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Join us for this exclusive online event, Illuminate: Bringing to Light the Pressing Issues of Homelessness, on Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m..

Experts from the City’s Department of Housing Stability and the Mission will discuss how we are working together to eliminate barriers to emergency services.

There are many reasons why someone experiencing homelessness may be hesitant to use resources offered by service providers in our community. Some of the ways we are lowering barriers to services is by improving the accessibility of facilities, providing 24/7 shelter services and increasing access to meet with a case manager.

Join us for this online event to hear much more about these and other solutions for meeting our vulnerable neighbors at their unique points of need.

Illuminate: Bringing to Light the Pressing Issues of Homelessness

Featured Panelists

Tracy Brooks portrait

Tracy Brooks

Tracy Brooks is the Vice President of Emergency Services at Denver Rescue Mission. She oversees all of the frontline services offered by the Mission and 120 staff members at Lawrence Street Community Center, Lawrence Street Shelter and 48th Avenue Center. She brings a wealth of knowledge in the human services field including formerly serving for eight years at Salvation Army.

Deb Butte

Deb Butte is the Director of Homelessness Resolution at the Mission and leads a team of 46 staff members in the areas of intake, case management, resource navigation and shelter diversion for our guests experiencing homelessness. These areas have made leaps and bounds for effectively serving our guests as a result of operational changes necessary during the pandemic.

Josh Geppelt

Josh Geppelt, a member of the Denver Rescue Mission team for 15 years, serves as Vice President of Programs. The Mission’s emergency services as well as long-term rehabilitation and transitional programs are under his purview. Geppelt is a mayoral appointee on the Department of Homeless Resolution’s Strategic Advisor’s Commission, helping to define the City’s strategic focus within housing and homelessness. Geppelt and Tracy Brooks work closely with the City and numerous other service providers to develop collaborative solutions for those experiencing homelessness in our community.

Angie Nelson

The City’s Department of Housing Stability (HOST) named Angie Nelson as the Deputy Director of Housing Stability and Homelessness Resolution in March 2021. Before then, Nelson worked in policy and programs to address homelessness with Denver Human Services, Denver’s Road Home and HOST for six years, including as interim deputy director for the past four months. Prior to working with the City, she developed and led transitional housing programs for Denver Rescue Mission and Warren Village.

Brad Meuli

Brad Meuli, President/CEO of the Mission for 22 years, will serve as moderator for Illuminate. He has guided the organization through significant operational changes in the last year including an increase of nearly 120 employees. He serves on Denver’s Homeless Leadership Council to develop solutions with other local service providers for those facing homelessness in our community.

We are glad to bring these online events to our supporters every few months in 2021 so you can gain inside information about how the Mission is changing lives while you tune in from the comfort and convenience of home. Do you have questions about this event? Contact our Events Department.