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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

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

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

“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

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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UNLIKELY INTERSECTION: JOE AND NIKKI (video)

November 12, 2014 | By | 3 Comments

Check out this video with Joe & Nikki. Though unlikely friends by society’s measures, they share with us about the importance & meaning of having one another in their lives.

Unlikely intersections create beautiful friendships!

Hospitality Series (#1)

September 30, 2014 | By | One Comment

by Annie Dimond
Dry Bones’ Resource Navigator

Our fundraising event, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” is coming up soon. We are excitedly working and planning (buy your tickets here)! With a hospitality-themed event in our near future, I’ve been reflecting on what hospitality is, how we encounter it, what keeps us from it, and what it can create in us. What you’ll see below is the first part in a series on hospitality that will be up on the blog soon.


When I was a little girl, I hated locked doors. Read More

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Fundraiser Event

September 10, 2014 | By | No Comments

We’re excited about the upcoming fundraiser event on October 17th! We work hard to make these events meaningful and inspiring. We hope you’ll join us!

Details and tickets can be found by clicking here.

Compassion

September 9, 2014 | By | No Comments

co-written by Annie & Robbie

The story of the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37 invites the question, “Can these bones live?” We hear these words today in Denver.

On many days, the dried up bones feel like Denver’s lack of safe and sustainable housing opportunities. (For this reason, we are currently exploring options for DB sponsored housing.) What is the solution? Can “these bones” live? 

The struggle of finding a place to live, heal, and sleep creates dramatic scenarios. For Dry Bones, these stories almost always involve that big question and they always require compassion. Allow me to share six scenes of an actual day-in-the-life: Read More