More About DenUM


Denver Urban Matters (DenUM) is an advocate, educator, and trusted provider of basic human and employment services to vulnerable families in greater Denver.  We inspire hope, transform lives and work to end poverty.

Every day at DenUM families receive help with their basic needs of food, infant items, rent, utility assistance, id’s and birth certificates, and check-ups from DSN’s volunteer nurses in order to help provide stability and foster hope.

Employment Services gives job seekers access to case management, phones, voice mail, hygiene items, clothing referrals and computers to help them move from dependency to self-sufficiency.

A focus on education and advocacy seeks community transformation and sustainability.  In our Urban Education program, Urban Plunge,  youth and adults explore service and society in an urban setting and return to their communities as advocates for compassion, fairness and justice.

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Denver Urban Matters (nee Denver Urban Ministries) was organized in 1981 by a group of United Methodist laity and clergy who saw a need for a concentrated response to issues related to poverty in Denver’s most impoverished neighborhoods. DenUM became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) human service agency in 1984 to provide emergency and stabilization services.

From 1981 until 1993, DenUM primarily operated a food and clothing bank. In 1993, DenUM’s Job Services was born as a program aiming to assist the hard-to-employ with support services to help them on their way to self-sufficiency. During the mid-90s, the DenUM Urban Education program began coordinating mission trips and educational immersion experiences for adults and youth.

For most of DenUM’s existence, the agency operated out of two primary locations: Grant Avenue UMC and Epworth UMC. Following a massive capital campaign, DenUM purchased and renovated an abandoned office building on East Colfax in 1997. After completing renovations in 1998, all programs and services came together to be housed in one location.

Since May of 1998, DenUM has experienced an influx of new clients because of its accessibility and central location. DenUM continues to prioritize meeting basic needs, encouraging self-sufficiency, and educating our community.