In November 2012, Denver Rescue Mission acquired a ministry called Open Door Mission in downtown Fort Collins. Denver Rescue Mission hoped to continue a more than 20-year legacy of serving people experiencing homelessness along the Front Range and renamed the ministry Fort Collins Rescue Mission. During its first year, the building at 316 Jefferson Street was renovated by adding bathrooms, updating the HVAC system, adding more beds, refurbishing the kitchen, and purchasing storage sheds and vehicles.
Fort Collins Rescue Mission (FCRM) began as an outreach to provide meals and shelter for men and women in need and has since developed into a beacon of hope for our homeless and struggling neighbors.
In January 2013, FCRM began the Steps to Success program, offering men and women experiencing homelessness an opportunity to return to self-sufficiency after 3 to 9 months in the program. Steps to Success focuses on addressing the immediate needs of participants, providing basic life skills training, offering work therapy opportunities, and encouraging participants to build healthy community support systems necessary for long-term success.
In 2014, Fort Collins Rescue Mission began serving as an entry point for the New Life Program at Harvest Farm, a recovery program in Wellington operated by Denver Rescue Mission.
In February 2016, FCRM added the Re-entry Program for men and women recently released from prison. This unique program provides shelter and meals to men and women coming out of incarceration as they work to rebuild their lives.
Over time, the local community has become more involved in reaching out to our homeless and struggling neighbors. The number of volunteers has steadily increased, more churches are involved in providing gospel-centered services and interns are coming from several universities to gain experience in a humanitarian, non-profit field. We are so thankful for the support and encouragement our community in Fort Collins provides. None of this great work to help change lives would be possible without your partnership.