Our History

1911 – J. K. Mullen, a prominent citizen of Denver, and his wife, Catherine Smith, offer to finance a home for the elderly poor:“My wife came over the Plains from the Missouri River, a distance of nearly 700 miles, with her brother who drove his own team … I came shortly thereafter, and we felt as though we wanted, before we passed away, to leave something in the nature of a memorial …for the benefit of the aged.” ---- J. K. Mullen

  • Bishop Matz, of Denver, receives approval from Mother Germaine, Provincial Administrator, Little Sisters of the Poor, to establish a home for the elderly poor in Denver.
  • 1916 – Construction of a four-story brick home begins on a ten-acre tract of land on West 29th Avenue.
  • 1917 – In December, the Little Sisters of the Poor arrive in Denver.
  • 1918 – Little Sisters of the Poor welcome their first elderly Resident to the Mullen Home on March 28.
  • 1975 – Two new wings are added to the existing building to provide a continuum of services: assisted living and intermediate nursing care. Groundbreaking ceremonies include many J. K. Mullen descendants.
  • 1980 – Part of the old building is converted into apartments for low-income elderly.
  • 2012 - Mullen Home celebrates 95 years of service.

From considerably small and humble beginnings, the Little Sisters of the Poor follow the example of our foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan, and provide a loving home-like atmosphere where our Residents can live out their days in peace and comfort. Our mission today is the same as it was in 1918—to serve needy elderly men and women of Colorado.
For more information about Saint Jeanne Jugan and the Little Sisters of the Poor, click here.