Colorado Vincentian Volunteers, Denver, CO

January 4th - 12th, 2020

A group of students smiles as they stand in front of the Red Rocks in Denver, CO

Colorado Vincentian Volunteers is a community people committed to faith and action that responds to the Gospel call in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul. They are young men and women who serve Denver's poor, elderly, homeless, developmentally disabled, and troubled youth.

The ABE trip will be working through the Colorado Vincentian Volunteers program, serving at a variety of different sites, primarily focusing on issues such as homelessness and poverty.  Some sites the group may work with include:

  • DenUM, an emergency assistance center in Denver where the participants will learn about issues that those who are poor face on a day to day basis.
  • Food Bank of the Rockies, a warehouse that distributes food to agencies.
  • Brothers Redevelopment, a nonprofit that repairs homes for low-income seniors and families.
  • Mt. St. Vincent Home with children with special needs.
  • St. Francis Center, a day shelter for men and women who are homeless.
  • Earthlinks, a place where people who are low income and homeless create sustainable crafts as a form of income.
  • GrowHaus, a service-learning project at a non-profit urban farm and education center.

 What to Expect:

  • Cost: Each ABE trip costs $425. This covers a variety of expenses, including food, lodging, travel, service fees, donations, and work supplies. Souvenirs and optional excursions are individual expenses.
  • Travel:  The group travels from campus to Denver in a van. The driving takes one day. 
  • Lodging: Participants will be staying at Casa Karibu in Denver.
  • Food: Some meals will be provided by the worksites. Any meals not provided by the work sites will be supplemented with funds given to the Co-Leaders following the SNAP Challenge.
  • Work: Participants will be working at a variety of different sites (some examples listed above) learning about issues of homelessness and poverty in Denver and serving those populations.
  • Extra Fun: Go hiking in the beautiful Rocky Mountains as well as getting to know the city of Denver.
  • Focus: Homelessness and poverty  


Interested in applying? Apply here to apply to co-lead, here to apply to participate, and here to apply to advise!

Please note: $100 due with acceptance of a position!

Any questions about this trip can be directed to Alternative Break Experiences at [email protected]