Springs Rescue Mission depends on its “Community Champions” to help transform the lives of our homeless, hungry and addicted neighbors.An ever-growing number of community partners are loving bigger to create a Community of Hope in Colorado Springs. These Champions are local businesses, nonprofits, churches and individuals like you, and they help in a wide variety of ways: They volunteer their time to cook, clean and help our guests; They organize drives and fundraising events; They make financial contributions and encourage others to do the same.We are thankful for their help, and we hope more organizations and individuals — such as yourself — follow their lead. Together, we can reduce poverty, unemployment, homelessness and addiction in our growing city.Roughly 97 percent of our funding comes from the philanthropic giving from neighbors like you and these community partners, who constantly devote their time, energy and effort to help us serve our neighbors in need. Since 2016, more than 670 businesses have given over $2.57 million to Springs Rescue Mission.These generous commitments help the Mission feed, clothe and shelter hundreds of guests every day. They also help us continue to expand— both physically and programatically.Contributions to our capital campaign helped us build the three shelters on campus, as well as the Resource Center and courtyard. These funds will also be used to complete the new kitchen and welcome center. These gifts also help us strengthen our New Life men’s addiction recovery program, our work initiatives programs — which promote work readiness and job training — and create more housing opportunities for our guests.Here are a few examples of the many ways Community Champions partner with Springs Rescue Mission to help create a Community of Hope in Colorado Springs.
Nor’wood Development Group
Nor’wood Development Group partnered with Springs Rescue Mission to build Greenway Flats at 31 W. Las Vegas St. The 65-unit permanent supportive housing complex is designed to help its residents break the cycle of homelessness and transform their lives. Greenway Flats opened earlier this year and is now fully occupied. As a Community Champion, Nor’wood helped to dramatically decrease the chronically homeless population of Colorado Springs.
BombBomb is a Colorado Springs-based tech company that offers a video email service to help relationship management between businesses and other organizations. They’re also friends of Springs Rescue Mission and graciously provided lunch to hundreds of our shelter guests during a lunch cookout in August.
Ent Credit Union
Ent Credit Union, a local financial institution, has been advocating for and partnering with the Mission for 21 years. Ent encourages their employees and members to support local causes and nonprofits through donations, drives and volunteer work. Since 1998, the organization has committed more than $350,000 to Springs Rescue Mission — $250,000 of which has been contributed since 2016 to support our capital campaign.
I Support the Girls
Although this Community Champion isn’t local, their contribution changes lives. The Maryland-based nonprofit works every year with an international network of affiliates to collect and distribute essential items including bras, underwear and feminine hygiene products — to women experiencing poverty and homelessness. Since 2018, I Support the Girls has donated more than 3,000 bras and around 5,000 boxes of feminine hygiene products to guests of the Mission.
This Colorado Springs-based cookie company has committed 10 percent of its profits to Springs Rescue Mission and provides cookies for events like our Christmas Eve dinner.
Bombas isn’t a local company, but Springs Rescue Mission is one of more than 1,700 organizations in the U.S. that receive donated material goods from the international clothing maker. Through its Giving Partners program, Bombas has donated nearly 26 million items of clothing to American nonprofits. In the past year, the company has donated 5,000 pairs of socks to guests of the Mission.
Phil Long Ford
Springs Rescue Mission’s partnership with Phil Long Ford is a new one, but one that’s proving to be mutually beneficial. With help from the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, Phil Long is now participating in our Work Readiness program to provide on-the-job training to graduates of our New Life men’s addiction recovery program. Alex was the first New Life graduate to be hired through the program and works for Phil Long as a Quick Lane technician. He’s currently training and well on his way to receiving his Automotive Technician certification.
COSILoveYou is a local Christian nonprofit that works with Colorado Springs-area churches and ministries to create relationships, start conversations and host events that share God’s love throughout our city. Their events include donation drives, leadership gatherings, worship events and other community functions. This Saturday, COSILoveYou will host CityServe, a city-wide day of service. Thousands are expected to volunteer around the city and perform acts of service at schools, churches and local nonprofits. At Springs Rescue Mission, more than 50 volunteers will work on various projects around campus.If you’re interested in partnering with Springs Rescue Mission, call us at (719) 632-1822 or email us at info@SpringsRescueMission.org today. We’d love to work with you to raise awareness about homelessness and chat about how your business can spearhead a movement to help homeless men and women restore their lives.If you enjoyed this article and you’d like to know more about Springs Rescue Mission and the amazing community that supports us, don’t forget to subscribe! We regularly publish stories, articles and updates for your reading enjoyment.