Free & Cheap Stuff for Refugees – Denver

GENERAL ITEMS

1. Colorado 2-1-1:
https://211colorado.communityos.org/cms/home
Phone: 211
What you can get there: Colorado 211 can connect you to many non-profits and programs for assistance in many different areas. Call 211 or check out the database on their website. The database is VERY helpful!

2. Aurora Interchurch Taskforce Inc.:
Location: 1553 Clinton St., Aurora, CO 80010
Phone: 303-360-0260
E-mail: office@aurorainterchurch.org
What you can get there: The task force provides assistance such as groceries, clothing, layettes, household goods, utility payment assistance, emergency medication funds, bus tickets, and school supplies for children.
Requirements: Aurora Interchurch Task Force, Inc. provides substantive emergency assistance to the residents of Aurora. All assistance is provided through telephone interviews to determine need and by appointment only.

CLOTHING

1. Denver Rescue Mission Clothing Bank
Hours: M-F 8:30am-11:30am
Location: DRM Ministry Outreach Center
3501 E 46th Ave, Denver, CO 80216
(303) 297-1815
What you can get there: Clothing bank: Up to 15 lbs of free clothing (clothes, shoes, socks, coats, etc) once every seven days for one year, hygiene kits, and baby items like diapers (every 30 days).
Requirements: A referral from DRM. E-mail MARC@denrescue.org for a referral form.

​2. Safari Thrift Store
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am – 6 pm; Sun 12 pm – 6 pm
Location: 738A Peoria St., Aurora, CO 80011
(303) 722-4500
What you can get there: Clothes, furniture, books, sports equipment, electronics, household supplies, etc
Requirements: Anyone can go and buy anything from the store. Refugee families may be able to get a voucher from LFSRM to use at the store. Contact MARC@denrescue.org for more information.

3. Goodwill Stores
Goodwill has a selection of inexpensive items that are a cheaper alternative to other stores.

​4. Clothes to Kids of Denver
Hours: Only by appointment. Call (720) 379-4630.
Location: 2890 S Colorado Blvd, Suite M3, Denver, CO 80222
What you can get there: Free new clothes – see List.
Requirements: Live in Denver County. Children are school aged (Kindergarten – 12th grade OR working on GED). Have a referral form printed on an official letterhead and filled out by a case manager, teacher, or pastor (Referral Form). Click here for Additional Eligibility Guidelines.

FURNITURE

Denver Rescue Mission Furniture Bank
Hours:  M-F 8:30am-11:30am
Location:  DRM Ministry Outreach Center – 3501 E 46th Ave, Denver, CO 80216
(303) 297-1815
What you can get there: Whatever furniture is available at the time.
Requirements:  A referral from DRM and you must call and schedule an appointment.  These appointments are limited.  Email MARC@denrescue.org for a referral form.

CELL PHONES

1. Assurance Wireless
What you can get there: Through Assurance Wireless you can get a free cell phone with 250 minutes and 250 text messages per month. They also have fairly affordable plans to get additional minutes and text messages.
Requirements: Be in TANF, SSI, and/or several other government assistance programs.

2. Q Link Wireless
What you can get there: A free cell phone with up to 250 minutes per month. You can buy additional minutes but it appears to be more expensive than Assurance Wireless.
Requirements: Be in TANF, SSI, and/or several other government assistance programs.

FOOD

Food Bank of the Rockies
Find a food bank near you and see if they have food that you can get to give the the family.

BIKES

Bikes Together
Location: 2825 Fairfax St., Denver, CO 80207
What you can get there: Free bikes and helmets, free access to tools and experts to help fix your bike, bike maintenance classes, and low cost repairs and parts.
Requirements: For free bikes (14 or older), you must have proof of need in the form of a Food Stamp/WIC/EBT card OR a referral from LFSRM. Steps: 1) Call or stop by the Bike Depot to sign up. 2) Attend a 3 hour orientation on a Saturday. 3) Complete your sevice requirement (volunteering somewhere). 4) Help to build your bike. Email mary.francis@lfsrm.org for a referral.

BABY ITEMS

1. The Gabriel House
What you can get there: Provides diapers, wipes, clothes, car seats, strollers, baby food, etc. Clients with newborns to 8 months may come once a week; clients with babies/toddlers older than 8 months may come every two weeks. Visit their website for hours of operation and locations.

​2. WeeCycle​
Email: Info@weecycle.org
Phone: 720.319.7792
What you can get there: Provides baby supplies to families in need who are associated with a Denver non-profit.

3. Alternatives Pregnancy Center
Email: Mail@YouHaveAlternatives.org
24-hour Helpline: 303.295.2288
What they do: Provides services to expectant mothers such as Pregnancy Tests, Ultrasounds, Pre and Post-Natal Support, Adoption Resources, and Medical and Legal Referrals.