Dear Friends,

At Denver Rescue Mission, we try to meet people at their points of need, which has been more important than ever during this pandemic.

In order to do this, we collaborated with the City of Denver and other key partners to convert our shelters from an overnight model to operating these facilities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide meals, shelter and care to hundreds of people experiencing homelessness.

We have increased our staff from 225 people to more than 300 people in order to make these significant changes. We have had to grow to meet the needs of the people we serve. We have had to be flexible and it has taken some courage, a lot of faith and your unwavering support and prayers to get this done.

We have had to take Denver Rescue Mission to other places and other buildings with some new partners. However, the Mission is not about a building. The Mission is about dedicated staff and caring people like you who want to do Kingdom work wherever we are needed. We can go anywhere and do what we do best: minister in the name of Jesus and build relationships with people experiencing homelessness as we offer hope for changed lives.

I am sure, like so many of us, that you are feeling the grind of persevering through this crisis. We all want this to be over—to be able to interact like we used to with family and friends. But, until that time comes, let me encourage you by saying that the staff and volunteers at the Mission are meeting guests at their points of need and giving people like Marvin, featured in this month’s newsletter, hope during this COVID-19 crisis. We believe that the time is now to work through being scared and sad, focus on keeping up the good fight, and trust God because He is in control.

Thank you for your partnership. May God meet you at your point of need and provide you with hope!

Brad Meuli has been President/CEO at the Mission since 2001. Brad joined the Mission after a 17-year career in banking. Previous to his staff position he served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Read his full bio.

This post is a part of January’s Changing Lives Newsletter. In this edition, You Gave Marvin Hope, you’ll learn about how your gifts change the lives of people like Marvin every day.