2022 marks Denver Rescue Mission’s 130 years of service, and can you guess what has been our longest-running event? That’s right, our Easter banquet, which has been an annual tradition for about 30 years.

Although our Easter celebration has looked different throughout the years, one thing remains the same: the goodness and grace of Jesus Christ. Each year we are reminded of the resurrection of Jesus and of His everlasting love for each and every one of us.

Easter Egg Hunt

This year, our Easter festivities began with an Easter egg hunt at The Crossing, our facility housing families and individuals in our long-term programs.

We are so grateful to the team at Discovery Natural Resources, PDC Energy, Empire Distributors, BOK Financial, Lewis Roca, First Nation Group, and so many others for putting together 163 Easter baskets for the children living at The Crossing!

We are also thankful for our donor families who came to The Crossing to put together eggs and hide them for the Easter egg hunt.

It was a beautiful day, where the children at The Crossing ran outside to fill their baskets with eggs, picked out an Easter basket and got to enjoy a tasty ice cream sandwich. What a blessing it was to see the smiles and joy on all their faces!

A Meaningful Easter Meal

We served 130 meals to those in our New Life Program—a long-term rehabilitation program that helps men gain the skills, stability, spiritual support, and self-esteem necessary to become productive, self-sufficient citizens—as well as to the individuals and families in our STAR Transitional Program, which provides transitional housing to individuals and families so that they can take steps toward securing housing.

Our chefs prepared a delicious meal of ham, lamb, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, vegetables, rolls, fruit, salad, and pumpkin pie for dessert!

As we gathered together, we were reminded of the power of community. The kindness of our volunteers put a smile on so many faces, and the generosity of our donors was appreciated as we handed out Easter baskets, a new pair of socks and blessing bags filled with candy, a bracelet and a mini-Bible.

We also served 748 meals between the Easter banquets at our Lawrence Street Community Center (LSCC) and 48th Avenue Center locations.

Thanks to a generous donation, guests at both locations received a new pair of Bombas socks as well as a blessing bag.

Those at our 48th Avenue Center also received one of the 400 new pairs of shoes that were donated by Runners Roost. Students from the National Honor Society at Ponderosa High School then sorted the shoes for our banquet. What an amazing community we have at DRM!

Thank you so much for your support—because of people like you, our neighbors who are working hard in our programs to get back on their feet and our shelter guests experiencing homelessness felt seen, loved and cared for this Easter.