Every weekday, up to 150 people walk through the doors of Friends of St. Andrew for a hot meal, for a food basket, to make a phone call, or to receive mail. It all began more than 30 years ago, when a small group of Queen of Peace parishioners saw a need to serve the poor and the homeless in the community. Today, Friends is the only soup kitchen in Aurora; it’s staffed by 80 volunteers and funded through donations, mostly from Queen of Peace parishioners.
Want to help Friends? Bring your food donations to the wooden bench in the Gathering Space of Queen of Peace. Volunteers are also always welcome! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends In the News
The building the ministry has rented for more than 30 years has been put up for sale, and Queen of Peace is looking for a way for it to either remain in its location or find a new one nearby. You can read about it in the Aurora Sentinel or Denver Post, or watch the stories done by 9News and CBS4.
In 2016, one of our devoted volunteers, Marilyn McShane, was interviewed by 7news.
History of Friends of Saint Andrew
Friends of Saint Andrew began as the brainchild of a small group of Queen of Peace parishioners and the pastor sometime during the fall of 1986. Initially, this group saw the need for homeless persons to have a place to get in out of the elements, have a cup of coffee and a pastry and have access to newspapers for job hunting; they decided to lend a helping hand by creating our parish outreach ministry.
After a few short years, this vision blossomed into much more than its humble beginnings. We now serve the poor and homeless of Aurora by providing hot lunches (about 130 each day), food baskets, toiletries, photo IDs with optional bus passes, and referrals to other agencies that can fill needs that we aren’t able to address.
1525 Dallas Street
Aurora CO 80010
Hours of operation:
Monday through Friday
10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Siobhan Latimer, Program Director
303-364-2329 / 303-344-9306 (Direct)