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Alexxa's Bio

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 Ripple Effect

Ripple effects happen often. We see them here at the Mission all the time. One person wants to serve and then, well the whole family or company is involved.

Scott Baca, owner of American Appliance in Wheat Ridge, wanted to support the Denver Broncos Youth Center at The Crossing. He wanted to find ways to effectively serve the youth in the Mission’s transitional living program. Scott met with the youth department and after the meeting; he decided to ask his employees to supply the “Bronco Store” with toys that the boys and girls can buy with their hard earned “Bronco Bucks.”

Scott’s employees took up the challenge with zest to find unique items to sell in the store to the point where some of the items, e.g. electronic whoopie cushions sell out within minutes of being put on the shelf.

Then the employees families wanted to get involved. Some bought gifts, others stocked snacks for the Bronco room, and this Christmas, they helped purchase gifts for 20 kids!

Santa's Elves delivering gifts at The Crossing

Santa’s Elves delivering gifts at The Crossing

American Appliance employees delivering gifts.

American Appliance employees delivering gifts.

And the ripple continued. Scott told his personal friend, Jack Nugent, a local NASCAR driver about the Bronco room. Jack is now involved by sharing his talents and faith with the kids. I mean, they got to see his car up close!

You see, you just never know what can happen when one person decides to serve.

Scott

 

 

The PR Desk | Christmas Blessings

AlexxaChristmas time can be difficult for people at the Mission. It can bring up past memories or be a reminder of current situations. Let’s be honest, not everyone wants to spend the holidays at Denver Rescue Mission. But as our President Brad put it, we are so glad you are here. We are glad people who’ve come to us have the opportunity to create change in their lives.

This week, Mission staff along with community members purchased gifts for men in the New Life Program. The even known as Bless Our Brothers was a festive time where everyone received a gift and was served coffee and holiday treats. I feel privileged to work at the Mission and to serve the people here.

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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.