At Denver Rescue Mission, we believe in coming alongside people experiencing poverty and homelessness, empathizing with their situation and speaking truth into their lives—You are worthy. You are valued. You are created in the image of God. This is what we do. It’s our passion, our calling. And we’ve been doing it, thanks to partners like you, since 1892.

This is the story of how you helped us change lives in 2018. Thank you for being our loyal partners.

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Who We Serve

In 2018, the number one reason the people in our programs said they were experiencing homelessness was because they lost their job. The number two reason was addiction. They are defined by so much more than their situation. Meet some of the people we serve:

I’m 67 years old. I would like to live in my own place one day. Right now, I’m just taking it day to day. I’m kind of a shy person, so I don’t make friends quickly. But the Mission has been kind of a sanctuary for me. There’s a sense of community and genuine love for participants.
Dave, STAR Transitional Program Participant
From the age of 15 all the way to 30 I was in a gang. I was looking for a family but that kind of “family” isn’t for people. My real family was always there for me. I was raised in a church home and my father did the best he could for me. I just chose a different lifestyle and ended up in prison. After a few months of being at the Denver Rescue Mission, I didn’t look back. For the first time in my life, I have a genuine relationship with my son and I have goals to move into my own place.
Dwight, New Life Program Participant
I messed up. I admit it. I was addicted to alcohol. Before, I did everything that I shouldn’t have done. I want to change; I don’t want to be homeless. I have an interview on Monday. I’m hopeful for that.
John, Lawrence Street Shelter Guest
I used to live in a duplex, but when they raised the rent, I couldn’t of afford it. I’ve been homeless for nearly two years now. I’m on an affordable housing list. I keep busy; some days I go through things that make me want to give up, but I know that is not the answer. The answer is to help someone move forward. And, if I can do that, I think I’ll move forward too.
Margarita, Lawrence Street Community Center Guest

“…the Mission has been kind of a sanctuary for me.”

Impact in 2018


Meals Provided


Nights of Shelter


New Life Programs

22 children matched with a mentor

A Path Home 6

152 children completed 3,720
hours of reading and writing club


Vehicles Gifted to successful graduates


Clinic Services


Tons of Clothing distributed

76 interns experienced hands-on work at the Mission

162 households moved into permanent housing

Stories of Us

Home 11 Emergency Services

Donald’s Story

Home 12 Rehabilitation

The Houstons’ Story

Home 13 Transitional Programs

Nelson’s Story

Outreach Icon Community Outreach

Beatrice’s Story

Our Supporters


Donors in 2018


Average Donation

17,822 total volunteers

118,858 volunteer hours

A Path Home 23


Denver Rescue Mission is a member of the Better Business Bureau and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance recommends giving to organizations who spend at least 65% of their total expenses on program activities. In fiscal year 2017- 2018, 80% of our expenses were in programs.

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What’s Next

It’s a new day at the Mission, a new time with different challenges, and we are changing to more effectively and compassionately serve Denver’s homeless.

In 2018, Denver Rescue Mission engaged in a strategic planning process with the goal of improving our programs and services. As part of that process, below are three of 16 initiatives that support our goal to continue meeting the ever-changing needs of the people who come to us for help.

Update New Life Program Best Practices

Already in progress, this initiative is seeking to ensure that the men in our New Life Program are being provided with the best avenues to develop life skills, find a sustainable job, form positive relationships, and ultimately, move into permanent, sustainable housing.

Prioritize Clients’ Next Steps Out of Shelter

Also in progress, this initiative aims to help men who utilize our emergency shelters, encouraging them to join our Next Step service, informing them of long-term programs, job opportunities and housing services, and providing resources that will help them get off the street.

Restructure Family Programs

The most vulnerable demographic we serve is families. And because of that, we’re equipping our staff to serve families and individuals in more dynamic ways. We’ll focus our efforts on providing a path home for families experiencing homelessness. To do this, we’ve begun to restructure our Family Programs, which consist of the STAR Transitional Program, Family Rescue Ministry and Family Refugee Services.

Thank You

Our supporters mean the world to us.
Many have been with us for years and others just learned of our work in 2018.

We’re thankful for all of you, because without you, we wouldn’t exist.

Dear Friends,

This year marks our 127th year of serving people (that’s a lot of years!). In my time as the President/CEO, one of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that God is in control, and I pray that He uses us as a vehicle for His grace and mercy upon the people we serve. As an organization, we’ve learned that people experiencing homelessness have needs that are ever-changing. Of course, there are some basics needs that will forever remain the same—food, shelter and safety. But as factors such as Denver’s housing market, the nationwide opioid epidemic and family homelessness become more complex, the faces of homelessness are beginning to change, and so too do the needs.

That’s why, in 2018, we invested a lot of prayer and collaboration to better evaluate and improve our Mission programs and services. We are calling it our strategic planning process, and this year, we started implementing our plan!

It’s a new and exciting day at Denver Rescue Mission. Whether it be the men who sleep at our three emergency shelters, the people who use the Lawrence Street Community Center every day, or the men, women and families who live at The Crossing, your gifts are providing a path home for the people we serve.

More than anything, this annual report tells our story in 2018, and that story has been written because you took the time to give, volunteer, pray, and share the work that we do. And that work is not possible without you.

Thank you for being a part of our story and for making it possible for the people we serve to find a path home. Thank you for supporting our mission in 2018!

God Bless,

Brad Meuli