They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share.

1 Timothy 6:18

Compassion and Action with our Neighbors (CAN) Ministry

Compassion and Action with our Neighbors (CAN) Ministry leads the congregation in efforts that benefit our local and global community partnerships with organizations especially focused on hunger, poverty, access to resources, immigration, criminal justice, and advocacy in public policy. CAN meets to plan emphases every two to three months.

Watch Augustana’s monthly newsletter for meeting times.

Human Dignity Delegates

Explore what it means to be Human Dignity Delegates through education, discussion, and service. Augustana kicked off this initiative to become more involved in advocating for increased generosity and compassion for our neighbors, so all have the freedom and ability to thrive.

On the Colorado legislative front, we focus on how we can be advocates for issues such as access to housing, criminal justice reform, climate justice, immigration, and ending hunger.

Consider attending one of our occasional Sunday meetings at noon, in the Ammerman Library. All are welcome as we move forward in serving as a presence in society to advocate for our neighbors.

Visit our online calendar for meeting times, or contact Augustana’s office at 303-388-4678 or by email.

Sanctuary Soup Shelf

Leave what you CAN. Take what you NEED.

This honor system pantry on the sanctuary porch is protected from the elements by the roof over it and accessible outside at any time. Augustana members, friends, neighbors, and staff are invited to stock the shelf OR take what is needed for yourselves and neighbors.

  • Canned goods only please (no paper, glass, plastic, or cardboard)
  • High protein options preferred – chili, black beans, vegetarian soups, etc.
  • Wash your cans and hands when you get home
  • Surplus cans will be taken to Metro Caring’s food pantry

Alameda entrance (west of Fairfax Street). Follow signs to the Sanctuary Soup Shelf

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

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.

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.

Metro Caring

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

Safehouse Denver

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

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.

You can also…

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!

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)