Every day that I am in Denver I am affirmed in that this is where I am supposed to be. This is what I am supposed to be doing. At the same time when I see how much needs to be done it is a bit overwhelming. We have a to-do list a mile long. But the to-do list is the least of our worries.
As I spend time at events with Dry Bones Denver and I see some familiar faces on the streets, and I meet new friends living outdoors in the winter that is what really motivates me to get the things done on the to-do list. A to-do list for the sake of a to-do list isn’t motivating. It’s overwhelming. That’s why it is so important for us to build these relationships on the streets now. To be present and see the need for employment. For mentoring. For a chance. A chance to start over and rebuild lives.
Daily I remind myself of the why I’m here by way of our mission statement:
Reclaiming and sustaining homeless and street connected youth through supportive and meaningful employment.
That’s why I am here. That’s why I am checking things off the to-do list. That is why we exist.
From there I remind myself of our 3 more specific goals:
1. To employ homeless and street connected youth who have been deemed unemployable in a loving and grace-centered environment.
2. To create a sustainable business where our employees can learn valuable life skills, work ethic, and the art of coffee.
3. To foster and encourage life-changing relationships between employees, volunteers, costumers, donors and the local community.
That’s why I am here. That’s why we as Purple Door Coffee exist.