An organization in Denver is working to pair migrants with host families across Colorado.

Through a partnership, ‘Hope Has No Borders’ can expedite the pairing via a new hotline.

“Hope Has No Borders began pairing migrant workers and their families with hosts in Colorado in late 2023. Now, with help from the United Way, getting paired up is a simple phone call away by dialing 211,” FOX31 Denver reports.


Per FOX31 Denver:

Erin Lennon is one of the many hosts the organization has paired with migrants. She didn’t realize the scope of Denver’s migrant crisis until talking with a friend late last year.

“Wow this is not just a little problem, this is a big problem,” she remembers thinking.

A single mom with a spare bedroom in the house, she felt a call to help.

“Why aren’t you doing something? You know?” she said. “Just in my heart, that’s what I was telling myself.”

She found her solution through Hope Has No Borders, which has paired 500 migrants with host families since late last year.

“It’s pretty significant, the number of people who are open to this idea,” said Jenifer Kettering, one of three executive directors with Hope Has No Borders.

Through the organization’s pairing process, which asks questions to find a perfect match for your home, Lennon welcomed a family of four to stay with her and her son. Her family was nervous at first about the idea of taking in strangers.

“Some of the greatest things that, you know, that you do or have done, has been involved with some risk,” Lennon said.

Lennon was the first individual in the program to host a migrant family, hosting a Chilean family of four.


“As of Wednesday, May 1, if you live in Denver or 26 other counties in the state, you can dial 211 to sign up to host an immigrant family,” Denver7 noted.

“Hope Has No Borders is a nonprofit that was formed out of a grassroots movement of community members that became really active in trying to assist migrants back in early November, when there began to be a huge influx of buses dropping people in our city,” said Jenifer Kettering, one of the executive directors for the organization, the outlet stated.

Denver7 reports:

211 Mile High United Way will facilitate the calls and conduct intake, while Hope Has No Borders will do the match-making between potential hosts and immigrant families.

“We are going to collect information about your lifestyle, about the amount of time you’re willing to open up your personal property,” Kettering said. “It can be a room in your house, it could be an Airbnb that has some periods of low occupancy and you’re willing to open it up for that period of time. It can be for a week, for respite and emergency situations. It could be for three months or a year, however long you want to negotiate.”

Kettering added that, at the moment, Hope Has No Borders is trying to build a queue of potential hosts. She said they would ideally like to have 50 host homes before they start matching immigrant families to them.

“…Knowing that you’re gonna have case management and financial relief, and a transition plan and a formal agreement,” is extremely helpful, Kettering said. “I think that it could be a lot more than that. But that would be our starting goal.”

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