Holy Rosary Women’s Shelter

Minutes from Holy Rosary
Neighborhood Advisory Committee Meeting, 12/03/2014

Present Advisory Committee Members: Stephanie Meadows, Geoff Bennett, John Milne, Catherine & Laurence Ortiz, Mr. & Mrs. Chacon, Larry Smith, Wendy Oldenbrook, Officer Gomez, Anthony Yelenick. Absent: Nola Miguel, AE

Agenda: Plan & Process
The shelter will begin operations on December 15, 2014 and conclude on April 30, 2015
Staging will occur at Samaritan House each evening
The women will be fed and evaluated prior to the bus ride to Holy Rosary
Their belongings will be left and secured at Samaritan House
No walk-ups accepted and the police will be notified if a woman leaves during the night

Status of building improvements
Outdoor security lights & fire alarms are installed and working.
The ADA ramp is waiting for certification and requires some additional work.

handicap ramp and door

Discussion of continued neighborhood communication needs
Need a resource flyer to help neighbors refer anyone who needs assistance.
Avoid potential walk-ups.

Neighborhood concerns
What happens to those who walk-up seeking shelter. The experience of Catholic Charities is that it’s not a normal issue for this type of shelter, however the community remains very concerned about this.
Security lights are a change for those on this street however we recognize the benefits of crime deterrent. Officer Gomez strongly supports it and members agree.
All concerns or questions can be sent to Catholic Charities by going to the Catholic Charities Website and completing a form. ccdenver.org/contact-us
Alternate emails are to catherine.ortiz@comcast.net or
Councilwoman Montero’s office judy.montero@denvergov.org
All concerns will be brought to and discussed at each meeting

Open items
4664 Pearl Street – any calls to the police regarding the shelter specifically need to use address of Holy Rosary so that stats can be tracked
Crime stats – Officer Gomez will review crime stats for this neighborhood at upcoming meetings with a focus on any shelter activity

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