FundraiserEvery year over 60 donation jars are distributed to participating downtown businesses. Throughout the holiday season, your generosity fills them up and helps make our fundraiser the success it is. So when you see the jars at your favorite shops and restaurants in town don’t forget to drop a little something in them!
The Chocolate StationWarm up with a cup of scrumptious hot chocolate locally made by the master chocolatiers at Silverton Chocolates and brought to you compliments of the Noel Night Merchants and Volunteers of America. Located just outside of the Main Mall from 3 to 8pm sample the best cup of hot chocolate you’ve ever had while meeting the people that power Volunteers of America. They’ll answer your questions about their organizations and what they do for our community.
VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA DURANGO COMMUNITY SHELTERThe Volunteers of America Durango Community Shelter seeks to provide comprehensive residential shelter services to children, women and men experiencing homelessness, while treating all people with dignity and respect.
The Durango Community Shelter is a 24/7 Residential shelter serving La Plata County. Services include shower and laundry facilities, three meals a day, medical, legal, employment and housing referrals as well as task oriented counseling. Admission hours are from 8am – 10pm daily. Capacity is 36 children, women and men and is wheelchair accessible.
All residents complete daily chores around the house and are responsible for keeping their personal space tidy. Residents enrolled in the Extended Stay Program pay weekly rent.
DCS handles the administration of the Community Emergency Assistance Coalition (CEAC) and Salvation Army voucher assistance.
Contact Information: 1055 Avenida Del Sol, 970.259.1255 P.O. Box 2107, Durango, Co 81302 – Mailing Address
VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA SOUTHWEST SAFEHOUSEEach day the Southwest Safehouse provides a safe haven, clothing, food and life skills counseling to women and children in desperate need. The Safehouse has a long standing policy of never turning anyone away even if we are full. Sometimes that has meant we house families in the playroom and living room.
The Southwest Safehouse is a 24-hour intake/7 days a week shelter with 24 hour telephone crisis intervention. The Safehouse offers 3 meals a day, medical, legal and permanent housing referrals, task oriented counseling, individual assistance with goal setting, evening educational modules on parenting and life skills as well as children’s programs.
The Safehouse is in a confidential location within La Plata County and serves the counties of La Plata, Archuleta, Montezuma, Dolores and San Juan. However, no one is refused services because of residency.
The Safehouse has a capacity of 26 women and children. This facility is handicap accessible.
The clients contribute to the shelter by doing a daily chore, keeping their individual space clean, and paying weekly rent when on extended-stay program.
Please call (970) 259-5443 to speak with the counselor on duty.
VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA THRIFT STOREThe Volunteers of America Thrift Store benefits the Volunteers of America programs with proceeds going to the Southwest Safehouse and Durango Community Shelter. Shopping at the Volunteers of America Thrift Store provides an opportunity for the community to help support those in need.
Contact information: 1111 N. Camino del Rio, Durango, CO. 81301, across from Rite Aid and next to Vitamin Cottage down by the river. 970-385-0363
The Volunteers of America programs are alcohol, drug, and violence free facilities.
Equal Opportunity: Volunteers of America Colorado Branch programs are available to all eligible people regardless of race, color. National origin, sex, age, religion or handicap.
Past Recipients2008 Hospice of Mercy
2007 Durango Food Bank
2006 Country Kids With Cancer
2005 Alternative Horizons and Hurricane Katrina Fund
2004 Children’s Museum
2003 Various- Each merchant chose their own organization