Category: updates

Aspen Cub Scouts delivered an incredible meal and cheer

On Wednesday, November 29 the Cub Scouts of Aspen delivered their annual meal which turned out to be a feast to behold. Our homeless guests enjoyed the meal immensely as well as the little theatrical pieces the cub scouts performed. We are grateful for the support of the Cub Scouts, their coaches, and families! Happy Holidays!

Thank you to the AIL/NILICO Executive Council

Thank you to the AIL/NILICO Executive Council for their donation of more than $9,500 to the Aspen Homeless Shelter as part of our Closer to the Heart initiative. The Aspen Homeless Shelter works to provide individuals a hand-up in a transition to stability and self-reliance. To learn more about their mission visit:

Only in Aspen…

Colorado police find homeless men preparing lobster, lamb

Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2017 11:54 am | Updated: 12:16 pm, Sat Sep 16, 2017.

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado police officer started a recent shift with a routine call: Checking on reports of smoke in a wooded area.

But when Aspen Police Sgt. Rob Fabrocini arrived at the spot that’s a popular campsite for homeless people, he found two men with lobster tails, rack of lamb and salmon steaks loaded onto a small grill.

Fabrocini told The Aspen Times that the men also had a 12-pack of Stella Artois beer to accompany their meal.

Fabrocini, who joked that he dined on cold pizza that Tuesday, said the men told him they just received a paycheck and were celebrating.

The men weren’t cited. Fabrocini suggested another spot they could finish cooking without risk of fire catching in dry woods.

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AHS @ Aspen Saturday Market this Saturday

Visit our booth this Saturday, September 16, 8:30am – 3:00pm.
Our booth is made possible through the support of Mason Morse in Aspen.

You can find our booth right in front of their offices at 514 E Hyman Avenue.

Find out more about what we do and how we do it: chat, get a free lemonade, volunteer, donate and/or get a t-shirt…

Socks are a valuable commodity during cold, winter months

Aspen Homeless Shelter is very fortunate in the community support it receives. We deeply appreciate all the cash donations that allow us to operate year round. Equally important are the in-kind donations we receive which allow us to stretch our budget as far as possible.
Food donations are always welcome!
Also, currently we are looking for the following items:
  • socks, especially men’s socks
  • XL men’s gloves
  • winter coats and boots
  • back packs
  • small tarps
  • sleeping bags
If you are able to donate any of these items or anything else please call 970-925-1342.
Thank you!

Seeking Warm Hearts for Freezing Nights

Aspen Homeless Overnight Shelter opens tonight. As “Black Friday” morphs into “White Tuesday” (The Official Day of Giving), we are urging the warm hearted people in Aspen to support our mission of protecting the most vulnerable in our community from hypothermia and hunger.

We hugely thank our “Guardian Angels” such as Boogie, our institutional donors, such as Pitkin County, the Thrift Shop, Aspen Community Foundation, Coldwell Banker Mason Morse, Aspen Valley Hospital, and the faith community including St. Mary Church, Christ Episcopal Church, Snowmass Chapel, Aspen Chapel, The Aspen Jewish Congregation, and Community Church as well as the numerous personal contributors who write checks, purchase Homeless in Aspen T-Shirts or make generous in-kind donations of food, survival gear and their valuable volunteer time. We believe that the generosity of Aspen will continue to support our faith that “Giving is the Reason for the Season.”

Your donations support
  • $80,000 will see the shelter program through the 4 coldest months of winter.
  • $25,000 will keep our Day Center open to provide our clients with 3 months of food, laundry, showers and job hunting assistance.
  • $1,000 supports up to 28 persons staying warm and dry for one entire week in winter.
  • $150 supports up to 28 persons staying warm and dry for one winter night.
  • $100 provides our average daily number of homeless men and women a hot evening meal any night of the year.
  • Homeless in Aspen T-Shirt purchase for $25 feeds five homeless persons a hot evening meal.

Upcoming in December

We are helping plant the seed for a future Aspen Outdoor Winter Music Festival Saturday afternoons December 12th and 19th before Christmas. In “concert” (ho, ho, ho) with pianist Kevin Kaukl and the Community Church, there will be live piano music on the mall near the fire pit for a couple hours, or till whenever Kevin’s fingers freeze. Volunteer elves will be taking donations.

One measure of a society is how it cares for its most vulnerable members.
Dr. Vince Savage
Aspen Homeless Shelter
Executive Director