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A Response to Downtown Violence 7/3/16

July 3, 2016 | By | 2 Comments

For those of us who hear and see the local Denver news, “Fear the homeless” and “Fear downtown” have been major themes this week. In fact the fear is selling big. Fear always sells. That’s not to say that violence isn’t higher on the streets than normal this summer. I believe it has been. Many of our young houseless friends are scared too.

Some of the violence we’ve now seen on tape is truly terrible and bizarre. There are at least 3 documented expressions of Read More

Salmon and Snow Piles

June 15, 2016 | By | 4 Comments

KevinandSerenaWinter14I met Kevin and Serena soon after I started working at Dry Bones, in the Fall of 2014. By the time I met them, they’d both kicked addictions to drugs and they were good friends, sleeping in a group of 4-5, with our other friend David, south of the city. Both had stories of difficult childhoods, families they weren’t able to connect with, and who were unable to mirror them in some pretty important ways. Both Kevin and Serena are brilliant. Read More

Linda Beck

June 2, 2016 | By | No Comments

Our hearts are heavy to learn of our dear friend Linda Beck’s passing this morning. The world has truly lost a unique and special woman.  Our prayers are with Ralph and the rest of her family and friends.

Linda was one of the first people in 2001 to welcome and embrace the vision for a ministry among homeless youth that would soon become Dry Bones. She was a cheerleader, supporter, and Read More

“Home” and Dry Bones

November 30, 2015 | By | No Comments

What does the word “home” mean to you? What is the difference between the word homeless and houseless? How do you experience home among the Dry Bones community?

Building the Dry Bones Inner Sense of “Home”

November 10, 2015 | By | One Comment

Being at home is not the same as being in a house. However, the brick and mortar structure provides spaces that represent different parts of being at “home.” If we think about Dry Bones as if it were a house and the rooms of the house for their different uses and functions, we can lay out the work of Dry Bones like we lay out the rooms of the house.

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Joyce & The Inner Home

October 26, 2015 | By | One Comment

Right now we have “home” on our mind at Dry Bones. I mean, it’s a pretty normal thing for us to be thinking about “homelessness,” but thinking extensively about “home” is another matter. It is the theme of our fundraiser, the theme of our conversations, and the theme of our personal work.

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“Is there Enough?” // and other questions that keep me up at night

July 28, 2015 | By | One Comment

We began the summer with an intern retreat. On this retreat, my co-worker Reb, and I were answering questions together. We were sharing stories about our friends on the street and our different responses to situations we’ve encountered, and then one of the interns asked, “What question are you asking in your spiritual life right now?”

Reb looked at me, knowingly, and then replied for both of us: “Is there enough?” Read More

Bridge to Bridge Ride

June 5, 2015 | By | No Comments

We are so proud of our new friend, Spencer Nee! He is riding his bike across America right now to raise awareness and funds to build the new youth/young adult house that Providence Network and Dry Bones are partnering to open in 2016. He began in SF at the Golden Gate Bridge and will end in NYC at the Brooklyn Bridge.  Read More

Are You a Program? What Does Success Look Like?

March 30, 2015 | By | No Comments

The biggest “success” is when it is no longer possible for a young person on the streets to say, “Nobody loves or cares about me.” Dry Bones’ specialty is safe and genuine spiritual, relational, and familial support. We hope to eradicate the experience of loneliness, lack of self-worth, and kids not believing in the unsurpassable worth God sees in them. We’re willing to walk alongside our friends in seasons of hopelessness, despair, addiction, and darkness. Read More

Hospitality Series (#3): The Stranger as Strange Truth

January 13, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

In the past two posts, I’ve discussed hospitality through an ethical lens: it is good and right to extend hospitality to the stranger. Jesus’ example is always that of the welcoming host or the disguised stranger. There is something inherently good about this interaction. As I mentioned in my last couple posts, the stranger is always a gift.
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