We feel compelled to befriend and empower the least and oppressed all around us. One way in which have found this calling to be best achieved is through partnering with exceptional organizations and ministries in our city who are best participating in this great work. Our desire is to join and resource these organizations toward fulfilling their purposes in our city.
Bus Stop Ministries has been serving people experiencing homelessness in the Denver Uptown neighborhood for 21 years. Bus Stop Ministry meets weekly on Tuesdays at 7am for a healthy breakfast, a sermon, prayer and community. Bus Stop Ministries (alongside other influencing organizations) has assisted in seeing over 120 men and women transition out of homelessness. The design of the ministry is ‘one person at a time’ where relationships are prioritized and friendships are formed. Friends can then provide assistance walking through life’s obstacles together through support and prayer. The ministry prides itself on providing delicious morning meals as we’re called to ‘love our neighbor as ourselves’ and not simply provide leftovers. Once breakfast is completed, the men and women walk together to the Network Coffee House where Camille Mack (Bus Stop Founder) and others lead a in depth bible studies and pray for one another.
Check out their website at www.busstopministry.org
For more info, contact the lead volunteer: Briana
Dry Bones staff and volunteers are committed to serving the large population of homeless teens and young adults living in downtown Denver. The youth who live on the streets of Denver range in age from 12 into their mid-twenties. Dry Bones connects these young people with resources, nutrition, entertainment, and new friends.
Dry Bones is a place where followers of Christ connect with those living on the streets and all of our faith grows as we discover new life and good news together.
Extreme Community Makeover (ECM) coordinates volunteer teams to partner with underserved people to improve their own homes and neighborhoods. These projects build safer environments; cultivate community among residents, neighborhoods, and networks of local resource providers; and connect residents to a permanent path towards healthy, hopeful, and stable lives. ECM is designed to invite volunteers into a partnership with residents of specific Denver neighborhoods (Barnum, Elyria, Globeville, La Alma/Lincoln Park, Swansea, Villa Park, West Colfax, and Westwood) to complete home and neighborhood improvement projects. These projects include graffiti removal, landscaping, painting, yard work, or other projects identified by the residents as we adopt “one block at a time”. Groups such as churches, companies, families, and schools may participate, or individuals can take part. Equally important as fences that are built are the relationships being built—between the volunteers and community members, among the neighbors on a block, and between the community and resources in their neighborhood.
For more info, contact the lead volunteer: Dalyce
Goodwill provides education, career development and employment opportunities to help Coloradans in need achieve self-sufficiency, dignity, and hope through the Power of Work.
You may know us from our neighborhood thrift stores, but did you know that 90 cents of every dollar that comes in to Goodwill goes to fund programs in your community for more than 30,000 individuals every year? Proceeds from our retail stores, as well as donor contributions, fund our highly successful workforce development programs for at-risk youth, struggling adults, and individuals with disabilities.
Goodwill’s youth services program employs teachers in 36 Denver area schools that teach an intensive career development curriculum. Each school year Goodwill calls on volunteers to help students make career connections through mock-interviews, career panels and mentoring.
For more info, contact the lead volunteer: Ruthann
HIV Care Link is an interdenominational HIV/AIDS ministry that believes in the value of every person, holds to the timeless truths of scripture and is committed to obeying Jesus’ command to love all people: actively, tangibly and self-sacrificially.
HIV Care Link is committed to preventing the spread of HIV, empowering and supporting those affected by HIV/AIDS and equipping the church to minister effectively to people living with HIV.
For more info, contact the lead volunteer: Heidi
Almost two-thirds of the homeless in Denver are people in families.
Joshua Station is a faith-based community helping families make the transformation from homelessness to a healthy, stable living environment.
Joshua Station is home to 24 families made up of 43 children and 28 adults who are on the road to self-sufficiency.
DCC is involved with organizing events for the children at Joshua Station, providing and sharing community meals with those living at Joshua Station, and helping with child care and tutoring for the children who live there.
For more info contact: Brooklyn
Network is a coffee house for homeless folks in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. It exists in order to build long-term, redemptive relationships with some of the most marginalized people in the city of Denver. We are not primarily a service provider, we simply seek to try to get to know our clients in Christ’s living room over coffee and conversation. In being present in this space, we believe we both encounter Jesus in new ways and communicate dignity to our friends on the street. If you wish to come and hang out with us, we welcome all who would come.
Check out the website at www.networkcoffeehouse.org
For more info, contact the lead volunteer: Hana
Park Forest Care Center provides quality care for persons with mental illness, brain injuries and dementia.
Park Forest is home to a wide variety of people from all walks of life; people who have amazing and touching stories, which we are honored to share in. Most of the residents do not have family and friends to visit and it is left to staff and volunteers to reach out and let the residents know how special and loved they are.
Each year, DCC has a Christmas tree with the wish lists of every resident at Park Forest. We are privileged to take those gifts in person and get to see the joy and excitement as they open them! We also share in other various activities and events with the residents of Park Forest.
For more info, contact the lead volunteer: Erin
Whiz Kids pairs at-risk kids with caring volunteers who tutor and mentor them in the spirit of Christ. Tutoring takes place within the Denver Metro area, including locations in Aurora, Jefferson County and Littleton. Whiz Kids coordinates these one-on-one tutoring sessions for multiple pairs of volunteers and students at host sites. These relationships improve self-esteem and foster a sense of accomplishment among the students we serve. Whiz Kids is instrumental in providing extra literacy and math help to struggling students and has seen improved reading scores through the tutor/student relationship. Tutoring not only makes a difference, it’s also fun!
For more info, contact the lead volunteer: Christine