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Giving A Meal

A large part of my job as the Writer/Photographer is to write the monthly newsletter for Denver Rescue Mission and Fort Collins Rescue Mission. With the title “Changing Lives,” we always try to have the newsletter feature someone whose life has been positively affected by the work we do.

And, honestly, the stories aren’t that hard to find. With all the work we do here, you don’t have to search far to find someone with a story to share, whether it’s one of our staff members, guests, program participants, volunteers, or even donors.

A few weeks ago, I was working on just such a story for the October Fort Collins Rescue Mission “Changing Lives” newsletter. The woman sharing her story was Dawn (you can read it here).

I finished interviewing her and taking a few portraits at around 3:30 p.m., picked up my wife from a local coffee shop, then headed back home to Denver. The drive from Fort Collins to Denver is nice, and my wife and I love spending time together in the car, so it was great that it worked out that she had an appointment in Fort Collins the same day I did.

On the way home, we stopped at a Qdoba for dinner, and what followed was an ironic twist of fate.

I stepped into the line to order my food and noted that the man in front of me was wearing an Ohio State polo shirt. My parents live in Ohio, so I thought momentarily about striking up a conversation with a fellow Ohio transplant. But I’m naturally a little shy and introverted, so I decided against it. I had spent enough energy in my interview and photo shoot with Dawn that afternoon.

But as I was eyeing this guy’s shirt, he must have glanced at the Fort Collins Rescue Mission stitched onto the left side of my black Mission polo. I could almost feel him staring at me while I pretended to inspect the menu. I hoped the line would move so that he could step forward and stop looking at me.

“So, what is Fort Collins Rescue Mission?” his voice broke the awkward silence filling the short distance between us.

Grateful that he wasn’t just staring at me anymore, I began to explain how Fort Collins Rescue Mission is owned and operated by Denver Rescue Mission. I went on to describe the Steps to Success Program, the shelter for men and women available at Fort Collins Rescue Mission, and how the Mission was able to increase its work in Northern Colorado by adding the Mission to the existing work of Harvest Farm.

As I described the programs and services we offer in Denver, he started nodding and acting like he already knew what I was talking about. I said as much, and he explained that he is a Denver Rescue Mission donor already.

Surprised, I thanked him for supporting the work we do, and we chatted a little while longer. His name was Chris, and as it turned out, the Ohio State shirt was from his wife. She was from Cleveland.

Finally, our burritos made it to the cashier. Since we’d been talking so much, she asked if our order was all together.

“No, they’re separate,” I said quickly.

But as I pulled out my wallet, Chris quickly handed his credit card back to the cashier and told her to pay for mine as well.

In a small way, Chris gave me an example of how our guests must feel when they receive a meal from the Mission. He was already donating to the Mission, providing meals, shelter and more to people in need, and here he was giving me a meal as well.

I’m grateful for supporters like Chris. Because of people like him, I’ve seen people’s lives completely turned around. I’ve met so many drug addicts and people suffering who have been completely transformed by the power of Jesus in their lives. And it’s only possible because of Chris and other donors like him.

So thank you for the meal a few weeks ago, Chris. But more than that, thank you for joining the Mission in helping rescue people from the struggles of being homeless.

Robo and Chris

Chris and I snapped a pic after our chance encounter at Qdoba

Hump Day is Help Day at Keller Bros. Auto Repair

Hump Day is Help Day at Keller Bros. Auto Repair

Hump Day Is Help Day

This month, every Wednesday and Thursday Keller Bros. Auto Repair in Littleton will donate $5 for EVERY oil change to the Denver Rescue Mission.

At the Mission, our hearts smile when local companies take a stand to help the most vulnerable members of our community. Keller Bros. Auto Repair in Littleton started their Hump Day is Help Day program nine months ago to “fuel” social change. This month’s guest blogger and Keller Bros. Local Store Marketing Specialist, Emily Adams, shares more about this meaningful program and how you (and your car) can get involved…

At Keller Bros. Auto Repair, we love our community, and we know you do too. That’s why we strive to give back and support those who do so much for our Denver community.

Keller Bros. has been a proud supporter of the Denver Rescue Mission for many years. Denver Rescue Mission is an important organization in our community in and around Denver, committed to serving those in need with the many programs to help them become productive and self-sufficient citizens. We are proud to support these efforts every way we can – whether it’s through employee volunteers, donations of goods and money or spreading the word of the Mission.

This month, we’re excited to support Denver Rescue Mission again with our “Hump Day is Help Day” program. Every Wednesday and Thursday in July, we will donate $5 for EVERY full-priced oil change we perform to the Denver Rescue Mission. Now your preventative maintenance goes even further — not only will you be able to keep your vehicle safe on the road, you’ll get more miles out of every dollar AND support our community!

This month marks the fourth time Keller Bros. has featured Denver Rescue Mission in the “Hump Day is Help Day” program. To date, we’ve been able to raise over $500 through oil changes and customer donations, which translates to 234 meals. Our auto repair shop in Littleton is also a Denver Rescue Mission donation collection center. We keep large bins in our waiting area for customers to drop off donations of canned goods, clothing and food for the Denver Rescue Mission.

Each year, Denver Rescue Mission continues to make a bigger difference in our community. All of us at Keller Bros. are honored to have played a small part in that mission and look forward to continuing to support these efforts in the years to come.

To our loyal customers, “Hump Day is Help Day” supporters and Denver Rescue Mission allies, thank you for helping Keller Bros. support our community. We couldn’t do it without you. All of us at Keller Bros. are committed to fueling our community – through car care, collecting food, providing meals and supporting those who do so much for our community.

To learn more about how you can help the Denver Rescue Mission with your next oil change, stop by Keller Bros. Auto Repair in Littleton or call our team at 303-347-1010. We hope to see you on a Wednesday or Thursday “Hump Day” this month to support the Mission!

We live here. We love it here. And we hope it shows.