A Charity (Part II) That Really Hits Home - Dry Bones Denver

Managing Real Estate Broker with LoKation Real Estate

A Charity (Part II) That Really Hits Home - Dry Bones DenverThis is one of two of my two favorite charities in the Denver area. It is funny how we learn about different organizations and the causes they support. For the two charities that really tug on my heartstrings, both I have been introduced to through friends and past clients.

 Dry Bones Denver is a ministry that helps Homeless youth and young adults. I have seen the numbers from around the country, it is something like 600-700K homeless under the age of 20. The stories the young people share are so sad, but full of hope. Every year Dry Bones hosts a charity auction to raise money to support the cause, the first year my wife and I participated, they raised enough money to hire two more staffers, including the son of some of our very good friends.

Dry Bones helps these young people to get everything they need, from ID's to jobs, to apartments, rehabThe Purple Door if needed, it is truly a project with a much higher calling. They have even started a coffee shop, called The Purple Door, that hires only these young adults and teens, teaches them how to be responsible and earn a living and gets them much needed work experience and shelter. The Purple Door recently bought a coffee roaster and is now selling their coffee as an additional fundraiser.

   During the fundraiser, which includes a live auction, silent auction and a dinner, where at every table is one of the benefactors of this great program, we have sat with a 32 year old lady, who was an orphan early in life, adopted by a couple in Minnesota that told her the day after they adopted her that they made a big mistake, imagine your parents telling you that they made a mistake in having you, and then feeling like an outcast, while the rest of the family all lives happily together. She eventually ran away from home because the streets were a more friendly environment, and made her way to Denver, which is definitely a little easier in the winter time to be homeless than Minnesota.

Like most of these kids, they are unwanted, discarded by the very people that bring them into the world, but the majority are very good people and just need some direction, someone to show them that they care. Our dinner guest went on to say that although she lived on the streets and slept with one eye open, she never missed a day of high school. She would have to take several different buses and transports to make it and then find her way back to the comfort of the street and the people she knew to be her "family". 

Dry BonesThis year the charity event actually had a few of the "guesthosts" speak to us all and tell us their story, all very moving, but the one that really stood out was a very sturdy man, I would say he was also in his early thirties now, he has been a part of Dry Bones since they opened the doors in 2001, he told the story of his dad dying of drug abuse and his meth addicted mom, injecting him when he was 8 years old so he didn't feel "left out". Again I was just blown away by people that have kids and then do this to them, he realized that he had better get ou8t of that environment or he would turn out just like his mother, I can't imagine having to make the decision to leave home as an 8 year old addicted to meth, because the streets are the better option.

I can go on and on about the stories of these people, but Dry Bones Denver is one of the best causes I have ever seen. I love being a part of this great program and helping out however I can. This years charity event helped to put 3 new bathrooms and laundry rooms in a small building that Dry Bones rents downtown to help give these people a place to clean up and sleep without having to worry about being beat up, rolled or raped.

This years fundraiser was held at Red Rocks at Ship Rock grill, one of the best venues in all of the area, here are some Facebook photos and more information. The video below is one of several they have on their site, but the first face you see is the young man we shared a table with this year. If the video below does not load, here is the Youtube Link to watch


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Comments (8)

Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Sounds like a fantastic local charity.  Good to know donations made here are well spent.

Nov 29, 2016 03:47 PM
John Marshall - FORE!

It has been amazing to see the progress this group has made since they began 15 years ago

Nov 30, 2016 01:05 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi John -- what an incredible organization - thank you for letting us know about Dry Bones as well as the stories of success.   

Nov 29, 2016 05:01 PM
John Marshall - FORE!

You are welcome, it has been eye-opening for sure

Nov 30, 2016 01:07 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is an astounding and disturbing number of people under the age of 20 that are homeless.  Coming from a very loving and supportive family, it doesn't make sense to me how any child or young adult could be left homeless.  I love that you are so involved in this amazing organization that helps so many wonderful young adults!

Nov 30, 2016 06:32 AM
John Marshall - FORE!

Brian, I feel the same way, I was totally blown away by the way some people treat their children, I guess we were fortunate to come from families that care.

Nov 30, 2016 02:31 PM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I am sure these kiddos get overlooked all the time.  This is a great event to bring awareness to the need to help these big kids.

Nov 30, 2016 08:50 AM
John Marshall - FORE!

Yes, when usedto see these kids, I tried to stay as far away as possible, not knowing their story and now I have a totally different perspective on their situation

Nov 30, 2016 02:33 PM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi John - You have found two very important causes, and I'm sure your support is making a big difference in helping people who are facing serious problems.

Nov 30, 2016 11:29 AM
John Marshall - FORE!
LoKation Real Estate - Cherry Hills Village, CO
Specializing in Golf Course Properties

I hope so and I hope just educating others on these issues raises awareness so more people can step up, or at least think of them in a new way.

Nov 30, 2016 02:34 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

John,  Dry Bones is an amazing charity. Thanks for making us aware of this wonderful charity.  I can't imagine being on my own at the age of 8 years.  My heart breaks to hear stories like these.  I am going to watch the video. thanks again.

Dec 03, 2016 11:41 AM
John Marshall - FORE!

The stories these young adults told us were mindboggling.

Dec 03, 2016 03:27 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Wow - that was not what I expected to read about. I thought it might be a pet organization.  What a great charity Dry Bones is.  I can't even get my head around some of those stories.

May 16, 2017 08:27 PM
John Marshall - FORE!

It is heartbreaking to hear what so many of these young people have gone through, but so heart-warming to know that a program like this exists.

May 17, 2017 07:34 AM