More Kindness • Less Judgement

We're There

Charles Hulbert Kitlitz
Founder & Executive Director

We’re well on our way to conquer our 10 year goal of assisting one million Coloradans.

Established in 2013, Surviving Colorado is a humanitarian coalition. We provide a unique, harmonious and supplemental extension to bona fide relief efforts serving our houseless community in and around urban Colorado.

services

Clothing

We're there to help with the collection and distribution of new and previously owned clothing to those in need. Our mobility gives us a unique ability to the disadvantaged.

Nutrition

Nutrition is important to everyone regardless of status. We're there, serving a healthy meal and volunteers experience the intrinsic value of community. We're there feeding the hungry.

laundry

The houseless community faces many challenges, but there's one that's basic: hard to find laundry services. The local shelters don’t usually provide for this and we're there, working extra hard at changing that.

Sleep

Overnight shelters serve an important need for those experiencing houselessness: the need for a secure place to sleep at night. We there, helping to provide security, transportation and basic needs for many of the overnight facilities during the winter months.

mail

The United States Postal Service provides mail services for our houseless community. Individuals may not have a permanent residence, but they can still receive mail. Coordination for bulk pick-up and delivery locations is an area of focus for us. We're there lobbying for the USPS to make improvements on this front.

Hygiene

Hygiene kits (i.e. travel shampoos, soaps, lotions, toothbrushes, and toothpastes). We're there, packaging and distributing these care packages, which are small and lightweight for portability and contain the appropriate amounts of product for daily use. No more, no less.

BeFriendship

A foster friend isn't someone who's going to do things for you, but he or she will do things with you. We're not always available, but the fact that we're there and that we'll meet again can make a big difference in accountability.

Jobs

It's difficult for displaced individuals to search for employment opportunities. We're there to offer our friends job search assistance, employment readiness coaching and resume building programs.

Pet-Care

We're there providing relief in the form of pet-day-packs which include a ration of food, water and information on emergency care. Assistance with the food, supplies and health for pets of our houseless friends is about the bond between pets and people and the fact that it isn't dependent on having a roof.

First Aid

First aid requirements for our houseless friends differ from one person to another. The grab-and-go-IFAKs that we prepare and distribute include both the bare essentials for basic outdoor survival and minor wound care. Mobile street-survival clinics are coming soon in the form of health and wellness trailers.

yoga

The daily stress of living on the street puts the body in a constant fight-or-flight state without having a chance to rest. Those who come to the mat immediately recognize the benefits that yoga provides them. We're currently looking for a facility and ready to interview volunteer instructors.

Our Prayer

God, we confess our sin and the sins of this world that form these great divisions between the haves and the have nots; the housed and the houseless; the well fed and the hungry; the clothed and the cold. Forgive us, Lord and provide us with the strength and fortitude to carry on this work.

“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’

“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

Matthew 25:34-40

“I’m not homeless, I’m houseless” – Dan (Shady-D)  4/20/87 – 6/14/14