Dear Friends,

In this month’s newsletter we are looking back at the last 130 years and at former Superintendent Jim Goodheart in particular. For Denver Rescue Mission to be able to serve the poor and needy in this community for 130 years has been a great honor and a blessing. We are here because of God’s provision and because of this generous and compassionate community that believes no one should go hungry or have to sleep outside.

I am reminded that the Mission came from humble beginnings as it was started in 1892 when two ladies from Galilee Baptist Church started taking prostitutes into their home to try and help them. Things went so well that they soon rented a large room on Market Street, and the Market Street Rescue Mission was opened!

Denver Rescue Mission has grown into an organization that operates out of nine different locations, providing more than 800,000 meals and 300,000 nights of shelter a year. Our goal continues to be not just providing food and shelter, but through the power of Jesus Christ, helping people experiencing homelessness become productive, self-sufficient citizens.

We will never take for granted those saints who came before us and made Denver Rescue Mission what it is today. This rich legacy of commitment gives us the courage and strength to move forward as the times and events may change, and we must adapt to meet these conditions. But the one thing that remains the same is that Jesus Christ is at the center of all we do. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. We want Jesus at the center of all our work for years to come.

Recently I came across this quote that says, “We need to be willing to do work that never ends.” This is who we believe we are at Denver Rescue Mission—people who trust in God and do His work that never ends.

Brad Meuli

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 part of January’s Changing Lives Newsletter. This month, we’re celebrating our 130th Anniversary by talking about Jim Goodheart, a former guest and early leader at the Mission.