Facing Homelessness Yellow Resize

Jerry has spent the last two years on the streets advocating and organizing for homeless rights, especially the “Right to Rest” and the right to protect oneself from the elements for survival. Above all, for Jerry it’s about how we choose to treat each other – choosing to care and have compassion for people are Jerry’s ultimate motivations.
It’s confusing to him why the city would institute a policy that takes people’s blankets, issues tickets, and will force people to move every 2 hours when there is no place to go. While those who need emergency services are not able to access shelters and are put on a waiting list or in a lottery.


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Watch a short video of Jerry sharing about being told to move along every two hours.

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Early on in life Jerry recounts how his mother would host those in his home. She would invite them to have a meal and serve the best that they had at the time. She gave freely and hosted those who needed it. Now Jerry chooses to do the same. He advocates for the rights of those on the streets because choosing to care and have compassion for people is at the core of who he is. 

Jerry recounts how his mother used to take families in for a meal.

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When Jerry decided to be an advocate he was in a good place and working. It was when he witnessed the police taking blankets from people on the streets one cold wintery day, that he was compelled to do something. He says, “It hurt me to the core…I had to do something about it”

Jerry shares the moment he knew he needed to become an advocate.

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Jerry notes that like him, most really don’t want to be on the streets… “They wake up every morning, go to work, and come back to the sad reality of not having their own home.” Finding a dignified place to sleep is tough and shelters have become crowded, unsafe, and undignified. Finding sanctuary has become nearly impossible and not what you would hope to experience if there were no other options.

Jerry shares his experience in the shelters.

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When Jerry moved to Denver as a veteran and a single father with his son, he says “everything was nice”. He found a good job, made a good friend, and life was looking up. Then life took a downturn. Such as life, some bad things happened. He lost his job and then lost his son. He doesn’t blame anyone for those losses and in the process of recovering, Jerry would not lose his dignity or his pride – He declared “It’s not how many times you fall, but how many times you get back up”
Now Jerry fights for the “Pride” and “Dignity” of others on the streets that are experiencing hard times. Jerry’s grit from the marine core and compassion from his mother have informed his approach to recovery for himself and in his advocacy for those trying to survive on the streets.

“It’s not how many times you fall, but how many times you get back up”



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Kayvan Khalatbari

Commitment to the City’s Homeless


Hosted at Denver Public Library
10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy.
Denver, Colorado 80204

May 25, 2018
8:30am – 10:00am

The Public Peace Initiative is spotlighting important stories and causes that matter to our communities. 


The pursuit of “Peace” in our communities means to pursue a world where we “All Flourish”.
From our government, to our business, to the acts of personal well-being and philanthropy – we are hopefully moving forward to a place of peace! The Public Peace Initiative is working to break down barriers to create opportunities of encouragement, engagement, and action in our communities.