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The Mercy Housing Initiative

Grace Apartments of Denver


Skateboarding with the children
Mercy Housing provides affordable living for migrant and refugee families throughout the United States. Furthermore, Mercy Housing also provides services and connections in the community. The UHL program has set up an initiative with Grace Apartments, which is located in east Denver. Grace Apartments currently provides housing for 53 family units. Most of these families live as multigenerational families. Of the migrants, 43% are from Burma, another 44% are from Bhutan, also known as Nepal, and the remaining migrants are from East Africa and Mexico. Grace Apartments provides after-school programs for the children. These programs offer everything from homework help to anti-bullying character building. Grace Apartments also helps out adults with ESL classes and other services. Mercy Housing’s two main goals are Community Development and Integration. They want the migrants to feel proud of where they come from and where they live. Also, Grace Apartments wants to integrate these various cultures and bring more awareness about the diversity of the area.
 
As of right now, students are involved mainly with the after-school programs. In the past UHL students have tutored kids, played soccer, taught dance, and even provided skateboards for the kids. This year kids will continue to take part in these activities and more.
 
If you would like to get involved please contact Cynthia Joseph at cynthia.joseph@ucdenver.edu.
 
*Due to privacy issues, photographs of the children will not be displayed on this website.
 
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