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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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Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Work | 0 comments

Guest Column for the Boulder Daily Camera: “Moving west for meaningful work”

Guest Column for the Boulder Daily Camera: “Moving west for meaningful work”

This article first appeared in the print edition of the Boulder Daily Camera on January 27, 2016.  Erik Nelson, a former VP with a large financial service company, is on the hunt for meaningful work. He recently moved from Texas to Colorado to find a job in the nonprofit sector, hoping to discover a career with more than monetary benefits. But after a few months, his search became a maze. He recently asked me, “Honestly, can work be anything other than mundane, routine,  and pressure packed?” In other words, isn’t there more to life that working a 9-5—and then escaping to the mountains for the weekend? Like the 19th century gold rush, Erik is one of thousands of people are flocking to Colorado. As the economic center of the United States shiftswestward, cities like Boulder are brimming with new faces – especially millenials. We seem to be following Henry David Thoreau’s prophetic words, “Eastward I go only by force, but westward I go free. This is the prevailing tendency of my...

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Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Culture, Technology | 3 comments

Questioning the local gods

Questioning the local gods

  I wonder if each city has its own god. The idea was rather common in the ancient world. Many first century Jews believed demons ruled entire cities. Pagans too believed in local deities. In Ephesus, the mother goddess Artemis ruled supreme. When she was challenged, it was seen as a challenge to the well-being of the city (Acts 19:26-28). But local gods reigning over a city? Surely we’ve grown out of such myths, haven’t we? Two weeks ago it snowed in Denver. The forecasters predicted 8-12 inches (which turned out to be a drastically generous estimation). High winds, close to no visibility. Stores were closing; churches canceled services. Stay home. It’s the obvious choice. But many Denverites did the opposite. SUVs were warmed up, skiis and snowboards were strapped to the top rack, and true Coloradoans braved the weather to shred some fresh powder, blizzard and all. The mountains called. And we answered – dutifully, faithfully, bravely. It’s no secret that Denver is a city defined by the...

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