The Denver Rescue Mission (“DRM”) is the oldest, full-service Christian charity in the Rocky Mountain region. Today, the DRM is recognized as a non-denominational organization where no one is denied services.
DRM is effective in bringing lasting change to individuals and families due to: 1) its ability to offer a variety of well-developed programs that serve a broad range of people and needs; 2) its numerous facilities that together accommodate up to 1,000 people nightly in both short- and long-term living arrangements; 3) its trained and dedicated staff who provide personal attention and professional expertise to the job of helping poor and homeless find permanent and meaningful solutions to life’s challenges; and 4) its integrity as a 121-year-old public charity that is financially sound and fiscally transparent.
All Mission programs serve homeless or low-income families and individuals. DRM’s four primary categories of service include:
Emergency Assistance: Providing a safety net for homeless men, women, and children is the organization’s first objective. DRM serves three hot meals daily to anyone and provides nightly beds for men at the downtown Lawrence Street Shelter, as well as for men and women at the recently acquired Fort Collins Rescue Mission in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Rehabilitation: Through the New Life Program, which is implemented at The Crossing, Champa House and Harvest Farm, DRM provides substance abuse rehabilitation for more than 230 men and women at all times. These participants engage in a program that emphasizes education, overcoming addictions, employment readiness, and life-skills training.
Family Services: DRM provides 77 transitional living units at The Crossing for homeless working families and individuals in the STAR Transitional Program. In addition, DRM places homeless families and seniors into permanent housing through our Family Rescue Ministry program.
Client Services: Through Client Services, DRM provides food boxes, clothing, household goods, and furniture to low-income families and individuals. Our Health Clinic provides basic medical care, optical and dental services, and chiropractic exams to program participants and the public.
DRM serves the greater Denver metro area and northern Colorado through services offered at eight facilities including the Denver Rescue Mission Shelter located at Park Avenue West and Lawrence.
Please join the Rocky Mountain Triathlon Club in serving dinner at the Downtown Rescue Mission Shelter during our monthly volunteer shifts from November through March. A signup sheet can be found at this link.
Last year, DRM provided more than 280,000 nights of shelter through all its 8 locations, and served 616,306 meals. Three hundred sixty-eight (368) families were helped through Family Services in ways that included providing safe shelter and assistance with moving into permanent housing. Three hundred sixty-five (365) families received furniture through Client Services, 55 vehicles were gifted to a family or individual program participant, and 124 tons of clothing was distributed.