February 2013 Posts

Denver Rescue Mission Interns Bond Over Bowling & Theater


Danielle Charbonneau Public Relations Intern

The last Friday of every month interns take a group outing. The first of the semester included bowling, followed by a trip to the Denver Museum of Art and History and an evening of children’s theater at Colorado Heights University.

The Denver Christian Youth Theater company invited both Denver Rescue Mission interns and staff to see their production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as VIP free guests, recognizing the Mission’s continual efforts to better our community and serve the poor.

For more information on the Mission’s intern program, please click here. Summer semester applications are being accepted now.

BONDING: The last Friday of the month Mission interns have an afternoon adventure — this month’s event was bowling.
Client Services Intern Jason Skodak shows off his excellent bowling form


Chocolate Fondue & Fashion, Oh My

Women in the Denver Rescue Mission, STAR Transitional Program were pampered to a women’s Valentine’s Day beauty expo and dessert buffet.

All the beauty products and accessories were donated by local churches and the desserts were home baked by Mission interns and program counselors. About 78 women, both alumni and current residents, were invited: about 50 showed up. The event is one of the few annual events that caters specifically to women living at The Crossing.

“We wanted them to feel pampered for the day,” said Gabi Duran Dean, a co-organizer for the event and Mentor Coordinator for Family Services at the Mission. “They are hard working women.”

Mayor Recognizes Denver Rescue Mission & ASHRAE for Going Green

Danielle Charbonneau Public Relations Intern

Mayor Michael B. Hancock visited the Lawrence Street Shelter to congratulate Denver Rescue Mission and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers [ASHRAE] for their commendable efforts in making Denver’s largest mission more environmentally friendly. ASHRAE, a company that prides itself on green practices, selected the Mission as its 2013 charitable sustainability project, hoping to both help an honorable organization and offset the carbon imprint that their upcoming Denver convention might inflict.

After determining that the Lawrence Street building — which was built in 1928 and has had few technological upgrades since — was extremely energy inefficient, unnecessarily costly and unable to provide the comfort of hot showers to all its guests, ASHRAE and its donors stepped in, installing new systems at little cost. Roughly $400,000 in materials and labor were donated to the project and the improvements are projected to save the mission $16,689 a year — a 32 percent decrease in utilities costs that will provide an additional 8,692 meals for the homeless.

Mayor Hancock, who has been a continual advocate of modernizing Denver’s energy practices, applauded the project and recognized the positive impact it will make on the lives of the homeless visiting the Mission:

Taking the stage after Mayor Hancock, ASHRAE President Tom Watson elaborated on the organization’s mission, which has been making headway for over 40 years:

Our Focus – Serving the homeless

Last year, Denver Rescue Mission acquired the assets of Open Door Mission. Today, Fort Collins Rescue Mission is continuing to serve the homeless and developing programs toward self-sufficiency.

“Our number one concern is to ensure warm beds remain available for the homeless and hearty meals continue being served to the hungry,” Brad Meuli, President and CEO of Denver Rescue Mission said. “It is extremely important to us that the services for the homeless continue with this ministry.”

Fort Collins Rescue Mission staff is committed to collaborating with the community in and around Fort Collins including human service agencies, businesses, neighborhood groups, and government officials in the strategic direction of this organization.

In the past few months, staff at Fort Collins Rescue Mission has seen a new spirit and new participation in the building and programs! Interested in serving meals, donating needed items or hosting a chapel service, please contact Jim Carmack.

Fort Collins Rescue Mission staff.


Mayor Hancock Says Wear Your Pajamas or Get Arrested!

Danielle Charbonneau Public Relations Intern

Tomorrow, February 7th, marks Denver Road Home’s 8th annual PJ Day, a colossal fundraiser aimed at raising over $600,000 for Denver’s homeless. Denver’s Road Home is not, as its name implies, a home: Rather it is the City’s collaborative and admirable plan to end homelessness in ten years. Created in 2005 by the Denver Commission to End Homelessness, the plan, which was carefully crafted by over 350 different community organizations, is already 7 years into its 10 year goal. That makes now as important a time as ever to rally for the cause. PJ Day is the largest fundraiser of the year for Denver’s Road Home, and is an awesome, fun opportunity to show your support!

Get involved!
The easiest way to participate is — surprise, surprise – to wear your pajamas. By sporting your most stylish night wear on Feb. 7th, you’ll send a message to all those who witness that you support Denver’s mission to end homelessness. The goal is to remind our community that not all our neighbors have warm pajamas or a cozy pillow to enjoy at night: Some, roughly 13,000 in Denver, are homeless.

Denver’s Mayor, Michael B. Hancock, rallied for the community’s support while at Denver Rescue Mission’s Lawrence Street Shelter today, joking that anyone not wearing pajamas will be arrested! And, watch out, because the mayor might just wear a onesie:

For more information on homelessness and how you can support PJ Day, visit PJday.org.