We love the opportunity to help people find hope at Denver Rescue Mission. In November, we opened our new men’s shelter, the Holly Center, located in our warehouse at 39th and Holly. This new facility has a capacity of 228 beds for men. We are excited to be able to say these are the first permanent shelter beds for men in our city since 1989 (I know, hard to believe!).
At The Great Thanksgiving Banquet, one of our guests thanked me for Holly Center. He not only thanked me but he also made a point to thank Mayor Hancock who had come to help us serve. He said, “Brad, it is like staying in a hotel!” He was so appreciative of the fact that he had a bed to sleep in, instead of a mat on the floor. He was so happy to be able to take a shower and to use a new bathroom. You could just see the joy and hope in his eyes!
Now, I am going to tell you, the Holly Center is no hotel but to my friend it is a special place, a place where hope begins—a refuge from the street. As it happened, the day that the shelter opened I gave 30 students from one of our local middle schools a tour of the new facility, and I told them, “You never want to stay here, ever.” We talked about how people come to be homeless and about the dangers of alcohol and drug addiction. But most of all, we talked about how Denver Rescue Mission provides hope and dignity to all who come to us for help. My hope, my prayer, is that these students will never find themselves as guests of the Mission, but instead will be inspired to help us as we bring hope to people experiencing homelessness in Denver.
We are excited to bring people the hope of Jesus Christ, often one meal or one night of shelter at a time. Thanks for coming alongside us in this great work. You are appreciated! My best to you for a terrific New Year filled with hope!
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