Ministry Outreach Center Posts

NEW SERIES // Rachel’s Lens

Written by, Rachel Greiman, Writer/Photographer

Denver Rescue Mission is a place with some serious history. In my “New Hire Orientation” we went over all 121 years of it. With that much experience working with Denver’s most vulnerable people, there is a lot to cover. But rather than becoming overwhelmed, I felt enthused. It’s exciting to be a part of something so much larger than myself and to be in on the action.

I’ve been working at the Mission for four months now as the writer and photographer. But with more than 200 people in our New Life Program, up to 450 men sleeping in our overnight shelters this winter, 170 employees, and 6 different locations, I’m still learning something new every day!

I need to take small bites, learning about the Mission one piece at a time. I can’t walk into The Crossing and expect to interact with each family, child or adult. I can’t visit Champa House for an afternoon and hear all the individual stories of each single mother living there. I couldn’t possibly capture all that Harvest Farm has to offer in a day’s visit. The Lawrence Street Shelter serves over 1,000 meals a day; I can only share a table for three meals each day (let’s be honest, I could eat four). But even in my own building here at the administrative offices, I have yet to hear the story of how each fellow employee ended up working here. But this is my job: to give everyone outside the Mission a glimpse of who we are and what we do. The “why” of what we do can only be expressed through our stories. The people we serve give us a reason to keep going.

Each Friday, I’ll discuss something new that I’ve learned throughout the week or a story I’ve come across. It could be a sentence, it could be a novella. I’ll try to include photos when relevant. I’m already a little intimidated by a weekly commitment, but when your business is Changing Lives in the name of Christ, I can guarantee there will be a lot to say!

Bio:

I’m Rachel!

My job title says that I’m a writer and photographer, but I’m best at being an aunt and baking sweet treats. I own a cardigan in every color, all my good ideas come while sitting in church, I love terrible reality television, and I would rather be wearing sweatpants.

Serving the Community, One Person At a Time

Hello my name is Tanner, and I am the Client Services Coordinator here at Denver Rescue Mission. Our department handles about 13,000 visits every year. It sounds like a lot, but thanks to hard working staff, volunteers and program participants we are able to positively impact the lives of individual and families who come to us daily.

Right now, we are completely out of men’s underwear. We are also greatly in need of men’s pants in all sizes. The majority of men in our New Life Program are coming from the streets and only have the clothes on their back. Clean clothes and a fresh pair of underwear helps their self esteem and gives them a positive attitude that will greatly affect their journey to self-sufficiency. Think about how you would feel if you went to work in the same clothes every day?

Clothing room at the Ministry Outreach Center.

If you can donate clothing or new underwear, check out our website for drop off locations. You can also purchase underwear and other needed items from our Amazon Wishlist.

Your compassion and generosity are greatly appreciated. With your support, we are able to help our homeless and hurting neighbors. Thank you!

-Tanner Cogsdil, Client Services Coordinator

URGENT: 10,000 Turkeys Needed for Thanksgiving

The freezer currently has 298 turkeys. The Mission needs over 10,000 to feed the homeless and low-income this holiday season.

The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun. The freezer at the Mission’s Ministry Outreach Center is currently filled with 298 turkeys. In just 11 days, the Mission will give out 1,250 Thanksgiving food boxes to families, including a turkey. About 80 churches and non-profit organizations have requested nearly 10,000 turkeys to feed men, women and children in our community. We need your support!

Drop off turkeys 12 pounds or larger at the Lawrence Street Shelter, 1130 Park Ave. West in downtown Denver.