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Vulnerability

April 1, 2020 | By | No Comments

by Robbie Goldman

Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome.” – Brene Brown

This week I have seen the valley of Dry Bones Denver being brilliantly vulnerable; embracing the created vulnerability in each of us by trusting it, acknowledging it, and utilizing its contagious qualities.  

Last night I turned on the local news to see one of my long time friends in an interview about his life on the streets of Denver during Denver’s Stay At Home Order. He, being brilliantly vulnerable, spoke truth about his life during this crazy moment in history. His words Read More

Social Distancing :: A Preexisting Condition

March 20, 2020 | By | 10 Comments

To many of us, social distancing is new.  We’ve never been told to not hug, not hang out, not say yes to an invitation to dinner, and basically to not be warm-hearted.  We have been disrupted, haven’t we? I, for one, don’t like it and I’m an introvert.

For many in the Dry Bones community, social distancing is not so new.  That’s not to say that our friends don’t love hanging out like any other human. It’s just that many people that experience homelessness are socially distanced by default. Social distancing is a virus that has affected our world for years.

Through the years, I’ve asked my friends on the streets these questions: “What’s the hardest part about living on the streets? About experiencing homelessness?”  They have responded Read More

COVID-19 – A Letter from Dry Bones

March 11, 2020 | By | No Comments

The letter linked below was written on March 10th.  As you all know, things are changing quickly! Please visit THIS PAGE to keep up to date with Dry Bones regarding COVID-19 and our response.
Read our letter filled with thoughts, questions, updates, and info here:

Dry Bones COVID-19 Letter

Are You a Program? What Does Success Look Like?

February 14, 2020 | 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

Relationship Saves Us

March 27, 2019 | By | 5 Comments

“Hey, will you give Emily a ride over to Stout Street on your way back to the office?” Mark asks. “Her boyfriend is over there.”

“Yeah, sure thing. Hey, I’m Haley, nice to meet you,” I say as I shake Emily’s hand. She nods.

“My car’s over here, just down the block,” I point.

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As I put my car in drive, Emily asks, “Hey, so do you mind taking my boyfriend to St. Luke’s? He’s really sick.”

“Yeah sure,” I respond. “Where is that? Do you know where to go?”

“Yeah, it’s over on High Street.”

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“You can turn right here,” Emily notes.

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We Are Scum and We Belong

January 25, 2019 | By | 7 Comments

The atmosphere in the park is heavy. Several police officers and park rangers stand nearby, ensuring that bags are being packed and that everyone is moving along. It’s been a good afternoon, nonetheless. I meet a young couple named after trees, both deciduous and coniferous, whose dogs know who to bark at and who to sniff approvingly. Rounding the corner in front of the library I run into a friend. He warns me to be gentle with his arm which is suffering from an abscess. I’m reminded of an old John Prine lyric, “There’s a hole Read More

Come, Lord Jesus

December 18, 2018 | By | 3 Comments

Warning: The following contains a slice of life, raw and unfiltered.  While you may find it less palatable than honey, it is no less sweet. Though editing or cleaning up language might make it easier to stomach, it serves to diminish the pain and lament that hungers for righteousness and justice.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Civic Center Park buzzes with activity.  The hustle and bustle is not that associated with the season showcased in lights and displayed in front of the City and County building, it is the daily grind of addiction, a liturgy of despair.

Robbie and I are taking in the scene when he spots a longtime friend.  I read her story in the tattoos covering her arms and face. Read More

On Pilgrimage

November 15, 2018 | By | One Comment

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