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Letter from the CEO: July 2019

Brad Meuli

 

Letter from the CEO

Dear Friends,

Recently, I had the great honor of being asked to give the benediction at Denver Seminary’s graduation. I used a Franciscan Benediction that I believe is appropriate for a seminary graduate but it speaks to what we do at the Mission. This simple prayer has come to mean a lot to me, and I wanted to share it with you:

Franciscan Benediction

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and the exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection and starvation, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.

And May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

We ask these things in Jesus’ name.

Amen

God Bless,

Brad Meuli

Brad Meuli President & CEO

 

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Also in this issue:

  • RiNo 5k
  • Wilderness Aware
  • A Chaplain’s Care
  • Why Denver Rescue Mission Matters

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Letter from Director: July 2019






Letter from
Director

Dear Friends,

Have you ever seen someone rise from the ashes of a disappointment or failure and regain their honor and dignity? It is one of the most satisfying feelings! It’s why we go to the movies, read great novels and inspiring non-fiction. It’s also why I feel so privileged to work at Denver Rescue Mission—Harvest Farm.

Phil’s story is one of many that I have witnessed where a man who was broken, traumatized, and profoundly lost found his way through the support and safety of Harvest Farm.

There are so many more stories every day at Harvest Farm. One young man, just paroled from a six year prison stint was tending to a goat who just birthed three babies. The runt was left to fend for itself and most likely starve, but this participant took to feeding the baby goat every 30 minutes until it strengthened and recovered. Now “Bella” follows him around the Farm, and the part of this man that cares and protects the weak arose from being long buried and beaten down.

Another recent graduate has a long history in the criminal drug world and struggled to redefine himself apart from that life. He’s experienced all that this world can offer him and found that what he really wants is a relationship with his daughters. Now he works hard and saves his money in order to move near them and be their father.

We believe God’s love transforms these men through their experiences with nature, our staff, and their own desire to live a more whole life.

Courageous people like Phil do all the hard work, the Harvest Farm staff walked with them every step of the way, and our amazing donors make it possible for Harvest Farm to be a sacred place of transformation. Thank you!

God Bless,

Brad Meuli

Seth Forwood
Director of Harvest Farm

 

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Hit a Home Run Against Hunger

Join the Colorado Rockies, King Soopers and Denver Rescue Mission for the “Hit a Home Run Against Hunger” drive.

Join the Colorado Rockies, King Soopers and Denver Rescue Mission for the “Hit a Home Run Against Hunger” drive.

Please bring nonperishable or canned food items to the Colorado Rockies game on Friday, June 28 to help feed the poor and hungry in our community!

And when you shop at King Soopers from June 23 through July 20, be sure to show your support by making a monetary donation as you check out.

For more information please contact Lisette at Lisette@DenRescue.org or 303.313.2414

Letter from the CEO: June 2019

Brad Meuli

 

Letter from the CEO

Dear Friends,

Recently, there were some phone calls that came into St. Francis Center, a day shelter not too far from the Mission, and Denver Rescue Mission. The calls were like some others we have received in the past, where we are told that “our people on the street” are creating problems of one kind or another. (The caller meant the homeless people we serve.) FOX 31 News heard about this, and I was asked to comment.

In the interview I said, “People that are homeless are all our people. They’re not just Denver Rescue Mission people, they’re not just St. Francis people, they’re everybody’s people. And what we need to do is continue our efforts to make sure that we take care of people who are out there experiencing homelessness.”

Really, we are all God’s people, and he has called us to look after those who are struggling, who are poor, who are hungry, and destitute. Because of this, we are all in this together. No one organization, no one ministry, no one city department is responsible for solving the challenges surrounding homelessness. We have to keep working on this together, grinding it out and trying to impact one person at a time.

Most of us have a family member, or a friend, or know someone who has been homeless, who has lost their job or suffered from an addiction that has caused all kinds of problems. The truth is, these folks, are just like you and me. Most of us are just one paycheck or one catastrophe from homelessness. This is where we step in at Denver Rescue Mission, when there is no place else to go, we are the light at the end of the tunnel. Please continue to join us in making a difference, in providing hope to…our people, your people, my people. We are in this together.

God Bless,

Brad Meuli

Brad Meuli President & CEO

 

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Also in this issue:

  • Letter from the CEO
  • Father’s Day Celebration
  • Hit a Home Run Against Hunger
  • Why Denver Rescue Mission Matters

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Mother’s Day Magic!

Moving Forward

“Mom turned upside down is WOW!”

The definition of mom in the Webster’s Dictionary reads, “One’s mother.”

But for those who work at Denver Rescue Mission, we believe the definition of “mom” goes much further than that. In fact, we’d go as far to say the moms we serve embody true love and compassion. They are some of the strongest females we know. They are beautiful inside and out. And, they are our heroes day in and out.

The mothers we work with have overcome many obstacles in their lives. Despite these challenges, they’ve worked hard to get onto the path of self-sufficiency and into the STAR Transitional program or Family Rescue Ministry program.

The Mission staff member’s aren’t the only ones who think our moms are the best of the best. But, their very kids believe their moms are just as spectacular as us.

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When you ask 6-year-old Araiah what her favorite thing about her mom is she says, “I love her 100%. She feeds us and does fun stuff with us.”

 

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10-year-old Alaiza also had a sweet thank you message for her mom too, “Thank you for helping us and keeping us healthy and safe.”

 

We are in awe of all the moms we serve not just this Mother’s Day, but every single day. From our Denver Rescue Mission family, we are wishing the best Mother’s Day ever!

Letter From the CEO: May 2019

Brad Meuli

 

Letter from the CEO

Dear Friends,

I am often asked, “How do we solve the issue of homelessness?” During my 20 years at the Mission, I have learned there is no single solution to solving this complex issue. If there was, we would have used it to solve this problem!

Helping people experiencing homelessness takes a collaborative effort. The more people involved with this issue, the better. City government, neighbors, businesses, other service providers, the faith community, and volunteers all make solutions happen. Partners who are in this with us are invaluable in helping people become productive, self-sufficient citizens.

This month’s newsletter talks about, and celebrates, four of these partners. Frankly, we could not list all of the partners we have worked with in our efforts to move people out of poverty, but we are so thankful for all of them.

Many of our partners never get credit, but they really are unsung heroes. Sometimes, organizations we work with do what they do out of faith beliefs, sometimes because they just care, but all of them do it because they believe—like us—that helping people is good and the right thing to do. I hope you will enjoy reading about these four partners and will think about what you, your friends, your church, or maybe your company might be able to do to partner in this critical work.

Let me finish with this quote, “You can tell a man’s [or woman’s] character by what he [or she] does for others who can do nothing for him [or her].”

These four partners, like you—our donors and volunteers—are people of character. Thank you for your partnership!

God Bless,

Brad Meuli

Brad Meuli President & CEO

 

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May 2019 Newsletter Cover

Also in this issue:

  • Mother’s Day at the Mission
  • Staff Spotlight
  • Rockie’s Cleanup

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Easter Egg Hunt Brings Happiness & Excitement

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blog 2The afternoon rain had just stopped and groves of kids from the Mission’s STAR Transitional Program started to skip down The Crossing’s sunroom hallway. As they passed the windows, they would stop, point and look out at the amphitheater courtyard.

There outside in the grass were brightly-colored, neon Easter eggs freckled among the grass. You could feel the excitement, and almost soon to be sugar rush, as the kids continued to fill the room.

But, before they could go racing to grab their eggs and candy, Joe Birmingham, the Mission’s youth coordinator, had a question for the group — “This is a fun event, but what is Easter really about?”

Several kids excitedly blurted out things like, “Easter eggs,” “the Easter Bunny,” and “Candy.”

Then one kid raised his hand and said, “The resurrection of Jesus.”

Blog 1The parents that had accumulated around the sides of the room “aww’d” at the answer and a soft clap filled the room.

Joe exclaimed, “Exactly!” He then went on to give instructions. It was go time!

3-2-1… the youngest kids went outside first, followed by a thunder of enthusiasm as the older kids and teens hit the courtyard a few minutes later. Immediately thereafter laughter, the clinking of eggs hitting together in each basket and feet crunching on grass filled the air. It was the sight of pure happiness.

Once all the trees and bushes had been looked through and every corner of the lawn had been searched, the group headed inside for an ice cream party with candy, sprinkles and more.

blog 3It was the perfect Saturday Easter egg event full of joy. And, none of it would have been possible without the handfuls of the Mission’s donors who supplied the hundreds of Easter eggs. We are extremely fortunate to have donors who go above and beyond to make sure the individuals we serve feel loved. Thank you.

We Hit Our Neighborhood Cleanup Out Of The Ballpark!

Cleaning up trash first thing on a Saturday morning the day after the Colorado Rockies home opener is not everyone’s idea of the perfect weekend plan. Especially when there’s a lot to pick up! But, for some, they are more than prepared to “step up to bat” and clean the neighborhood.

For the past 13 years, the Colorado Rockies and Denver Rescue Mission have rallied together for their annual Ballpark Neighborhood Cleanup. This year was no exception!

The morning after the Rockies’ took on the LA Dodgers in their home opener, Denver Rescue Mission Staff, Colorado Rockies’ staff, participants in the Mission’s programs, and members of the Mission’s Young Professionals group joined together to clean up the area around Coors Field.

This year’s turnout was one of the highest yet, with more than 70 individuals showing up to volunteer, including Jim Kellogg, Colorado Rockies Vice President of Community & Retail Operations, and Dick Monfort, owner of the Colorado Rockies. The volunteers broke out into teams of seven and tackled different routes around the area to clean up.

The annual event is more than just the opportunity to clean up the area. It is also a way to demonstrate a neighborly spirit and commitment to the Ballpark community. A handful of the volunteers even came back from the cleanup saying they had run into local business owners and neighbors who thanked them for picking up the trash.

So, while the idea of picking up trash isn’t the most exciting thing to do, giving back to a community we work and live in is.

Want more of our action from the day of? Check out our news coverage from FOX31 here.

Initiative 300 – Not A Solution

20180516_oao_0272At Denver Rescue Mission people are first! People who face challenges such as mental illness, addiction, domestic violence, family breakup, job loss, and more. We have been serving people with these needs for 127 years. It’s not just what happens inside of our walls that matters but also outside our walls.

On May 7, the Denver community votes on Initiative 300, also called Right to Survive. The title itself is misleading, without explanation it leaves a feeling that if you are not in favor of this you somehow believe people do not have a right to a bed, food, and health care. If this initiative passes, what happens outside of our walls will look drastically different.

If voters decide to pass this, our job at Denver Rescue Mission becomes much more difficult. I am afraid that our staff who go outside of our building to help people could be charged for harassment. The trash surrounding our downtown buildings becomes more difficult to manage. Camping in public places becomes acceptable, park curfews become non-existent and unpermitted food distribution becomes tolerable. The health and safety of our community is threatened. Sadly, Initiative 300 does nothing to help those living on the street.

At our very core, we want to help the most vulnerable people in our community. That’s what the Mission’s done for the past 127 years and will continue to do for years to come. If you live in Denver, please vote “No” on Initiative 300 and wherever you live please help us by volunteering, donating, or simply engaging in conversations with city officials and others in our community to work on the complicated issue of homelessness. I want to see people experiencing homelessness get the help they need, that’s why Denver Rescue Mission is here.

Letter From the CEO: April 2019

Brad Meuli

 

Letter from the CEO

Dear Friends,

We have been using a phrase at Denver Rescue Mission that talks about hope. We like to say that Hope Starts Here! We like it so much we even put it on a staff t-shirt as a reminder that hope is alive and  well at the Mission.

When people come to the Mission for help, they are usually low on hope, their dreams and their expectations have been shattered. But the God we serve is all about hope. As a staff, we have high—no wild—expectations for the coming good of the God we serve, and because of His goodness, we know there is hope for people experiencing homelessness.

This Easter, our hope will be in Jesus Christ, who demonstrated His character and love for us by dying on a cross. His resurrection will be our focus—for Easter, for the day after Easter and for all the days after that. The hope of the coming good of God based on His compassion, grace and loving spirit will allow us to say, Hope Starts Here!

Thank you for partnering with us and for helping us provide hope to the people we serve. Happy Easter!

God Bless,

Brad Meuli

Brad Meuli President & CEO

 

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March 2019 Newsletter Cover

Also in this issue:

  • Easter Celebration
  • Legacy Giving
  • Rockie’s Cleanup
  • Why Denver Rescue Mission Matters

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