Ways to Give Posts

Passion for frozen yogurt – Passion for community

Guest blogger: Jeff Gansneder, Bliss Owner

I am originally from Seattle and spent time living in Florida and North Carolina. I recently fell in love with Denver, and knew it was the place where I wanted to live and start my own business – this was a start to a fresh adventure in the frozen yogurt business!

There are many frozen yogurt shops popping up everywhere, and we wanted Bliss to standout, and that’s why focusing on community is our passion. We began building a sense of community by creating an experience. Bliss has an open garage door, slate brick wall, flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi, ultra modern furniture, a chalkboard wall, board games and friendly staff!! Those elements allow us to build relationships.

A healthy community includes giving back. Since Bliss’ opening 7 months ago, we’ve already partnered with local schools, communities groups, and sports teams.

This week, a portion of all sales and non-perishable food items are being donated to Denver Rescue Mission (DRM). The work and the heart of the Mission is inspiring. They have enriched our community by providing services to those most in need for over 120 years. Bliss is honored to work hand in hand with them, and excited to collaborate in order to make a difference!

So come enjoy a cool treat and give back to your community! See you soon.

Family Night hosted by KLOVE at Bliss. Stop by on Friday from 2 – 8 p.m. and meet some DRM and KLOVE staff. Don’t forget your food items to donate.

To learn more about Bliss, visit our Facebook page.

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

A Car Changes Everything

Written by: Pierce O'Farrill, Vehicle Donation Coordinator

The Vehicle Donation Program started in 1998 with several objectives in mind. First and foremost, a vehicle provides reliable transportation for graduates and it allows increased employment and basic life opportunities. We’ve also seen an immediate spike in graduation rates! The New Life Program and STAR Transitional Program take dedication and hard work; receiving a car when they graduate is their light at the end of the tunnel.

“I am the new owner of a car all because of someone’s donation and I am grateful…I feel like a kid at Christmas,” says Gary, New Life Program Graduate. “This opportunity has opened new doors for me and everything is looking brighter.”

A donated vehicle has the power to change a life. An old truck that has been sitting in a donor’s driveway collecting dust for years can look like a brand new Cadillac to a graduate and can improve their quality of life exponentially.

The Vehicle Donation Program is entirely dependent on the wonderful donors who have the generosity to gift us a vehicle. We are very grateful for every single one of them and we strive to make the process quick and easy. We will take any car, truck, van, motorcycle or recreational vehicle, whether it runs, or not! We come to the donor and pick up the car, even if it needs to be towed. The paperwork is simple and only takes five minutes and in addition to helping the Mission, the donor may qualify for a tax deduction.

Help put someone in the driver's seat by donating a your car! It will change a life.

There are many great reasons to donate a vehicle and be a part of changing lives with Denver Rescue Mission! If you ever have an unused or unwanted vehicle or know someone who has one, it would be a real blessing if you would consider the Denver Rescue Mission’s Vehicle Donation Program and help us continue to change lives!

Visit http://www.denverrescuemission.org/vehicle for the details.


Local Company IQNavigator Gets Creative with Social Media to Support Champa House

Last month, IQNavigator, a local Denver technology company, started a promotion that would support the Mission’s woman ministry – Champa House – using Twitter. It’s quite simple; with every follow to their Twitter account @IQNavigator (link: http://twitter.com/iqnavigator) they are donating a $1 to Champa House.

It’s been exciting to see the participation from fellow Tweeters. IQNavigator has had 120 new followers – that’s $120 donation dollars to support women in need for the holidays. They are hoping to get hundreds more. The campaign ends on January 3, so there’s still time to support Denver Rescue Mission by following IQNavigator with a simple click of your mouse:  http://twitter.com/iqnavigator.

We thought this was a very creative use of social media to fundraise for the Denver Rescue Mission. If your company is interested in supporting the Denver Rescue Mission by creating a Twitter campaign like IQNavigator has, please let us know and let the tweeting begin!

Giving Back with Art

How cool is it that many of us can use our talents and gifts to earn a living and then give back to those in need?  Rod Grier is that kind of guy.  His art has been so successful and what’s really wonderful, he’s a faithful supporter of the Denver Rescue Mission for years.

This time he’s giving back in a big way.  He’s auctioning his acclaimed original artwork seen in the iconic opening sequence of Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill Volume 1” as well as other one-of-a-kind pieces from his collection and a large portion of the proceeds will benefit the Denver Rescue Mission.

The auction is from 6-8 p.m on Thursday, December 15 at the Artwork Network on Sante Fe.  “Artwork Network is honored to work with the Denver Rescue Mission in hosting this auction to help raise awareness about the local homeless and those in need this holiday season,” Artwork Network owner, Alan Kircher said.

You can bid on your favorite piece online at ArtworkNetwork. Bids will help feed homeless and hungry men, women and families throughout the holiday season.  “As a long-time supporter of the Denver Rescue Mission, this felt like the perfect time of year to display and sell my paintings,” Rod says.  “No one should go hungry, especially during the holidays.”

Go check it out.  You can meet Rod (he knows Quentin Tarantino) and get in the Christmas spirit!

The exhibit is open to the public until December 15th (and a few pieces will remain up during the duration of the month).  Stop in and meet the artist in person!

Event Details: https://www.blacktie-colorado.com/calendar/event-detail.cfm?id=22666