February 5, 2013
December 6, 2013
The AfterHours community had a blast last Tuesday surprising Rev. Jerry Herships with the Channel 7 Everyday Hero Award. Members of the community had nominated him, and then upon discovering that he was getting the award, promptly kept it a huge secret. Because secrets are fun. We’re pretty sure jetlag was the only reason he wasn’t suspicious that everyone kept texting and calling to make sure he would be there that Tuesday…
Suspicious, Jerry notices the camera man…
Close up on communion- still no idea why the press are here…
It’s really, really cold. (A good reminder of the importance of sleeping bags!)
Presentation of the award!
Which camera are we supposed to look at?
Filming the interview…
A lot of folks managed to come down to the park, from all iterations of AfterHours. Friends without homes, current congregants (is that what we are?), friends who used to be without homes, folks from St. Andrews, even Jamie, the bartender from Don’s Club Tavern, came down. And we know, Jerry, that you consider this an award for the whole AH community, but someone’s got to spearhead this crazy adventure, and we couldn’t think of a more deserving guy. Congratulations!
You can see Jerry’s spot on Channel 7 at these times:
Sunday, Dec 8 at 10 pm
Dec 9 at 5 am
Dec 12 at 11 am
Dec 14 at 5 pm
Dec 15 at 7 am
It will also go up on their website- we’ll post a link here once it does.
December 6, 2013
Tis’ the season to buy sleeping bag and save lives. It’s gotten cold. Really cold. A lot of our guys are still outdoors all night long. We are sending out the link to pick up some two sleeping bag packs from Walmart online. They are TWO for $40! Great deal. If your Christmas budget can afford it, order some and help our guys stay warm this Winter season.
The address to have them delivered to is:
St. Paul UMC
1615 Ogden St
Denver, CO 80218
Attn: Rev. Jessica Nelson
You would be all KINDS of awesomeness to order some for our least and lost this year!
December 5, 2013
It’s time for our 4th annual CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK!
Gonna be a blow OUT this year.
It’s actually pretty simple.:
Figure out what you would like to give away to our friends without homes.
Show up at Lincoln Park (the park RIGHT in front of the Capital Downtown) a little before noon on Christmas day.
Bring a card table to put your stuff on.
At noon, give it away with a smile and a “Merry Christmas”
Ain’t brain surgery. (But just as life saving…)
The only thing we ask you to do prior is to shoot an email to Jenny Ricklefs (email@example.com )and tell her what you would like to bring (i.e. we don’t want 900 hats and no gloves!) Think gloves, scarves, winter hats, hand warmers, long johns, socks, travel size toothpaste and razors and shaving cream, etc. Think camping in the winter!
Really hope you can make it. Last year we had over 200 volunteers and more than 300 homeless. It was KILLER!
See ya then for CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK 2013
November 30, 2013
Pictures from our second annual Thanksgiving drive for long johns! There are many places every year that take care of lunches and dinners on Thanksgiving day, so instead we try to keep our friends without homes warm by delivering long johns instead. This year we even had a bunch of coats, gloves, socks and hats to help too!
Thank you guys in the AfterHours community for taking time with your families to help others. You guys are truly awesome.
(A note about pictures: We rarely take pictures at the park- usually only on special occasions. We know lots of folks might have lots of reasons not to want their photo taken. If you see an AH person with a camera, just let them know (respectfully of course) and we’ll either keep you out of the shot or happily take a photo on the website down.)
April 17, 2013
AfterHours heard about this great project coming up at the end of May. One of our Iliff friends is producing a play called “Intersections,” opening May 31st at the Black Box theatre on Auraria Campus, about (and starring) youth experiencing homelessness – it will showcase their identities and experiences with religion and spirituality.
You can click the link below to see a video with the youth, read more about the project, and throw a few dollars our way to produce it if you’re interested and able!
Also, tell all your friends (Facebook, email, message in a bottle).
Thanks in advance!
April 7, 2013
TODAY is the big day!
The last count had 75 groups in 27 states participating in PBJ for Hunger. AfterHours is making our sandwiches at Don’s Mixed Drinks today, April 7, at 4:00 pm.
Here’s a sample of what’s been going down:
“The Rev and I made about 40 sack lunches and passed them out after church today…..literally in the shadow of First UMC, just a couple blocks up North Blvd. We also took the extra water bottles and granola bars. In less than 30 minutes, we were blessed by the gratitude of a few dozen hungry men, women and children. Jesus said to “feed my sheep”…..Guys, it is SO EASY to do it!”
Thanks to all who are participating. May we always SPREAD THE LOVE!
March 30, 2013
There’s a shout-out to AfterHours and PBJ For Hunger in one of the biggest Methodist publications here.
At AfterHours, we’ve found that doing something for others is exactly the kind of thing that connects people and spreads God’s love, so we do it all year round.
March 24, 2013
723 E. 6th Avenue.
This Sunday 3.24.2013 @ 5pm
All tips (from 5-8pm) will directly help Denver’s Homeless.
Also taking clothing donations.
Drink Specials available!
Come have a drink and help Denver’s homeless at Don’s Club Tavern this Sunday. The 3 Revs will be behind the bar serving up drinks. Tips go to Street Reach and AfterHours Denver to help the poor, homeless, and hungry in Denver.
**Only cash tips will be donated so please plan ahead. Don’s also has an ATM. Cheers!**
March 5, 2013
February 18, 2013
Some of you know that Jerry was a bartender in the past … err … present. He’s been behind the bar more recently along with two of his clergy colleagues raising money for Street Reach, a ministry of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Capitol Hill. Street Reach offers a free hot meal every Monday (even holidays).
The 3 Revs have had 2 Happy Hours at Don’s Club Tavern, one of the AfterHours locations. So far they’ve raised almost $1000 for this program which helps hungry people in our city.
We’ll let you know when you might see Jerry and his friends at Don’s again – come have a drink and help hungry people. At AfterHours, this is right up our alley!