Denver Rescue Mission

Every person is unique and has different points of need. That's why the Mission is addressing homelessness in our community through four core strategies: Emergency Services, Rehabilitation, Transitional Programs and Community Outreach.

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Emergency Services

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
Females
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Thousands in our city are in survival mode, wondering where they will spend the night, where their next meal will come from and how they will navigate homelessness.

For our neighbors experiencing homelessness, the Mission provides these basic emergency services:

• Meals
• Shelter/beds
• Drinking water
• Restrooms
• Showers
• Laundry facilities
• Basic health services
• Alternative to the streets
• Chapel services

For our friends seeking more help, we offer Next Step. This service pairs men experiencing homelessness with a caseworker whose sole focus is providing members with resources that will lead to a more stable life and permanent housing.

GOAL: Emergency Services exist to provide immediate help to people experiencing homelessness and establish rapport with our guests, inviting them to consider long-term solutions like our Rehabilitation or Transitional programs

Emergency Services are available at the following Mission locations:
• Lawrence Street Community Center
• Lawrence Street Shelter
• Fort Collins Rescue Mission
• Holly Center
• 48th Avenue Center (Operated in partnership with the City of Denver)

Learn more at: DenverRescueMission.org/Get-Help/

*Some facilities and services have been paused due to COVID-19.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Last year across all of our facilities, we provided:
• 815,516 - Meals provided
• 322,027 - Nights of shelter provided



Rehabilitation

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Homeless
Males
Military/Veterans
Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Offenders, Ex-Offenders

Description

Broken relationships, job loss, lack of education, and drug and alcohol addiction are common obstacles our homeless neighbors face every day.

Over time, these struggles can become their new normal, until all they can see in themselves is brokenness, hardship and failure, leading them to believe they will never be able to make changes.
In the New Life Program, we equip men to overcome these challenges and develop a renewed sense of hope and identity through:

• Accountability
• Financial management training
• Cultivating healthy relationships
• Housing readiness
• Case management
• Counseling
• Spiritual development
• Work readiness
• Life-skills education

Through the New Life Program, graduates overcome destructive habits, maintain healthy community, obtain full-time employment, and provide for their own permanent housing.
Our rehabilitation program is available at the following locations:
• The Crossing
• Harvest Farm

Learn more: DenverRescueMission.org/What-We-Do/How-We-Help/

*Some facilities and services have been paused due to COVID-19

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Evidence of Program's Success

Last year, we celebrated 82 graduates in the New Life Program in addition to:
• 74 New Life Program participants were paired with a mentor
• After one year of program completion, 86% of program graduates are maintaining their sobriety and housing

Transitional Programs

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Homeless
Single Parents

Description

For working individuals and families experiencing homelessness, finding a safe and affordable place to live while they transition out of poverty can be a challenge.
In the Mission's STAR Transitional Program, participants find a community of encouragement and safety where they are empowered to move out of homelessness and into a self-sufficient life. Basic program fees paid by the participants help develop a sense of responsibility. Other program components include:
• Mentoring, tutoring and relationship development for children and youth
• Case management sessions
• Life-skills training
• Financial management training
• Cultivating healthy community relationships
Through our Family Rescue Ministry and Family Refugee Services, families and seniors are paired with mentors and receive first month's rent and deposit assistance toward permanent housing.

GOAL: Families and individuals develop and practice important life skills, save money, gain the tools they need to provide for their own housing, and transition into a self-sufficient lifestyle when they graduate.

Locations include:
•The Crossing
•Administration & Education Building

*Some facilities and services have been paused due to COVID-19

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Evidence of Program's Success

In our Transitional Programs last year:

• 217 STAR households provided with safe shelter and life skills
• 101 Children completed 1,415 hours of homework in our after school program at The Crossing
• After one year of program completion, 91% of STAR graduates are maintaining their housing

• 134 Family Rescue Ministry households moved into permanent housing
• 36 Refugee households moved into permanent housing

Community Outreach

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
General population
Homeless
Males

Description

Families and individuals we serve through our community outreach programs are from vulnerable, low-income and at-risk households.

Sometimes they even find themselves forced to choose between buying the food they need and paying their rent. To prevent people from facing these kinds of decisions alone, our Client Services outreach provides:
• Household items
• Hygiene products
• Food
• Clothing
• Furniture

Community events like our annual Thanksgiving Banquet-in-a-Box program and our holiday banquets help provide meals and encouragement during the holiday season.

GOAL: People at risk of becoming homeless or transitioning out of poverty find assistance with basic necessities like food, clothing, furniture, and other household items to ensure their needs are met.

Locations include:
•Ministry Outreach Center
•Community-wide Events

Learn more: DenverRescueMission.org/Get- Involved/

*Some facilities and services have been paused due to COVID-19

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Evidence of Program's Success

Last year our community outreach included:

• 501 vehicles were donated to the Mission to give to program graduates
• 433,703 tons of clothing distributed to our guests and those in need in our community
• More than 15,000 turkeys collected to provide a Thanksgiving celebration to those in need

Harvest Farm

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Homeless
Males

Description

Harvest Farm, a 100-acre farm located in Wellington, Colorado, provides the opportunity for men to achieve self-sufficiency through the New Life Program.

For many men coming out of homelessness and addiction, the Farm's fresh air, rural environment, unique work therapy opportunities, and location away from the city's temptations provide an ideal place to refocus and begin anew.

*Some facilities and services have been paused due to COVID-19

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Evidence of Program's Success

Last year, we celebrated 46 New Life Program Graduates at Harvest Farm. In addition to this, we also had:

• 74 New Life Program participants at Harvest Farm and The Crossing were paired with a mentor
• An average starting wage of $16.03 for our New Life Program participants
• After one year of program completion, 93% of program graduates are maintaining their sobriety and housing

Fort Collins Rescue Mission

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Females
Homeless
Males
Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)
Adults

Description

In November 2012, Denver Rescue Mission acquired Open Door Mission. Renamed Fort Collins Rescue Mission, the ministry serves homeless men and women by providing shelter, meals, spiritual guidance, and life changing programs.

Fort Collins Rescue Mission operates under the umbrella of Denver Rescue Mission, which has been serving the homeless and poor in Colorado since 1892 and has also been working diligently in Northern Colorado for more than twenty years, helping men rebuild their lives at Harvest Farm.

Learn more: www.FortCollinsRescueMission.org
*Some facilities and services have been paused due to COVID-19

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Evidence of Program's Success

Last year Fort Collins Rescue Mission had:

•720 unique guests accessed the shelter

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