DICP’s unique approach to direct delivery of multiple wrap-around services accomplishes what single-service agencies cannot: the provision of comprehensive, integrated support through one organization, and the delivery of effective assistance to those seeking to truly overcome poverty. DICP offers programs and affiliated components in our key service areas.
Available DICP Programs
Our Emergency Resources (M-F 9am-3pm):
Navigation through enrolling in Benefits like SNAP (Sign Up Here)
Diaper distribution (participants can pick up once every 30 days)
RTD Passes (participants can pick up once a week limited to two 3-hr passes)
Mail Storage and Pickup via safe hand-off (Must Sign a Waiver at DICP and Fill Out a Change of Address Form at the Post Office)
Energy Outreach Colorado assistance to help pay Xcel bill.
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Veggie Rx Classes
The Greens-N-Grains Food Truck
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DICP serves over 414,500 meals and works with more than 15,000 people annually.
DICP’s food pantry operates on a client-choice model and partners with local agencies to enroll clients in federal food assistance programs. DICP is a founding member of the Colorado Food Pantry Network, an alliance of hunger relief organizations collaboratively addressing food insecurity in the State of Colorado.
9am-12pm at 1212 Mariposa Street
Health and Nutrition
DICP's Veggie Rx program provides education about healthy foods for everyone in the family. Veggie Rx was originally designed for individuals diagnosed with health problems connected to obesity (things like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and breathing problems), but now serves youth and families as well.
Participants follow an 8-session program, which involves hands on food preparation, knife skills, healthy activities, tips on how to buy the most nutritious food on a budget, and how to use local resources to find healthier food. Participants receive incentives throughout the course, including a grocery store gift card at the end of classes. Participants also have access to DICP's Food Pantry and Care Navigation resources.
Our food truck is the Greens-N-Grains mobile program. The truck distributes healthy meals to youth in Denver's food deserts and neighborhoods where food insecurity is high. The food truck partners with schools and after-school programs during the school year to distribute 600 meals per week, including at weekend sporting events.
During the summer, the food truck provides daily summer lunches at two food sites over the course of ten weeks. Over 7,000 meals are provided during a season of high food insecurity.
Staff members engage youth in nutrition and health education at the food truck sites. The mobile curriculum includes youtube videos, social media posts, recipes, games, and demonstrations to engage youth and families in healthy and active lifestyles.
La Academia was founded in 1971 and originally went by the name La Academia de la Gente. The school was started by Steve Johnsen as a small program of the Denver Inner City Parish with less than 10 students. Over time La Academia grew, but its innovations and success were always based on its small size, low student to teacher ratio, and strong relationships. The goal of La Academia was, from the start, to be a place where students could find success and build on that success after graduation. In the 1970’s, options after graduation were a bit different than they are today. But one thing remains true: the more education you get after high school, the more options you will have in life.
Thousands of students have attended La Academia over the years. Graduates have continued their education in certificate programs, trade schools, community colleges, and universities. La Academia has supported its students, through the Puentes program, with applications, assistance with filling out financial aid documents, and micro-scholarships for books and fees. Following this long tradition, the Denver Inner City Parish is excited to offer the Steve Johnsen Scholarship. The scholarship is designed to provide substantive and long-term financial support for recipients pursuing post-secondary education.
The Steve Johnsen Scholarship promotes the Denver Inner City Parish’s mission of loving and supporting individuals and families in our community and empowering them to break the cycle of poverty. Post-secondary certificates and degrees provide educational support that leads to better employment. The number and financial amount of the scholarship awards will vary by term. The scholarship money is for the equivalent of one academic term (for example: a single semester or a multi-month certificate program) and winners are encouraged to reapply pending continued enrollment.
The Immigrant Center
The Immigrant Center is DICP's newest program. The Immigrant Center recognizes the integral and invaluable contributions of our immigrant friends and neighbors and works to support them as they navigate housing and legal issues.
Could you and your family use a helping hand?
Come see us for:
Free landlord/tenant advice
Free basic immigration legal services
Help with driver’s license, Colorado ID, ITIN, DACA, green card, naturalization
Help with other resources
Advice about “Public Charge”
Xcel Bill assistance through Energy Outreach Colorado
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DICP’s Community Support programs and services are an interconnected array of services for people in crisis or transition.
The Annual Thanksgiving Dinner brings together more than 300 community members to sit down to a traditional Thanksgiving meal.