Give Back Denver is monthly series to showcase worthy organizations in the Denver area that do great things in this community and could use your help. I am hoping if you don’t live in the Denver area, this will inspire you to go out in your own community and find something that matters to YOU. It never hurts to give back!
This month’s feature is Denver Rescue Mission, who quietly and selflessly help the homeless men, women, and children of the Denver community. You have probably seen their prominent neon sign when driving near RiNo or to a Rockies game, and may have wondered why so many homeless people line up outside their building on Lawrence Street. Although I was unable to get in touch with anyone directly, I scoured the internet to find the most up-to-date information on this worthy organization.
As the temperature drops and the Christmas holiday approaches, now more than ever we need to hear about worthy organizations that so desperately need your help. Maybe make it part of your New Year’s resolution?
What does Denver Rescue Mission do?
Denver Rescue Mission meets the needs of those experiencing poverty and homelessness through emergency services, community outreach, long-term rehabilitation programs, transitional programs, and assistance for permanent housing. Since 1892, the Mission has been changing lives in our community.
Where are they located?
they have six different locations throughout Denver and two in northern Colorado. Each location serves a unique and vital role in helping address the issues related to homelessness and in helping those experiencing homelessness return to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens. So wherever you live in Colorado, Denver Rescue Mission probably has a location near by.
Denver Rescue Mission’s Lawrence Street Shelter is the Mission’s most well-known and most recognizable location. It provides emergency care to the poor and homeless and is an entry point for many of our New Life Program participants.
Open 365 days a year, the Lawrence Street Shelter offers 200 beds, and up to 100 additional cots during inclement weather, for a total of 300 male-only overnight guests. Our clinic, located here, provides medical care (mainly for program residents) and referrals. Daily chapel and Sunday church services are offered for all; however, chapel attendance is not required in order to enjoy a meal or a bed.
How can I volunteer?
According to their website, volunteers are the life-blood of Denver Rescue Mission. Short-term and long-term opportunities are available including serving meals, sorting clothing, becoming a mentor, and more!
Becoming a volunteer is easy. Simply create a volunteer profile and choose a serving shift and facility that works with your schedule. (We do ask that you sign up to volunteer and not show up unannounced.) You can sign up to be a volunteer HERE.
What if I want to donate used items?
The Mission always needs non-perishable food, clothing, hygiene items, furniture, and household items. Electric washing machines, dryers, and stoves are accepted in working condition.
Donations can be dropped off at the Ministry Outreach Center:
5725 E. 39th Avenue
Denver, CO 80207
Denver Rescue Mission is changing lives in the name of Christ by meeting people at their physical and spiritual points of need with the goal of returning them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens.
You can read more about the logistics behind Denver Rescue Mission, through their 2015 Annual Report website HERE
HOW TO DONATE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Hope starts with a Christmas meal — just $1.92.
You can provide warm meals, safe shelter and life-changing support to Denver’s homeless and hungry men, women and children this holiday season.