Guest Blogger // Joining God

Written by Murielle Wasby, Champa House Volunteer

Murielle finalAt the end of last summer, my husband and I moved to downtown Denver. After we settled in, I decided I wanted to get plugged into our local community in some way. I first heard about Denver Rescue Mission through our church, and then went online to see if there were any available volunteer opportunities near us. A need for childcare volunteers at Champa House caught my eye. After my first day, I knew that I wanted to come back. Within a few weeks of being with the kids and finding out a little bit more about the ministry, I decided that I wanted to volunteer regularly.

When I go to Champa House, I spend the three hours I’m there loving on those kids! We sing songs, play games, read books, learn about God’s creation, and do arts and crafts. In order to prepare the 3 to 5 year olds for school, we learn our alphabet, colors, shapes, and numbers. The best part of my day is the hugs from the kids each time I walk through the door. They’re happy to see me and they brighten my day.

Volunteering at Champa has also given me the opportunity to get to know the kids’ wonderful moms. Recently, my love for cooking has enabled me to get more involved with the moms by assisting and guiding them in preparing healthy, nutritious meals.

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork/masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

For the past six months, joining God where He is at work at Denver Rescue Mission’s Champa House has been a great joy in my life.

It has been a wonderful experience to watch these children and their moms, with the aid and direction of the Champa House staff, be sculpted by God into the masterpiece that He wants them to become. I am so glad that God has given me the opportunity to contribute in some small way to His mission at Champa House.

 

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Guest Blogger // We love our volunteers

Written by Jenn Darden, Short Term Volunteers Coordinator

When I first moved to Denver, I drove by “Jesus Saves” downtown. I, like everyone else, saw the line, and thought: “Wow. There is so much need in this city!” And growing up in a rural southern Missouri town, I have to admit, I was a little intimidated. But the thought crossed my mind on more than one occasion: ”How would I be able to make a difference, or help in even a small way? I’m just one person.”

When I started thinking about that experience the other day, in preparation for this year’s people that are selflessly giving of their time to make a difference? Those who were initially hesitant, but came down to serve that first meal…or jumped in and got involved volunteering on a regular basis? And that’s when it dawned on me: Volunteers are an INSTRUMENTAL piece of the puzzle! We could not do what we do in ANY of our programs or facilities without them. (And I don’t just say that because I’m one of the volunteer coordinators!…honest!)

At Denver Rescue Mission we have the BEST volunteers! It’s because of our amazing volunteers that so many of our organization runs so well! And for that we could never show enough gratitude.

So whether you’re reading this and you volunteer with us on a regular basis, or you’ve never volunteered with us and you’re thinking about taking a chance and getting involved… Thank you!!!!

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