Faith In Practice
Dedicated to Serving Our Neighbors.
Central Presbyterian Church is a community-building, service incubator that houses and empowers multiple nonprofit organizations and social ventures serving Denver’s diverse and growing population. For over 150 years, Central has been committed to partnering with people of all faiths and no faith to come together as neighbors in a shared mission to ensure that our community thrives and opens its arms to the vulnerable in our midst.
Our In-Building Partners
Central Presbyterian is home to three non-profit organizations with headquarters / flagship locations under one roof at 1660 Sherman St. in downtown Denver. This collection of organizations serves Denver’s neediest individuals and families, while also bringing the broader community together through cultural events.
Heartbeat Denver Working Men’s Shelter
There has been a shelter in our basement since 1986. Over the years it has been called the Central Shelter, New Genesis and now Heartbeat Denver Working Men’s Shelter. The Shelter averages about 90 people a day with a capacity of 120. Residents are required to have a job, pay weekly fees and be sober. Residents also have the opportunity to participate in a Program to learn financial skills, job search skills, how to build a support community that will help them reach their goal of staying sober and transition into an independent lifestyle.
The Denver Philharmonic Orchestra
DPO has hosted its season in our 1000+ seat performance hall with outstanding acoustics since September 2016. DPO produces concerts with ticket prices well below market value. A typical concert brings in 950 attendees with community programming and food trucks outside. While the DPO is the largest and most consistent user of the facility, there are numerous other musical groups who produce events here, including: Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Boxwood Ensemble, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Chorale, Colorado Honor Band Association, Denver Children’s Choir, Denver Gay Men’s Chorus, Denver Pops Orchestra, Denver Women’s Chorus, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, East High School Choirs, Evergreen Chorale, Harmony Chorale, Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, Swallow Hill, and the University of Northern Colorado Symphony Orchestra. In total, more than 40 concerts are attended by 16,000+ per year.
Purple Door Coffee
Founded in 2013 in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood, Purple Door is a specialty espresso bar and coffee roaster that employs youth who have experienced homelessness and are seeking job skills training and employment. The new Purple Door location brought to life through this campaign will significantly expand Purple Door’s proven model for breaking the cycle of homelessness with a flagship location in downtown Denver.