July 2012 Posts

A ripple can start with a big splash or a small touch of the water

Written by: Gina Schreck

Over four years ago Denver Rescue Mission decided to create an event that honored women who were causing ripples that impacted their communities.  Some started simple and spread to the world, like Captain Emily Warner (2011 honoree) who was the first female commercial pilot.  Others took on a world in need and made ripples that pointed back to Denver, like Lily Nie (2010 honoree) who set out to use her connections in China to bring a few orphans to longing parents in Denver and now has helped to connect over 9,000 forsaken Chinese orphans to their loving parents in the United States wither her Chinese Children’s Charity.

This event, Women Who Have Changed the Heart of the City, is meant to not only honor women doing amazing things, but to inspire us all to look around, right where we sit and get involved with those in need.

2011 Women Who've Changed the Heart of the City

This year’s honorees are sure to inspire

Sue Anschutz-Rogers who took on seeing that her father’s wishes to help those who were in need, would be carried out.  By taking the time to care and look deeper, she found that the needs of so many were not being met because those in the further corners of our state did not know how to access the help they needed.  Sue now helps all in need have access to the resources that are available.

A mail-order bride in her family caused a disturbance in the soul of Beth Klein.  She knew, even at a young age, it was not right for a woman to be bought and sold like a pair of shoes.  She got her law degree and has taken on sex slavery with a vengeance, and a goal of seeing it completely wiped out!  Writing laws in our country and now across the globe to make these horrendous crimes easier to prosecute, she is changing the world!

Diane Van Deren developed epileptic seizures during her pregnancy, which increased over the next 12 years to a point where she was seizing up to 10 times a day as she tried to care for her young children.  After undergoing a risky brain surgery to hopefully stop or at least slow the seizures, Diane started running when she realized the physical activity would stave off the feelings of an oncoming seizure.  Her two-mile run, turned into 100, 300 and most recently, she completed a 1,000-mile journey in 20 days.  Proving to herself, and to others battling with epilepsy or any other disability, that you really can outrun your problems.

Keri Christiansen was living her dream life as a well-known and accomplished talent agent here in Denver, Colorado.  Because her family had been touched by breast-cancer scares in the past, Keri and her sister, channel 9 anchor, Kim Christiansen, spread the message of Buddy Check 9, encouraging women to get regular breast exams.  Irony struck hard when Keri discovered she had breast cancer herself.  Instead of seeing the diagnoses as a defeat, she took it on as a challenge and a pivotal point to make big changes in her own life.  Moving into the non-profit world Keri is now developing talent and raising awareness at The Denver Hospice.

What challenge or opportunity are you facing today?  Will you sit back and wait for someone else to do something or will you reach out and stir the waters right where you are?

Join us on September 14, 2012 and meet these incredible women and many more. Register here: https://www.blacktie-colorado.com/calendar/event-detail.cfm?id=23686.

Let’s make a big ripple together that can change the heart of the city!  Denver Rescue Mission event: http://bit.ly/MoIM9vTWEET THIS

BIO: Gina Schreck has been on the Committee for the Women Who have Changed the Heart of the City event for all four years and loves getting to meet and be inspired by these amazing women!  She is the president and co-founder of SynapseConnecting, an interactive technology and social media management company.  Find her on Twitter @GinaSchreck.


Response to Food Poisoning Incident from our CEO

Official statement from Brad Meuli, President/CEO, Denver Rescue Mission:

While waiting for official results from public health officials, Denver Rescue Mission conducted an internal investigation into the incident that sent 60 people to the hospital Sunday, July 22nd.

We determined that our Lawrence Street Shelter did not follow our established procedures for handling pre-prepared food donations on Sunday, July 22nd which it often receives.

We are working closely with officials at Environmental Health and Denver Public Health regarding Sunday’s incident. We are taking this matter very seriously by thoroughly examining internal procedures for food safety.

Annually at Denver Rescue Mission, we provide over 600,000 meals and are confident this is an isolated incident. Our number one concern is for the poor and needy we serve every day. We understand that all of the people who were hospitalized have been treated and released, and many returned to stay at the Mission. I am unaware of something like this ever happening at Denver Rescue Mission, and we will make every effort to limit the possibility of this ever happening again.

With the exception of pre-prepared food, we are operating all of our facilities as normal, including the distribution of food to our partner agencies and accepting food donations from our generous community. Pre-prepared food will not be served at the shelter until health officials complete the investigation. Denver Rescue Mission has been serving the community for over 120 years. The Mission will continue providing critical meals, shelter, clothing, and medical care to those in need, helping people to change their lives moving from poverty to self-sufficiency.

– Brad Meuli, President/CEO

Recover Dignity

Written by: Aneta Storvik, PR Coordinator

I’m reading When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert and if you haven’t read it or heard of it, then I encourage you to place it on your reading list. The authors write that we all experience poverty in four foundational areas: Poverty of spiritual intimacy, of being, of community and of stewardship. Corbett and Fikkert further explain, “For some people the brokenness in these foundational relationships results in material poverty.”

If we know that “material poverty” is a result of brokenness, then we are better equipped to serve the homeless and low-income. Even though we all experience some sort of brokenness and “poverty,” I think we can all agree that material poverty is devastating. “Low-income people daily face a struggle to survive that creates feelings of helplessness, anxiety, suffocation, and desperation that are simply unparalleled in the lives of the rest of humanity,” – When Helping Hurts.

On August 1st, Denver Rescue Mission is going to throw a birthday party for all our guests at Lawrence Street Shelter over lunch. Many of our guests are experiencing material poverty, and they most likely feel lonely, inferior and unimportant. This is your chance, to recover their dignity, to speak words of value and importance to someone who is experiencing brokenness and homelessness.

Here’s how you can help: Pick up a birthday card, write a message of encouragement and send it to Denver Rescue Mission by Friday, July 27th.

This is a small way, but it will go a long way. Together, we can  help the poor and homeless recover their dignity!

Send cards to: Denver Rescue Mission – Attn. Breanne Gabel
3501 E. 46th Ave
Denver, CO 80216



The Life of a PR Intern

Written by: Melvin Yarber, Public Relations Intern

The average college student is constantly looking to apply classroom knowledge to real life situations. But for some it’s a way of finally getting off their parents couch and doing something productive for the summer. This summer I am doing just that – I applied and was offered the Public Relations (PR) internship for the summer at Denver Rescue Mission (DRM).

[For more information about Denver Rescue Mission Internships, please watch this video (created by an intern) Intern at Denver Rescue Mission.]

Before I dove into my new role, I attended an intern orientation to learn about the Mission and to meet all the new interns. This orientation was the start to lifelong relationships. After the formal introductions, we enjoyed a game of ultimate Frisbee – my team winning of course.

We also took tours of each of the Mission’s ministry outreaches. During the tours we had an opportunity to visit with residents living at The Crossing complex. It was truly a blessing to see hard working staff attending to the needs of men and women they barely knew. The Mission staff work tirelessly to serve in the name of Christ and to be a part of this team is truly a blessing.

When I first arrived I was a little nervous about what type of work I would be assigned. My classroom experience at Colorado State University-Pueblo is proving me with knowledge needed for the professional world. I’ve learned and enhanced my skills in organization, interpersonal interaction and social media tactics in just a few weeks.

Working with other college students from around the world makes this internship remarkable. Interns arrived from Papua New Guinea, Ireland, and Germany. Interacting with people from different backgrounds provides me with better understanding of the “human factor” concept needed in such a diverse world.

My days as a PR intern are busy. If I’m not writing press releases or learning about media tactics, then I’m attending meetings with the PR team. At the end of the day, I am able to provide my community with resources to help the hurting and homeless get back on their feet.

I am beginning my journey toward spiritual and professional growth. One of my favorite Bible verses is Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” I may just be an intern, but one thing I do know is God will make my path straight and true.