Even in the midst of COVID-19, guests and participants at Denver Rescue Mission are still finding things to be thankful for. It is during the holiday season that people often stop and reflect on what they appreciate in their lives, no matter how big or small.

Guests at the Mission Express Their Gratitude

Anthony, a former New Life Program participant, expressed his gratitude for The Crossing and God’s blessings, and said that joining the program was the best decision of his life. “The program at The Crossing saved my life,” he said. “It got me off drugs—marijuana mostly—and alcohol. When I came to Denver Rescue Mission, it was a blessing. Coming here is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I came here and the food was great, the living conditions were beautiful and it was a blessing just to be welcomed by the staff.”

Britney came to the Mission’s Ministry Outreach Center for the first time looking for clothing, and she left with necessities she didn’t even go in looking for. “I came here to change my clothes and get more comfortable clothing, and I found more than what I ever thought I would leave here with—a  whole lot more,” she said. “I found clothes, shoes, hygiene items, a bra, and food.”

11-year old David, a youth participant, wrote that he was thankful for the staff in the Bronco’s Room, including Youth Coordinator Joe Bermingham. Posing for a picture with Joe, David said, “I’m thankful for the Broncos Room.” At the Broncos Room, kids like David, whose parents are part of the STAR Transitional Program, come to learn and spend time with other kids.

Everybody’s stories are different, and so are their journeys at the Mission. It has been a trying year for most, making it especially important to remember ways to be thankful. Our guests and participants are reflecting on the positive ways that God is working in their lives, and we are so thankful for the opportunity to share the love of Christ to all who come to the Mission for help.

Written by: Linneya Gardner, Content and Photography Intern