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We Are So Thankful

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We cannot begin to express how thankful we are for your support. Purple Door Coffee is happening. Today I’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received in my 7 months with Purple Door.

We credit this to God and His heart for what we are trying to do. I say we, because you are a valuable part of everything we are working towards. Purple Door is happening because more and more people are catching the vision, and their heart is moved to contribute to what we are doing.

Each day I am thankful for the people that have contributed to Purple Door. Today as I led Bible Study at Bud’s Warehouse, I was struck by how ready I am to be doing this type of thing with Purple Door. Today as an individual that I goal coach came to ask me for some advice on a goal he is working on, I got excited about Purple Door being up and running! Last night in a conversation with a friend on the street, they stated that they can’t figure out what their boss wants from them, and so they think they are going to get fired. This motivated me to continue striving to open the doors of Purple Door, and to communicate well as we train and employ our friends from the streets.

Each day we are closer to opening our doors. We’ve said that many times, but now, we can truly feel it. When we said it when we had $10,000 raised. Now that we have raised nearly $22,000 towards our $30,000 match on top of what we had already raised it’s becoming a lot easier to say, “each day we are closer to opening our doors.”

We’re closer, but we’re not there yet. Each day we spend time finding ways to get our story out into the world. We’ve been blessed by others helping us share our story (please continue sharing about our mission to employ homeless teens and young adults as they seek to exit street life).

Please, help us reach our matching goal as soon as possible by donating here.

Please, help us tell our story by sharing with your friends and family. Help us set up meetings with new people. Share our posts on Facebook and Twitter. You can share our videos as well. Check them out here.

Please, pray for us. Pray for funds to come in. Pray for the street kids we will employ. Pray for the real estate search (it’s getting a lot closer).

Interview with Jim Reiner

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Jim Reiner has been the executive director for Belay Enterprises for 13 years. His experience with job training ministries and overseeing startups in that time is so valuable to Purple Door. Check out what he has to say about Purple Door!

If you are interested in donating to Purple Door’s Matching Campaign, you can do so here!

Also check out Jim’s blog. He shares his wisdom about Faith Ventures and Job Training ministries.

Why YOU Are Awesome!

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You are awesome for lots of reasons, but I want to take some time to tell you some of the specific reasons why I (Madison) think that you are awesome.

You are awesome because since July 1, you have donated $19,137.54 to the $30,000 matching campaign. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

You are awesome because you have been praying for Purple Door Coffee, Mark, the future employees and for me. I can tell you in all honesty that I can feel the comfort of your prayers. I have been blessed with a peace as of late that is not of this world. Thank you for your prayers.

You are awesome because you have been spreading the word about Purple Door Coffee to your friends, family, co-workers, your favorite baristas, whole foods cashiers, chiropractors, medical doctors, dentists, tattoo artists, personal trainers, shoe shiners, left-handed waiters, etc. (I could keep on going for days…) When you spread the word, you are growing the Purple Door family, which opens more doors to changed lives for homeless and street-involved youth. Thank you so much for spreading the word!

You are awesome because you care. You care enough about homeless teens in Denver to read this blog and keep up with everything going on with Purple Door Coffee. Thank you for your heart!

Remember that the matching donation is still going on until August 15. Please help us reach our goal of raising $22,000 by the end of this week! Donate by clicking HERE.

WE LOVE YOU GUYS!

Madison Chandler

Sharing is Caring

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Sharing is caring! This week as we continue to work towards matching $30,000, we would like to ask all of our friends to intentionally share our story!

Some of you have large online networks. Please, share about Purple Door to that network! Some of you have large personal or professional networks. Please, tell our story!

This past week we have seen the value of friends telling friends about us as we have received several donations from individuals that have heard about us from friends of ours.

As awareness of this effort grows, and as Purple Door Coffee makes new friends it pushes us closer and closer to opening our doors and providing employment to our friends. Robbie Goldman from Dry Bones Denver shared this about Purple Door: Over the last decade the one physical change in my friends’ lives that has provided the most positive change is a job. Just talking about Purple Door has inspired our Dry Bones friends. I can’t wait to see what happens when it opens.” Help us continue to inspire and provide that lasting positive change in the lives of our friends.

Facebook and Twitter friends, we ask that you share and retweet! Blogger friends, a post about us would be greatly appreciated. Church leaders, please share with your congregation and other church leaders about what God is up to in the city of Denver.  Whatever network you may have can be so helpful! Please keep us on your mind this week!

We ask that this week especially you intentionally help Purple Door become more well known. This will help up reach our goal of matching the $30,000 gift by August 15th. If you would like to give to the matching campaign you can do so here!

Thank you so much for those of you that have already been journeying with us! And welcome those who are now joining us! We are blessed to have your support!

A Week in the Life

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One of the questions we get most frequently is, ‘What do you do everyday?’ We aren’t open yet, so this is a good question. Each week looks different right now with a few consistent activities. We wish that all of you could come see the cool things that God is up to in Denver, but we know that isn’t possible for everyone. So, we wanted to convey as much as we can about what we do.

Flickr image by russelljsmith

Right now we are perpetually looking for ways to share our story. We are making connections with people to spread our network by meeting with different churches, businesses and individuals in Denver so that we can share what is going on with Purple Door Coffee. We’ve been comparing this a lot to Mark 4. We’re spreading as much seed as possible and only some of it will grow, but God will grow it!

Mondays and Tuesdays are filled with miscellaneous things–meetings with people that are interested in Purple Door–churches, businessmen, other urban ministries and anyone else you can think of– efforts to share our story on the internet (like this blog), sending out thank you letters, sending tax receipts, updating databases, helping out with Belay’s other faith ventures, making calls, sending out updates, organizing smaller fundraisers, and so much more. These are the days that look different each week. Mondays and Tuesday are also days that we intentionally learn from Jim Reiner and the Belay team about job training ministries and running a non-profit. Learning happens throughout the week, but on Monday and Tuesdays we typically get to spend more time with Jim and share vision and goals for Purple Door.

Wednesdays are a fun day for us. We get to sit in a conference room with all the  Bud’s Warehouse employees and share about how our weeks are going, what goals we are working towards, and update everyone on our own spiritual journeys. It is a beautiful time of community and encouragement.

Thursdays are also a lot of fun–but challenging as well. The morning and early afternoon are filled with similar things as Monday. We also check in with some of the Bud’s Warehouse employees that we journey with as goal coaches. This happens at other times throughout the week as well. The late afternoon and early evening are times spent with Dry Bones. We attend bowling with Dry Bones.

Each week Dry Bones rents a bus to take our friends bowling. We bowl and have a good time. It is a place of belonging and safety. This time is used to simply build relationships with our friends from the streets and the volunteers that work with Dry Bones, as well as lavish love on everyone present. We then go to the meal that is served after bowling and continue the conversations that took place at the bowling alley as well as start new ones. This is a joy as well as a challenge.

Sometimes the conversations are light hearted and fun, and at other times they are dark and sad. This is valuable relational time that helps us remain connected and in tune with the culture that is present on the streets. This is vital as we dream about and plan the training components of Purple Door. If we were disconnected from the culture of the people we are striving to work with, we would not be able to help them as effectively as possible. Our consistent presence on the streets also communicates our love and concern for our friends, and helps us establish ourselves in the culture on the streets.

Fridays are also a very enjoyable day. Friday morning is started with Bible study with the Bud’s warehouse employees. I (Mark) have been blessed to lead these studies for the last month and a half. “Lead” is maybe a bit misleading. Each week I bring a passage to the group and give a little context. After that the discussion begins. I chime in as a participant in the discussion, and we all journey through scripture as a community.

It is challenging and beautiful. I have been presented with a new angle on a passage I have read a hundred times on more than one occasion already. The diversity of backgrounds and the different lives that have been lived in that room provide a component to the study of scripture that I have not encountered in a traditional church setting. It is a huge blessing to journey through scripture with this group of people.  After the Bible Study we again just work on what is before us–emails, sharing our story, checking in with Bud’s employees, meetings, etc.

In the early afternoon in the summer months we head over to Dry Bones’ picnics. We spend time in the park with our friends from the streets and just continue to grow the relationships there. This is a relaxed atmosphere that allows us to connect and have meaningful conversation. Again, this is a valuable time for us as we seek to stay in tune with the culture on the streets.

As much as we love what we’re doing now, we are ready to open the doors of Purple Door! We are ready to provide employment, job training and life skills training to the street kids in Denver that want to exit street life.  Please consider donating today as we currently have a $30,000 matching donation! Click here to donate and help us open Purple Door Coffee so that we can provide employment to our friends that are working to rebuild their lives from homelessness.

Big News for Purple Door!

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Your donations are now worth double!

We are so excited and blessed to announce that our sister ministry, Dry Bones Denver has arranged generous donors who will match funds up to $30,000!

$30,000 matching donation!

Every dollar up to $30,000 will be matched by a donation set up through Dry Bones. With our current amount raised at just under $20,000 this donation, if fully matched, will put us to nearly two-thirds of the way to opening our doors!

Now is the time to give!

We have set a deadline to have all $30,000 matched by August 15th! With this match, your donation carries so much more weight. Please donate to give our friends on the streets a chance at a life away from the streets!

Follow our blogwebsiteFacebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the progress of this matching campaign!