Thanks to the support of the incredible Colorado Springs community, July was a great month at Springs Rescue Mission! Between graduations and the opening of Greenway Flats, it was a month of transformed, renewed lives. Scroll down to read the highlights of July, plus read Ethan’s story of overcoming adversity.
We celebrated the grand opening of Greenway Flats at the end of July! This is the first permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless in Colorado Springs. For the first time in years, more than 60 residents now have a place to call “home.” During the ceremony Mayor John Suthers, Springs Rescue Mission CEO Larry Yonker, and developer Chris Jenkins planted a tree to symbolize the growth we pray to see in the residents.
To learn more about Greenway Flats and how it’s restoring lives, click here.
Michael, Tommy, Austin, and Mannie graduated from the New Life Program last month. As part of their graduation requirements, each man found a job, place to live and reliable transportation. At their graduations, they were all described as transformed men who have been given a new lease on life. Congratulations to the graduates!
Did you get a new car over the summer? Consider donating your old car to someone in need. When you donate your vehicle to City Gate Motors, it helps provide a man in the New Life Program with the reliable transportation they need to get to work every day. Find out more here.
Your generosity helped Ethan transform his life.
Growing up, Ethan’s* childhood was anything but normal. His mother and father were drug dealers, and he saw both of them murdered by the time he was 16 years old. At 17, he wound up in prison after falling into the drug culture himself. During his time there, another inmate took him under his wing and encouraged him to find a better life when he got out of prison.
Taking the inmate’s advice, Ethan came to Springs Rescue Mission when he was released. SRM case managers were able to help him get his birth certificate and his ID, as well as a bicycle to ride to and from work with ease. Ethan is currently working toward getting a place of his own and is very thankful for everything the Mission has been able to do for him.
*name changed to protect privacy