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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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grateful for a safe place, together

I had the pleasure of spending a few afternoons with Faith and Olivia while they were interviewed and photographed by The Denver Post. These two really brightened my week. Their family is living at The Crossing and participating in the transitional program. While they don’t have a ton of space, Faith is extremely grateful to be in a safe place, together.

You might have an idea in your head about what homelessness looks like. If you saw Faith and Olivia, you wouldn’t think they are homeless. At the end of the day, this mother and daughter are doing what many families do…pick the kids up from school, eat an afternoon snack, catch up about their day, play, laugh, smile, rest.

Read The Denver Post article here.

Craig Walker, photographer from The Denver Post takes Faith and Olivia's photo at The Crossing.

Craig Walker, photographer from The Denver Post takes Faith and Olivia’s photo at their room in The Crossing.

 

A different graduation.

When you think about your moments as a ‘graduate’ various memories might pop up. Images of caps, gowns, diplomas, camera flashes, hugs, tears, smiles…you get the picture. Not everyone has the same experience.

Graduates of the New Life Program are given more than a cap and gown and more than a piece of paper. They are given another chance at life. Anthony says it best in the video you are about to watch, “I needed a second chance or a third chance or a fourth chance.”

They are smiling, crying, hoping, and praying as they graduate the New Life Program. The three men you are about to meet display incredible strength in remaining sober, self-sufficient and part of their community. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.