WHO WE ARE
Showing Our Love to Save Our Lives
The struggle of Love Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Colorado-based organization that provides opportunities for underprivileged youth and/or families to access year-round services and programs. These programs offer alternatives to those that may not qualify for other community-based assistance programs. Since it’s conception, SOL has assisted thousands of families through its community outreach events. With diverse offerings such as competitive sports and mentor teams, school supplies, food initiatives, toy drives, community picnics, and mental health awareness, Struggle of Love collaborates with other local nonprofits to reach and educate under-served communities in the Denver metro area. During their annual backpack giveaway, S.O.L gives away more than 300 backpacks full of school supplies for children who need them. S.O.L also hosts an annual hot Thanksgiving dinner for homeless children and families. In addition, SOL has led efforts as violence interrupters by Co-chairing the RISE Network in Denver. They also provide mental health training and most recently opened the doors to the new community FOOD PANTRY in the Montebello community. The struggle of Love has been recognized at a local and national level as a strong organization for community outreach. S.O.L has been awarded by the federal government for PROGRAM OF THE YEAR, by the Colorado Fatherhood Council’s Program of the year, the Denver Urban Spectrum for top 25 AAWMAD & POWER COUPLE, by Sister Enterprise for RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS, by Michael B. Hancock for MBK25, 1st Place winner of Denver Office of Economic Development Re-Imagine Retail and 1st Place in the first round of Shark Tank. The struggle of Love founders created S.O.L. from their own experiences with homelessness. They use that experience to help identify and offer services that they feel would have been incredibly valuable to them during that difficult time. “We serve underprivileged youth and families because we’ve been there. Having been in the same shoes as the people we serve, we really can relate to what they’re going through. We don’t get a salary, and we both work two jobs. God sent us on this mission, and we want to make Him proud. He opened the doors for us to be able to do all that we’ve done. Funding is always a challenge. It’s hard to take it out of our pockets, but we make sacrifices and do what we can to make it work. “Showing Our Love to Save Our Lives.”
The Struggle of Love Foundation is an outstanding organization for the youth. My name is Kendrick Shaw, and I am 17 years old. I was recommended to this organization at the start of my probation in 2021 and have been going through the programs that Struggle of Love offers. The people at the Struggle of Love Foundation encourage greatness, creativity, and work ethic from the youth. Before I joined this organization, I was involved in criminal activities. But, after coming here, I realized I don’t want to hurt people; I want to help people. Coach Eye and Jason McBride have been father figures to more than just me but also to my family. They have really helped me build character, integrity, respect, discipline, responsibility, and, most importantly, love. I will continue to come up here for any and everything because the Struggle of Love Foundation is more than an organization; it is a family.
Thank you all for everything!
- Kendirck Shaw