St. Francis Center, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado, was established in June 1983 and operated from a leased building on 22nd & Lawrence streets in downtown Denver. This building quickly proved to be inadequate for the growing homeless population, and, in 1986, through a generous donation, SFC was able to purchase and renovate the 2323 Curtis Street site where we’ve been ever since.
In 1992, SFC incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. The Housing Program was initiated in 2001. Construction on the Cornerstone Residences began October 2008 and was completed on schedule in October 2009. Fifty residents are now living in the facility, including some housed for the first time in many years.
In 2012, SFC took over the Turnabout program, and as a result, our Employment Program targets ex-offenders, a particularly vulnerable part of the population who are homeless, and connects those it serves with full-time, permanent employment.
Future plans include opening another permanent supportive housing program through collaboration with other community partners. Scheduled to open in late 2017/early 2018, St. Francis Apartments at Cathedral Square will offer 50 units of permanent supportive, affordable housing for individuals experiencing homelessness.