It is probably safe to assume that most of us are eagerly anticipating the arrival of 2021. To put it lightly, this year has been nothing short of a nightmare. From a global pandemic that has shut down numerous local businesses and forced social isolation and financial insecurity to an ongoing state of social unrest, many of us have truly been through the ringer. Of course, some of us are far worse off than others. Financial insecurity and job insecurity rates have both spiked as a result of nationwide lockdowns and the cyclical closing and reopening of many businesses. There is no question that as the holiday season quickly approaches, many individuals and families are left wondering how they will make ends meet and carry on with some sense of normalcy intact. Many families are wondering how they are going to put food on the table this Thanksgiving. For this reason, CuraWest is participating in an annual Thanksgiving food drive by donating canned goods and other non-perishable items to one of several local charities throughout the state of Colorado.

Every year, we encourage our employees and staff members to bring in as much canned food as they possibly can, and we donate this food to a local charity. Join us for this year’s Thanksgiving food drive by donating food to one of the charities listed below or directly to us, and we will transport all donations to the charity before Thanksgiving. more than ever before, it is extremely important to donate to charities geared towards helping less fortunate members of society so that they can enjoy the holiday season the way we are all meant to and the way we all deserve to.

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Food Insecurity in Colorado

Hunger and poverty are major public health issues throughout the state of Colorado. Hunger Free Colorado reports that nearly one in three Coloradans struggle with hunger, and do not always have enough money to buy food. Nearly one out of every 8 kids in Colorado does not know how or when they will get their next meal. Additionally, one out of every 30 older adults in Colorado face hunger on a daily basis, which forces them to make difficult decisions like choosing between putting food on the table or obtaining the medications they might need for pre-existing health conditions. Well, one out of every 12 Colorado residents currently uses government issued food stamps, not all residents no about the food related resources that are readily available to them. Not only does CuraWest work to donate food to local charities, in turn helping individuals and families in need, but we strive to bring awareness to the resources that are available throughout the state.

Substance Abuse & The Need For Food

There is also a very close correlation between food insecurity and substance abuse and dependency. Not knowing how or when the next meal will be on the table leads to extremely high stress levels, especially when a man or woman is attempting to support a family. High stress levels lead to substance abuse, and substance abuse makes it exceedingly more difficult to support a family. It is a vicious cycle that must be addressed at the root of the problem. CuraWest works very closely with Colorado residents who have been struggling with substance abuse and who have been unable to adequately support themselves and their dependents. We offer a wide range of services and resources, including vocational training, budgeting and a variety of other vital life skills as part of our comprehensive medically monitored detox program.

The Importance of Giving Back

Not only does giving back to the local community help community members in need, but participating in annual charity events continuously reminds our staff members and our clients of where they have come from and how much progress they have made. This helps them foster a sense of gratitude, one that is crucial to the maintenance of long-term sobriety. Additionally, charitable work is part of the backbone of every effective recovery program. for more information on the importance of giving back feel free to reach out to us at any point in time.

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Make a Donation in Denver, Colorado and Surrounding Areas

CuraWest works closely with several local charitable organizations, including the ones listed below. For more information on any one of these charities or to learn more ways in which you can give back, simply follow the links below or reach out to us directly.

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Denver Rescue Mission – 2020 Turkey Drive


Ministry Outreach Center
5725 East 39th Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80207
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Careers 17 – The Crossing
6090 Smith Road
Denver, Colorado 80216
Every day: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Lawrence Street Shelter – The Crossing
1130 Park Ave. West
Denver, Colorado 80205

Every year the Denver Rescue Mission collects roughly 15,000 turkeys for their annual Turkey Drive in order to feed thousands of hungry men, women and families throughout the state of Colorado. Not only does the Denver Rescue Mission make traditional Thanksgiving meals available to all guests and participants across their numerous locations (including local churches, schools and nonprofit organizations), but they distribute over 3,000 Thanksgiving Banquets-in-a-box to families in need.

$20 provides one turkey –  Either donate online by visiting the website link provided above for more information on additional ways you can help.

Bienvenidos Food Bank


Cherry Bean Coffee (please no large amounts here)
4059 Tejon St.
Denver, Colorado 80211
Hours: M – Sat. 7 am – 3:00pm – Covid hours
Sunday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Highlands Lutheran Church – *Preferred drop off location at this time
3995 Irving St.
Denver, Colorado 80211
Hours: Open all hours – look for orange box on porch

Tenn Street Coffee & Books (please no large amounts here)
4418 Tennyson St.
Denver, Colorado 80212

Bienvenidos Food Bank
3810 Pecos St.
Denver, Colorado 80211
Hours: Wed. 9 to 1; Thurs. 9 to 1 & 3:30 to 6 pm

Bienvenidos Food Bank is dedicated to helping feed families in need throughout the state of Colorado. There are many ways in which you can participate this holiday season. You can make a financial donation online by visiting the link below, drop off canned goods and other non-perishable food items to any one of several locations, organize your own food drive or volunteer directly with the nonprofit organization.

Some of the items that the organization is in need of currently include canned fruit, cooking oil, canned soups, stews and chili, canned chicken and tuna, pasta and pasta sauce, boxed dry meals, bags of rice, refried beans, condiments, peanut butter, snack bars, and personal items like soap, shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant. For a full list of donation locations, visit the website link provided above.

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Denver Food Rescue

135 Park Ave. West
Denver, Colorado 80205

Denver Food Rescue is a 501c3 nonprofit organization located in Denver, Colorado. Their primary mission is to produce healthy equity within Denver neighborhoods by collecting fresh produce and perishable foods that might otherwise be thrown away by local grocery stores and produce distributors and delivering them directly to community members in need. Volunteers are always needed, and there are many additional ways for you to get involved with the specific charitable organization. To learn more, visit the website link above.

CuraWest – Comprehensive Medical Detox

CuraWest offers comprehensive, medically monitored detox services to men and women of all ages who have been suffering at the hands of a substance abuse disorder of any severity. While a safe and pain-free withdrawal and physical stabilization are our main priorities, we also focus heavily on an introduction to therapeutic intervention while working to lay a solid foundation for long-term sobriety. We offer a wide range of recovery-related resources, including a thorough introduction to life skills training that will ultimately help prevent financial struggles and food insecurity in the future. We want to equip each and every one of our clients with the tools they need to be successful – long-term – in every area of their lives. For more information on our medical detox program or to learn more about how you can participate in our annual Thanksgiving food drive, feel free to reach out to us today, we are available 24/7.

Reviewed for accuracy by:

Jasmine has worked in the mental health field for over 18 years. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Child and Family Relations from North Carolina Central University, and her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. Jasmine is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and has specialized in addiction for over 10 years.