Missions: Local/Regional

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CHUM - Capitol Hill United Ministries

CHUM is an interfaith organization providing a spiritual presence in the Capitol Hill Neighborhoods. It is an organization that offers: collegiality for member agencies and churches, advocacy and awareness for the issues of the disenfranchised and neighbors in need, spiritual presence, education and participation in programs to help us open our eyes and hearts to all those in our community. CHUM provides Witness, Voice, Community and Action on appropriate issues that affect the people, agencies and places of prayer of Capitol Hill. Learn more!

Trinity supports the activities of CHUM through joint ecumenical worship services and congregational offerings. The CHUM Coupon Program has provided more than $600,000 to agencies in the Capitol Hill community.

Contact: Diana Flahive, CHUM Community Minister, (303) 832-4188


Each summer the Middle High Youth will "dive in" to Denver together doing hands-on mission work and serving those who live right here in Denver. We will volunteer at different missions in the city, including the Metro Caring and Project Angel Heart. We will also host an ice cream party for our friends at the Olin Hotel and hand out water and snacks around Civic Center Park. We will learn some of the amazing ways we can let God use us to serve others as we grow together in our faith by reaching out to those around us.

Contact: Cami Twilling, Youth Ministries Director, (303) 839-1493x32

Denver Rescue Mission

The Denver Rescue Mission makes a difference in the lives of people in need by offering programs of rehabilitation, food and clothing distribution, spiritual counseling, and many other services. Each day, through these programs, we reassure people who have lost hope that they are not alone and that God cares for them. Our purpose is to "Change Lives in the Name of Christ."

The goal is to return the poor, needy and homeless to society as self-sufficient, productive citizens. Over the years, Trinity members have played an important part in the support and leadership of this organization. The flagship location is at Lawrence and Park Avenue West, the "Jesus Saves" building as it is known on the street. Here, food, shelter, clothing and counseling are available. Other locations include:

  • Champa House for single mothers with children
  • Harvest Farm in Wellington, CO, a 100-acre working farm where 60 men raise livestock and learn to turn their lives around
  • The Crossing for men in the New Life Program and families in transition
  • Fort Collins Rescue Mission in Fort Collins, CO, providing emergency shelter and food, as well as the Steps to Success program
  • Ministry Outreach Center, which is home to the administrative offices and central warehouse
  • Family Rescue Ministry, which provides transitional housing and mentoring for people in need

Mentoring is provided with the support of many churches and other organizations. Trinity members have provided a number of these mentoring teams. All this would not be possible without the volunteers who provide over 65,000 hours each year in helping people. Learn more!

Contact: Tanner Cogsdil, DRM's Client Service Coordinator, (303) 313-2437

El Centro Humanitario

El Centro Humanitario para los Trabajadores (Humanitarian Center for Workers) is a Day Labor Center for low income and immigrant workers in the Metro Denver area. Our mission is to promote the rights and well-being of low income day laborers in Denver through education, job skills development and leadership, united action and advocacy. Learn more!

Contact: Nancy Rosas, (303) 292-4115x102; 2260 California St., Denver 80205


The Denver Alliance for Interfaith Action (DAIA) was founded by Trinity in 2002. DAIA and Habitat on the Hill merged in December 2006 to become Habitat Interfaith Alliance (HIA).

HIA is a coalition of dedicated souls who bring together people of Protestant, Jewish, Catholic and Unitarian Universalist faiths to do God's work as a team. HIA is made up of representatives from 14 congregations in the Metro Denver area. With the help of our fellow congregants, we reach our yearly goal, which is to raise the money to sponsor one Habitat home in Denver and one in a developing country (via Habitat's Tithe Program). Our Alliance believes in addressing long-term poverty and helping all families achieve affordable housing. A safe and affordable home allows so many families to grow, dream and plan for a brighter future. We are a proud Faith-Partner affiliate with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver.

We rely on our four main fundraisers (Soup Cook-Off, Books for Bricks, Golf Classic, Pumpkin Patch) and donations from our congregations to achieve the $85,000 needed annually to reach this goal. Eighty thousand dollars is the actual cost of the building materials for the home in Denver; however, each home costs about $170,000 to build in total (land, permits, inspections, build supervisor salaries). Our commitment to the tithe program is $5,000, and we get to select the country where this home is built each year.

Please join us in this exciting mission by picking up a hammer and volunteering at the build site, helping us raise funds and keeping the project in your prayers. Together we can build homes, families and a better community for us all. Learn more!

Trinity Contact: Nancy Green, (303) 831-8583

La Puente Regional Mission Trips

La Puente is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Colorado's San Luis Valley providing emergency shelter, food assistance, transitional housing, self-sufficiency services, homeless prevention, community outreach services and job training for the homeless and other community members in crisis. La Puente endeavors to meet immediate needs and empower people to live independently, with dignity.

Through a week of service, Trinity volunteers not only physically assist the San Luis Valley community, but they also lift the spirits of those around them, motivating others to make a difference in the world. Along with their service, work group volunteers participate in other educational activities to help them better understand life in the Valley and issues faced by those they are serving. Work projects involve the shelter, community garden, thrift store, the food and clothing bank and playing with kids in the PALS program.

Stay tuned for details about upcoming trips.

Contact: Tom Owens, Pastor of Discipleship & Outreach, (303) 839-1493x27


Metro Caring operates one of Denver's largest hunger-relief programs, including a fresh-foods shopping market, teaching garden and weekly healthy living and nutrition classes. Situated in the heart of Denver, Metro Caring distributes between 4,000 to 6,000 pounds of food, baby items and personal care products in helping to meet the nutritional and health needs of up to 500 people every day. Metro Caring takes a progressive approach in developing self-sufficiency programs and offering opportunities for participants to learn about healthy habits and develop assets-based goals. Metro Caring is also one of the area's leading nonprofits in the ID Partnership and helps with utilities assistance. Thanks to 170 volunteers weekly, Metro Caring is a beacon of hope for Denver's hungry families and individuals. Learn more!

Contacts: Elise Overcash, Volunteer Resources Coordinator, (303) 350-3699
Susie Sigman, Development & Communications Director, (303) 350-3630

Olin Hotel

The Olin Hotel provides and promotes quality affordable housing and services in a caring environment for older adults in Colorado. Senior Housing Options, Inc. (SHO) is a charitable organization that serves low and moderate income elderly and adults with physical and mental disabilities. The Olin Hotel Apartments is their largest facility with 106 units and is located at 1420 Logan Street.

After some years of neglect, the Olin was purchased and renovated by SHO in 1980 to provide 106 efficiency and one-bedroom apartments for older adults and disabled individuals. Still retaining much of its original charm, the Olin was established as a HUD housing community to provide housing for low to moderate income individuals. Olin residents can enjoy the convenience and independence of a true downtown location. Learn more!

Trinity's Mission Team engages Trinity members in hosting a delightful Christmas party for all Olin Hotel residents, providing them an experience that will bring them joy through gifts, love through fellowship and hope for a wonderful holiday season.

Contact: Nate Jarvis, (303) 861-8052; 1420 Logan St., Denver 80203

To volunteer for a Christmas gift and the party:

Contact: Leslie and Steve Drevecky, (303) 886-0211 (Leslie) or (303) 886-3711 (Steve)

St. Francis Center Employment Services

In 1985 Turnabout, now St. Francis Employment Services, was conceived as an outreach ministry of Trinity United Methodist Church. Turnabout began as an outreach ministry to people on the streets by offering coffee, conversation, and job leads. In 1997, Turnabout greatly expanded its scope of services to ex-offenders and the homeless. St. Francis Center Employment Services' purpose is to reduce the number of people returning to prison by increasing career and educational opportunities that promote self-sufficiency and end the cycle of poverty and crime. On top of the employment services we provide, we challenge clients to seek a strong spiritual awareness as a means to address and reverse the values and attitudes that lead to criminal thinking. Learn more!

Contact: info@turnaboutprogram.org

Warren Village

Warren Village exists so that low-income, single parent families can achieve sustainable self-sufficiency. Safe, secure housing and self-help services give stranded families the opportunity to become valuable members of society. Warren Village has provided shelter to over 3,500 families since it was established in 1974 and has been cited as a national model for its combination of housing with on-site family services, Early Childhood Education and school-age programs. Learn more!

Contact: Brianna Cook, Volunteer Manager, (303) 321-2345; 1323 Gilpin St. Denver 80218

Women's Homelessness Initiative

The purpose of WHI is to provide overnight sanctuary for 20–25 women who are homeless, every night, year round. We offer our women dignity, care, compassion, presence and respect. This effort is facilitated by Capitol Hill United Ministries and 30 congregations and organizations to serve our women in need, to educate our community, and to advocate to find more solutions.

Contact: Rev. Diana Flahive, (303) 832-4188