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Posted by on Apr 4, 2021 in Culture, Theology, Work | 0 comments

Easter is More than a Metaphor (Op-Ed for the Denver Gazette)

Easter is More than a Metaphor (Op-Ed for the Denver Gazette)

When I think of Easter, I think of the pink crabapple trees blossoming in early April along the north side of Caley Avenue in my home town of Littleton.  I think of Easter egg hunts on budding green church lawns packed with girls in pastel dresses and boys in clip-on ties, carrying baskets filled with eggs, chocolate, and plastic green grass (that ends up on my carpet). I think of Easter brunch: fruit, egg bakes, and mimosas. And I think of leisurely walks through garden centers, smelling fresh soil, fresh seeds and new beginnings.  Yet for me at least, the metaphor of Easter as a mere symbol is falling short. This year was simply filled with too much pain.  This last year, I remember looking into a hazy, yellow sky and feeling the ash fall on my face from raging Colorado wildfires. I remember a friend of mine telling me about the piercing anxiety he felt as he watched from his balcony the dumpster fires move closer to home...

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Posted by on Mar 22, 2021 in Uncategorized, Work | 0 comments

How Effective is the 5280 Fellowship?

How Effective is the 5280 Fellowship?

“How do you measure your results?” It’s usually not the first question I receive from a donor interested in our work, but it is the second or third. And it’s not always easy to answer.  Measuring impact in the nonprofit sector can be tricky business. In the business world, it’s much more straightforward: profitability is still the standard-bearer for an “effective business.” But in the nonprofit sector, especially educational organizations like Denver Institute, our goal is to shape human lives. How would we know if we were effective at a program like, say, the 5280 Fellowship?  The Process In early 2020, we recruited two outside researchers — Stephen Assink (MAR) and Andrew Lynn (PhD), both from the University of Virginia — to help us with that question. As trained social scientists with experience doing research for the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and the Thriving Cities Group, Stephen and Andrew brought both objectivity and expertise to our question. So, how did we tackle this question of impact? First,...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2020 in Nonprofit, Work | 0 comments

List of Colorado Charities and Nonprofits: Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Pueblo

List of Colorado Charities and Nonprofits: Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Pueblo

Not sure where to give to or what charities to support? Here’s a list of nonprofits along the Front Range that are serving the spiritual, economic, and social needs of Coloradans. Denver Alternatives Pregnancy CentersAs One AfricaBelay EnterprisesCaring and Sharing MinistryCasa De PazCatholic Charities of DenverCity UniteColorado UpliftConfluence MinistriesCross ImpactCross PurposeDenver Institute for Faith & WorkDenver Leadership FoundationDenver Rescue MissionDenver Street SchoolDry BonesElevate USAExtended Hands of HopeExtreme Community MakeoverFaith BridgeFaith RXDFamily Time TrainingGrace CounselingHope CommunitiesHope HouseInner City Health CenterInter Faith AllianceIssachar Center for Urban LeadershipJesus on ColfaxJustice & Mercy Legal Aid ClinicMile High MinistriesMile High WorkshopMOPSMy Quiet CaveNetwork Coffee HouseNorth Littleton PromiseOne Good TurnOpen Door MinistriesProject 1.27Providence Network Purple Door Coffee Restoration OutreachSacred GraceSun Valley – Hope In Our CityThrive – Flat Irons ChurchTreasure House of HopeVolunteers of America – ColoradoWGAWhiz KidsYoung Life DenverYouth for Christ Colorado Springs Care and Share COS I Love YouCrossfire MinistriesFresh Start CenterLife NetworkMary’s HomeMercy’s GateNavigatorsSalvation Army – Colorado SpringsSilver Key Springs Rescue Mission Fort Collins Alpha CenterColorado Youth OutdoorsCommunity Foundation of Northern Colorado...

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Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Economy, Education, Work | 4 comments

How Do We Change? Formation in the 5280 Fellowship

How Do We Change? Formation in the 5280 Fellowship

  How do we change? I’m 34 years old, have four kids, and have been in the workforce for 9 years. And for me, there is no more pressing question in my life today than How do I change? In the past three years, the stress of leading a growing organization, trying to be a good father, and accomplishing my professional goals has exposed, well, cracks in the foundation of my character.  My precious wife has been so patient with me as I stumble, fall, and get up again – only to find myself back where I started. As I’ve spoken with peers about their lives, careers, and relationships – especially young professionals in Denver and Boulder – I’ve seen common traits among many of us: We’re around people and “social networks” all the time, but we feel lonely, and not deeply known by others. It’s the great irony of a social media age. More noise, but less deep relationships. In our careers we’ve gotten good at a technical...

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Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Architecture and Design, business, Craftsmanship & Manual Labor, Economy, Work | 2 comments

Affordable Housing: What You Need to Know About the Most Critical Issue Facing Colorado Today

Affordable Housing: What You Need to Know About the Most Critical Issue Facing Colorado Today

  Imagine with me for a moment. Imagine you and your new spouse have been outbid on four straight houses in two months. Instead of buying your first home in Denver, you finally decide to work remotely, move back to the Midwest to be closer to family, and leave Colorado. Now imagine you’re a business owner at lunch with a real estate developer who is fighting off three simultaneous lawsuits from trial lawyers representing a homeowner’s association. He tells you, “I’ll never build condos again. Never.” Finally, imagine you work construction and rent an apartment near Five Points. In the past eight years, your rent has increased from $900 per month to $1600. Exasperated by rising costs – and stagnant wages – you move to Frederick, 40 minutes from friends, family, and your job site. Dejected you grab a beer with a friend after work. Your friend tells you that back in 2006, his grandma gave him $5,000 for down payment on a $175,000 condo. Today, that condo is...

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