July 2013 Posts

Rachel’s Lens // The Happy Toddler

Written by, Rachel Greiman, Writer/Photographer

Denver Rescue Mission is constantly changing. Program participants graduate, new people enroll, staff expands, and our facilities grow and change. Part of my job is to update our photo catalog to keep up with all the changing faces and spaces.

I love this part of my work because I get to go around to all the locations to meet people and photograph the work we do. Last week, I went to Champa House to grab a couple photos and met this darling in the nursery:

It was a hot day and I was driving all over the city and I wanted water and some food. I was wondering if the photos I was taking were worth anything, if they would be of any value to the Mission. I was whiny and ready to be done. But it was such a delight to take a couple minutes out of my work day and chase her around the room with my camera. (She literally RAN from place to place, giggling the whole time.)

Our jobs have distinct purposes: we write, we design, we crunch numbers, we manage, we brainstorm, etc etc. But the real meaning behind it all – from the accountants to the web designers to the facility directors – is to serve. We do what we do so lives can be changed in the name of Christ.

Sometimes I need a little break with a happy toddler to remind myself that the photos matter. What each of us does fuels a bigger machine, which is ultimately fueled by the biggest God.

Rachel’s Lens // Service and Potatoes

Written by, Rachel Greiman, Writer/Photographer

Last week I got the chance to volunteer down at our Lawrence Street Shelter. I worked alongside other DRM staff for a couple hours. It’s a great opportunity for those of us that work “behind the scenes” to meet the people our organization serves. Too many days, we are stuck behind desks, forgetting about the reason we work and who we’re really working for.

We chopped fruit, mixed yogurt, organized pastries and chopped LOTS of potatoes before lunch started. When the meal began, we shifted our attention to the buffet line and greeted our guests with food and much-needed drinks.

It’s always humbling to hear “thank you” and “God bless” more than a hundred times in the span of an hour. They are such small words but really make me feel appreciated. I hope the men and women we served know that we want them to feel blessed, loved, and more than anything, hopeful.

Rachel Greiman and Ashley Miltgen chopping veggies at the Lawrence Street Shelter.

Rachel’s Lens // Trust in the Lord

Written by, Rachel Greiman, Writer/Photographer

There is a heaviness hanging in each of our facilities this morning. One of our coworkers, Jack MacDonald, has been missing since Sunday and the gravity of the situation deepens with each day.

We held a special prayer meeting this morning and ask that each of you join us in prayer for Jack. We know few details, but trust in the Lord for direction as his family and the authorities search for him.

In my brief time here, I’ve seen the Denver Rescue Mission family come alongside its own through life’s trials and celebrations. We need community to not only thrive, but to carry us through the days we think we can’t make it on our own.

staff praying for Jack

Isaiah 41:10 – Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Rachel’s Lens // Let Freedom Ring

Written by, Rachel Greiman, Writer/Photographer

Happy 4th of July weekend!

Since everybody’s got vacation on the mind, I’ll keep this short. This holiday always makes me think of freedom and what it means to me. I take my freedom for granted every single day. Sometimes, I forget to thank the Lord and those who served our country for the rights that I enjoy on the daily.

I met with a refugee family this week for an upcoming newsletter. They spoke of persecution in every aspect of their life, from the food they ate to the outfits they wore to the god that they prayed to. They spoke of an intolerant world that I only experience through movies or in my wildest imagination. Their words were harrowing, but there was a celebration in them. The celebration was that they are here, living their lives freely.

So, THANK YOU to our Lord, for His provision and guidance. THANK YOU to our soldiers for fighting to protect the country we love.

July Employee Highlight // Robbin Brown

Written By Danielle Charbonneau Public Relations Intern

We have amazing staff here at the Mission! Unfortunately, being such a large organization with multiple locations and many departments makes it difficult to know each other as well as we would like.  In an effort to recognize our staff and their incredible testimonies, dreams, talents and quirks, we started a spotlight section in March to highlight one staff member a month.

This month’s spotlight is on Robbin Brown (Education Coordinator at Champa House) — a pastor’s daughter, a pastor’s wife, a former Mission intern, a mother of one and an upstanding role model for women living at Champa.


1) Tell me about your journey getting to the Mission.

Meet Robbin and her baby girl, Clara.

I am a Colorado native and have always known about Denver Rescue Mission. When I was 11 years old I went on a mission trip to inner-city Chicago and knew that God was calling me to be in inner-city ministry in some way.

In College I did an internship with Denver Rescue Mission and fell in love with the mission:”changing lives in the name of Christ by meeting people at their physical and spiritual points of need, with the goal of returning them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens.”

I was hoping to get hired after completing my internship, but there were no positions available, so I went on my way. I consistently checked the Mission’s website to see if any positions were open, so was thrilled when I was finally hired on as the Education Coordinator at Champa in 2010.

2) What are a few of the defining moments in your life (or your best memory/memories)?

  • Going on my first mission trip to inner-city Chicago — this is where I really experienced God for the first time and knew He had a calling on my life.
  • Watching my grandfather go through the disease of Alzheimer’s and learning that when God says He “works all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to his purpose,” he means ALL things.
  • Marrying my husband, Jakob, in 2009 and having my daughter Clara. Becoming a mom is by far the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. She is just a little over a year now. It has been the greatest year of my life.

3) Tell me about your family & upbringing.

I am a pastor’s daughter. For some this means a tough upbringing, but I am incredibly blessed to have been raised in the home I was. I saw the good, bad and ugly of ministry, but despite that, saw the truth of who Jesus Christ is — for that I am truly grateful!

Now I’m a pastor’s wife. You think I would have learned my lesson :). My husband is a youth pastor at Discovery Church in Broomfield, CO. We have Clara, who is full of spunk and personality, and also have an energetic dog named Hazel.

4) Why do you think God has you in the role that you’re in at the Mission?

This is a great question to think about! I feel like I have learned so much in my three years in this role, but most of the lessons I’ve learned have happened in the last year (since I became a mother).

With no support, or all the support in the world, it is hard to be a mom sometimes. This has given me a completely new perspective on the women that I have the privilege to serve at Champa House. I am so blessed to have people in my life who support me and remind me — even when I don’t feel like it — that I am a good mother and that with God I can be an even better one.

I think that is one reason that God has me in this role: I am here to remind these women that no matter where they have come from, what they have done or what has been done to them, they can, right now, today, in this moment, choose to be great mothers. God has created them with all they need to do that. Through him and with His strength they will become the exact mothers He created them to be.  I think God has put me in this role first to teach me, and second to use what he teaches me to encourage the women of Champa House.

6) What are some things on your bucket list?

I hope to travel to Bolivia some day and visit where my mother grew up and my grandparents were missionaries. I want to have a pet pig and name her Petunia, and I would love to ride in a hot air balloon!

7) Anything else quirky/eccentric about you?

  • A vanilla latte can always make any situation better.
  • I use smiley faces way too much to express my joy or excitement in emails and texts!
  • Mice terrify me! They are evil little creatures and there is no convincing me otherwise :).