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Local Comedian Paying it Forward

For most of us, we have a network of support – spouse, family, friends, mentor, small group, co-workers – we can call on in times of need. These are people we trust and feel comfortable asking for help, regardless of the situation.

For a moment, imagine you didn’t have anyone in your life you could go to for support. Now suppose you find yourself in the midst of a crisis. It could be loss of a job, receiving an eviction notice, being diagnosed with a physical or mental illness, among other things. What would you do? Where would you turn?

In 2010, local comedian David Bublitz found himself in a dire situation. He’d lost sight in one eye and was suffering the intense pangs of depression. Also, the health of his mother was in decline. He felt lost, had abandoned all hope and even attempted suicide.

Feeling completely adrift, David spent most of the next year in and out of the hospital dealing with mental health issues. By the end of 2012, he was feeling better and entered into the developing comedy scene in Northern Colorado. Soon his depression would swing into a manic state. It took four different doctors before David was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder. However, by that time, he’d burned a lot of bridges. His support structure was gone and he was no longer welcome back home. At this point, he found himself with no one to call and nowhere to go.

That’s when David became a guest at Fort Collins Rescue Mission. For about a year, he relied on the support and services we offer. Not only did he receive warm meals and a safe place to sleep at night, he also found hope and a sense of purpose. With encouragement from staff, he decided to “get back out there” and pursue his passion of stand-up comedy.

Fast forward to February 2017: David has been in stable housing for two years and he’s successfully managing his mental health diagnosis. He credits the help he received at Fort Collins Rescue Mission for saving his life and enabling him to get back on his feet.

To show his gratitude, he organComedian David Bublitz_event picized the “Colorado Comedy Showcase” on Feb. 10 at the historic Rialto Theater in Loveland. Nearly 100 guests came out to hear David, who opened the show with his own “greatest hits” comedy set, and three of his stand-up comedian friends. It was a laugh-a-minute show!

David committed that a portion of every ticket sold would be donated to Fort Collins Rescue Mission. Nearly $300 was raised to benefit the homeless and hurting that turn to Fort Collins Rescue Mission for help. David believes that what goes around comes around and he’s thrilled to be able to give back by paying it forward to others in need.

Fort Collins Rescue Mission is dedicated to helping the lost, broken and hopeless in our community. We meet people at their physical and spiritual points of need with the goal of returning them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens. David’s story is just one example of how we’re changing lives.

 

Hump Day is Help Day at Keller Bros. Auto Repair

Hump Day is Help Day at Keller Bros. Auto Repair

Hump Day Is Help Day

This month, every Wednesday and Thursday Keller Bros. Auto Repair in Littleton will donate $5 for EVERY oil change to the Denver Rescue Mission.

At the Mission, our hearts smile when local companies take a stand to help the most vulnerable members of our community. Keller Bros. Auto Repair in Littleton started their Hump Day is Help Day program nine months ago to “fuel” social change. This month’s guest blogger and Keller Bros. Local Store Marketing Specialist, Emily Adams, shares more about this meaningful program and how you (and your car) can get involved…

At Keller Bros. Auto Repair, we love our community, and we know you do too. That’s why we strive to give back and support those who do so much for our Denver community.

Keller Bros. has been a proud supporter of the Denver Rescue Mission for many years. Denver Rescue Mission is an important organization in our community in and around Denver, committed to serving those in need with the many programs to help them become productive and self-sufficient citizens. We are proud to support these efforts every way we can – whether it’s through employee volunteers, donations of goods and money or spreading the word of the Mission.

This month, we’re excited to support Denver Rescue Mission again with our “Hump Day is Help Day” program. Every Wednesday and Thursday in July, we will donate $5 for EVERY full-priced oil change we perform to the Denver Rescue Mission. Now your preventative maintenance goes even further — not only will you be able to keep your vehicle safe on the road, you’ll get more miles out of every dollar AND support our community!

This month marks the fourth time Keller Bros. has featured Denver Rescue Mission in the “Hump Day is Help Day” program. To date, we’ve been able to raise over $500 through oil changes and customer donations, which translates to 234 meals. Our auto repair shop in Littleton is also a Denver Rescue Mission donation collection center. We keep large bins in our waiting area for customers to drop off donations of canned goods, clothing and food for the Denver Rescue Mission.

Each year, Denver Rescue Mission continues to make a bigger difference in our community. All of us at Keller Bros. are honored to have played a small part in that mission and look forward to continuing to support these efforts in the years to come.

To our loyal customers, “Hump Day is Help Day” supporters and Denver Rescue Mission allies, thank you for helping Keller Bros. support our community. We couldn’t do it without you. All of us at Keller Bros. are committed to fueling our community – through car care, collecting food, providing meals and supporting those who do so much for our community.

To learn more about how you can help the Denver Rescue Mission with your next oil change, stop by Keller Bros. Auto Repair in Littleton or call our team at 303-347-1010. We hope to see you on a Wednesday or Thursday “Hump Day” this month to support the Mission!

We live here. We love it here. And we hope it shows.