Changing Lives at Denver Rescue Mission

In the beginning, it was just a dream—a passion to see people who were suffering find hope through the gospel and a pathway out of their desperate situations.

The Mission’s work today is definitely different than what we did in 1892. Yet, when Joshua Gravett opened a home for former prostitutes called “Market Street Mission,” his vision to see broken lives restored became the driving force behind all we do today at Denver Rescue Mission.



The Mission’s emergency services meet the immediate and often desperate needs of people experiencing homelessness in our community by providing:

  • Meals
  • Overnight shelter
  • Clean drinking water
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry facilities
  • Basic health services
  • Chapel services
  • A drug- and alcohol-free place to be during the day

These services help us build relationships and invite people to consider long-term solutions, like the life-changing programs we offer.

It’s great to be able to get off the street and be in a secure environment. I had a ruptured appendix and after surgery, I needed a place to go. The Mission was here to help me.
- Gregg



The New Life Program provides men and single mothers the opportunity to build a strong foundation for their future through:

  • Case management
  • Christian counseling
  • Spiritual development
  • Work therapy
  • Life-skills education
  • Accountability
  • Job readiness
  • Financial management training
  • Cultivating healthy relationships
  • Enhanced medical and dental services

It’s challenging to work your way out of homelessness, especially if you’re alone. That’s why we help men and women learn to overcome destructive habits, maintain healthy community, obtain full-time employment, and provide for their own sustainable housing.

I was living in my truck and doing drugs, and eventually, I had nowhere else to go. The Mission saved my life. Now I have a job and I’m going to school. I have a future thanks to the Mission. 
- Seth



The STAR Transitional Program helps working families and individuals transition out of homelessness through:

  • Case management sessions
  • Life-skills training
  • Financial management training
  • Cultivating healthy community relationships
  • Mentoring, tutoring and relationship development for children and youth

We provide a safe and affordable place to live while participants transition out of homelessness, allowing families and individuals to develop and practice important life skills, save money and gain the tools to provide for their own housing.

Families and seniors can also connect with mentors and receive assistance with their first month’s rent and deposit in the Mission’s Family Rescue Ministry and Family Refugee Services.

The STAR Program brought us back together. We still have our disagreements, but the Mission is helping us learn how to communicate better and save money for the future.
- Justin and Ashley, with their sons Christian and Alexander



Our community outreach programs provide people experiencing homelessness and poverty with:

  • Food distribution
  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Household items
  • Diapers and hygiene products
  • Special events like the Thanksgiving-Banquet-in-a-Box and Adopt-A-Family program

By meeting basic needs for at-risk families and individuals, we empower people to focus on providing for their long-term needs, sometimes preventing people from experiencing homelessness.

You have no idea how much this means to me. I just moved here to get away from a destructive relationship, and it’s helpful to have a place like the Mission to provide some stability while I start building my new life.
- Althea