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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?

Although there isn’t a formula for these things, and a lot of different efforts have gone into creating this environment, one thing seems to stand out as a cornerstone: eating around the table together consistently.

Growing up, my mom called the idea of sitting around the table with our family the ‘Table Principle.’ Essentially, the idea was that the family would stay in relationship with one another, and communicate, if we were required to sit together for our meals. There were times that I hated this principle, there were even times when I was so angry with a member of the family that I refused to speak during these family meals. Somehow, no matter the issue, everything seemed to be resolved, or at least dealt with, when we were done eating.

This is the magic of the Table Principle. Not only does gathering around the table nourish our bodies, but it provides an opportunity for our minds and hearts to be nourished as well. One of our friends said last week, “I have had some of my best conversations over food.” What a powerfully binding thing for all who participate. What an amazing opportunity to speak and listen to one another. What a magical way to meet our physical needs along with all of our other needs. It is so simple, and yet so powerful because every single one of our friends knows that there is always a seat for them at the table. They have a place to come and be refreshed in all the best ways possible.

This large wooden table, that was made just for us here at Dry Bones, has become a place where people listen, physical needs are met, and hearts come alive.  I am grateful for knowing that this is a space in which I belong, and that there is a place for me at the table.

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

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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