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Generosity

November 30, 2020 | By | No Comments

By Robbie Goldman

Our waiter came over at the end of the meal and asked if we would like dessert. Glancing around the table I said with fatherly confidence, “Not tonight.” With a persuasive urge the waiter responded, “Are you sure?” followed by a long pause. He then quietly shared, “Another guest in the restaurant has already paid for your meal tonight and they insist I persuade all of you to have dessert as well.”

We will never forget that dinner and the unexpected dessert, but most of all, we remember the tug on our hearts that was created by a stranger’s generosity. We felt the desire to pass on the generosity that we felt in that moment.

Fundraising relies on this same spirit of generosity. As each year comes to a close, we begin to anticipate the needs of the upcoming year and finalize the current year’s obligations for Dry Bones. I understand the general funding overview but am thankful that several other very gifted and loving people on our staff and board keep track of the details. They steward the gifts given to Dry Bones in the most beautiful way, and I am so thankful for their ministry.  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

Got My Keys!

February 28, 2014 | By | No Comments

by Robbie Goldman

I met “Bella” as she was sitting with a group of friends several years ago.  She was a little above the average age of the group. Still, she was accepted and seemed comfortable in the surroundings of younger street kids.  Her careful attention to her makeup and hair, along with her huge red patent-leather purse, caused her to stand out to me. Read More

THOUGHTS ON “RESCUE”

December 26, 2013 | By | One Comment

RESCUE – (from the Dry Bones’ Mission)
Within the context of relationships, hope, love, opportunity, and beauty are revealed.  Everyone’s faith grows.  We all get “saved” in exciting and unexpected ways.

Throughout the streets of Denver, I get to witness story after story of rescue.  Rescue occurs in a moment, or the combination of several moments, and brings true life. I would not say that the rescue is always painless or seamless. Most of the time it can feel just as painful as the life the person is currently living and wanting to escape. It often involves hard work. But still, rescue, in its many forms, is necessary Read More

THOUGHTS ON “REACH”

December 19, 2013 | By | No Comments

by Robbie Goldman

REACH (from the Dry Bones Mission)
We are freely extended beyond our familiar boundaries in order to form relationships that reveal the God-given unsurpassable worth of all involved. We hope to create intersections where people from different walks of life cross paths who would not normally meet; here, everyone belongs.

On outreach today, I saw some of my friends sitting on the sidewalk and listening to a guitarist perform beside them. The scene was very Denver-as-usual.   Read More

HALT!

October 1, 2013 | By | One Comment

by Robbie Goldman

In Alcoholics Anonymous, HALT is an acronym used to help prevent relapse. HALT stands for the vulnerable circumstances that often create relapse moments. H is for Hungry; A is for Angry; L stands for Lonely; T is for Tired. When I first read of HALT, I immediately thought of Read More