Mentor an Individual
Men and women who are struggling with homelessness and poverty need additional support as they go through the Mission’s rehabilitation and transitional programs. Mentors seek to meet weekly for at least a year and provide encouragement and accountability to participants.
Mentors help break the cycle of poverty and homelessness by taking a child under their wing. Adults over the age of 18 meet with children who live with their families at a Denver Rescue Mission facility. Mentors seek to have a two hour connection, which can be in person or over the phone weekly for a six-month period.
Family mentoring is a group opportunity at Denver Rescue Mission. There are two options when considering mentoring a family. This is an ideal opportunity for a small group to interact with either homeless or refugee families.
Family Rescue Ministry
Family Rescue Ministry serves homeless families and seniors who are moving into permanent housing and need basic support and guidance. Mentor teams meet with a family or senior seven times over a six-month period. During mentor meetings, topics such as basic budgeting skills, goal setting and parenting are reviewed.
Family Refugee Services
In partnership with Lutheran Family Services, this program serves refugees who need practical guidance during their transition to living in the United States. Mentor teams of 4-6 people meet with a refugee family for a few hours each month over a six-month period. They assist the family with practical needs and help them positively acclimate into their new community.
Make a direct impact on someone’s life by becoming a mentor at Denver Rescue Mission. Mentors provide relational, emotional and spiritual support to men, women and families participating in Mission programs. When you give your time and find that one-on-one connection, you will truly receive more than you give. Individual mentors and group mentors are needed throughout the year.
Types of Mentoring Opportunities
Mentor an Individual
The Mentor Experience
“We love working together with [our mentees] to help with financial planning and parenting skills. It is wonderful to see the positive effect it has on the families.”
–Kathy, Family Rescue Ministry Mentor
“I wasn’t sure how much of an impact I was making on my mentee’s life. She’s a teenager, so sometimes it is hard to tell. Until one day she told me she keeps all the movie stubs from our outings. That made me feel good and affirmed that we have a special relationship.”
–Alexxa, Youth Mentor
“We love our refugee family. We learned a lot about another culture and built a friendship for life. I would call it a friendship program instead of a mentor program. We are really thankful for the opportunity and the huge service it provides these families.”
-Cody S., Family Refugee Services Mentor
What Do the Mentees Say?
“It’s like going to see family. [My mentors] are like mother figures to me. I love how they greet me and that I always get to bring my daughter with me.”
-Gwynniesha, Family Rescue Ministry Mentee
“I think it’s a very good program. This program helps you to adapt to the U.S. and I am very happy with my relationship with the volunteers. They always help me if I ask and even got us an English teacher who comes to our house and help in obtaining documents.”
-Aliaksandr N., Family Refugee Services Mentee
How to Get Started
- Create a profile and complete the long-term volunteer application
- Interview with a Denver Rescue Mission representative.
- Complete background check and additional paperwork.
- Wait to be connected with an individual, family or youth in need.
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