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Father Woody's Service Programs

Father Woody’s Service Programs have provided community service opportunities for generations of students to honor the late Monsignor Charles B. Woodrich, a beloved Denver priest who was a tireless advocate for the poor, homeless and forgotten. Inspired by the Jesuit tradition of service, students play a significant role in serving some of the most underserved individuals in our community.

Signature Programs

He was known as Denver’s patron of the poor. Although Charles B. Woodrich, known best as Father Woody, died in 1991, his legacy lives on around Denver including right here at Regis University. Founder Victoria McCabe created Father Woody’s Service Programs because she saw a natural connection between Regis’ Jesuit mission and his work with Denver’s homeless and underserved communities.

As a model of faith in action and meeting people where they are in life, Father Woody co-founded the Samaritan House, a Denver homeless shelter and one of the first shelters in the country built to house the homeless. He also was a key player in federal legislation that expanded free and reduced lunch programs in schools nationwide.

Over the years, Father Woody’s Service Programs has provided thousands of Regis students with a broad set of service opportunities like street walks delivering food to the homeless, tutoring at inner-city Catholic schools, bringing donations to local charities and serving meals to the elderly and in need.

 

Father Woody's Workshop

Located the basement of St. John Francis Regis Chapel, this workshop is the hub of the Father Woody Program on Regis’ Northwest Denver Campus. Workshop staff, student employees and volunteers organize food donations, make countless sandwiches and wrap holiday gifts for the homeless.
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Staff member talking with homeless person at Homeless Connect event

Faculty and Staff Collaboration Opportunities

Father Woody’s Service Programs offer numerous collaboration opportunities for faculty and staff including class street walks to deliver food to the homeless, service opportunities to supplement course work and presentations about the program’s mission. Contact Connie Gates for more information at cgates@regis.edu.

Father Woody’s Christmas Party

Since 1981, Father Woody’s Christmas Party for the Homeless has brought gifts and a holiday dinner to more than 4,000 of Denver’s homeless each year. Contact Lisa Hamilton at lhamilto@regis.edu to sign up as a volunteer.
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People wrapping presents for Father Woody's Christmas party

Father Woody’s Christmas Wrap Party

The Saturday before Thanksgiving, hundreds of volunteers gather for Father Woody’s Wrap Party to wrap thousands of donated gifts to give out during the annual Father Woody’s Christmas Party.

Donate

In addition to supporting Father Woody’s legacy with your time and talent, you can contribute financially to the Father Woody’s Service Program’s mission of engaging students in life-changing experiences.