When the University of Colorado football team calls, you answer the phone.

In a whirlwind event, and first of its kind for Denver Rescue Mission, the Buffaloes brought three busloads of players and staff members to our 48th Avenue location.

Despite the sub-zero temperatures and falling snow, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day the team put the ethos of King’s legacy to action as they served food, provided smiles and offered a listening ear to guests of the Mission.

CU Buffs

“Coach Prime is all about service to the community and showing the team how important service is. We want to be winner off and, on the field, and this is winning off the field,” said Tysha Stewart, CU Football Administrative Assistant.

Every day the Mission’s 48th Avenue location provides meals, shelter and case management to over 500 men.

“This was certainly a unique opportunity provided to the guests,” said Trevor Baringer, the 48th Avenue Community Life Director. “We were happy to host the Buffs. Hopefully we can continue partnerships like this, which provides guests of the Mission with dignity and encouragement.”

We are very appreciative of the Buffs taking the time to serve and meet with our guests. It takes a community effort to help people who are experiencing homelessness. Along the Front Range, the Mission shelters approximately 1,300 individuals each evening while providing well over 3,000 meals on a daily basis. Now, more than ever, volunteers and support are needed.

“To give back to the community, to see the smiles on their face and hear their stories is a good thing. We are doing the best we can to give back to the community,” said Kahlil Benson.

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