WE SERVE! and so can you

Women's Homelessness Initiative

Pre-pandemic, we provided safe shelter to 20 women on 26 Tuesday nights each year (every Tuesday every other month). Nearly 100 volunteers per year helped to set up, offer hospitality, a meal, or serve as an overnight angel.  Currently, we are providing supplies to former participants through non-profit agencies such as the Saint Francis Center and The Gathering Place. We do not know what this program will look like in the future, but we remain committed to women without a permanent home.​

 

WAYS TO BE IN MINISTRY

Things are different for the moment, but these are ways we have been in ministry and anticipate again the future.  Many of these are Denver specific, but we encourage you to find groups and causes like these in your home communities too.

Collective Witness

We marched together in two Women's Marches, the March for Our Lives (after Parkland) and the march after Charlottesville.  We march every year in the LGBTQ Pride Parade and the MLK Marade.  And join in protests at the State Capitol, such as about gun violence (we belong to Faith Communities United Against Gun Violence).  When our collective presence is needed, we show up.

Community Outreach

In addition to our Women's Homelessness Initiative, we serve meals for low-income senior citizens at the Senior Support Center on the 3rd Thursday of the month.

Work Trips

We have taken 10 week long service/learning trips to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The next will be in 2021.

Financial Support

We offer support for our Mission Partners, like advocacy groups such as Interfaith Alliance of Colorado and service groups like El Centro Humanitario.

Fair Trade

Our annual holiday gift market benefits 20 non-profit groups. Each year we offer handmade and others goods which are local and international/indigenous.  We had a record year of sales in 2019 - $21,500.  In 2020, the market will be virtual only.

Through our Building

We provide a free home for Knitting4Peace.  Many other groups, such as Black Lives Matter, meet here for free. Any group whose mission is racial justice can meet in our building free.  In addition, other groups use our space for community oriented meetings.  The building is currently not open for such gatherings.

Knitting

Yes, by knitting or crocheting you can join an interfaith community of people delivering peace and compassion in local and global communities.  Our Peace Pod meets twice a month.  Learn more at knitting4peace.org.


MS Walk
 

Walk MS is a personal passion for Music Director Billie Busby. She has a family member with that condition, and there are a number of church members who also have loved ones with MS. Together, they have been involved for a number of years in rallying support for the Denver Walk MS event.

2019 was the thirteenth year for the PHCC Wind Ensemble team.  We were recently notified that we are the NUMBER ONE fundraiser in the Colorado and Wyoming MS Walks!! Not only does our team have a wonderful record of fundraising for this important cause, we share a common goal of defeating MS – once and for all.  We also enjoy the fellowship of sharing this common goal.  The Walk Day is full of joy and purpose – a chance to learn about MS and the new advances in its treatment and hang out and walk with lots of great folks!  

 

WHEN:    TBD

WHERE: City Park

WHY:  Your support is driving progress!  As the largest private funder of MS research world-wide, the National MS Society has funded research that paved the way for all existing therapies to treat MS – none of which existed 20 years ago.  There are more than a dozen treatments for relapsing remitting MS, and half of them have been approved in just the last 6 years.  The hope – and potential - for new, more effective treatments for MS has never been greater.  While the cause of MS is still unknown, scientists are identifying risk factors that increase a person’s susceptibility to MS, which will lead to disease prevention. 

 

HOW CAN I HELP?

Register for the walk, make a donation, volunteer or just hang out!!

 

To register for the team or donate, contact Billie Busby Smith music@parkhillchurch.org

Key Issues

 

Our congregation has long been involved in issues of racial justice. It's in our organizational DNA, starting 50 years ago when the Park Hill neighborhood first began to integrate.  Today we are proud to host meetings for Black Lives Matter.  And any group whose mission is racial justice can meet here for free.  We have a Racial Justice Ministry that has sponsored numerous gatherings and opportunities to learn and take action.  In 2019 we hosted a group of young Nicaraguan asylum seekers.

Refugees

We have helped to resettle three families - most recently this family from Nepal.  We help with appointments, furnishings, weekly visits.  Our Nepal family wanted a garden to grow fresh vegetables and so we pitched in.

Homelessness

As an overnight shelter site in the Women's Homelessness Initiative (WHI), we provide a meal and safe shelter for 20 women 26 nights per year, Tuesday overnight to Wednesday morning.  It is a big undertaking with nearly 100 volunteers led by 3 coordinators at our site. (We are part of a network of 1,000 volunteers!)  There are 40 "jobs" every month, but it is one of the most meaningful things our members do with their faith lives.  (Click here to sign up—Dormant link during COVID shutdown.)

We also serve a monthly meal to homeless and low income senior citizens and receive offerings for organizations working with families in need.

Interfaith

One day we arrived to church and discovered we were being picketed because we had stated that we would be willing to read from the Quran during worship.

We have also collaborated with local Muslim leaders for dialogue sermons.

We hosted Temple Micah - a Reform Jewish synagogue - for 37 years and shared in joint services, studies, and outreach projects - particularly an annual Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance) service and Mitzvah Day.

​An interfaith knitting group meets twice monthly and we provide offices for Knitting 4 Peace.

LGBTQ

We have been Open and Affirming since 1991 and were one of the first churches to march and/or have a booth at the Pride Festival.  Our pastor in the early 2000s was the organizer of Clergy for Marriage Equality.  Today we have LGBTQ members, staff and even our pastor.

 
 

In addition, we advocate gun violence prevention, immigration justice, criminal justice reform, green initiatives, and more - especially through our Mission Partner program.

Help Us Make a Difference

Join us to build an open, inclusive, just and compassionate world through a one-time or recurring financial gift​

2600 Leyden Street

Denver, CO 80207

303.322.9122 office@parkhillchurch.org

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