MAY 2021
Love Your Neighbor
A Fresh Tracks Initiative - by Derrick Vaughns
All of us have our own ideas about homelessness and the reasons as to why people experience its cruel and unforgiving treatment. “It is possible to argue that for most people, their beliefs on homelessness are mediated by depictions in the media – through the internet, television, newspapers and magazines, movies and books” (Reynalds,2006). It is important to consider how we think about the problem as that will have a big effect on what we do about it. Haven of Hope was founded to be a part of the solution, not just another shelter providing basic essentials for homelessness, but an organization that seeks to facilitate a return to self-sufficiency for our guests, including helping them to create a more positive impact on their neighborhood, even in their current circumstances.

The Love Your Neighbor Project was established to afford our homeless community the opportunity to care for the neighborhood in which they reside in. Building trust, restoring broken bridges to life, educating the community about the services provided to our homeless neighbors and giving back to our community are the main focus for the Love Your Neighbor Project.

Here at Haven of Hope, we believe that we need each other to be successful in life and in our efforts to create a better society for our current and future generations. Scripture tells us: “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).

Life is so much better when we do it together. We need each other for encouragement, help, and support - physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Family and friend relationships are very important, God created us to live together, as one, in harmony.

“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ, we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12:4-5).

We all have a job, a purpose, and a place of belonging. The Love Your Neighbor Project encourages and trains homeless community members to faithfully serve through volunteering their time and talent within their neighborhood, by cleaning the streets they live on, providing yard work, and other manual labor, assisting our neighboring business owners with basic needs and essential labor. In return, our neighbors may graciously reward them as they see fit, although it is not a requirement. While there is a huge negative stigma surrounding our homeless community, our goal is to educate individuals regarding the life of homelessness. Our message is simple, “Homeless, but still human!”

Our guests, whom we encounter on a daily basis, confront the psychological struggles of living homeless and the quickly deteriorating physical conditions around them. Our homeless neighbors may have nothing, but they are still human. Sadly, most people don’t see homeless people as human beings but as a nuisance and a disease within the community.

The Love Your Neighbor Project aims to restore pride and a sense of dignity back into the lives of our guests. With compassion and inspirational leadership from our neighbors, we remain dedicated to lifting the spirits of our homeless community. This is done by bridging the gap between our homeless community and our business owners within the community. The Love Your Neighbor Project believes dismissing our homeless guests as failures, dropouts, and drug addicts are grossly misleading. We encourage all of our donors, vendors, volunteers, and guests to join the Love Your Neighbor Project and become a voice in this overcrowded wilderness of homelessness and make a difference by dedicating your time, talent, donations and prayers.

For more information about how you can get involved with the Love Your Neighbor Project, please contact Derrick Vaughns, Facility Manager, Haven of Hope at:

1101 W. 7th Ave.
Denver, CO 802024
(303) 399-9916
dvaughns@thoh.org
Our 1st Outing was a Huge Success!
The applications for this project are endless but we started May 1st by sending out 2 teams of our volunteer guests, one headed by Derrick and one headed by Had Beatty, to pick up trash and clean up streets, alleys and properties of a several block radius. (See pictures above and below.)Every property they touched received a letter drafted by Had Beatty, (below)

If you are interested in volunteering on this project, please email Derrick Vaughns, our Facility Manager, at dvaughns@thoh.org.
Had Beatty, a faithful donor to HOH had this to say about the 1st outing for the LYN Project:
My wife and I are long-time supporters of HOH, but it wasn’t until Derrick Vaughns, the HOH Facility Manager, invited me (and my pickup truck) to participate in a LYN event that I had a chance to spend time with some of the HOH guests. On May 1, Derrick organized a cleanup by HOH guests of the trash and litter in the streets, alleys, and front yards in a several block area near the facility. I worked with one of the two teams of guests. It may be hard to imagine that picking trash would be enjoyable, but, we all actually had fun because of the attitude and diligence of the four guests on our team, no goofing off/all business, despite lots of stooping and lots of nasty stuff to pick up. Because of the team effort, we made a clear difference in the streets and alleys we cleaned. The guests and I were obviously proud of what we had accomplished. The two guest teams collected a total of about 20 large bags, a piled high pickup load, of litter. As I left HOH, I asked Derrick to let me know so that I can participate in future LYN guest work projects. - Had Beatty
Upcoming Events!
We are excited to announce a number of events to attend for the 2021 year. This year we will bring back the traditional yearly events along with a slew of new opportunities for you to engage with our organization and support its mission. Please see below and be on the lookout for additional event details throughout the year!

  • Golf Tournament: Wednesday, July 14th @ Arrowhead Golf Course 7:30 am Shotgun Start
  • Volunteer & Community Appreciation Party: Saturday, August 14th @Haven of Hope 1:00 pm-4:00 pm*
  • Gala: Saturday, September 25th @ Infinity Park 5:30 pm-8:30 pm
  • Colfax Marathon: Saturday & Sunday, October 16th & 17th
  • Thanksgiving Meal: Tuesday, November 23rd @ Haven of Hope 7:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Christmas Meal & Giveaway: Tuesday, December 21st @ Haven of Hope 7:00 am-1:00 pm

Registration for the Golf Tournament is now open!
Travel Size Hygiene Products
We are in need of travel-size hygiene items! Soaps, body washes deodorants, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, women's feminine care products, shaving products, body lotion, brushes and combs.

Towels & Washcloths
We are also in need of bath towels and washcloths for our guests to shower with. Ours are getting very near the end of their lifespan!

SURVIVAL FASHION ON THE STREET

To constantly live outside requires clothing for a wide span of temperatures and weather conditions. We're talking Colorado, where it can rain, snow and be hot enough for a sunburn all in one day! Layers are the key to survival for our homeless community. Many of them can be seen with 2-3 layers on and 2-3 more tied around their waist or shoulders and any given time. We are headed toward our warmer months but the nights can still be very chilly.

We just received a big load of socks and over 2,000 t-shirts which were so needed! Here are some of the items we continually run out of in our clothing bank:
  • new underwear (men's & women's)
  • hoodies (men's & women's)
  • jackets & coats (men's & women's)
  • jeans/pants (men's & women's)
  • shoes (men's & women's)
  • sleeping bags
  • tarps