Musicians In Action-CO was an all-volunteer 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit that mobilized the underutilized (musicians) to aid the underprivileged (Colorado’s homeless). M.I.A. was founded in October, 2009, when Marc witnessed first hand how fast some fellow band mates would become homeless in the fallout of the 2008 recession.
Throughout the years, M.I.A. raised resources for many very worthy homelessness agencies in the Denver Metro area. If you find yourself in need, please visit some of these agencies below. If you find yourself feeling grateful, please consider donating resources to them as well!
Call 2-1-1 – Assistance and shelter information
ACCESS Housing – Temporary (30 day) housing for families with children (Commerce City; 303-289-7078).
Almost Home – A 30-45 day emergency shelter for families with children, as well as transitional housing, rental & utility assistance, and case management. Serves Adams County and southern Weld County (Brighton; 303-659-6199).
Bannock Youth Center – Transitional housing for single youths and young families aged 16-24. Program participants receive supportive services and life skills training. All participants are required to be in school, working, volunteering, or a combination of the above (Denver; 720-217-3884).
Bayaud Enterprises – Bayaud works with individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, as well as those with disabilities or other barriers to employment, and are looking for work (Denver; 303-830-6885).
Brandon Center (VOA) – Shelter and domestic violence services for women and children (303-620-9190).
Broadway Assistance Center – Food distribution, Thursday night meals, medical assistance & more (Denver; 303-893-4108).
Center of Hope – Homeless services for women with children and youth (Denver; 303-935-1276).
Champa House – (part of Denver Rescue Mission) – Long term residential program for single mothers with children 12 and under (Denver; 303-294-9961).
Church in the City – Free meals on Wednesday nights and food bags on 2nd and 4th Sunday (Denver; 303-322-5723).
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless – a broad network of services including transitional housing, the Stout Street clinic and case management services.
Comitis Crisis Center – Shelter for families with youth under 18 years. Shelter for individuals in winter months (Aurora; 303-341-9160).
The Crossing (part of Denver Rescue Mission) – Transitional housing for men, women and families; rehabilitation program for men (Denver; 303-953-3900).
The Delores Project – Overnight shelter and services for single women experiencing homelessness and have limited resources (Denver; 303-534-5411).
Denver Rescue Mission – Provides shelter, food, clothing and education to the homeless, plus medical and dental services (Denver; 303-294-0157).
Denver VOICE – monthly newspaper that provides an individual an opportunity to work and earn an income. Papers are 50-cents per (first 10 are free) and sold for suggested $2. Orientation helps train and prepare individuals, and is open to anyone M-F, 9AM-11AM, orientation at 9:30AM. Vendors should be at the office at 9:00 AM (Denver; 720-539-7226).
The Empowerment Program – Housing, employment, and educational services for single women experiencing homelessness and those with criminal justice history (Denver; 303-320-1989).
Gateway Battered Women’s Shelter – 30 day shelter for women who are victims of domestic violence abuse (Aurora; 303-343-1851).
The Gathering Place – A comprehensive day shelter for women and children experiencing homelessness and poverty.
HOPE Program – Day center for men & women living with HIV (Denver; 303-832-3354).
Jeffco Action Center – 30-45 day shelter for families, couples, and single individuals. They must be employed or seeking work, as well as have a background check and interview to stay at the Jeffco Action Center (Lakewood; 303-237-7704).
Joshua Station – Long term transitional housing for families (Denver; 303-592-1555).
Mental Health Center of Denver – Nonprofit community mental health care organization providing comprehensive, recovery-focused services (Denver; 303-504-6500).
Metro Crisis Services – Improving access to mental health and substance abuse care in seven counties of the Denver Metro area (Denver; 888-885-1222).
Metro Denver Homeless Initiative – Advocacy of homelessness issues regionally (Denver; 303-561-2194).
Parker Task Force – Food bank and transitional support services for individuals and families (Parker; 303-841-3460).
Sacred Heart House – Shelter for single women and mothers with children (Denver; 303-296-6686).
Safehouse Denver – Shelter and counseling services to victims of domestic violence (Denver; 303-318-9989).
Salvation Army Crossroads Shelter – Temporary cold weather shelter for single men (Denver; 303-298-1028).
Samaritan House – Transitional housing/shelter for families, single men and single women over 21 (Denver; 303-294-0241).
Senior Housing Options – Affordable independent and assisted living housing options for older adults (Denver; 303-595-4464 x 17).
Senior Support Services – Denver’s only day shelter for hungry and homeless seniors.
St Francis Center – Daytime center for homeless men and women, including showers and some storage (Denver; 303-297-1576).
Stout Street Clinic – Medical and dental clinic, operated by the CO Coalition for the Homeless (Denver; 303-293-2220).
Urban Peak – Overnight shelter for teens experiencing homelessness. UP has two shelters in Denver and one in Colorado Springs.
Volunteers of America, CO – Programs include meals, housing and shelter for homeless familes and youth, senior services and Head Start programs (Denver; 303-297-0408).
Warren Village – Transitional housing for single parent families, including childcare and family services (Denver; 303-321-2345).
Women in Crisis – Domestic violence services (Jefferson County; 303-420-6752).
And here are some scenes from M.I.A.’s stage at the 45th annual People’s Fair: