Discover Group participants spend time serving with a variety of local agencies and ministries and learning through evening speakers and activities. The experience is about more than preparing a meal at a soup kitchen or playing with children at a day camp. It is an opportunity to work alongside local community members, to learn from local leaders, and to listen to the stories of neighbors, clients, and churches.
DOOR Denver invites all participants to a paradigm shift as we challenge you to change your focus from charity to solidarity, following the example put forth in Exodus 3 where God shows us that seeing, hearing, and feeling are important components for compassion.
Discover groups work out of the Lincoln/La Alma neighborhood, a working class neighborhood filled with schools, street art/murals, and an arts district. Although this neighborhood is thriving in many ways, it is not immune to the issues of poverty, police brutality, and low performing schools. We invite you to celebrate the assets of our city, gain a broader perspective on the roots of these issues, and grow a passion to make a change and bring heaven to earth, through love and justice.
DOOR Denver works with over 30 agencies and ministries around the city. Examples of service opportunities include:
- A resource center for people living homelessly that provides friendly-based services such as showers, meals, clothes, mailboxes, computer access, over-the-counter medications, and rehabilitation
- An adult day enrichment program that provides a community for people who have multiple sclerosis, brain injury, and other neurological conditions through fun classes and activities, nursing care, and other services designed to enhance the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social well-being of each client.
- A drop-in cafe for people living homelessly looking for a Bible study, free coffee, or a place to hang out with friends. Volunteers practice the ministry of presence where the only requirement is to hang out with folks, play board games, and simply enjoy people's presence over a cup of coffee.
- A summer education program that provides educational opportunities for children living in Denver's public housing neighborhoods so they graduate from high school and attend college or learn a trade.
Discover group participants must be 13 & older. If you would like to include youth under 13 in your group, please contact DOOR first. Weeklong groups can accept 6-70 participants; weekend groups can accept 6-45 participants.