DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Rescue Mission is spreading the warmth this winter through their Family Rescue Ministry. Often the biggest barrier to accessing stable housing is raising enough money to pay the rent and first month’s deposits. The Family Rescue Ministry program provides this type of financial assistance, as well as pairing the family with a mentor from the community who can provide the support needed to maintain the long-term stability of the home.
“I and my kids actually slept on the floor of a friend’s house,” said Quinton Dooley, a single father of four.
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Dooley was working, but he didn’t have enough money to pay deposits and the first month’s rent in a place where he could call home.
“I knew I had to get myself and my kids out of this situation, so I just had to bite off and start working three jobs,” said Dooley.
While Dooley was saving money on the bail, the Family Rescue Ministry’s program kicked in to cover the first month’s rent for a three-bedroom apartment.
“I really love it,” Dooley told CBS4.
In addition to financial support, Dooley was matched with a mentor. Together they work on budgeting and he’s a resource for anything else Dooley needs.
“He’s helped in a number of ways,” said Dooley.
The Family Rescue Department also gave the family a couple of Walmart gift cards. The program can also help with clothing, furniture, and household items.
CBS4 has partnered with the Denver Rescue Mission to spread the warmth this winter. You can make a donation by sending “WARMTH” to 24365. A donation of just $ 10 pays for three hot meals and one night of protection.