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Meals

If you or your loved ones are in immediate need of food, you are welcome to dine at our Lawrence Street Community Center, open every day of the year. The center serves three meals daily:

  • Breakfast: 7:00 A.M.
  • Lunch: 12:00 P.M.
  • Dinner: 5:00 P.M.*

 

*Dinner is available only for men staying overnight in one of the Mission's three shelter locations. Families, women in need and anyone not staying at the Mission's shelters will be referred to various partner ministries near our Lawrence Street Community Center. These ministries are also equipped to better serve women and families experiencing homelessness in other unique ways.

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Shelter

Shelter Locations for Men

Emergency shelter is available 365 days a year and can accommodate hundreds of men each night. If you are homeless and want to escape the dangers of sleeping on the street, you are welcome at one of the Mission's three overnight shelter facilities:

All guests must sign up at the Lawrence Street Community Center to be entered into the bed assignment system. For more information, contact us at 303.297.1815.

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48th Street Shelter

This overnight emergency shelter accommodates up to 400 men every night. Restrooms and showers are available, and people living with physical disabilities are welcome. In the morning, guests are transported back to the Lawrence Street Community Center where breakfast is served.

Holly Center

This overnight emergency shelter is for men who are taking active steps to get off the street. It features up to 200 beds, lockers (designed to store overnight guests’ possessions during the day), restrooms, showers, and water fountains. Overnight guests must be free of drugs and alcohol in order to stay at the Holly Center.

Lawrence Street Shelter

This overnight emergency shelter features 200 beds and additional space for 115 emergency mats. This shelter is also host to Next Step, a service designed for men experiencing homelessness who want to pursue a path toward permanent living situations. Daily chapel services are also offered in the evening.


Shelter Locations for Women and Children

Denver Rescue Mission is not equipped to provide emergency overnight shelter to women or children, but other partner organizations in Denver are available

If you are a woman experiencing homelessness and are seeking immediate shelter for yourself and your children, please call 303.294.0157 to be referred to an appropriate shelter or view a list of resources on the City of Denver website.

Other Services

Anyone is welcome to visit our Lawrence Street Community Center to find a safe place to be during the day. The drug- and alcohol-free environment provides a temporary day-time solution for you or your loved ones. Guests can also learn about our long-term programs which focus on creating long-term stability in the lives of participants.

Other daytime services available at the Lawrence Street Community Center include:

  • Restrooms/Showers - Restrooms and showers are available for both men and women. Showers are available on a first-come first-serve basis, and guests must sign up for a shower in advance. Towels, soap and other toiletries are available free of charge.
  • Laundry Services - Laundry services are drop-off only. You will receive a ticket when you drop off your laundry. Once your laundry is washed and dried, you can turn in your laundry ticket to pick up your clothing.

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Next Step

Our Next Step services help men experiencing homelessness take steps toward stability by addressing basic needs like food, shelter and job skills. While regular overnight guests at the Mission are assigned beds through a random lottery, men who participate in our Next Step services are given a guaranteed bed assignment.

Next Step also helps men identify talents, pursue ambitions, discover opportunities, and ultimately transition out of a shelter into greater stability.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your life, we’re here to help. Shelter beds are only available for men at our Lawrence Street Shelter.

The Next Step Process

1. Intake

Members begin Next Step by developing goals they want to pursue, participating in Community Involvement activities and receiving their bed assignment at our Lawrence Street Shelter.

2. The 45-Day Foundation

The first 45 days of Next Step focus on Community Involvement, job skills training, relationship development, financial planning, addiction groups, and Bible-based spiritual development. These prepare members for a successful future.

3. Taking the Next Step

The next step in a member’s life is unique to their talents and ambitions, but we encourage all our guests in practical ways to transition out of the Mission’s emergency services and into a stable lifestyle.

Workshops in Next Step

Next Step members attend these workshops as they grow toward stability:

  • Financial education
  • Relationship development
  • Job readiness, interview skills, and resume building
  • Recognizing and managing addictions
  • Positive conflict resolution

The Goal of Next Step

After Next Step, a successful participant will no longer be dependent upon shelters and emergency services. Instead, they will transition into their own housing, a long-term program or another stable living environment.

Qualifications

Next Step members must be:

  • Men, at least 18 years old
  • Physically able to do Community Involvement activities
  • Willing to submit to random drug and alcohol testing
  • Serious about pursuing goals
  • Open to the message of Christ

Time Considerations

Next Step members spend anywhere from 45 days to six months at our Lawrence Street Shelter and our Community Center developing a foundation for a successful future.

Length of participation depends on an individual’s goals and progress. Members are not eligible to have a job until the completion of their first 45 days of workshops and Community Involvement.

Community Involvement

The Next Step experience centers around Community Involvement. Next Step members join hands with Mission staff and volunteers to help meet the needs of Denver's homeless population by providing emergency services like meals, shelter, showers, restrooms, laundry, and other resources.

STAR Transitional Program

If you are an individual or family wishing to rebuild your life and achieve self-sufficiency, you are invited to participate in our STAR transitional program at The Crossing.

The STAR Transitional Program is designed to help individuals and families who are homeless despite having an income transition out of homelessness and into a sustainable, self-sufficient life. At The Crossing, you will be able to live in a safe and encouraging community away from the substance abuse prevalent in hotels and on the streets, while working toward program goals.

What to Expect

Once enrolled, you and your loved ones will gain the tools needed to attain stability and sustainable housing through:

  • Case management
  • Life-skills training
  • Financial management training
  • Cultivating healthy community relationships
  • Youth development programs

 

While in the program, you may be able to earn your GED or go on to higher education. Some qualifying graduates also receive a vehicle. Progress in the program brings increased responsibility and freedom, the reward of graduation, and a new life!

Goals of the STAR Transitional Program

The goal of the program is to allow you to develop and practice important life skills, save money, gain the tools you need to provide for your own housing, and transition into a self-sufficient lifestyle when you graduate.

Income Requirements

STAR Transitional Program participants are required to pay program fees and must have verifiable income.

Singles

Singles must have a verifiable income of
$800 per month

Families

Families must have a verifiable income of
$1,000 per month or at least $100 disposable income per month

Seniors or Disabled

Seniors or disabled participants must have a minimum of
$100 of residual income after all expenses (including program fees)

Getting Started

If you are interested in achieving stability for you or your family by participating in our STAR Transitional Program, please stop in for an intake interview:

Monday through Friday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M.
6100 Smith Road
Denver, CO 80220

Required Documentation

Certain documentation is required at your intake interview when applying to the STAR Transitional Program. Please bring the following items with you for your intake appointment:

  • Photo IDs for all adults
  • Social Security Cards for all members of the household
  • Birth certificates for children only
  • Marriage license
  • All couples must be legally married or in a common law marriage
  • Proof of steady income (see income requirements above)
  • Copy of checking and savings account statements (if applicable)
    • Checking account statements must cover the previous 2 months
    • Savings account statements must cover the previous 1 month

 

If you are approved at your intake interview, you must complete the application for the STAR Program before moving in to The Crossing.

For more information, call 303.953.3963.

Family Rescue Ministry

The Mission’s Family Rescue Ministry provides families and seniors in need with mentors from the community and assistance with their first month’s rent and deposit toward a long-term housing solution.

Qualifications for Family Rescue Ministry

Participants in Family Rescue Ministry must:

  • Be either seniors (60+ years old) or a family (with legal custody of at least one child age 17 or younger)
  • Be homeless (cannot be in a lease at the time of contacting Family Rescue Ministry)
  • Have documented and verifiable source of legal employment or social security income
  • Have no felonies in the previous 24 months
  • Be willing to submit to a background check and drug screening
  • *Additional requirements may apply

Required Documentation

Participants must also provide the following documentation:

  • Photo IDs for all adults
  • Social Security Cards for all members of the household
  • Marriage license
  • All couples must be legally married or in a common law marriage
  • Proof of steady, legal income (income limits/requirements may apply)
  • Homeless verification
  • *Additional requirements may apply

 

Families can get pre-qualified on the Family Rescue Ministry Hotline at 303.313.2440.

Family Refugee Services

If you and your family recently came to the United States from another country and have limited relational and material support, you are invited to receive assistance through our Family Refugee Services. The Mission will provide a mentor team for your family who will work with you to help you with basic needs, community orientation, employment, financial skills (bilingual assistance if necessary), and social and emotional support.

To learn more, call 303.313.2440.

Family Refugee Services is provided in partnership with Lutheran Family Services. We work with refugees from all over the world, including Somalia, Sudan, Liberia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Iraq.

Food Pantry

If you and your family cannot afford food at this time, the Mission can provide you with food from our food pantry once a month. Please be ready to present a valid photo ID before you receive any items.

Food is distributed at:

Ministry Outreach Center (Denver)
5725 East 39th Avenue
Denver, CO 80207

8:30 to 11:30 A.M. Monday through Friday (closed holidays).

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Clothing

Clothing is available for those in need at the Ministry Outreach Center. Please be ready to present a valid photo ID before you receive clothing. Clothing sizes and availability is subject to change based on donations from the community.

Clothing is distributed at:

Ministry Outreach Center (Denver)
5725 East 39th Avenue
Denver, CO 80207

8:30 to 11:30 A.M. - Weekdays only

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Commodity Assistance Partners

Our Commodity Assistance Partner program allows us to partner with other non-profits in their efforts to serve Colorado’s homeless population.

If you are a 501(c)3 non-profit that is in need of clothing, hygiene items or food to support your work, please complete our Commodity Assistance Partner application and submit a copy of your 501(c)3 determination letter. Once you are approved, you are welcome to contact us to schedule an appointment to pick up the items you need at our Ministry Outreach Center.

Items received by the Mission may not be sold or distributed to employees of our Commodity Assistance Partners.

Clothing, food and hygiene items are distributed through scheduled appointments at:

The Ministry Outreach Center
5725 E 39th Avenue
Denver, CO 80207

1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. Monday through Friday (closed holidays).

If You or a Loved One Need Help...

Our programs and services are designed to help anyone experiencing homelessness connect with solutions that best fit their unique situation. Whether you need emergency services like meals and shelter, or a more long-term solution like our rehabilitation and transitional programs, we are here to help.

Choose a category below to get started:

 
 

Are you or a loved one experiencing homelessness and need immediate assistance with meals, shelter, and other daytime services? You don't have to face these challenges alone. We're here to help!

Have you suffered from homelessness, addiction or other difficulties and want to make a lasting change in your life? The New Life Program is free, long-term, in-house rehabilitation for men. We're here to help you become self-sufficient.

Are you a family, senior or individual struggling with homelessness despite having employment or steady income? Our STAR Transitional Program helps families and individuals save money and transition out of homelessness.

Do you need help providing food, clothing or other household items for yourself or your family? We invite you to learn more about our Community Outreach services available at our Ministry Outreach Center.

Community Outreach

If you are in need of help with food, clothing or other household items for yourself or your family, we invite you to take advantage of our Community Outreach services available at our Ministry Outreach Center. These services are designed to provide assistance to those who are struggling to provide for their own needs, especially women, families and the elderly. Use the links below to find out more about each service we offer.

"You have no idea how much this means to me. I just moved here, and it's helpful to have the Mission here to provide some stability while I get my footing."
- Althea

Services at the Ministry Outreach Center

Transitional Programs

Homelessness is a struggle that affects anyone, sometimes even despite having regular income. Our transitional programs are designed to help you find long-term stability while you transition out of homelessness. Use the links below to find out more about each of the transitional programs we offer.

"STAR is teaching us to develop better habits, and they work well with kids. When the girls get home from school they go to reading and writing club in the Denver Broncos Youth Center. They get tutoring and help with their homework there.”
- Jeanette, STAR Transitional Program Participant

Rehabilitation

If you have suffered from addiction, abuse or other destructive habits, we invite you to join the Mission’s New Life Program to make a lasting change in your life. In the program, participants are given the opportunity to become productive, self-sufficient members of society.

“I had no interest in life anymore. I was down; I was hurting. But Denver Rescue Mission, and their supporters, gave that back to me.”
-Brooks, New Life Program Graduate

The New Life Program consists of:

  • Bible study
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Life skills development
  • Work readiness
  • Case management

While in the program, you may be able to earn your GED or go on to higher education. Some qualifying graduates also receive a vehicle. Progress in the program brings increased responsibility and freedom, the reward of graduation, and a new life!

Goals of the New Life Program

The four main goals of the program are to see long-term change in the following areas:

1) Overcoming Destructive Habits

Drug and alcohol abuse, poor financial decisions, unhealthy relationships and other destructive habits can cause anyone to think a “new life” is out of reach. Our goal is to see New Life Program participants like you transformed by overcoming destructive habits. By immersing yourself in the program, you will receive the help you need and experience victory over life-draining behaviors.

2) Maintaining Healthy Community

In the New Life Program, you will learn to build and maintain healthy community relationships. These relationships encourage accountability and foster continued productive participation in society

3) Maintaining Sustainable, Full-Time Employment or Equivalent Income

As you advance through the program and pursue financial goals you set alongside Mission staff, you will eventually obtain sustainable, full-time employment or equivalent income.

4) Providing For Sustainable Housing

Finally, the ultimate goal of the New Life Program is to see each participant graduate and provide for their own sustainable housing needs.

Qualifications

New Life Program participants must be:

  • Men, 18(+) years old
  • Free of sex offenses and current violent charges
  • Physically able to do chores
  • Stocked with a 30-day supply of any prescribed, non-narcotic medication
  • Willing to submit to random drug and alcohol testing
  • Serious about a life change
  • Open to the message of Christ

Orientation/Candidacy

You will begin your journey as a program candidate at The Crossing, located at 6090 Smith Road in Northeast Denver. As a program candidate, you will learn about the program, receive health and case management screenings and participate in Mission outreaches and activities.

Time Considerations

The program candidacy period begins with a 30-day restriction to the facility. After the restriction, candidacy may last an additional 90 days.As a New Life Program participant, you will be eligible for employment or school outside of the program after approximately 8 months.The New Life Program can take up to 6-12 months to complete.

New Life Program Locations

New Life Program at The Crossing

Getting Started at The Crossing

  1. Review all the qualifications listed above
  2. If you meet the qualifications, contact our Intake Chaplain at 303.953.3919 or NLPIntake@DenRescue.org
  3. You will have room for a suitcase and backpack of belongings. Our dress code is collared shirts and long pants (we can provide what you need).

New Life Program at Harvest Farm

Getting Started at Harvest Farm

  1. Review all the qualifications listed above
  2. If you meet the qualifications, contact our Intake Chaplain at 970.568.9803 or NLPIntake@DenRescue.org
  3. You will have room for a suitcase and backpack of belongings. Our dress code is collared shirts and long pants (we can provide what you need).
 

Post-Graduate Program

Many New Life Program graduates also participate in our Post-Graduate Program, which provides further mentoring, accountability, counseling, and financial assistance. Graduates also mentor others, as well as volunteer for the Mission while continuing random drug tests.

 

Emergency Services

Emergency services like meals, shelter, laundry, restrooms, and our Next Step services are available at our Lawrence Street Community Center. Our goal is that these short-term solutions help you gain some stability and a path out of homelessness. Use the links below to find out more about each service we offer.

"If the temperature was going to drop below freezing, I always slept at the shelter. Eventually, I joined Next Step, and from there, I moved to the New Life Program at The Crossing."
- Scott

Are you or a loved one experiencing homelessness and need immediate assistance with meals, shelter, and other daytime services? You don't have to face these challenges alone. We're here to help!

Emergency Services

Emergency services like meals, shelter, laundry, restrooms, and our Next Step services are available at our Lawrence Street Community Center. Our goal is that these short-term solutions help you gain some stability and a path out of homelessness. Use the links below to find out more about each service we offer.

"If the temperature was going to drop below freezing, I always slept at the shelter. Eventually, I joined Next Step, and from there, I moved to the New Life Program at The Crossing."
- Scott

Have you suffered from homelessness, addiction or other difficulties and want to make a lasting change in your life? The New Life Program is free, long-term, in-house rehabilitation for men. We're here to help you become self-sufficient.

Rehabilitation

If you have suffered from addiction, abuse or other destructive habits, we invite you to join the Mission’s New Life Program to make a lasting change in your life. In the program, participants are given the opportunity to become productive, self-sufficient members of society.

“I had no interest in life anymore. I was down; I was hurting. But Denver Rescue Mission, and their supporters, gave that back to me.”
-Brooks, New Life Program Graduate

The New Life Program consists of:

  • Bible study
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Life skills development
  • Work readiness
  • Case management

While in the program, you may be able to earn your GED or go on to higher education. Some qualifying graduates also receive a vehicle. Progress in the program brings increased responsibility and freedom, the reward of graduation, and a new life!

Goals of the New Life Program

The four main goals of the program are to see long-term change in the following areas:

1) Overcoming Destructive Habits

Drug and alcohol abuse, poor financial decisions, unhealthy relationships and other destructive habits can cause anyone to think a “new life” is out of reach. Our goal is to see New Life Program participants like you transformed by overcoming destructive habits. By immersing yourself in the program, you will receive the help you need and experience victory over life-draining behaviors.

2) Maintaining Healthy Community

In the New Life Program, you will learn to build and maintain healthy community relationships. These relationships encourage accountability and foster continued productive participation in society

3) Maintaining Sustainable, Full-Time Employment or Equivalent Income

As you advance through the program and pursue financial goals you set alongside Mission staff, you will eventually obtain sustainable, full-time employment or equivalent income.

4) Providing For Sustainable Housing

Finally, the ultimate goal of the New Life Program is to see each participant graduate and provide for their own sustainable housing needs.

Qualifications

New Life Program participants must be:

  • Men, 18(+) years old
  • Free of sex offenses and current violent charges
  • Physically able to do chores
  • Stocked with a 30-day supply of any prescribed, non-narcotic medication
  • Willing to submit to random drug and alcohol testing
  • Serious about a life change
  • Open to the message of Christ

Orientation/Candidacy

You will begin your journey as a program candidate at The Crossing, located at 6090 Smith Road in Northeast Denver. As a program candidate, you will learn about the program, receive health and case management screenings and participate in Mission outreaches and activities.

Time Considerations

The program candidacy period begins with a 30-day restriction to the facility. After the restriction, candidacy may last an additional 90 days.As a New Life Program participant, you will be eligible for employment or school outside of the program after approximately 8 months.The New Life Program can take up to 6-12 months to complete.

New Life Program Locations

New Life Program at The Crossing

Getting Started at The Crossing

  1. Review all the qualifications listed above
  2. If you meet the qualifications, contact our Intake Chaplain at 303.953.3919 or NLPIntake@DenRescue.org
  3. You will have room for a suitcase and backpack of belongings. Our dress code is collared shirts and long pants (we can provide what you need).

New Life Program at Harvest Farm

Getting Started at Harvest Farm

  1. Review all the qualifications listed above
  2. If you meet the qualifications, contact our Intake Chaplain at 970.568.9803 or NLPIntake@DenRescue.org
  3. You will have room for a suitcase and backpack of belongings. Our dress code is collared shirts and long pants (we can provide what you need).
 

Post-Graduate Program

Many New Life Program graduates also participate in our Post-Graduate Program, which provides further mentoring, accountability, counseling, and financial assistance. Graduates also mentor others, as well as volunteer for the Mission while continuing random drug tests.

 

Are you a family, senior or individual struggling with homelessness despite having employment or steady income? Our transitional programs help families and individuals save money and transition out of homelessness.

Transitional Programs

Homelessness is a struggle that affects anyone, sometimes even despite having regular income. Our transitional programs are designed to help you find long-term stability while you transition out of homelessness. Use the links below to find out more about each of the transitional programs we offer.

"STAR is teaching us to develop better habits, and they work well with kids. When the girls get home from school they go to reading and writing club in the Denver Broncos Youth Center. They get tutoring and help with their homework there.”
- Jeanette, STAR Transitional Program Participant

Do you need help providing food, clothing or other household items for yourself or your family? We invite you to learn more about our Community Outreach services available at our Ministry Outreach Center.

Community Outreach

If you are in need of help with food, clothing or other household items for yourself or your family, we invite you to take advantage of our Community Outreach services available at our Ministry Outreach Center. These services are designed to provide assistance to those who are struggling to provide for their own needs, especially women, families and the elderly. Use the links below to find out more about each service we offer.

"You have no idea how much this means to me. I just moved here, and it's helpful to have the Mission here to provide some stability while I get my footing."
- Althea

Services at the MOC