$5,000 Vote Nominee – Father Woody’s Haven of Hope Helps Gives Denver’s Homeless a Dignified Road Back

Citywide Banks Citywide Connect Community Outreach ProgramCitywide Banks’ next Charity Fan Vote for its $5,000 Hand-Up Charity Donation will take place on Facebook from June 1-14, 2012. Father Woody’s Haven of Hope is one of five nominated charities that will be spotlighted leading up to this quarter’s Fan Vote. The general public is invited to participate in the vote. Voters can enter to win prizes in addition to helping raise awareness for their favorite Front Range charity.

Father Woody's Haven of Hope - DenverYou can give a homeless person some change, something to eat and maybe even some clothing when you pass him on the street. But what you can’t donate — is his dignity. That’s where Father Woody’s Haven of Hope can help. Aside from providing food, shelter, clothing, laundry and shower facilities, the volunteers and staff at Father Woody’s goal is to give the homeless and underprivileged a sense of dignity, says executive director Melinda Paterson.


“It starts with our staff who call all the people who visit us by their name. We serve them their meals, no soup line. We do their laundry for them. We have private shower stalls. And our facility doesn’t look like a typical shelter. It’s got a homelike quality with real plates and silverware” Paterson explains. “And by just asking them how they are and how we can help them.”

Founded in 1998 by two Franciscan brothers, Father Woody’s Haven of Hope was based on the philosophy of Monsignor Charles Woodrich, a.k.a. Father Woody, who died in 1991.

“He was a real pioneer in recognizing that we can’t just throw away the homeless or ignore them,” says Paterson. “We’ve got to try to serve them, to feed them…we need to clothe them and give them a sense of purpose.”

Father Woody’s has grown significantly since volunteers and staff first served food in tents outside their facility at 707 Lipan. About four years ago, a 5,700 square foot building was erected and Father Woody’s was able to expand its services and become a real day facility for the homeless.

Now, not only do the homeless get healthy meals, showers and laundry, they also get resume building, computer training, phone and internet access as well as numerous other resources. Paterson says they are continuously trying to add services, as needed.

When asked what the organization would do with a $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks, Paterson simply stated that it would cover personal hygiene products like detergent (they do 45 loads of laundry per day!), combs, soap (for the 80 plus showers per day) and toothbrushes for about three months.

“If you give to an organization like ours,” Paterson explains, “you know your money will be spent on the homeless, rather than if you give to someone on the street.”

For more information about Father Woody’s programs and ways to donate your time or money, please visit www.FrWoodysHavenofHope.org.

Vote for Father Woody’s to Receive $5,000 Donation
Each quarter, Citywide Banks spotlights five Front Range charities to raise awareness about their great work, needs, Charity Fan Vote - Citywide Banksand corporate giving opportunities. The charities are nominated by Citywide employees. Then, during a 14-day vote on the bank’s Facebook Fan Page, customers and the local community will select the most deserving charity to receive a $5,000 cash donation from Citywide Banks. $500 and $250 runner-up donations will be awarded to the charities receiving the second and third most votes, respectively. The bank’s quarterly Fan Vote on Facebook is a fun way to get the community engaged in the campaign. Regardless of who wins the vote, all the nominated charities will get some valuable exposure.

Voters in Facebook Vote Eligible to Win Prizes
The public is invited to participate in the Charity Fan Vote at Facebook.com/citywidebanks from June 1 -14, 2012. Voters will have the option to be entered into a drawing to win one of several prizes, including Starbucks cards and a $100 dinner for two at Littleton’s Opus Restaurant, one of the area’s top picks by 5280 Magazine.

How to Vote for a Nominated Charity
Visit Citywide’s Facebook Page at Facebook.com/citywidebanks anytime and become a Fan by clicking the “Like” button. Then, from June 1-14, 2012, Fans will be eligible to cast their vote and be entered into the voter prize drawing. Look for the “Charity Fan Vote” link on the bank’s Facebook page. To access Citywide’s Facebook Page, you will need to make sure you are logged into your own Facebook account. If you don’t have one, it only takes minutes to set up a new account and it’s free. Please note that voting is not available through the Facebook mobile phone app.

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