Urban Peak Denver

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Basic Information

Address: 1630 S. Acoma St. Denver, CO 80223
Phone Number: 303-974-2910
Fax Number: 303-295-6116
Director: Kim Easton

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Homeless Teens & Young Adults
Population Served: Homeless Teens & Young Adults
Ages for Volunteer: 14 years and older
Hours of Service: 2 Hours
Minimum Hours Required: 2 Hours
Days of Service: Monday-Friday
Mission Statement:

Urban Peak helps homeless youth and youth at risk of being homeless by providing essential services and a supportive community, empowering them to become self-sufficient adults

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Help support the homeless and at-risk youth and young adults at Urban Peak in a meaningful and rewarding way by being a meal volunteer! This is a great service opportunity for an individual or a small group. The meal you prepare and serve will demonstrate to the youth that the community cares for them and supports their efforts to become independent and self-sufficient. By preparing and serving a meal you help the Urban Peak staff by allowing them to focus their time and energy into other relevant needs the youth have. If you or your group donates the food for the meal, you help the finances of Urban Peak to be utilized in other vital programs.

Program History:

Concern among members of Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood regarding increased numbers of homeless youth,
- Urban Peak was founded in 1988 and has expanded over the years to meet the changing needs of our community. Urban Peak offers a full array of supportive services including a street outreach program; a 40-bed overnight shelter; basic services such as nutritious meals, clothing and hygiene products; case management; a GED program; job skills and job placement; a medical clinic; and financial assistance for higher education. Urban Peak has remained unique for its focus on the homeless youth population, serving youth aged from 15-21 and operating the only licensed homeless youth shelter in the state of Colorado.

In 1998 and 1999 respectively, Urban Peak established two affiliate organizations: Urban Peak Housing Corporation (UPHC) and Urban Peak Colorado Springs (UPCS). UPHC focuses its efforts on developing housing options for homeless youth and operates 24 units of housing. UPCS, with support of the American Red Cross and Marian House, opened and began providing services in December 2000.


Volunteer needs: 1)Groups of 2-6 individuals to prepare and serve a meal at the Shelter. Breakfast is served from 6:30am - 8:30am. Thursday breakfast is served from 7:30am -9:30am. Lunch is served from 11:30am-1:30pm. 2) Wish List donation drives. Please visit www.urbanpeak.org to see the most current wish list items.

Additional Information:

Three Ways to Serve as a Meal Volunteer

  1. Prepare and Serve: Using the food and the planned menu at the Shelter or SPOT to prepare and serve the meal you have volunteered for.
  2. Donate & Serve: You will plan the meal and purchase/donate the food needed for the meal you have volunteered to prepare and serve.   Catered meals or food prepared/cooked off site is allowed as long as accepted food handling and safety precautions have been taken. In all cases, food must be packed and transported appropriately, with food safety in mind.


If you are donating the food for the meal, we ask you to please understand that meal attendance numbers are estimates and the actual number of people attending a given meal can vary greatly!! This is due to a number of factors, none of which are predictable. Bear in mind, that whether the food is eaten at mealtime or as leftovers, it will be eaten and very much appreciated. You can call the number listed above a couple of days before your scheduled meal to get a better estimate of how many to prepare for. 
Groups of minors serving a meal must be at least 14 years of age and supervised by at least 2 adults. Children are allowed with constant visual & vocal supervision. The kitchen has various mechanical and cooking related hazards. Please monitor children closely and instruct them to avoid certain potential hazards. Minors-children should not be allowed to be anywhere outside or inside the facility unsupervised. All meal volunteers enter our facilities assuming all responsibility for potential hazards and injuries that may occur to them or their children.