Did you know that Denver Rescue Mission started, 125 years ago, as a ministry to women in prostitution? Although we still serve many women, we have changed in many ways over the years to meet the needs of the community. There are always new challenges and new obstacles to address, and because of this, we are constantly trying to improve how we serve people in need, to reach more people in more life-changing ways!
Our Next Step services described in this newsletter are an example of some changes we recently made. Not everyone who comes to us for help is ready for our 13-27 month New Life Program, or necessarily needs it, but they need help taking that first step toward becoming a productive, self-sufficient citizen. So after some careful discussion, prayer and preparation, we launched Next Step just a few short months ago at our Lawrence Street Shelter and Community Center to try and help people whose needs were not being met by our long-term programs. We are so excited about how this service is reaching people right where they are and meeting a demand we see in our community, just as we did 125 years ago.
This type of innovative thinking and willingness to find new ways to reach people is something we have to keep doing. We have a wonderful staff here at the Mission, many of whom are young people with a hunger to serve the poor and creative ideas about how that might take place. I am blessed to work alongside these men and women.
As we grow and adapt to the needs in our city, something that has not changed since our first day 125 years ago is our belief in Jesus, our desire to share the Gospel with everyone and our deep desire to see Jesus change lives. With these goals in mind, we will keep improving and trying new things so we can continue to be worthy of your trust and respect. And we will always keep pointing people to Jesus!
Thank you for your support! We could not do this without you. Together, we are 125 years strong!