Colorado Vincentian Volunteers

Denver, CO

March 1st-9th,2014


"My ABE trip has proved to be both educational and spiritual.  It has expanded my perspectives, and it is a trip that I can never forget"

Colorado Vincentian Volunteers

Colorado Vincentian Volunteers is a community people committed to faith and action that responds to the Gospel call in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul. They are young men and women who serve Denver's poor, elderly, homeless, developmentally disabled and troubled youth.

The ABE trip will be working through the Colorado Vincentian Volunteers program, serving at a variety of different sites, primarily focusing on issues such as homelessness and poverty.  Some example things that the group will be doing are:

  • Going to DenUM, an emergency assistance center in Denver where the participants will learn about issues that those who are poor face on a day to day basis.
  • Serving at the Food Bank of the Rockies, a warehouse that distributes food to agencies
  • Meeting and talking with the Coloado Vincentian Volunteers and learning about their experiences with their year of service.
  • Working doing painting and repairing at Brothers Redevelopment, a nonprofit that repairs homes for low-income seniors and families.
  • Working at Mt. St. Vincent Home with children with special needs
  • Helping at Annunciation School, an inner city Catholic school
  • Working at the St. Francis Center, a day shelter for men and women who are homeless
  • Serving at Earthlinks, a place where people who are low income and homeless create sustainable crafts as a form of income
  • Helping at Safari Seconds Thrift Store, helping teach refugees to allow them to integrate into the American culture with job training to English classes
  • Serving at Little Sisters of the Poor Mullen Home for the Aged doing a group service project working with the elderly poor



What to Expect:

  • Cost: Each ABE trip costs $350.
  • Travel:  The group travels from campus to Denver in a van. The driving takes one day. 
  • Lodging: Participants will either be staying at St. Dominic's or at Casa Karibu in Denver.
  • Food: Some meals will be provided by the work sites. Any meals not provided by the work sites will be supplemented with funds given to the Co-Leaders following the SNAP Challenge.
  • Work: Participants will be working at a variety of different sites (some examples listed above) learning about issues of homelessness and poverty in Denver and serving those populations.
  • Extra Fun: Go hiking in the beautiful Rocky Mountains as well as getting to know the city of Denver.
  • Focus: Homelessness and poverty


Interested in applying to co-lead or be a participant on the Colorado Vincentian Volunteers Trip?  Apply here to co-lead or here to participate!

Please note: $100 due with acceptance of a position!

Any questions about this trip can be directed to Alternative Break Experiences at

ABE Spring Trip

 Packing List


Special Points of Interest:

  • Homelessness
  • Poverty
  • Solidarity with the Poor

From Past Participants:

"My ABE trip to Denver was one of the most eye-opening, influential, and most exciting volunteer trips I've ever done. I'm so grateful to have had this opportunity to give my time and energy toward the people that needed my support." ~ 2013 Participant

"ABE gives students a meaningful spring break.  On my trip to Denver, I was constantly learning every day through my service to others.  In Denver alone there are 16,000 homeless people.  It is our duty to our human community to educate ourselves and help those in need" ~ 2012 Participant