Overview of City
At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Denver has a rich history of exploration, connection to nature, creative arts, and a free Western spirit. Denver's food and art are heavily influenced by a large Hispanic population that was involved in the Chicano Movement in the 1960's and 70's. The city is also home to growing immigrant populations from Africa and Asia and to a community of people living homelessly. DOOR Denver invites all participants to a paradigm shift as we challenge you to change your focus from charity to solidarity, following the example put forth in Exodus 3 where God shows us that seeing, hearing, and feeling are important components for compassion. Read about our commitment to local communities on our blog, here.
Discover is DOOR's short term mission trip/service-learning program that includes time for service, learning, and reflection. Read more about the Discover program.
Discover groups work out of the Lincoln/La Alma neighborhood, a working class neighborhood filled with schools, street art/murals, and an arts district. Although this neighborhood is thriving in many ways, it is not immune to the issues of poverty, police brutality, and low performing schools. We invite you to celebrate the assets of our city, gain a broader perspective on the roots of these issues, and grow a passion to make a change and bring heaven to earth, through love and justice.
DOOR Denver works with over 30 agencies and ministries around the city. Examples of service opportunities include:
- A resource center for people living homelessly that provides friendly-based services such as showers, meals, clothes, mail boxes, computer access, over-the-counter medications, and rehabilitation
- An adult day enrichment program that provides a community for people who have multiple sclerosis, brain injury, and other neurological conditions through fun classes and activities, nursing care, and other services designed to enhance the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social well-being of each client.
- A drop-in cafe for people living homelessly looking for a Bible study, free coffee, or a place to hang out with friends. Volunteers practice the ministry of presence where the only requirement is to hang out with folks, play board games, and simply enjoy people's presence over a cup of coffee.
- A summer education program that provides educational opportunities for children living in Denver's public housing neighborhoods so they graduate from high school and attend college or learn a trade.
DOOR's Discern program provides summer staff and local yearlong engagement opportunities for young adults. Read more about the Discern program.
Participants in Denver's Discern program will:
- Lead Discover groups in service projects and reflections
- Learn how to work with people from different backgrounds and denominations
- Grow deeper in their faith as church groups pray, worship, and do church differently
- Learn transferable skills (public speaking, punctuality, meal preparations, time-management, effective communications, etc.)
- Discern or confirm a vocational call
- Actively advocate for the rights of those they are serving.
As a DOOR Denver Discern participant, you will receive:
- Housing in a duplex next to First Mennonite Church
- Public transportation passes
- Retreats and community activities
Dwell is a yearlong program for young adults interested in dedicating a year to service, intentional community, discernment, and faith development. Read more about the Dwell program.
In Denver, Dwellers will experience:
- Counter-cultural experiences that will broaden participants' worldviews
- An introduction to Liberation Theology, connecting faith with justice
- Retreats that focus on immigration, solidarity with people living homelessly, connecting with participants from other yearlong service programs, and reflection
- A community day each week that will include cultural experiences, book studies, and local events
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