Founded during the "Pikes Peak or Bust Gold Rush" of 1859, Denver has been called the "Gateway to the West". The city is proud to have all that a metropolis offers while in a gorgeous setting next to the Rocky Mountains. Denver loves its sport teams, staying healthy and caring for our neighbors. While you'll find many of the same struggles that affect any other urban area, Denver is a special place where ministry is creative and collaborative.
CSM Denver is proud to partner with many agencies and ministries around the city that are willing to use their voice on behalf of those who are ignored or cannot speak for themselves. Everyone has a story and deserves a chance to share. When CSM participants visit Denver they have the opportunity to partner with several of these ministries. They will serve at places like the Denver Rescue Mission and be able to put a name to homelessness by serving and eating alongside the patrons.
Our desire for groups that come through Denver would be that they would be more than tourists for a week. We want them to reach out, touch and experience the city in unique ways. They may find themselves in touristy places like down along the 16th street pedestrian mall, but instead of shopping they will be looking for ways that they could meet a need for someone they might normally pass by.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR TRIP
Groups serving with CSM Denver will get the chance to serve a wide variety of community partners in the city. Our goal is for students to each find a place where they connect and enjoy serving, and to realize that their individual passions and interests can be used by God. In Denver we have over 15 community partners: from working with kids at an after-school or summer club program, an urban garden that partners with refugees, outreach with people experiencing homelessness, to visiting with senior citizens. Along with these relational ministry opportunities students will use their hands sorting at a food and clothing bank or distribution warehouse. And, finally, each group will get the chance to participate in our learning activities where they will have the opportunity to explore the city in different ways to learn about gentrification and food insecurity all while meeting people where they are and learning their stories.
Meet the Director
As a Colorado native, Keysha is thrilled to be part of CSM Denver. Keysha’s passion for urban ministry began on a CSM Chicago trip when she was in 8th grade. The Lord used that first mission trip to begin a lifetime of service in the city. She attended Oklahoma Baptist University and received a B.A. in Family Development and in Cross-Cultural Ministry. She moved to Chicago after graduation and worked for 5 years with CSM; 2 years as Associate Director and 3 years as City Director. After 2 years away from CSM, working at a food and clothing bank in Denver, Keysha is excited to re-join the CSM family. Serving in her hometown and introducing others to what God is doing in the city is a long fulfilled dream!