Dwell in Denver
Serve and learn in the city of Denver!
September 1, 2013- August 15, 2014
Live in Central Denver together as a team in intentional Christian community. Dedicate the year to service, reflection, learning and experiencing the gifts as well as the needs of the city.
Apply NOW for next year's Dwell team
Experience life in Denver with the team of 4-8 young adults. Volunteer service and outreach with a local agency/ministry. Possible internships include, work with young adults, work in food bank/clothing bank/counseling center for people in poverty, intern with the DOOR program, homeless work, construction work, or work with low income families. One day a week is set aside to meet together as a team, to serve together, discuss and develop what discipleship means in your lives and in the work that you are doing. Sundays each participant is to be involved in ministry with local churches.
Dwellers live together in intentional community houses. Residences are often co-ed and up to 8 housemates. Dwellers live according to a group-written living Community Covenant that runs in accordance with Dwell philosophy of ministry. Dwellers decide on and share housing expenses in conjunction with the budget provided.
What's Different about Dwell?
Dwell is committed to faith, mutuality and respect, local leadership, community, stewardship, and diversity. DOOR is committed to an Anabaptist tradition of peace and non-violence, commitment to community and simple living.
To apply, complete this application and return by mail, fax or email.
Types of Placements:
Denver Dwell focuses on community involvement and personal growth. The Dwell unit is supported locally by multiple church partnerships and a local board made up of members from the community and representatives from the supporting congregations. Dwell is committed to providing an opportunity for volunteers to discern and test their call to urban ministry through agency placements, community involvement and congregational interaction. The volunteers will be committed to volunteer at the agency 32 hours per week.
Some of the opportunities include;
- Large citywide food distribution agency: resource counseling and work in local emergency food bank.
- Volunteer coordinator for local parish that runs multiple programs: after school program, food pantry, seniors program, and renewal program for ex-offenders.
- Drop in center for homeless women with or without children: 3 placements available: Work in Basic Services at the front desk and women's advocacy. Family Area supporting mothers, playing with and teaching children, resource advocacy for families. Personal Growth and Learning; supporting the arts programs, third floor reception, and Computer Lab.
- Work at a local assistance center that provides meals, clothing closet and food pantry.
- Work with women who have come out of the sex industry or other sexual trafficking situations.
- Construction, home repair and renovation for low income families and oversight of volunteer painting groups.
Orientation / Retreats: All Dwell participants are expected to participate in the varied retreats, community days, book discussions and other activities as per curriculum and schedule presented at the start of the Dwell year. Participants are also asked to attend and participate in a local congregation of their choice that meets the guidelines suggested.
Team Meeting Routine: Each house sets communal times of prayer & fellowship and Dwellers participate in weekly Formations (led by site coordinator) designed to support and strengthen them in their personal discipleship journey. Subjects include: Orientation, Gifts and Disciplines/Discipleship, Vocation, Community, Economics/Class/Simplicity, Servant Leadership, Race/Immigration – Our understanding of the Kingdom of God, Church and Urban Ministry, Justice, Re-entry/Closure In addition, Dwellers meet with mentors who help provide perspective on their social, spiritual and vocational goals.