For the past five years, Denver Pres has focused its formal, local missions engagement and partnerships on the refugee community. To be a positive presence in our city and provide easy ways for our church community to serve, Denver Pres partners with Project Worthmore, a local nonprofit that helps guide refugees on the path to self-sufficiency.

In addition to partnering with Project Worthmore, Denver Pres has connections with several other local refugee organizations. Below are ways that you can support this community. 

 

HERE ARE ways you can support the refugee community:

1)   Monthly Coat Donations

2)   Follow and attend events

3)   Engage with organizations in other ways

 

1. MONTHLY COAT DONATIONS

Many refugees come to Denver from warm climates and with few belongings. Help our neighbors prepare for winter by providing a practical need.  

Drop off gently used (and laundered) or new coats of all sizes and for all ages in the lobby of Smiley Middle School (2540 Holly St, Denver) from 10am-11:30am. Smaller coats for kids and adults are especially needed. Project Worthmore has plenty of large and extra large coats.

Coats will be collected on: 

  • October 29
  • November 26
  • December 17
  • January 28
  • February 25
  • March 25

2. FOLLOW AND ATTEND EVENTS

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Many organizations are leading events that celebrate and support the refugee community. To stay up-to-date with events happening in the refugee community, follow this Facebook page that's being managed by a cohort of refugee agencies: https://www.facebook.com/COWelcomesRefugees/

 

3. SUPPORT REFUGEE ORGANIZATIONS WITH YOUR TIME AND RESOURCES

 

 

PROJECT WORTHMORE

  • Monthly donations to Project Worthmore
    • One of Project Worthmore's biggest ongoing needs is to increase monthly financial donations.
    • To make a donation: projectworthmore.org/donate/ 
  • Amazon Smile
    • When you use Amazon Smile to make your routine Amazon purchases, Amazon donates 0.5% of the amount of eligible purchases toward Project Worthmore for no additional cost to the buyer.
    • Here’s how:
      • Start at smile.amazon.com (you must start here to be able to support a non-profit)
      • Type in "Project Worthmore" in the “Pick Your Own Charity” box
      • Select Project Worthmore
  • Babysitters at Mango House
    • PWM needs more hands on deck to assist our paid babysitter at Mango House on weekday mornings. Having the kids well attended helps our refugee English students learn without interruption. We need volunteer babysitters the following days and times: 
      • Monday - Thursdays in two shifts: 9am-11:30am / 11:30am - 2pm 
    • If interested, email volunteer coordinator, Sue Eberling, sue@projectworthmore.org.
  • English Language Program Volunteers
    • PWM needs help during day-time English classes: 
      • Mondays – 9am-10:30am / Tuesdays – 9am-10:30am & 10:45am-12:15pm / Fridays – 8:15am-10:15am & 10:15am-12:15pm
    • If interested, email volunteer coordinator, Sue Eberling, sue@projectworthmore.org.
  • Collect items for Project Worthmore's Welcome Basket pantry
    • Collect as groups or as individuals
    • See the list of needed items.
    • Let Karen Berry know if you'd like to do a collection - karen@denverpres.org. 

 

AFRICAN COMMUNITY CENTER

ACC is one of three refugee resettlement agencies in Colorado that resettles refugees in the Denver area on behalf of the U.S. government. Resettlement agencies help refugees into our community and provide a variety of services that promote self-sufficiency.  

  • Community Dinners
    • Sharing a meal builds community, deconstructs cultural barriers, and allows for community members to engage with people from all walks of life! 
    • Dinners are typically held once a month on a Tuesday night. Stay tuned for upcoming dinner dates! 
  • Youth Tutoring Program
    • Help with math and other school work
    • Weekly commitment of 1-2 hours a week
  • Day-time Office Assistance
    • f you are looking for a consistent way to support an organization and you have day-time, weekday availability, ACC can use your help as a volunteer in their office. 
  • Interested?
    • If you are interested in attending the dinner or other volunteer opportunities, please contact Kate Weatherbee at kate@acc-den.org

 

STREET FRATERNITY

Street Fraternity is a place of brotherhood and personal growth for urban young men. Their mission is to create a consistently safe space and place for refugee, immigrant, and local urban young men to build community, trust, relationships, and a sense of belonging as they work toward acculturating to the values and beliefs of the United States and their own coming-of-age issues. Street Fraternity provides a safe place where they can be themselves, connect with other young men and male mentors, and share their stories about the tragedies they and their families have experienced in their countries of origin.

  • Hang Out
    • Volunteer once a week to mentor, help with homework or job applications, or just be available to the young men.
    • Street Fraternity is open Monday-Thursday, 4-9pm.
  • Contribute
    • Donate online to help Street Fraternity continue to create a welcoming and safe space for young men from refugee and immigrant families. Street Fraternity heavily relies on general operating dollars from private donors. General operating donations allow Street Fraternity to work toward their mission and assists them with things like rent, food, insurance, internet, and maintenance/equipment, and salary for one paid staff.
  • Serve
    • Prepare or serve a meal in the evening.
    • Buy, prepare, or cook meals at Street Fraternity any time between 4-6pm (or after if those times don't work). 
  • Join
    • Share your expertise by joining the Street Fraternity board or a committee.
  • Interested? 
    • Email Yoal Ghebremeskel, yoal@streetfraternty.org