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Make a Difference in the Homeless Community this Christmas
OCTOBER 8th, 2019
This Christmas, you’re invited to reach our community in a tangible way!
We will be throwing our annual Christmas Giveaway Day on December 11th and we need your help to reach our friends that are experiencing homelessness! Here are ways you can partner with us:
Purchase or Gather Items: backpacks, coats, sleeping bags, warm blankets, winter boots, socks, gloves, underwear, beanies, flashlights, batteries, razors, and deodorant are all needed.
Contribute Goodies: baked goods, finger foods, milk, juice, and hot chocolate (along with cups, plates, a napkins) are all needed to make this a festive event!
Volunteer: We need at least 25 volunteers for this event to run smoothly. Our biggest needs are as follows: event set-up on Dec 10th, personal shoppers on Dec 11th to assist our visitors, and general support/tear down Dec 11th.
While giving out items isn’t a long-term solution to homelessness, we are excited to invest in and encourage our homeless friends this Christmas. Would you join us?
If you want to contribute or volunteer, contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-775-8032.
JOIN US AT THE EMBRACING OUR CITY BANQUET
Fall is officially here, and with it comes our favorite event, the Embracing Our City Banquet! This year we’re anticipating having 1000 people gather together to celebrate God’s work at Open Door. Will you join us?
Embracing Our City Banquet
Sunday, November 10th, 2019
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
5:30 - 8:15 PM
If you’ve never been before, the Banquet involves a silent auction, plated dinner (did we mention Vanilla Bean Brulee Cheesecake for dessert?) and a program with moving testimonies of people who’s lives have been changed at ODM. Here’s how you can share in the fun:
1) RSVP to come for free. Yes, we said free. We have generous sponsors who allow us to open up this event to anyone who wants to come. Simply RSVP for yourself or your group here and we’ll save you a spot.
2) Sponsor a Table. Table Sponsorships are available at $500, $1000, and $1500. Your table sponsorship is tax-deductible and supports ODM’s work in Denver. Plus is a great chance to invite 10 people and share the vision!
Can’t wait to see you on November 10th!
Te Veo House Construction Underway
September 26th, 2019
Te Veo House construction is well underway. Right now we are finishing the framing, putting up dry wall, and installing plumbing.
Our staff and volunteers have been hard at work, preparing every detail of this new transitional home for women coming out of crisis and homelessness. We have hired a Te Veo House Director and Assistant Director who are eager to get this program started. We’ve also met with an interior designer who is giving her time to make this home a beautiful and welcoming space as women find healing and restoration.
As construction continues, we’ve taken the time to write scripture on the drywall and beams as a symbol of the foundation our ministry. True restoration comes from God alone!
Many of you have given to make the Te Veo House a reality. Thank you! Your generosity is allowing us to keep on track to open our door in the coming months. Please pray for our leadership and staff as we continue to get this project off the ground.
We are still in the process of garnering support for the start-up costs of this project. Would you consider giving to Te Veo House today? Click here to give.
reaching kids, Reaching Families
September 13th, 2019
As school starts and temps slowly drop, we have a record high fall enrollment in the Learning Center! We now have 18 preschoolers and 19 elementary students that join us before and after school. This doesn’t just mean reaching more kids. It also means providing more families with affordable childcare. Not to mention building lasting friendships with more parents of our students.
To kick off the school year, Miss Elaine did a makeover of our School Age classroom. She made it into a comfortable space sectioned off into different “centers.” When the students arrive they get to chose between the homework, reading, games, dramatic play, math, and science centers.
The preschoolers also started worship Wednesdays with Mr. Walter. He grabs his guitar, and we sing songs like, "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High,” “Amazing Grace,” and "This Little Light of Mine.” It’s fun to see the kiddos dance, clap, and worship.
While the Learning Center was fully staffed this summer, we are now looking to hire an Assistant Director, Cook, and a Teacher Aide. With these spots filled, we will be able to better reach kids and their families. If you or anyone you know might be interested, take a look at our job page: odmdenver.org/staff-openings.
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