As this pandemic continues to unfold, we’re working hard to keep up with all the news, recommendations, resources, and best practices. Below is an updated list of needs, actions, protocols, and resources.
A FEW OF THE SERVICES DRY BONES IS PROVIDING AT THIS TIME
(Need services? Please CLICK HERE for more information and schedule)
- Dry Bones is providing increased food, hygiene, and essential survival supplies at this time. We are sharing food with those unhoused and experiencing food insecurity on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. We are sharing sleeping bags, tarps, blankets, hand warmers, snacks, nonperishable meals, water, wet wipes, and Purell for cleanliness, among other supplies. We will be working with our partners to make sure our community is aware of other meal opportunities and food banks for every day of the week as well as shelters in operation. (See resource list below.)
- We have teams on the streets several afternoons during the week – assessing wellness, emotional health, and checking on our friends throughout the city.
- We are offering showers and laundry on an appointment-only basis two days each week.
- We have moved all therapy and coaching appointments to video and phone and these continue throughout each week.
- Dry Bones staff remains in close communication with our community via phone, text, and social media. Social isolation is not new to many of our friends. But it is our goal to alleviate loneliness. Group video calls have been very life-giving!
- We have built an emergency fund to pay for extra supplies, food, hygiene, and much more (see below).
You can donate to that fund HERE.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
- Donate. We are certainly in solidarity with all small business owners, nonprofits, and those of you who are feeling the strain at your places of service and employment. We know we are not alone in this challenging time. The financial situation of both Dry Bones and our job training social enterprise, Purple Door Coffee are feeling the impact of COVID-19. As of April 7th, our monthly contributions have decreased by approximately $1500 per month in addition to the challenges listed below.If you are you able to make a special gift at this time, we would be most grateful.
- With churches and offices closed, Purple Door’s revenue has gone to almost zero overnight. We are continuing to pay our hourly program employees; all of which do not qualify for unemployment benefits. The employees are not able to come to work, but have weekly check-ins and daily assignments for continued growth. We continue to pay rent, utilities, and all of our bills through this time of almost no income.
- Are you able to pay a week or month’s wages for an employee? =$250-1000
Cover one shift? = $60 (We currently have four program employees.)
Pay a month’s rent? =$3300
Cover utilities for a month? =$400.
- You can also purchase coffee for your home through a subscription or one-time purchase!
- Increased expenses due to purchasing and sharing more food and other necessary survival supplies has and will continue to put a strain on Dry Bones’ budget. We are making countless trips to Costco and Robbie and Karen are cooking a lot. We are also purchasing simple nonperishable food items for our friends to keep at their camps (peanut butter, tuna salad kits, etc.)
- We have applied for a PPP loan from our bank and hope to have a positive response by the end of this week, April 10. We are also applying for other grants at this time. While hopeful, nothing has come through just yet.
- We will keep you all updated as this plays out financially. We do not intend to ask for more than we need.
If you are able to contribute to the Dry Bones emergency fund at this time, you can DONATE HERE.
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- Shop our Amazon Wishlist. We have prioritized our greatest needs. We are seeing that many of the items we are adding are selling out quickly right now. Please feel free to shop other similar items and send those! Or best, make a financial donation and we’ll purchase the most needed items locally. We sure appreciate it.
- If you have items you’d like to donate, here are a few of the things we can take at this time. We will not be able to accept most donations of items that are not on this list for now. Direct donation questions to Haley:
- New or gently used and clean sleeping bags, blankets, tents, and tarps
- Travel sized wipes – Wet Ones, Purell wipes, baby wipes, etc
- Hand sanitizers (fragrance free whenever possible)
- Granola bars, individually packaged snacks and nuts, tuna or chicken salad kits, smaller unopened jars of peanut butter, and nutritional shakes and bars, and easy meals on the go.
- New men’s and women’s underwear of all sizes
- Instant Hand Warmers (such as Hot Hands brand)
- Easy-open pop top cans of beans and other proteins
- Gift cards to Safeway, King Soopers (Kroger), and Walgreens – $10 increments are most useful.
- We are requesting that all non-essential volunteers remain home at this time. Dry Bones staff is currently able to cover our schedule that requires any personal contact at this time.
- If you are responsible for preparing and serving meals, please keep your delivery group to two or less people and rely on staff to serve food. All meals must be pre-portioned and shared in a to-go box to minimize time and maintain safe physical distancing. Because this situation seems to be ever-evolving, Haley will be in communication with each meal server the week prior to your meal to come up with a game plan.
- If you are over the age of 60 or are immunocompromised, please do not deliver food and instead make other arrangements for food pick up or delivery. We want to keep you as safe as possible and there are other ways you can contribute to the Dry Bones community from afar.
- Asking nonessential volunteers to remain at home and passing out to-go meals is very opposite of the normal Dry Bones way of life, and it pains us to have to do these things. But we must do them for the sake of the greater community and public health, including our friends on the streets, many of whom could be particularly vulnerable to this virus. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We will be sure to keep you posted when things change.
- Dry Bones is working to stay on top of county and state protocols for those of you that are feeling sick or may have the coronavirus. We are searching for hotel rooms, shelter beds, and any other resources for those of you that may be infected. Reach out to us if you are feeling ill and we will share the latest updates with you directly.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR YOUTH/YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITY
Places to Find Free Meals and Food
*Downtown Denver and Colfax
- Sox Place – 2017 Lawrence St, Denver, CO 80205
- Tuesday – Saturday: 11 am
- Urban Peak, The Spot – 21st and Stout – Must be under 25 years old
- Breakfast: Monday – Friday: 8:15 – 10:15 am
- Dinner: Monday – Friday: 3:15 – 5:15 pm
- Same Cafe – 2023 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
- Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 2:30 pm
- Food available to go
- Jordan AME Church – 2900 N Milwaukee St, Denver, CO 80205
- Tuesdays – Hot lunch and food pantry – 11:30 am to 1 pm
- Wellspring Church Food Bank and The Well – 4300 S Lincoln St, Englewood, CO 80113
- Sundays: 11:30 am – 1 pm
- Wednesdays: 3 – 5 pm
- Cafe 180 – 3315 S Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113
- Monday – Saturday: 11 am
- Food available to go
- GraceFull Cafe – 5610 S Curtice St, Littleton, CO 80120
- Tuesday – Saturday: 7 am to 2 pm
- Can even call ahead and place order: (720) 900-5610
Click here to see list and map
Restrooms and Hand Washing Facilities Open to Public
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