During the past six months, the Mission has been engaged in a strategic planning process with the goal of improving our programs and services. In late November, we launched a strategic plan that includes 15 main initiatives we hope to implement over the next three years. One of the initiatives that is an immediate priority for us is Redesigning Denver Rescue Mission’s Residential Family Programs.
The most vulnerable population we serve are families. Our goal has always been to provide a safe and caring environment as well as the necessary programs to enable these families to become self-sufficient. Employment and finding permanent housing are priorities toward reaching self-sufficiency. In order for us to meet these needs in a more effective manner, in January we moved our families from Champa House to our largest facility at The Crossing (where we have 100 rooms dedicated to our STAR Transitional Program and serve many families). These nine single women and their children will be given the opportunity to automatically enroll in our STAR Program, where they will continue to receive shelter, meals, life skills educational classes, case management, and mentoring. In addition, the children will gain access to our youth development programs in the Denver Broncos Youth Center. The Champa House property will then be listed for sale. Our Glencoe property, which is a four-plex that the Mission purchased in 2013 in the Park Hill neighborhood as a pilot extension of the STAR Program, will also be sold. The four families living there moved to The Crossing in January and remain enrolled in STAR. These changes allow us to focus our resources on enhancing the STAR Program at The Crossing to help more families transition out of homelessness in the future.
As an organization, and as individuals, we will grieve the loss of Champa House and Glencoe, and I ask you to join me in praying for our program participants and staff who are being impacted by this decision. The Mission has never been about a specific place or building. Instead, we have always been about meeting the spiritual and physical needs of our neighbors who need help through our services and programs. We have always served single-parent households in our STAR Program and will continue to do so with the attentive love and guidance that our staff provides to all program participants.
We look forward to another 125 years of service in the Denver community and exploring ways to continuously improve our programs and services to transition more individuals and families out of homelessness, which is our ultimate goal. Thank you for partnering with us to help change lives in the name of Christ.
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