Based out of Denver, Colorado, Denver Rescue Mission is an expansive non-profit that provides long-term residential treatment, sober living and emergency services for homeless men and women. Its New Life Program for addiction recovery is Christian-based and houses residents at several different facilities throughout the city, the largest of which is The Crossing.
Accommodations and Food
The Crossing is Denver Rescue Mission’s primary men-only program that can accommodate up to 130 residents. The facility is an old motel that has been renovated, so each room has its own attached bathroom. Clients share rooms with two to four other clients and a provided with basic furnishings, like end tables and dressers. The Crossing also provides residents with three meals a day served cafeteria-style.
Treatment and Staff
In the New Life Program, the average length of treatment ranges from a year to two, depending on the client, and detox is not available. Those in need of stabilization must complete this phase before being admitted to The Crossing.
Mornings begin with a devotional, consisting of a reflective reading from the Bible or an inspirational story from a resident or a guest speaker. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, clients do work therapy, which consists of jobs at the local ministry—like housekeeping and food service. Residents can also work in one of Denver Rescue Mission’s thrift stores as well.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, clients attend a rotating list of classes that include organizational skills based on Franklin Covey teachings, the seven habits of highly effective people, relapse prevention, GED preparation, job searching and resume building. Although 12-step attendance isn’t a strict requirement, all residents must participate in some self-help groups during treatment. After six months, clients focus seriously on securing outside employment and begin transitioning out of work therapy. This facility is not equipped to treat clients with a dual diagnosis.
Throughout the program, residents also works with a chaplain who provides them with case management services, such as connecting them to the local recovery and Christian community, reconnecting them with family and dealing with the court system. All residents must also submit to regular urinalysis tests, complete basic chores and remain in good standing with the staff and other residents in recovery.
Denver Rescue Mission also offers the New Life Program at Harvest Farm for men and Champa House for women. As an additional supplement to treatment, the staff at The Crossing pair clients with a sober volunteer who they are encouraged to develop a relationship with for ongoing support after they graduate. These mentors are typically former clients and any alumni in good standing can choose to come back and serve as volunteer mentor.
In all, Denver Rescue Mission’s The Crossing is a comprehensive, Christian-based recovery program for homeless and disenfranchised men. Clients go through a long-term, structured program that provides food, housing and an array of life skills classes to help them reintegrate into society. Although its programs are focused on a niche demographic, Denver Rescue Mission’s The Crossing provides an incredible range of resources for those who qualify.
Denver Rescue Mission: The Crossing
6090 Smith Rd
Denver, CO 80216
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