Colorado

 Denver Urban Ministries
[DenUM] (Denver)


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Contact: Urban Education Manager
   1717 East Colfax Avenue
   Denver, CO 80218
E-Mail: 
megham@denum.org  
Phone: 303.350-5062
Fax: 303.355.3494
Web site:
www.denum.org

DenUM meets people in crisis in outreach services, develops self-sufficiency through job services; strengthens the community through advocacy; and fosters awareness and growth through urban education.

Project/Focus: Work sites include, but are not limited to preparing and serving meals for the homeless, sorting donations in a food bank, building, painting or repairing low income housing, nurturing and tending gardens and working with children of economically disadvantaged families, people with disabilities and the elderly.

Educational/Advocacy Components: Urban Education couples a variety of service opportunities with at least one day in which participants focus on common barriers to self-sufficiency.  Mission participants meet one or more homeless speakers who are committed to honest, frank discussion about their experiences and observations. DenUM’s experiential learning curriculum brings participants into personal relationship with poverty and urban issues through walking tours, poverty simulations and reflective activities. Through service and education, groups develop an awareness of the stereotypes, misconceptions and ongoing local debates surrounding poverty and homelessness.  

Time: Any time of year.  One to six days experiences available.

Group Size: 60 maximum per week

Minimum Age: 12 years

Accommodations: DenUM arranges lodging in local churches. Shower and kitchen facilities provided. Groups are responsible for own transportation and food.

Cost: $180 per person per week; $100 per person for a half-week or $65 per person for a week-end; plus a $100 non-refundable fee is required to secure a reservation.  *Weekend opportunities are not available during March, June or July.

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Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection (DOOR) (Denver)


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Contact: DOOR Program National Office
   430 West 9th Avenue
   Denver, CO 80204
E-Mail: 
DOOR@DOORnetwork.org
Phone: 303.295.3667
Fax: 866.559.3248
Web site:
www.DOORnetwork.org

DOOR provides opportunities for service, learning and leadership development within the urban context.  Collaboration, mutuality and partnership are emphasized.

Project/Focus: Groups experience the city and learn about it through volunteering at a variety of community agencies already present in the community, including soup kitchens and homeless shelters.  Groups stay at facilities in the city, hear a local perspective on the city, use public transportation when available, interact with people of the city and reflect on their experiences.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  The program is designed to expose people to the city in a direct way.  Evening speakers, group reflection, worship and Bible study challenge people to consider biblical responses to the issues of poverty, racism, and injustice facing the city as they daily live out their authentic Christian faith.

See:  California (Hollywood/Los Angeles)Colorado (Denver),  Georgia (Atlanta)Illinois (Chicago)Florida (Miami) and Texas (San Antonio).

Time: Year-round. Weeklong and weekend experiences available. 

Registration deadlines:
Jan. 15 for Feb. 1 –  May 31 trips; March 1 for June 1- Aug. 31 trips; 10 weeks prior for Sept. 1- Jan. 31 trips. If you are interested in coming after the deadline, please call the national office for availability.

Group Size: Groups or combinations of groups totaling 60 participants (summer) and 45 participants (spring/winter/fall).

Minimum Age: 13  

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5 for high school aged youth; 1:4 for middle school aged youth

Accommodations:  Housing is arranged at local churches, either on the floor at the church or on cots.  Participants bring their own sleeping bag and pillow (no air mattresses).  Buildings are air conditioned. Showers are provided.  See FAQ under "Discover/Short Term" on www.DOORnetwork.org for more details.

Cost:  Weeklong: $305 per participant, Sunday evening through Friday noon.  Covers lodging, all meals from Monday morning to Friday evening except Wednesday evening, and scheduling logistics.  Weekend:  $95 per participant. 

 

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La Puente Home, Inc. (Alamosa)


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Contact
: Jennifer or Lucas Cashman
  San Luis Valley 
  911 State Ave., P.O. Box 1235
  Alamosa, CO  81101

E-Mail:  volunteers.lapuente@gmail.com
Phone:  719.589.6729 or 719.589.6742
Fax:  719.587.0810
Web site:  www.lapuente.net

La Puente Home provides emergency shelter, food assistance, transitional housing, self-sufficiency services, homeless prevention, community outreach, and job training for the homeless and other community members in crisis.  La Puente tries to meet immediate needs and to empower people to live independently with dignity.

Project/Focus:  Cooking meals in shelter, construction, food bank help, community garden, gleaning, painting, sorting at thrift store.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  Staff organize education and reflection activities to help participants understand life in the San Luis Valley, especially among the marginalized group of homeless and migrant populations in this rural area.  Issue areas include:  immigration and border; gender issues and poverty; economic issues; hunger and cycles of poverty; farm labor and agriculture; mental illness and addiction; legislation and local government; sustainable living, ecology and its larger implications; veterans and homelessness.  Resources available at www.lapuente.net/documents/servicelearningtopics.pdf

Time:  Year round

Registration Deadline:  No deadline, but summer spots usually fill up around November or December.

Group Size:  Up to 15 people

Minimum Age:  No minimum age, but please have appropriate supervisors for youth.

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:6 or 1:7

Accommodations:  Participants stay at host churches in the community with showers, kitchens and floor space.

Cost:  $25 per person per workday.  $50.00 is a suggested donation to the Church lodging host.

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San Luis Valley Habitat for Humanity (Alamosa)


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Contact: Audrey Liu
P.O. Box 1197
Alamosa, CO 81101

E-Mail:  audrey@slvhabitat.org  
Phone: 719.589.8678
Web site:
www.slvhabitat.org

Habitat for Humanity builds decent, affordable housing with low-income families who are unable to qualify for conventional mortgages.  Qualified families are given a "hand up, not a hand out."

Project/Focus: Building of affordable passive-solar mud adobe homes with low-income families in rural Colorado.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  Your group leader will coordinate program.  Habitat for Humanity Youth Advocacy Toolkit related to poverty and affordable housing available at www.habitat.org/outhprograms/ages_14_25/YouthAdvocacyToolkit.pdf

Time: Spring-Fall. Please contact us for application and information.

Group Size: Up to 20 people

Minimum Age:  High school age, 16 years

Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:4

Accommodations: Projects are located in a beautiful mountain valley surrounded by 14,000 feet peaks.  Housing is in local churches that include showers, kitchen and fellowship space.

Cost: $200 per person per week materials fee and $5 per person daily fee as housing donation.

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Rev. Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3214
blaufusm@ucc.org