Catholic youth group reaches out to Denver's homeless kids

Published: Monday, June 4 2012 1:00 p.m. MDT

Our take: A Catholic group, Christ in the City, has launched an initiative called "48 Hours" in an effort to reach out to homeless youths living in Denver. In partnership with several other faith-based organizations, Christ in the City will offer supplies and food to youths who are close to being further displaced due to a city-wide ordinance that will ban urban camping. Part of the group's efforts will include helping homeless youth find permanent housing options.

Dozens of homeless young people in Denver are receiving food, clothing, and other essentials through "48 Hours," a new initiative being launched by the Catholic group Christ in the City.

“Christ in the City’s goal for the 48 Hours Event is to build on our relationships with the homeless youth in order to promote their God-given dignity,” said Hollyn Ernstmann, who has spent the past year participating in the volunteer program that combines service with spiritual and intellectual formation.

Organizers expect to serve 50 homeless youth during the June 1-3 event. Hosted at Central Presbyterian Church and the local YMCA, it has been undertaken in partnership with the Denver Homeless Ministry and Stand Up for Kids.

Christ in the City's Homeless Taskforce Director Adam Ureneck told CNA that it had “truly been a blessing” to collaborate with other groups working to “offer a comprehensive array of resources and care” to young people in need.

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