BP donates $350,000 to help Denver shelters keep those experiencing homelessness warm

Donna Bryson. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

BP Lower 48 is donating $350,000 to help Denver shelters keep those experiencing homelessness warm.

In a news release Wednesday, Denver’s Road Home, the city agency that coordinates support services for homeless people, said shelters would use the money pay electric and gas utility bills for the next 12 months. Denver’s Road Home will distribute the funds to contracted nonprofit organizations, among them the Denver Rescue Mission, Delores Project, Volunteers of America and Urban Peak.

Mayor Michel B. Hancock said in a statement that now “our service provider partners will be able to take their heating and cooling costs and refocus those resources towards more and better services that empower shelter guests out of homelessness.”

BP Lower 48, one of the nation’s largest producers of natural gas, opened its new U.S. headquarters in Denver last month.

Laura Leffler, the company’s chief of staff and head of communications and culture, said, “We are honored to support Mayor Hancock in this important project and committed to doing our part to help.”