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Alexxa

Alexxa moved to Denver from Phoenix more than four years ago to follow a boy who eventually became her husband. But Denver had more in store for her than a man (Awwww!). She feels there’s no other explanation for her employment at the Mission, except for God’s guidance. Alexxa started as the Public Relations Coordinator and became Director in July 2011. Her favorite part of her job is the people; she loves the staff, program participants, interns and volunteers. She has spent the last four years making everyone smile and spreading the Mission’s heart to the masses. She also fills the hall with laughter, loud laughter. If she could be any celebrity, it would be Bill Gates because he uses his great power with great responsibility. She hates night lights, kind-of likes spin class and loves anything coconut. Also? She was supposed to be a boy named Alex.

The PR Desk | Cleaning desks to provide meals

AlexxaLast week I had the opportunity to visit Eldorado Elementary in Highlands Ranch. The school hosted a turkey and canned food drive for Thanksgiving. They asked if we could come and talk to the kids at their assembly.

I have to say, speaking in front of kids is sometimes more intimidating than adults. But once my co-worker Jenn and I saw their smiling faces, the nerves went away. We talked about how the Mission helps people without homes and without food to eat. When we talked about how the Denver Broncos support us and event come volunteer, they were excited.

Eldorado ElementaryHere’s the part where I get emotional. Two students heard we were coming the week prior and decided they wanted to help. They offered to clean other students’ desks for a quarter each, with the intention of donating all the money to help people in need. (I know!) What amazing kids! I was blown away. They collected $10.05! We explained that they collected just enough money to feed five people a warm meaThank you Eldorado families for for thinking of others during this busy holiday season!l.
eldoradoschoolkidsThank you Eldorado families for for thinking of others during this busy holiday season.

A day in the life

Just another day at the office…

Commercial

This year, with the creative genius of our videographer, Justin Rounds of Switch 10 Productions, we collaborated on a TV commercial that grabs viewers’ attention.

A few weeks ago we filmed the commercial. I had the opportunity to meet Nicolete and Troy. Two people who have differing thoughts on Thanksgiving.

Commercial

We all have opinions, emotions and memories surrounding Thanksgiving. Some people are thrilled with cooking, family and traditions, while others are indifferent toward the holiday.

Does anyone really know why we eat turkey? (Well, me neither!) For some of the people who come to Denver Rescue Mission for a meal, it can be the difference between hope and despair. A welcoming smile. A hearty plate of food. A safe place. Those basic things can give someone the desire to change their current situation. It happened for Todd, as you are about to see. Todd is the third person in the video. He is a graduate of the New Life Program.

New series, but first blankets

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More on the new series next week because right now, we have a great need.

The temperatures are dropping and the heat is going up – at least at my house.  You see, the reality is many people right here in Denver don’t have the luxury of turning up the heat or pulling out blankets to stay warm. For whatever reason, they are homeless or in some cases they have a home. Turning up the heat or snuggling up with that blanket is indeed a luxury for many.

The Mission is partnering with the city again this year for the winter emergency shelter. Last night, we held a neighborhood meeting, but with the rainy evening, no one showed up.

The e-shelter is starting next Tuesday. We are in desperate need of blankets for 150+ men who will come to sleep here each night.

We made it easy! Donate blankets using our Amazon Wish List or drop off new or gently used blankets at the Lawrence Street Shelter (Park Ave. & Lawrence).

Winter Emergency Shelter