Denver Rescue Mission


During the year, Denver Rescue Mission provides shelter, food, clothing, education, Christian teaching, and work discipline to meet individuals at their physical and spiritual points of need.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Denver Rescue Mission
PO Box 5206
Denver, CO 80217


Phone: (303) 297-1815


Organization details

EIN: 846038762

CEO/President: Brad Meuli

Chairman: Joseph Fortna

Board size: 13

Founder: Joshua Gravett

Year founded: 1931

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1991


Deeply rooted in our history is a love of Christ and a desire to share that love with others through critical services and life-changing programs.

Mission statement

Denver Rescue Mission is changing lives in the name of Christ by meeting people at their physical and spiritual points of need with the goal of returning them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens.

Statement of faith

Denver Rescue Mission is a non-denominational Christian organization. We are committed to the following essential truths of biblical Christianity. The divine inspiration of the Bible and its importance as the only rule of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21, John 17:17) The unique Deity of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. (John 1:1-3, Hebrews 1:1-8, Isaiah 7:14) Salvation by grace, through faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:24-26, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5:1-2) The responsibility and duty of every believer to live a godly life in Jesus Christ and give the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15, Ephesians 2:10) The personal, visible and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:10-11, John 14:3)

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating496 of 58623 of 42
Fund acquisition rating501 of 58626 of 42
Resource allocation rating332 of 58619 of 42
Asset utilization rating438 of 58616 of 42

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,217,594$1,390,390$1,124,540$1,750,889$4,583,935
Short-term investments$7,262,419$2,004,931$2,990,000$2,728,751$1,743,513
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$11,046,513$9,357,876$8,311,403$9,190,509$10,768,181
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$29,729,261$30,895,169$30,953,957$29,320,895$21,549,637
Other long-term assets$212,194$291,649$299,880$308,313$813,236
Total long-term assets$29,941,455$31,186,818$31,253,837$29,629,208$22,362,873
Total assets$40,987,968$40,544,694$39,565,240$38,819,717$33,131,054
Payables and accrued expenses$1,609,673$2,472,015$1,444,327$1,996,270$1,573,765
Other current liabilities$54,540$41,094$28,529$40,307$31,590
Total current liabilities$1,664,213$2,513,109$1,472,856$2,036,577$1,605,355
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$39,418$36,236$39,441$64,225$34,510
Total long-term liabilities$2,720,064$3,708,954$3,995,663$3,562,976$999,444
Total liabilities$4,384,277$6,222,063$5,468,519$5,599,553$2,604,799
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$1,480,724$1,245,989$750,992$2,897,883$5,052,971
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$36,603,691$34,322,631$34,096,721$33,220,164$30,526,255
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$31,585,740$32,135,180$31,358,331$29,695,363$34,713,523
Program service revenue$1,717,672$1,542,123$1,297,473$1,212,314$1,128,164
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,899,898$10,801$542,673$2,002,550$64,814
Other revenue$71,213$69,790$30,150$26,631($51,706)
Total other revenue$3,688,783$1,622,714$1,870,296$3,241,495$1,141,272
Total revenue$35,274,523$33,757,894$33,228,627$32,936,858$35,854,795
Program services$26,588,674$26,680,904$25,907,612$24,391,528$20,574,007
Management and general$1,760,482$1,652,662$1,365,939$1,296,718$694,238
Total expenses$32,935,233$33,211,636$32,351,908$30,359,055$26,014,675
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$2,339,290$546,258$876,719$2,577,803$9,840,120
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,339,290$546,258$876,719$2,577,803$9,840,120

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In 1892, Joshua Gravett opened a home for former prostitutes called "Market Street Mission," with a vision to see broken lives restored. Today, as Denver Rescue Mission, his vision is still the driving force behind all we do for homeless men, women and children. In 1988, the Mission acquired Mercy Farm in Wellington, Colorado, and renamed it Harvest Farm. In 1989, the Mission started its first computer-based Literacy and Education Center, an award-winning program providing men and women staying at the Mission with the opportunity to improve their academic skills and life skills. In 1991, Cowles Media donated a 37,000-square-foot building to become the Ministry Outreach Center, serving as the central warehouse for food, clothing and furniture. In 1998, our family outreach was founded by former Bronco, Mike Horan, and his wife, Kim, and ministered exclusively to homeless working families. Brad Meuli becomes President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mission in 2001. In 2005, the Mission purchased a 94,000-square-foot former hotel on Smith Road and named it The Crossing. After extensive renovation, this facility is now home to the New Life Program for men in Denver, the STAR transitional program for families in need and the New Life Post-Graduate program. In November 2005, the Family Services was developed to incorporate our three family and transitional programs: STAR Transitional Program: Provides affordable transitional program for up to 90 homeless families at The Crossing. Each family is matched with a case manager to guide them toward self-sufficiency. Family Rescue Ministry (FRM): Provides assistance for permanent housing and mentoring for homeless working families and disabled families to help them rebuild their lives. Family Refugee Services (FRS): Provides housing assistance and other services for refugee families as they transition to a new life in the United States. In November 2012, Denver Rescue Mission acquired Open Door Mission in Fort Collins, just 9 miles from Harvest Farm, and renamed it Fort Collins Rescue Mission (FCRM) to transform the lives of men and women. In 2012, a warehouse on Holly Street was purchased, providing 15,000 more square feet than the previous warehouse. The Mission also purchased Pilgrim's Rest Church to serve as a new site for the Administrative offices. In 2015, the Mission opened a safe, drug- and alcohol-free community center for people experiencing homelessness to go to during the day. The courtyard serves as a queuing area for men and women waiting to access various Mission services.

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