When Steven talks about his mentor, Jon, you can hear the excitement in his voice.

“Why he is just the greatest man!” Steven says as he flips through photos of the two on his iPad.

Steven was paired with Jon as part of his program. Steven and Jon meet every other week, if not every week, to chat about everything from Duke overcoming his addictions to scripture passages.

“We get a lot of support here. But, I couldn’t do any of this without him. Jon really, really cares. He wants to make sure I’m successful. That’s what a classic mentorship is and everyone needs someone like that,” says Steven.

And, with the Mission’s mentoring, participants in the New Life Program, like Steven, do have someone. Last year, the Mission paired 61 NLP participants with mentors, also known as Change Makers.

“When he cries, I cry. When he’s happy, I’m happy. He is a blessing,” says Jon. “Steven has inspired me. It’s a blessing to be a part of his life and see his testimony unfold.”

Steven and Jon’s mentorship isn’t the only living testimony that shows the power of the program. Many of the mentees and mentors experience the same connection.

“I love being a mentor at Denver Rescue Mission because it allows me to give back and pay forward to individuals in my life that have inspired me to love God and respects others more,” says Johnnie, another NLP Mentor. “So, many people just need to know that there are people who care about them.”

You can also help change lives. Join Denver Rescue Mission in celebrating all of our mentors during National Mentoring Month by learning more about our mentoring opportunities.