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Denver Rescue Mission

Every person is unique & 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 homeless neighbors on the streets, 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 Street Center (Operated in partnership with the City of Denver)

Learn more at: https://denverrescuemission.org/get-help/

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Evidence of Program's Success

Last year across all of our facilities, we provided:
• 907,125 Meals provided
• 400,550 Nights of shelter provided
• 35,137 Chapel attendance
• 4,966 Clinic services 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: https://denverrescuemission.org/what-we-do/how-we-help/

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Evidence of Program's Success

Last year, we celebrated 84 graduates in the New Life Program in addition to:

• 126 New Life Program participants were paired with a mentor
• 128 Participants gained employment
• After one year of program completion, 91% 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: The Crossing • Administration & Education Building

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Evidence of Program's Success

In our Transitional Programs last year:
• 215 STAR households provided with safe shelter and life skills
• 109 Family Rescue Ministry households moved into permanent housing
• 53 Refugee households moved into permanent housing
• 22 STAR households moved into permanent housing
• 152 Children completed 3,270 hours of reading and writing club
• After one year of program completion, 93% of STAR graduates are maintaining their housing.
• 22 kids were matched with a mentor

See our Stories of Changed Lives: https://denverrescuemission.org/category/stories-of-changed-lives/

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.

LOCATION: Ministry Outreach Center • Community-wide Events

Learn more: https://denverrescuemission.org/get-involved/

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Evidence of Program's Success

Last year our community outreach included:

• 61,713 Pounds of food distributed
• 185 Tons of clothing distributed
• 1,768 Food boxes distributed at our Thanksgiving Banquet-in-a-Box event
• A total of 15,269 turkeys collected to feed people in need
• About 250 Struggling families had Christmas presents delivered by sponsor families for the Adopt-A-Family event
• We supplied 4,133 pounds of diapers to families in need

Additionally we had:

• Approximately 17,000 volunteers
• 76 Interns served at the Mission
• We welcomed 822 Change Makers (dedicated volunteers who serve 5 months or longer)
• Together, volunteers and interns provided 118,858 hours of service

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 up to 72 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.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Last year, we celebrated 84 New Life Program Graduates between Harvest Farm and The Crossing. In addition to this, we also had:

• 126 New Life Program participants were paired with a mentor
• 128 Participants gained employment
• After one year of program completion, 91% 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

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Evidence of Program's Success

We encourage you to read our Stories of Changed Lives to see how Fort Collins Rescue Mission is making an impact in Northern Colorado:
https://www.fortcollinsrescuemission.org/stories

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