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On Pilgrimage

November 15, 2018 | By | No Comments

Thoughts by Mark Wilson

Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwellingPsalm 43:3 

Not long after I began volunteering with Dry Bones I was introduced to a long time friend with an uncanny ability to reveal the most apt street names.  I don’t know if the staff member making the introduction recognized this to be a prophetic gifting, or merely imagined it to be an amusing party trick, but I was soon answering a string of seemingly random questions.  What the young man gleaned from my answers is a mystery, as is the way that he used them to stare into the center of my being.  After some time he rattled off in his rambling, unbalanced way my hidden name, Traveller, the Blind Robot.  I admit that I was slightly unnerved by the revelation of it, spoken aloud by a seeming stranger.  Little did I know, blind as I am, how quickly my Read More

Perspective – Exist With Me Bro

September 18, 2018 | By | 4 Comments

As we head towards the annual fundraising dinner this October, we’ve been considering the significance of this year’s theme: Perspective.  We hope you’ll plan to join us on October 20th! Details and tickets are here

Perspective – pərˈspektiv/. noun

1. the art of drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other when viewed from a particular point.”a perspective drawing”

2. a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.

A SEVEN-SECOND PERSPECTIVE-SHIFTING CONVERSATION WITH JOEY. OCTOBER, 2003.

Joey: “What are you doing here?”

Me: “Well, I just came down to see you,”

Joey: “Oh yeah? You would have to come down to see a guy like me.”

Ouch! This response more than rattled me.  He’s got this wrong! That’s not what I’m doing. That’s not what I meant! Flustered, I fumbled through a quick conversation and we parted ways. 

That’s not what I’m doing, right?  As I thought deeply about his words later that night, I moved from flustered to convicted.  I realized that he was right. That was my attitude.  He detected it long before I did.  Read More

Knitting 4 Peace and Dry Bones

September 15, 2018 | By | No Comments

Contemplative Crochet in Community
This article first appeared in Knitting4Peace’s newsletter
written by Kathleen Marsh, Executive Director of Knitting4Peace

Recently, I visited Dry Bones in Denver, Colorado.  Dry Bones seeks to meet spiritual and physical needs of homeless and street-connected youth and young adults.  While there, I was fortunate to listen to Joyce Garrett, Life Formation Coach, speak about contemplative crochet.

Joyce spoke gratefully of Mary Ellen, Knitting4Peace assistant, who made deliveries of warm winter hats and scarves last year to Dry Bones.  These deliveries later turned into gifts of donated yarn, hooks, and needles for this young, transformative group.

As the Dry Bones group began to learn about the mission of K4P around the world, a couple of the youth wanted to be a part of it.  Joyce writes, “we found that a craft or handiwork of some kind helps the kids recall, remember, or experience relaxation.”   Read More

The Table Principle

March 21, 2018 | By | No Comments

Thoughts by Rachel Hambley, Spring Intern

One of the things that drew me to Dry Bones was their sense of community. Since I started interning, about a month ago, I have been in awe of the relationships and sense of family that emanates from this place. Each person is committed to loving people for the long haul. There is no agenda or requirement; there is simply a desire to walk along side our friends through the ups and downs of life.

When I heard about the heart of the ministry, before I got to hang out with everyone, I wondered how in the world people could create a community like the one Dry Bones professed to be. How do you bring together people from vastly different beliefs, backgrounds, and experiences and still create love, unity and vulnerability? Read More

Chasing the Light

November 1, 2017 | By | One Comment

Thoughts by Robbie Goldman     

The phrase “ground score”, once unfamiliar to us, has become an activity we keep on our minds, pretty much every day.  You don’t have to hang around our friends for long before you begin to hear stories of amazing ground scores.  It usually will be the perfect item at the perfect time of need.  Sometimes there is some planning involved, like frequenting taxi cab loading and unloading spaces where people often drop items, but most of the time it is about being aware and looking in places most people do not look.

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Everyone Belongs

October 3, 2017 | By | No Comments

Thoughts by Robbie Goldman

Dehydration, lack of food, and lack of restful sleep are very real and present dangers faced by many of our friends, almost daily.  The volume of time consumed each day in the acquisition of the essentials for life can be overwhelming.  We often notice several of these life sustaining necessities being sacrificed to do what seems to be just hanging out doing nothing.  Passers-by often interpret the scene as lazy young people who should just get a job, or just do anything but sit in the park.  Hours pass, meal times come and go, with no water in sight.  All this while literally sitting in place, Read More

One Sock. No Shoes.

September 14, 2017 | By | One Comment

One Sock.  No Shoes.
She looks like a skeleton with skin.

Smiling, she says,
“I’m going to rehab tonight!
…But I have no shoes.”

Her smile drops to a frown as her eyes fill with tears that flood down her sunken cheeks.

“Isn’t that pathetic?”
I’m so pathetic.
I can’t even take care of myself.
I have no clue where the shoes I had went.
I just want to be clean and sober.
I feel so stuck.
I hate this.” Read More

People in Passing: The Anxiety of Living and Moving

September 6, 2017 | By | 4 Comments

Thoughts by India Nikotich, 2017 Summer Intern

 

     The culture of street kid life is inherently transient – beds, clothes, and meals come and go on a day by day basis. It’s not uncommon to see someone flying a sign on 16th street mall to raise money for a Greyhound bus ticket, saving up a bit each day in the hope of moving on from Denver. The promised land is often the promise of job in a faraway city, or the dream of a new street to hang out on or a new climate.

     On 16th street a few weeks ago, we encountered a man on his way to Ogden, Utah, who had rolled off a train too early and found, instead, the Queen City skyline rising ahead of him. I also often think of a friend I met four years ago, an older woman who had been traveling across the 

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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