January 2013 Posts

Maddie’s Grand Opening Meal Match a Huge Success

The Denver Rescue Mission would like to thank Maddie’s Restaurant for their amazing generosity in sponsoring over 300 meals: As part of their opening weekend Jan 26 & 27, the restaurant commited to match every meal sold with one for our Mission guests.

A Message From Gayor Geller, GM of Maddie’s… We’d like to give a big thanks to everyone who showed up to our opening weekend here at Maddie’s. It’s been a dream of our family’s for over 25 years and I’m thrilled it’s become a reality. I’ve lived in this neighborhood for most of my life, went to DU and am excited to have opened my business here. Our goal was to make a friendly, vibrant atmosphere with a fun community vibe and inspired, soulful menu. I think we have accomplished that and I look forward to becoming a local joint that our neighborhood can be proud of. I’m also pleased to say that because of our very successful turnout, we will be providing over 300 meals to the Denver Rescue Mission as part of our opening weekend Meal Match. The Denver Rescue Mission is an amazing charity that helps thousands of people in need every month. We support them in their mission to aid the hungry and the homeless in our community and urge all our fans to support local: visit restaurants like ours and back organizations like theirs. It’s our community and it’s our duty to shape it. Again, thanks to all that turned out. We appreciate your support!

Maddie’s regular hours will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. It is located at 2423 South Downing St. near Porter Hospital. Visit maddiesrestaurant.com for more info and be sure to like them on Facebook!

A Sweet Sixteen

Written by, Aneta Storvik, Public Relations Coordinator

Lately, God has been highlighting scripture to me on the importance of putting the needs of others above my own – selfless love. In our day-to-day lives it’s easy to only think about ourselves and what we need, but God asks us to be intentional about serving others!

A few months ago,  a development officer came racing into my office telling me about a young girl who donated her birthday to the Mission. Instead of anticipating gifts for herself, she was inspired to have her friends bring some kind of donation for Denver Rescue Mission! This was her 16th birthday too – and she desired to make it about serving others and not accumulating more for herself.

I felt inspired and refreshed to hear that a teenager  donated her birthday gifts, on her SWEET SIXTEEN, to make someone else feel important. This is rare, especially when I remember watching a t.v. show about girls and boys going OVER and BEYOND to celebrate their 16th birthdays.


I asked Bekah to share her experience…

“This October was my 16th birthday. I was really looking forward to turning 16 because I feel like this year is a milestone. I decided to have a big party with my closest friends, but I already felt like I had all the gifts I needed. My parents suggested that I give back to the community instead of ask for presents. I thought this was a great idea, so I asked all my friends to bring a money donation for Denver Rescue Mission to the party as a gift.

When I saw how many people gave money, and how much money we raised, I was honored and amazed. I was not expecting to be able to give so much. I feel like I made the perfect choice for my 16th birthday. I feel like I followed in Christ’s footsteps, at least in a small way, and I was also able to serve people in need. My family took a tour of Denver Rescue Mission’s The Crossing near Stapleton, and I loved to see all the work Denver Rescue Mission is doing. I am proud to be a part of that by choosing to donate my birthday money to Denver Rescue Mission.”


— Let me leave you with these words —

Philippians 2:1-4
If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

“What are you doing for others?”

Danielle Charbonneau Public Relations Intern


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”

Dr. King recognized the power of service to strengthen our communities and unite people from different cultural backgrounds, working together for the greater good. President Obama reflected this sentiment when he declared the MLK Day of Service as an integral part of his national initiative United We Serve. The initiative urges “Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.”

We at Denver Rescue Mission value King’s bold message as well as President Obama’s ardent support, and we encourage you to honor their vision by spending it out in the community. There are lots of ways to participate, but here are a few:

The 28th Annual MLK Day Marade

Denver hosts the largest MLK Day Celebration in all 50 states. In 2010, roughly 30,000 people participated in the downtown festivities – growing by over 10,000 people in 2009 when President Obama delivered his Inaugural Speech at the event. The city estimates that this year’s celebration will be even bigger. Crowds will gather at the Dr. King “I Have a Dream” Monument Site in City Park at 9:00 a.m. After the march, a community service project called “Get to Cleanin’ “ urges volunteers to help pick up litter along the Marade route and the surrounding neighborhoods to honor the MLK Day of Service.

NOTE: the Marade route is roughly 3 miles, so wear comfortable shoes.

The 28th Annual “Dinner for Those Who Hunger”

From the Public Broadcasting Network: “This event epitomizes Dr. King’s belief that we are all one family and that, as a family, we should come together in fellowship and eat from the same table. Over 1,200 meals of ribs, green beans, potatoes and dessert will be served to all guests. There will be free health screenings for anyone interested. All wishing to attend the event are welcome; the meal and event are free to all. Live jazz, blues and gospel music will be provided by Sheryl Rene and her Band, with guest performances by Hazel Miller and Lisa Bell. Volunteers of America is hosting the event. KUVO Jazz89.3 radio is a sponsor for the celebration. Kaiser Permanente is providing a donation to cover food costs. ALL ARE WELCOME! In addition, ARC Thrift Stores and Big O Tires will be handing out free coats and warm clothing.”

The event is from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Sunset Park at 1865 Larimer Street.

Opportunities to Serve:

There are many service projects happening, both on MLK day and throughout the week. Please visit http://mlkday.gov/serve to check them out.

Service is Joy

Written by: Danielle Charbonneau, Public Relations intern

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. Rabindranath Tagore (Nobel Prize-Winning Poet & Social Activist alongside Ghandi)

In the spirit of joyful service, Denver Rescue Mission staff and interns gathered last week to pick up trash along Smith Road and in the areas surrounding The Crossing, the Mission’s transitional living facility. The event was the last in a series of organized service opportunities aimed at increasing participation in the Denver Bronco’s “Be a Champion in the Community” campaign.

The Denver Broncos partner with 12 local non-profits including Denver Rescue Mission to encourage our community to lend a helping hand. We, in turn, encouraged our staff to adopt the same spirit of volunteerism.

Since December 15th, staff has been volunteering with various projects including Wednesday’s trash pick-up. Sporting bright yellow construction vests and Denver Rescue Mission’s signature SERVE t-shirts (which are still available for purchase online here), the crew collected about 7 full bags of trash between The Crossing and Holly Street.

The clean-up crew

As a non-profit, volunteerism is very important. The Mission relies on faithful volunteers and to that, we are grateful. “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity” (I Corin. 13:13 KJV).

About the writer: Danielle Charbonneau grew up in Boulder, Colorado.  She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Southern California (Go Trojans!) with an emphasis in arts and culture. She has had a heart for serving the homeless since she was young, has a passion for writing, was on the snowboard team in college, dreams of traveling and plays the guitar. She is a full time intern in the Public Relations department.