1 Timothy 6:18
The Delores Project
The principal program of The Delores Project is providing safe, comfortable overnight shelter for adult unaccompanied women in a welcoming and peaceful environment. Our model of service is one of hospitality, respect and regard for the dignity of each guest.
ELCA World Hunger
Working with and through our congregations, in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Lutheran churches overseas and other partners, ELCA World Hunger is uniquely positioned to reach communities in need. From health clinics to microloans, water wells to animal husbandry, community meals to advocacy, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible for the ELCA to respond, supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty.
Family Promise of Greater Denver
Family Promise of Greater Denver partners with diverse, faith congregations to provide shelter, meals and hospitality to homeless families across the Denver-metro area. Our mission: To provide homeless families with emergency shelter, meals and supportive services on their path to self-sufficiency.
Hands of the Carpenter
Hands of the Carpenter serves single women in need by providing automobile placement, repair and maintenance to assist in their efforts to become and remain economically self-sufficient.
Holy Hammers is an interfaith coalition of congregations that partners with families and Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver (HFHMD). HFHMD’s mission is to partner with and provide decent, affordable housing to low-income families. Habitat homes are affordable because much of the labor and building materials is donated, and they’re sold with low-interest mortgages. Monthly mortgage payments are normally no more than 30 percent of the homeowner’s income. A Habitat for Humanity home is not a handout but a hand up.
In 2020, Holy Hammers and Augustana Lutheran Church are providing volunteers (must be at least 16 years old) for the construction of the next housing project at Swansea Townhomes (4334 N. Columbine St., Denver, 80216). Construction volunteer dates include April 18 and May 16 (both Saturdays), as well as Friday, June 19. The deadline to sign up for each date is two weeks in advance.
If interested in volunteering at the Swansea site, please sign up online at http://vhub.at/augustanalutheran.
Lutheran Disaster Response
Lutheran Disaster Response brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. When the dust settles and the headlines change, we stay to provide ongoing assistance to those in need.
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains
Inspired by the compassionate love of Christ, Lutheran Family Services walks with the vulnerable, through services that heal, strengthen, and provide hope with adoption and pregnancy counseling, older adult and caregiver services, foster care, prevention services, refugee and asylee programs, and disaster response.
Maria Droste Counseling Center
Maria Droste Counseling Center has been formed out of the understanding that people need access to counseling regardless of their ability to pay.
We are committed to serving others with enthusiasm, empathy and humility as we assist in creating a place of peace, love and harmony within others, ourselves and our community. We embrace and honor diversity in all its forms.
The mission of Metro Caring is to provide nutritious food to hungry families and individuals while promoting self-sufficiency. Metro Caring operates one of Denver’s largest hunger-relief programs, including a fresh-foods shopping market, teaching garden, and weekly healthy living and nutrition classes. Situated in the heart of Denver, Metro Caring distributes between 4,000 to 6,000 pounds of food, baby items, and personal care products in helping to meet the nutritional and health needs of up to 500 people every day.
New Beginnings Worshipping Community
New Beginnings Worshipping Community is part of the Rocky Mountain Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and are located inside the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility in Colorado. We are also a Jubilee Ministry of the Episcopal Church.
Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp
Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp, an outreach ministry of the Rocky Mountain Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, offers an extensive summer camping program that includes on-site programs for all ages as well as Compass Points outdoor adventure program for Junior High and Senior High youth, and Bridging Borders mission trips designed for Senior High youth
We serve victims of domestic violence and their children through both an emergency shelter and a non-residential Counseling and Advocacy Center. All of the adults, children and youth who come to SafeHouse Denver have access to a full range of bilingual programming, including individual counseling, group sessions, advocacy and safety planning.
Saint Francis Center
St. Francis Center is a refuge for men and women who are homeless in the metro Denver area, providing shelter along with services that enable people to meet their basic needs for daily survival and to transition out of homelessness.
Urban Peak helps youth experiencing homelessness and youth at risk of becoming homeless overcome real life challenges by providing essential services and a supportive community, empowering them to become self-sufficient adults.
Urban Servant Corps
Urban Servant Corps is a faith-based, intentional community of full-time volunteers who seek to live simply while serving and accompanying those most in need at non-profit partner agencies in the heart of Denver.
Work Options for Women
Work Options for Women helps impoverished women gain the skills and confidence they need to work their way out of poverty and become gainfully and permanently employed in the food service industry.
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Help provide holiday dinner baskets for single-parent families
Share holiday joy by purchasing Easter and Thanksgiving dinner baskets for families at Warren Village. Each basket costs around $38 and includes a ham or turkey, canned fruits and vegetables, dinner rolls, and a fruit pie. Make contributions payable to Augustana Lutheran Church and indicated for Warren Village baskets. Volunteers are also needed to help pack food baskets. This is a great service project for the whole family! Contact Jerry Sanders (303-363-8685).
Donate food to a food pantry
Metro Caring is an emergency assistance service for those in need in Metro Denver and is supported by a partnership of church congregations (including Augustana). Gifts of money, food, toiletries, diapers, household items, and new toys are always graciously received. There are boxes in Augustana’s Narthex and Fellowship Hall that are clearly marked for food and household goods donations. Donations are accepted in these boxes throughout the year with a special emphasis during Lent.
Shopping list of most-needed nonperishable items:
- veggies (corn, green beans, peas)
- fruit (peaches, pears, mixed fruit)
- peanut butter (any brand, smooth/creamy)
- beans (black, pinto, refried)
- canned tuna (in water)
- entrees/soups (canned chicken, chili w/beans, vegetable soup)
- breakfast items (whole-grain cereal, instant oatmeal, breakfast bars)