Denver Rescue Mission.

The number of resources offered by the Denver Rescue Mission are extensive. Thousands of very low income, homeless, and seniors from the community turn to the non-profit for help in meeting basic needs. The programs can provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, food, basic medical care, and social services.

Hot meals and food is served. For many struggling people in the Denver community, it may be the only nutrition they receive on a daily basis. The hot meals are served from centers including Champa House, the Lawrence Street Shelter, The Crossing, Harvest Farm, and the Fort Collins Rescue Mission. They may have dinners, lunches, and even  a breakfast.

If you can’t make it to a meal site, then the rescue mission may pass out food boxes. They are mostly for the elderly, poor, the sick, and homebound. These free boxes of food may have nourishing meals for those who are unable to attend a meal or make it to a site. As resources allow, the center will pack the boxes and they will have enough in them to feed any size family for at least a week. Call 303.294.0157.

The Denver Rescue Mission also runs several holiday programs. They may have special meals and food items at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even Easter. There is also an adopt a family program. Call 303.313.2456 for details.

Shelter is always a focus of the rescue mission. The Fort Collins site will provide short term shelter for up to 75 homeless men and women. Another one of the main sites is the Lawrence Street Shelter. This has hundreds of beds and can also serve hot meals, provide showers, and other basic needs.

The non-profit also operates a community clinic. It is inside the Lawrence Street Shelter. The location provides basic dental, medical, chiropractic, nutritional, optical, and hearing services to the homeless and other participants. It can arrange care for the poor and uninsured as well. Also a number of volunteers work with the clinic and can direct clients to financial aid resources and public health care when needed. The specific serves from the Denver Rescue Mission clinic are below. Call 303.294.0157.




  • Dental care is only for New Life Program participants. This can include cleanings and check ups. In some cases free dental extractions are open to the public a couple times per month.
  • Medical care can be offered for basic needs a few times per week.
  • General chiropractic and related assistance is offered throughout the week.
  • Optical care can include eye exams, free frames and prescription lenses to program residents. The public from the Denver area may also receive eyeglass frames to the public. Those patients from the outside with a current prescription pay a minimal fee towards these costs.
  • Referrals are offered for more intensive care needs.

Client and Emergency Services are wide ranging. The rescue mission will try to offer clothing, food boxes, and even transportation to a critical appointment. Case management and emotional support is available too. Trained professionals and social workers will assess and serve the needs of low income and homeless individuals and families who are struggling to make ends meet. The assistance can include.

  • Clothing is offered for both women, men, and children at the Lawrence Street Shelter, Ministry Outreach Center, and also Harvest Farm.
  • Emergency Food Boxes that will contain non-perishable food, fruits, vegetables, and other goods. They will be provided to single parents with children, families, the disabled, single moms and others who can provide proof of dependency.
  • Shelter is always offered by the Denver Rescue Mission.
  • Transportation assistance is offered in the form of tokens for a bus or mass transit.
  • Personal hygiene items including soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, and shampoo.
  • Household items such as gently used furniture and household items. This include pillows, blankets, towels, bedding, and sheets for needy families.
  • Baby formula and needs such as formula, food, bottles, and new diapers.
  • Identification, Referrals, and more. Clients may be referred to local non-profit and government agencies for employment opportunities and ID assistance.





Many of those emergency assistance programs are combined with Family Services. This will help homeless working families, the low income, seniors and refugees achieve a life of self-sufficiency.

The Denver STAR Transitional Program is low cost, short term housing for those that are very low income, maybe homeless. Staff from the rescue mission will also work with participants and help them achieve long term self-sufficiency. Also get help in locating and paying the rent on permanent housing in the Denver County area.

Some of what STAR may arrange is career development, life skills, computer skills workshops, general counseling and much more. Many of the classes and workshops also emphasize the importance of financial responsibility by requiring residents to pay a portion of their utilities, rent, and other program fees. It can also help people obtain their GED and funds may pay for a portion of the fees.

The FRM, or Family Rescue Ministry, will help working families who are homeless find and secure stable housing by helping them pay the security deposit or first months rent. The funds need to help pay a long-term housing solution. The Denver Rescue Mission will also work with clients on self-sufficiency.

The New Life Program can assist those individuals that are impacted by addiction, abuse or other hardships. It is arranged for at the Crossing, Harvest Farm and Champa House. They can be provided shelter, addictions counseling with academics, and a curriculum that lasts 12-27 months.

The main locations of the Denver Rescue Mission are as follows.

Lawrence Street Shelter, 1130 Park Ave West, Denver, Colorado 80205, phone 303.294.0157
Fort Collins Rescue Mission, 316 Jefferson Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524, main phone 970.224.4302
Ministry Outreach Center (MOC), 5725 E. 39th Avenue, Denver, CO 80207, dial 303.297.1815
Harvest Farm, 4240 E. Country Rd 66, Wellington, Colorado 80549, 970.568.9803



By Jon McNamara

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