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Mother’s Day Magic!

Moving Forward

“Mom turned upside down is WOW!”

The definition of mom in the Webster’s Dictionary reads, “One’s mother.”

But for those who work at Denver Rescue Mission, we believe the definition of “mom” goes much further than that. In fact, we’d go as far to say the moms we serve embody true love and compassion. They are some of the strongest females we know. They are beautiful inside and out. And, they are our heroes day in and out.

The mothers we work with have overcome many obstacles in their lives. Despite these challenges, they’ve worked hard to get onto the path of self-sufficiency and into the STAR Transitional program or Family Rescue Ministry program.

The Mission staff member’s aren’t the only ones who think our moms are the best of the best. But, their very kids believe their moms are just as spectacular as us.

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When you ask 6-year-old Araiah what her favorite thing about her mom is she says, “I love her 100%. She feeds us and does fun stuff with us.”

 

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10-year-old Alaiza also had a sweet thank you message for her mom too, “Thank you for helping us and keeping us healthy and safe.”

 

We are in awe of all the moms we serve not just this Mother’s Day, but every single day. From our Denver Rescue Mission family, we are wishing the best Mother’s Day ever!

Letter From the CEO: May 2019

Brad Meuli

 

Letter from the CEO

Dear Friends,

I am often asked, “How do we solve the issue of homelessness?” During my 20 years at the Mission, I have learned there is no single solution to solving this complex issue. If there was, we would have used it to solve this problem!

Helping people experiencing homelessness takes a collaborative effort. The more people involved with this issue, the better. City government, neighbors, businesses, other service providers, the faith community, and volunteers all make solutions happen. Partners who are in this with us are invaluable in helping people become productive, self-sufficient citizens.

This month’s newsletter talks about, and celebrates, four of these partners. Frankly, we could not list all of the partners we have worked with in our efforts to move people out of poverty, but we are so thankful for all of them.

Many of our partners never get credit, but they really are unsung heroes. Sometimes, organizations we work with do what they do out of faith beliefs, sometimes because they just care, but all of them do it because they believe—like us—that helping people is good and the right thing to do. I hope you will enjoy reading about these four partners and will think about what you, your friends, your church, or maybe your company might be able to do to partner in this critical work.

Let me finish with this quote, “You can tell a man’s [or woman’s] character by what he [or she] does for others who can do nothing for him [or her].”

These four partners, like you—our donors and volunteers—are people of character. Thank you for your partnership!

God Bless,

Brad Meuli

Brad Meuli President & CEO

 

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Also in this issue:

  • Mother’s Day at the Mission
  • Staff Spotlight
  • Rockie’s Cleanup

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Moving Forward: How We Work Together To Change Lives

Moving Forward

When she speaks, Margarita does so with a wisdom that only comes with age. She’s from Barcelona and moved to the states to go to college (she graduated from UC Berkeley). She used to live in a duplex, but when they raised the rent, Margarita could no longer afford to pay it.

She’s been experiencing homelessness in Denver for three years. One Thursday, while she was sitting in the Lawrence Street Community Center, we sat down with her and she shared some of her wise words with us. “Some days I go through things that make me want to pull my hair out,” she said. “Some days I just want to [give up]. But I know that’s not the answer. For me, the answer is to help someone. I never let a day pass that I don’t help somebody. I think that if you help someone move forward—you move forward.”

She isn’t alone; we couldn’t agree more. Because of you, we’ve been helping people move forward for 127 years. And it’s not just us, it’s our partners, too.

 

Help people Move Forward

Donate now and help people like Margarita move forward.

Change Lives

 

Hear are a few ways your donations help us collaborate with organizations and make a difference.

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HOUSING RESOURCES

“[OneHome] works with the Mission on improving access to housing resources for people experiencing homelessness enrolled in Next Step,” said Bethany MaynardMoody, OneHome program manager. “The ultimate goal is to work together to end homelessness, and not one organization can do that alone, so if we all work together, then that collective impact is quite powerful.” Together, with Bethany and her team, we are finding housing resources through their coordinated entry database for our Next Step members, and our partnership is already having a big impact. This year, 278 people in Next Step have successfully moved out of our shelters and found a path toward housing.

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WELLNESS AND FAMILY

Every year, dozens of our New Life Program participants work out with Mark McIntosh and his team of volunteers at A Stronger Cord. They have four gyms in the metro area, all focused on challenging each other to become more fitness-minded, dependable and productive. They have a saying, “It all starts with the workout,” says Mark, founder of A Stronger Cord. Of course, Mark and his team believe exercise is important to our health, but they also believe it’s about something more than just being in shape. “When you spend time with these guys experiencing homelessness,” said Mark, “you begin to realize that a lot of them don’t have a family. For us, it’s not just about the workout, it’s about the relationships and the community that comes with pursuing wellness. It’s about family.”

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AN ATMOSPHERE OF LEARNING AND SUCCESS

Upon moving into The Crossing, our transitional living facility, parents have to make a decision to keep their children at their original school or transfer them to our neighborhood schools in Park Hill. The STAR youth program, in partnership with Denver’s Homeless Education Network, provides guidance for parents on how to make the best choice for each child. Once a decision is made, the Homeless Education Network helps provide school uniforms, meal assistance and transportation needs. “Homeless Education Network is a true blessing to our families,” said Joe Bermingham, Denver Rescue Mission’s youth program coordinator. “School and education are important for our youth, and our partnership creates an atmosphere of learning and success; they remove barriers, providing avenues for homeless children to have a successful school experience.”

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MEALS

Your donations, coupled with the contributions of We Don’t Waste, help us provide thousands of meals every day. “We Don’t Waste is one of our most important food partners,” said Jeremy Stubbs, food distribution coordinator at the Mission. “Because of them, we always have fresh vegetables, fruit and other essentials on-hand.” Since 2009, We Don’t Waste has recovered more than 30,000,000 meals for people in need. They deliver food to more than 60 human services agencies (plus about 130 more through partner redistribution), and we are thankful to be one of their partners. “We’re proud of the partnership that has been created, fostered and grown with Denver Rescue Mission,” said Arlan Preblud, founder and executive director at We Don’t Waste. “[Together, we are making a] lasting impact on serving those less fortunate in our community.”

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Also in this issue:

  • Letter from the CEO
  • Mother’s Day Celebration
  • Staff Spotlight
  • Why Denver Rescue Mission Matters

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Easter Egg Hunt Brings Happiness & Excitement

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blog 2The afternoon rain had just stopped and groves of kids from the Mission’s STAR Transitional Program started to skip down The Crossing’s sunroom hallway. As they passed the windows, they would stop, point and look out at the amphitheater courtyard.

There outside in the grass were brightly-colored, neon Easter eggs freckled among the grass. You could feel the excitement, and almost soon to be sugar rush, as the kids continued to fill the room.

But, before they could go racing to grab their eggs and candy, Joe Birmingham, the Mission’s youth coordinator, had a question for the group — “This is a fun event, but what is Easter really about?”

Several kids excitedly blurted out things like, “Easter eggs,” “the Easter Bunny,” and “Candy.”

Then one kid raised his hand and said, “The resurrection of Jesus.”

Blog 1The parents that had accumulated around the sides of the room “aww’d” at the answer and a soft clap filled the room.

Joe exclaimed, “Exactly!” He then went on to give instructions. It was go time!

3-2-1… the youngest kids went outside first, followed by a thunder of enthusiasm as the older kids and teens hit the courtyard a few minutes later. Immediately thereafter laughter, the clinking of eggs hitting together in each basket and feet crunching on grass filled the air. It was the sight of pure happiness.

Once all the trees and bushes had been looked through and every corner of the lawn had been searched, the group headed inside for an ice cream party with candy, sprinkles and more.

blog 3It was the perfect Saturday Easter egg event full of joy. And, none of it would have been possible without the handfuls of the Mission’s donors who supplied the hundreds of Easter eggs. We are extremely fortunate to have donors who go above and beyond to make sure the individuals we serve feel loved. Thank you.

We Hit Our Neighborhood Cleanup Out Of The Ballpark!

Cleaning up trash first thing on a Saturday morning the day after the Colorado Rockies home opener is not everyone’s idea of the perfect weekend plan. Especially when there’s a lot to pick up! But, for some, they are more than prepared to “step up to bat” and clean the neighborhood.

For the past 13 years, the Colorado Rockies and Denver Rescue Mission have rallied together for their annual Ballpark Neighborhood Cleanup. This year was no exception!

The morning after the Rockies’ took on the LA Dodgers in their home opener, Denver Rescue Mission Staff, Colorado Rockies’ staff, participants in the Mission’s programs, and members of the Mission’s Young Professionals group joined together to clean up the area around Coors Field.

This year’s turnout was one of the highest yet, with more than 70 individuals showing up to volunteer, including Jim Kellogg, Colorado Rockies Vice President of Community & Retail Operations, and Dick Monfort, owner of the Colorado Rockies. The volunteers broke out into teams of seven and tackled different routes around the area to clean up.

The annual event is more than just the opportunity to clean up the area. It is also a way to demonstrate a neighborly spirit and commitment to the Ballpark community. A handful of the volunteers even came back from the cleanup saying they had run into local business owners and neighbors who thanked them for picking up the trash.

So, while the idea of picking up trash isn’t the most exciting thing to do, giving back to a community we work and live in is.

Want more of our action from the day of? Check out our news coverage from FOX31 here.

Celebrating The Best Of The Best Volunteers- We are lucky to have YOU!

It’s National Volunteer Week! Denver Rescue Mission and Fort Collins Rescue Mission are celebrating all of our incredible volunteers. It’s simple— our volunteers are heroes. We could not change lives in the name of Christ without the help of our volunteers. From standing outside for our Thanksgiving Turkey Drive to waking up early and staying late to serve meals, words fail to express our gratitude for our volunteers.

In 2018, we had almost 18,000 volunteers step up to the plate. We are thrilled to give the community a snapshot of the passion and commitment these volunteers bring to the table every day. Read their stories below. Feel inspired? You can sign up to make a direct impact.

Thanks for helping us #SERVEDenver and #SERVENoco


MICHELLEMICHELLE GOODMAN

“I believe part of the Great Commission is to bring Heaven to Earth – and I see the Kingdom of God advancing at the Rescue Mission. I am so grateful for the guests, the staff and all of the volunteers who are making this happen,” Michelle said.

Michelle has been volunteering as a chapel provider at Fort Collins Rescue Mission for just under a year. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with our homeless brothers and sisters. She is drawn to help all of God’s children!

When asked about her most impactful experience, Michelle recalled praying for the chapel to be full for her service. Low and behold, she arrived to find the chapel packed! She prayed for the healing of the guests and felt His presence in the chapel.

Michelle, thank you for your contribution in the spiritual lives of our homeless neighbors!


GGEORGINAEORGINA BUSH

“I love volunteering at the Mission because I know this is a place of much caring, love and hope,” Georgina said.

Georgina’s been volunteering with the Mission since the beginning of 2018 (right after she returned from Europe.) She is a regular volunteer serving in the dining area at the Lawrence Street Community Center.

She says she is continually blown away by the heartfelt, sincere and positive energy our staff and program participants have.

“There is a very genuine and beautiful blessing in this place,” she said. “It is a tremendous honor to be a part of it.”

We are SO lucky to have you be a volunteer Georgina!


Rebecca LoveallREBECCA LOVEALL

Rebecca serves Fort Collins Rescue Mission as a chapel provider; drawing from her own life experiences to connect with our guests and contribute to their spiritual lives. She began her work with the Mission in April, 2018.

Although Rebecca grew up surrounded by the message of Christ, she encountered several abusive figures in her life. “My life has been transformed by God’s love. God rescued me from abuse, Pharisaism, and so much hopelessness, how can I not turn around and do the same for others. I use my experience (pain) to speak to other hurting people in such a way as to bring them hope. There is nothing more redemptive than that,” Rebecca remarked on her experience.

After sharing her story and providing a message in a chapel session, guests will often come up to Rebecca and thank her for speaking directly to them. Several people relate directly to her story and feel encouraged by her strength. These experiences are most impactful for Rebecca!

You’re an inspiration, Rebecca! Thank you for all that you do.


CHRISTINA OLDHAMCHRISTINA OLDHAM

For the past 5 plus years, Christina has been the ADT Citizenship Team Captain setting up monthly opportunities for team members to volunteer at the Mission. She’s gotten a taste of many different volunteer opportunities by working in our Ministry Outreach Center and Lawrence Street Community Center kitchen.

The most impactful experience Christina has had is when she went down to the Lawrence Street Kitchen one Sunday morning to serve breakfast.

“My tired grumbling about having to get out of a nice warm bed that morning ended after parking my car and making the walk to the kitchen door. This trek walked me by people sleeping on the streets – not in a nice warm bed – that were waiting for a warm meal. It is humbling to realize the privilege I currently have in my own life and that even the basics of shelter and food are not available to everyone is profound,” Christina said.

We appreciate all you and ADT do for us Christina!


PAULPAUL ACKERMAN 

Though I was born with disabled arms, I don’t let that stop me from doing my assigned tasks around the Mission. Many guests observe me working with my arms, and some have told me how they watch me and feel inspired to press through in their challenging circumstances,” Paul said.

Paul started volunteering in guest relations at Fort Collins Rescue Mission in June, 2018. He assists guests with check-in and works closely with our Emergency Services Coordinator. He enjoys serving the people of God and learning the stories of our guests.

At one point during his service, Paul encountered a guest who had an underdeveloped hand on one of his arms. The guest was inspired by Paul and how much he witnessed him doing with his arms. He transitioned out of the Mission after a short period. Paul was moved by his experience with this unique guest!

Keep up the good work, Paul!


VRNDA DASI NOEL

Vrnda and her group from Ability Access are an incredible volunteer team. Vrnda is the owner of Ability Access, an organization that helps those who are developmentally disabled with day training services.

The dynamic group has been volunteering at The Crossing since 2007. During their 11 years volunteering, they’ve been a tremendous help in preparing the dining room for lunch, cleaning up from breakfast and serving lunch to residents and staff.

“My group enjoys volunteering at the Mission because they like to be fully integrated with their community. They enjoy interacting with folks and serving others,” Vrnda said. “The participants of Ability Access appreciate the respect and kindness they receive from residents and staff.”

Thank you Vrnda and Ability Access for helping to make a difference in the community we serve!


CHASE JACKSONCHASE JACKSON

Chase only recently moved to Denver, but quickly picked up volunteering at the Mission.

I moved to a Denver neighborhood where the issue of homelessness is a daily and ever-present reality, and volunteering with the Mission gives me the opportunity to make a direct impact within my own community,” Chase said.

Chase works as a kitchen assistant at The Crossing. He helps prep, cook, serve and clean while he volunteers. Getting to build relationships with the community we serve is one of the most impactful parts of Chase’s time at the Mission.

He said, “Working side-by-side every week with the same guys in the program has humanized homelessness for me in a way I haven’t experienced before.”

Keep on rockin’ it Chase!


ANDREA SEVERSONANDREA SEVERSON

An avid yogi, Andrea volunteers teaching a yoga class at Harvest Farm once a week. She began her good work here in early 2018.

Andrea enjoys sharing yoga with the New Life Program participants, exposing them to a new experience, many of them know nothing about. She shared, “We have guys sometimes who come to their first class in jeans, no idea what to expect, and who come back the next week in workout clothes and with other new recruits in tow, then they become dedicated regulars. It’s awesome to see, and tells me they appreciate the opportunity.”

Being able to witness the men grow and graduate the program is the most fulfilling part of Andrea’s volunteer work. She aspires to contribute to the participant’s recovery and life journey.

We are so thankful for Andrea’s caring heart and commitment to our New Life Program!


RYAN CARTER

A passionate believer, Ryan began his work as a chapel provider and mentor at Fort Collins Rescue Mission in 2017. He focuses on lifting up our homeless neighbors to a place of honor, dignity, and hope.

As we talked, he began to release forgiveness to those who had hurt him. He said it felt so good, but it also hurt, because he was opening up his heart again for the first time in decades,” Ryan said when speaking to a homeless guest.

Ryan enjoys engaging with our guests and giving his time and attention to those undergoing hard times. He feels most impactful when guests allow him to be part of the restoration and recovery process.

Thank you for opening your heart to our guests, Ryan!


AMY BAMY BURANT

Amy Burant has been volunteering at The Crossing since September, 2017. She started volunteering because she wants to contribute to the solution of ending homelessness in our city.

Amy said that the most impactful part of her experience is getting to know our program participants who work in the kitchen and have shared their stories of homelessness and hope.

“I feel really hopeful when I see the residents who are taking positive steps in their transition. I love that New Life Program participants are rewriting their story with the help of the Mission. I don’t have a lot of money to donate, but I do have time I can give,” Amy said.

Thank you so much for your time Amy!

Moments of Beauty: Helping Homeless Neighbors Feel Known, Seen and Loved

Moments of Beauty

 

WE ALL HAVE THOSE MOMENTS—YOUR WEDDING DAY,

YOUR GRADUATION, YOUR BIRTHDAY—MOMENTS WITH FESTIVITIES AND CROWDS,

DANCING AND SINGING.

But as you know, most days aren’t filled with such pageantry. We go to work. We go to the grocery store. We go to church, the dentist, the gas station. We pay bills, make dinner, do  the dishes, clean the house.

These are the ordinary, everyday tasks that we do week in and week out. In the midst of them, we have good days and bad days. Sometimes, the good days are defined by the modest of moments—making silly faces to your newborn and hearing her laugh for the first time; baking cookies with your grandkids; getting a phone call from your son who left for college last semester.

It’s in moments like these when we feel known, seen and loved. And that’s what makes them beautiful—they’re simple and ordinary, yet they remind us that we are a part of something greater than ourselves. They’re moments of beauty.

Beauty isn’t a word used to describe homelessness. But for people experiencing it, moments of beauty do happen. And it’s in these moments when our friends experiencing homelessness are reminded that they, too, are known, seen and loved.

 

Moments of Beauty Start With You

Help more people feel known, seen and loved today

Change Lives

 

Moments of Beauty This Easter

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A PLACE OF WORSHIP

Amidst the chaos of homelessness, it’s important to provide a quiet space where people can come reflect and worship. We offer chapel services at our Lawrence Street Shelter every day, and on Good Friday we will partner with Volunteers of America to host a special service with nearly a dozen chapel volunteers where we will serve communion to all of our guests.

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FOOT WASHING

The Son of God, got down on His hands and knees, on the floor, and washed His disciples’ feet. Following Christ’s example, we want to take a posture of humility and remind our guests that they are loved and have worth.

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MEALS

The food will be delicious, and it’s what happens in-between the meal that is beautiful. It’s the connection— the smiles, the hugs, the conversation, the joy of a shared experience between our guests and our volunteers.

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GIFTS

Every person who comes to our Easter Celebration will get a new pair of socks donated by St. Lukes Church and a new pair of shoes, courtesy of Runners Roost and New Balance.

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Also in this issue:

  • Letter from the CEO
  • Volunteer Appreciation Week
  • Rockie’s Cleanup
  • Why Denver Rescue Mission Matters

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Letter From the CEO: April 2019

Brad Meuli

 

Letter from the CEO

Dear Friends,

We have been using a phrase at Denver Rescue Mission that talks about hope. We like to say that Hope Starts Here! We like it so much we even put it on a staff t-shirt as a reminder that hope is alive and  well at the Mission.

When people come to the Mission for help, they are usually low on hope, their dreams and their expectations have been shattered. But the God we serve is all about hope. As a staff, we have high—no wild—expectations for the coming good of the God we serve, and because of His goodness, we know there is hope for people experiencing homelessness.

This Easter, our hope will be in Jesus Christ, who demonstrated His character and love for us by dying on a cross. His resurrection will be our focus—for Easter, for the day after Easter and for all the days after that. The hope of the coming good of God based on His compassion, grace and loving spirit will allow us to say, Hope Starts Here!

Thank you for partnering with us and for helping us provide hope to the people we serve. Happy Easter!

God Bless,

Brad Meuli

Brad Meuli President & CEO

 

Hope Starts Here

Moments of Beauty Start With You.

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Also in this issue:

  • Easter Celebration
  • Legacy Giving
  • Rockie’s Cleanup
  • Why Denver Rescue Mission Matters

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Rallying Around Denver’s Homeless During the Bomb Cyclone

Man boards bus to shelter during Bomb Cyclone                                                                                   (Photo by: Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)

The bomb cyclone was a real threat to our neighbors experiencing homelessness, and it was all hands on deck at Denver Rescue Mission as we prepared to greet people escaping the blizzard. Our staff worked diligently all day to make sure every single person had a place to go to stay safe from the storm. At Denver Rescue Mission, we know how important emergency services are to ensure safety, dignity and hope for those experiencing homelessness. We are so thankful for every single team member who braved the storm Wednesday in order to ensure our guests were taken care of. In particular, we are thankful for Tracy Bunn Brooks​​, Jerred Powell​​ and the Women and Men of the Denver Rescue Mission who didn’t call out on a snow day, who didn’t ask to go home early, but who packed a change of clothes EXPECTING to sleep at work.

It’s times like Wednesday that remind our guests and staff what an outstanding community Denver is.  We had an incredible outpouring of help from other organizations in our community. Here are just a few of the heroes from Wednesday’s crazy storm:

  • Christopher Conner​​ and Denver’s Road Home worked tirelessly with Denver County Emergency Operations Center when transportation to remote shelters was cancelled due to the high winds and the power went down at both of our downtown facilities mid-day. They spent hours working on alternative sleeping accommodations, transportation options, emergency heat and lighting, etc.
  • Commander Aaron Sanchez and Denver Police District 6 showed up early asking how they could help, and stuck around until everyone was taken care of.
  • Denver Sheriff Department, Denver Police Department, Denver Parks and Recreation showed up with their fleet vehicles to transport guests to the various remote shelters.
  • Tammy Door and the Downtown Denver Partnership showed up asking how they could help, and ended up purchasing pizza for 700 people when our kitchen ran out of prepared food.
  • Xcel Energy – Denver Colorado who worked tirelessly in the cold and wind to get the power restored at Lawrence Street Community Center – Denver Rescue Mission and Lawrence Street Shelter.
  • Lisa M Cooper​​ at Samaritan House and Christina Carlson​​ at Urban Peak who checked in throughout the day looking for ways to help in the midst of their own expanded operations – and to others that showed up or called that I’m not aware of.

When we come together as a community, we can have an incalculable impact on our homeless friends and neighbors. That’s what happened on Wednesday, and we look forward to our continued partnership with you, whether in rain, snow, or sunshine!

A Common Thread: Brooks’ Story of Recovery

Brooks' story

 

Brooks’ Story

If you’ve ever had a friend, a sibling, a parent, or a significant other, you know that people are different. We disagree; we quibble; we even get annoyed with each other. And despite all of our differences, we share a common thread. Perhaps many threads, but two in particular. We are all human—image bearers of our Creator. And because we’re human, at some point in our story, we have all experienced pain.

Pain looks different for each of us. Bullying. Divorce. Debt. Cancer. Unemployment. Loneliness. Depression. Loss. No matter what our pain looks like, it’s real, it’s difficult and it’s often one of the most defining events of our life story.

Brooks came to us eager to share his story. And why not? He just graduated our New Life Program. When we gave him the space to share, the first thing he spoke of wasn’t his recent achievement or that just two weeks prior he moved into a home after being homeless. The first thing he shared was his pain and the experience that eventually led him to us. “I’d been married a long time,” he said. “When I found out she was cheating on me, I was hurt. I didn’t know what to do. I mean, how are you supposed to know what to do when that happens? I started drinking, and I went down and down and down. I lost my job because all I thought about was masking the pain. I would think about what happened and start drinking. Then, I’d go to sleep, wake up and start drinking, again. I had no interest in life anymore.”

Eventually, Brooks’ drinking became so rampant that he started sleeping in his car. One Friday morning, he found himself standing at the corner of Broadway and Park Avenue. “I remember standing there on the corner of the street,” he said. “I looked up at the sign, the “Jesus Saves” sign. For the first time in my life, I felt like God was speaking to me, like He was inviting me inside.”

 

“I had no interest in life anymore. I was down; I was hurting. But Denver Rescue Mission, and their supporters, gave that back to me.”

 

Brooks went inside and he sat down in our chapel. “Well, it just so happens that there was a graduation ceremony that day,” he said.

The graduation was for the Mission’s New Life Program graduates and there was a man giving a speech. Brooks can’t remember what the man said, exactly, but he remembers being moved. “I sat down in the chapel and listened to him talk. I remember feeling inspired; he was speaking truth. After the ceremony was over, I went up to him and started talking to him. He prayed with me and he told me about the program and encouraged me to enroll. That’s how I ended up at Denver Rescue Mission. Come to find out that the man I was talking to was the CEO, Brad Meuli, and I didn’t even know it!”

That was the day Brooks joined the New Life Program. And in December of 2018, he graduated. “A lot of us have fallen down, we’ve experienced pain and hurt, but the Mission is here to pick you back up, and that’s exactly what they did for me.”

A lot of us will have people come alongside and help us navigate pain well. But there are some people who will struggle to get through it, who will seek to cope with it using drugs and alcohol. Many of the people who come to us for assistance are hurting and reaching out for help in the only ways they know how.

When we’re hurting, we all need a little help to get back on our feet, and that’s okay. It’s hard, and for some, it’s a long road. At the Mission, we specialize in coming alongside people, empathizing with their pain, showing them avenues to get through it, and encouraging them along the way.

But it’s not just us. It’s you, too. As a supporter, you are a part of the work we do. You play a pivotal role in the transformation of peoples’ lives, people like Brooks. “I had no interest in life anymore,” he said. “I was down; I was hurting. But Denver Rescue Mission, and their supporters, gave that back to me.”

 

You Helped Brooks Overcome His Pain…

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Change Lives

 

Five New Life Program Components

 

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SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

In the first few months of the program, participants attend morning devotions, addiction classes, Bible studies, group seminars, and weekly church services. As they progress, participants are encouraged to invest in spiritual support by connecting with local churches and church-related groups.

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CASE MANAGEMENT

Chaplains provide case management through weekly appointments that help participants address issues and struggles. Some issues may be spiritual, physical, psychological, legal, financial, medical, educational, and/or employment-related. Chaplains are the biggest advocates for our participants. They set goals and give each person help and encouragement along the way.

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CHRISTIAN COUNSELING

Participants explore their life story and search for how it fits into God’s larger story. One of our Licensed Professional Counselors or Counseling Interns guides conversations to promote faith and courage, an understanding of suffering and an understanding of how emotions interconnect with spiritual, psychological and physical health. It is a journey into personal wholeness for each of our NLP participants.

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LIFE SKILLS, EDUCATION AND CAREER

Participants have an opportunity to further their education through our Life Skills, Education and Career Modules. The Education Coordinator assesses basic academic needs (literacy, GED preparation and basic computer skills) and creates an appropriate educational plan, if necessary. Participants also enroll in a Career Development Program through which they explore finding, applying for and keeping employment that matches their skill set and abilities.

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WORK READINESS

Participants are assigned to a work readiness team where they work a variety of jobs around the Mission. They’re also assigned a supervisor who works with them to ensure they are growing in their employment readiness and skill set. In this part of the program, we aim to impart solid work ethics, positive experiences and valuable soft skills. We also help participants find meaning and value in their work and help them balance work with other areas of their life.

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Also in this issue:

  • Letter from the CEO
  • Staff Spotlight
  • Double Your Donation
  • Why Denver Rescue Mission Matters

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