Urban immersion

urban immersion Brings youth and adults to ODM for short-term trips to serve, learn, and interact with the neighborhood.

Every year, ODM hosts youth groups, school groups, and adult groups that come to serve at ODM for short-term trips. Our vision is to see lives transformed as people gain a bigger picture of the Kingdom of God in urban Denver. This happens through community engagement, educational activities, service opportunities, and the work of the Holy Spirit. 

Your group will have the chance to serve at ODM and other organizations in our neighborhood, interact with the homeless, and learn about urban issues through a Christian worldview. We house groups in our dorm space so that participants can be fully immersed in our unique urban landscape. We also host one-day immersion experiences for large groups.

We love to see individuals of all ages gain new perspectives as they engage in urban experiences. Email Megan Etter or call 720-975-0103 for more info. Keep reading for details on our week-long and weekend trips.


Urban immersion faq

Where will we stay? 
Teams stay in Open Door Ministries’ Nehemiah House basement dorm space. Dorm space includes two bathroom with multiple showers. Since space is small, groups will spend most of their time outside of the dorms.

How many people can we bring?
We have two bedrooms with twelve beds each, along with overflow sleeping spaces across the street. We require that groups be five people or more. 

How much will my trip cost? 
Open Door Ministries charges groups $45/person/night, which covers lodging, food, programing, and most service projects supplies. To reserve a date, we request that groups pay a $500 deposit upon reserving dates for the scheduled trip, which will be deducted from the final invoice. $500 is the minimum charge, regardless of group size. 

How long should we stay?
We recommend that week-long groups come from Sunday - Friday and that weekend groups come from Friday - Sunday. 

How do meals work? 
Your ODM host will meal plan and grocery shop before your team arrives. Please let us know if anyone on your team has specific dietary needs. Teams will be expected to prepare and clean up meals in the Nehemiah basement kitchen. 

What time of year can we come? 
ODM hosts groups any time of the year! We also enjoy working with groups that want to join us for a day-long Urban Immersion experience. 

Is there an age limit?
We require that participants are at least of Middle School age. We have found that elementary school children are too young to participate in the service projects and educational activities.

How can I best prepare my team for their UI experience? 
The Urban Immersion Director will send you a short video to equip your team for their experience. You can also have your team and/or church collect new or gently used men’s socks for an outreach to the homeless during your trip. 


visiting groups engage in our community, serve, and learn about urban issues.

urban immersion activities

Urban Immersion is more than just a volunteer program – we desire to give teams a holistic view of what it’s like to do ministry in Denver. Our program is structured around three key attributes:
1) Community Involvement
2) Service Projects
3) Learning Opportunities

Poverty Scavenger Hunt
Set out in groups to complete various tasks and interact with homeless people to learn more about what it’s like to live below the poverty line in Denver. 

Prayer Walk
Participate in a prayer walk through the neighborhood while learning about the ODM community and hearing stories of people we've reached.

Homeless Outreach
Go through a 30 minute outreach training with Open Door staff and then head downtown to have meaningful conversations with the homeless in Civic Center Park and surrounding areas.

Service Projects
Serve alongside ODM as need arises. Projects may include gardening, painting, neighborhood cleanup, and deep cleaning. 

Urban Entry Videos
Watch one or two Urban Entry videos – they are 15 minutes long and encourage discussion about urban issues from a Christian perspective.

Attend an Urban Church
Attend Open Door Fellowship and experience church in an entirely new way! 

Engaging in the Greater Denver Area
Serve at other ministries in the Denver community, including Denver Rescue Mission and the Denver Voice.

Sleep Outside
Spend one night sleeping outside on the ODM playground to gain some insight into what it’s like living on the streets in Denver.

Bus Ride to Aurora
Experience what it’s like taking public transportation down Colfax. Then get a glimpse of what poverty looks like in the suburbs. 

Dinner at Ethnic Restaurant
Dine out at an ethnic restaurant to get a glimpse of the diversity of Denver, Aurora, or Lakewood. (For groups who stay longer than two nights). 

Learning Activities
Participate in hands-on learning activities that allows groups to look beyond their own needs and explore ideas of poverty and wealth distribution.

Quiet Times and Devotionals
Begin every day with breakfast and a 30-minute time of devotions. We provide booklets that have been created for your group to explore what the Bible says about working with the poor. 


Pastor matthew leading the team on a prayer walk


lots of opportunities for outreach and service