Champa House Posts

Rachel’s Lens // Traveling Generosity

Julie!

Julie with a car full of donations!

My friend Julie is two things: extremely organized and extremely generous. I mean, she is much more than two things, but these are the two qualities that come to mind whenever I’m with her.

She lives in California and is an Executive Director with Thirty-One Gifts, charged with leading a team of almost 150 women. One of her favorite things to do is travel and blog about all her adventures. She was visiting Denver last week for the company’s national conference and it was so good to catch up with her again.

Julie contacted me a couple months ago, asking if there was anything she could do to serve Denver Rescue Mission while her team was in town. She came up with a brilliant idea to give personalized Thirty-One diaper bags to the single moms living at Champa House. She and her team filled the bags with all the things a mom could need. It was so unbelievably thoughtful and I know they stayed up until 2:00 a.m. the night before to assemble them!

The women at Champa were thrilled to receive the bags and I was so encouraged to see the attitude of generosity that Julie fosters in the people around her. It takes a special person to think outside of themselves and reach into the world around them, even on vacation.

Thank you Julie and Thirty-One for thinking of Denver Rescue Mission and showing the amazing women at Champa such kindness!

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Amy Fletcher, Champ House Director

Amy Fletcher, Champ House Director

Rachel’s Lens // Sarah’s Graduation Day

I know it probably feels like I’ve written about Graduation Day multiple times in this series, but I just can’t help it…it’s my favorite two days each year! It’s such an amazing celebration of the hard work of life change that our program participants have done over the course of  years.

I went to our graduation celebration this morning to take pictures and cheer on all the accomplishments of our grads, but I’m also going to another special ceremony tonight. Sarah, from Champa House is graduating! When I first interviewed Sarah last fall, I was so moved by her vulnerability and strength. She was telling me some of her most raw moments, but following up with the promises of the Lord that have guided her through them. Her faith is admirable and her determination inspiring.

After multiple photo shoots, texts and phone calls about her story, I realized we had formed a friendship. She already attended my church and began coming to my small group with me every week. I looked forward to picking her and her son up each Wednesday night and chatting in the car. She added such a refreshing perspective to our small group discussions and integrated easily with everyone else in the group. Sarah has become an important part of my community here in Denver and her graduation means so much to me. It marks the end of the most difficult time in her life and the beginning of her future.

Sarah will be celebrated by all the other mothers living at Champa, the staff, her friends, and her family. We all will get to hear her story of transformation and shower her with love and prayer as she starts this new, exciting chapter of her life. I can’t wait to see the look on her face as she realizes that she has truly done it. She made it through. Ah, it makes me cry just thinking about it.

Be sure to check Facebook next week for some photos!

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Guest Blogger // When transformation begins and life comes back

Written by Amy Fletcher, Champa House Program Director

One of the greatest joys of my job at Champa House is the fact that I get to be witness to transformation.  I am allowed the great privilege of watching broken, angry girls transform into courageous, forgiving women.  The process is work.  Very hard work. I see tears, attitudes, questions upon questions, and the ever-present temptation to quit.  However, when a woman chooses to have the courage to stick with the process, even though she cannot immediately see the outcome, transformation begins and life comes back.

Joy, our most recent graduate, is a beautiful picture of the transformation I am talking about.  She came to Champa House as a bitter, confused, angry shadow of a girl.  There was no joy in her, only pain.  Throughout her year in Champa House, Joy fully applied herself to the program.  She engaged in life skills classes, counseling, relapse prevention group, in depth Bible studies, budgeting, conflict management and relationship skills.  Joy fully surrendered her life to Christ and the  transformation He needed to do in her.  Joy graduated Champa House women’s  program on February 28th.  She graduated as a beautiful, gracious, confident woman.  She graduated as someone who fully grew into her name:  JOY.

Joy with Amy (right, Champa House Program Director)

Joy with Amy (right, Champa House Program Director)

Joy (left) with Yolanda, her Chaplain

Joy (left) with Yolanda, her Chaplain

Joy with women living at Champa House

Joy with women living at Champa House