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The Life of a PR Intern

Written by: Melvin Yarber, Public Relations Intern

The average college student is constantly looking to apply classroom knowledge to real life situations. But for some it’s a way of finally getting off their parents couch and doing something productive for the summer. This summer I am doing just that – I applied and was offered the Public Relations (PR) internship for the summer at Denver Rescue Mission (DRM).

[For more information about Denver Rescue Mission Internships, please watch this video (created by an intern) Intern at Denver Rescue Mission.]

Before I dove into my new role, I attended an intern orientation to learn about the Mission and to meet all the new interns. This orientation was the start to lifelong relationships. After the formal introductions, we enjoyed a game of ultimate Frisbee – my team winning of course.

We also took tours of each of the Mission’s ministry outreaches. During the tours we had an opportunity to visit with residents living at The Crossing complex. It was truly a blessing to see hard working staff attending to the needs of men and women they barely knew. The Mission staff work tirelessly to serve in the name of Christ and to be a part of this team is truly a blessing.

When I first arrived I was a little nervous about what type of work I would be assigned. My classroom experience at Colorado State University-Pueblo is proving me with knowledge needed for the professional world. I’ve learned and enhanced my skills in organization, interpersonal interaction and social media tactics in just a few weeks.

Working with other college students from around the world makes this internship remarkable. Interns arrived from Papua New Guinea, Ireland, and Germany. Interacting with people from different backgrounds provides me with better understanding of the “human factor” concept needed in such a diverse world.

My days as a PR intern are busy. If I’m not writing press releases or learning about media tactics, then I’m attending meetings with the PR team. At the end of the day, I am able to provide my community with resources to help the hurting and homeless get back on their feet.

I am beginning my journey toward spiritual and professional growth. One of my favorite Bible verses is Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” I may just be an intern, but one thing I do know is God will make my path straight and true.

www.DenverRescueMission.org/Internship

 

 

Celebrating 1,000 and Counting

Written by: Andrew Neal, Congregation Relations Coordinator FSHI

In April, the Family and Senior Homeless Initiative (FSHI); a partnership between Denver Rescue Mission, Denver’s Road Home and the Mayor’s Clergy Council, celebrated moving our 1,000th family/senior into permanent housing. Community partners, mentor teams, past program participants, and city representatives gathered together at the City and County Building to commemorate this truly remarkable milestone, which was reached far more quickly than anticipated – three and half years early!

While we have already achieved our initial goal, we also recognize that there is still more to be done.  As we celebrate the successes of the past, we also prepare to serve more homeless families and seniors in the future. We will set our sights on achieving a new goal:  1,500 homeless families and seniors in permanent housing by 2015. This new goal will not be reached without the continued support of the faith community in the Metro Denver area.  We’ve partnered with 350 congregations and businesses, but are focused on extending our mentoring partnerships.

Mayor Michael B. Hancock with families mentored and housed through FSHI

Mentor teams empower instead of enable, and love instead of judge families and seniors. For this reason, 86 percent of families and seniors are still in permanent housing one year later. God has blessed this ministry with mentors who open their hearts and homes to the homeless.

While we continue to celebrate the 1,000 families and seniors whose lives have been changed, we will look to the future with excitement and expectation.

1,000 – It seems like such a large number, but every day I am reminded each of those 1,000 families and seniors, has a name, each name has a story, and each story is a reflection of God’s everlasting love.

The 1,000 families and seniors has a name and story that reflects God's everlasting love.

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