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Denver Rescue Mission STAR Program Needs School Supplies

Posted at 07/09/2021 09:00 AM by Pat O'Connor

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Ensuring that deserving kids get a jump start on the school year, Usaj Realty will be collecting school supplies, July 12-23, for the Denver Rescue Mission’s STAR Transitional Program. 

The STAR Transitional Program is a one-year program that helps families move from homelessness or near homelessness to self-sufficiency through life-skills classes, financial training, case management, and mentorship. The children who are caught up in homelessness often experience turbulent family life due to an unstable and insecure living situation, which in turn often impacts their school experience. 

The learning environment frequently provides stability for many of these kids, and having the right school supplies is a big part of guaranteeing a successful start to their education and well-being. Owning a new backpack loaded with the tools for success goes a long way in developing confidence and good study habits.

Here are some of the supplies that Usaj Realty will be collecting for the backpacks:

Elementary School Donations (Need 20 sets):

Box of pencils
Box of colored pencils
Box of markers
Box of crayons
4 Spiral notebooks – wide lined
1 pair of scissors
2 bottles of glue
3 sturdy pocket folders
Composition Notebook

Middle School Donations (Need 15 sets):

1 Binder           
Set of dividers   
Notebook paper
2 packs of pencils
1 Pair of Scissors
1 Small Bottle of Glue
1 Pencil pouch
2 Composition Notebooks
Colored Pencils
Compass/Protractor
Calculator
4 Folders
4 Spiral Notebooks
1 Highlighter
Package of pens (blue, black, red)
Ruler

If you would like to contribute, please drop off the supplies at 1499 Blake St., #1F, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or donate online here.

Denver Rescue Mission has been serving the vulnerable populations of the city for 128 years. At multiple locations throughout our community, DRM helps restore the lives of people experiencing homelessness and addiction through emergency services, rehabilitation, transitional programs, and community outreach. For more information on their activities, check out their website.

Donate to our School Supply Drive

Posted by Pat O'Connor

Pat O’Connor has dual citizenship in both Wisconsin and Colorado, having been born and raised in Wisconsin Dells, but later adopted by the Centennial State. A graduate of the University of Colorado (B.S. Journalism, 1980), O’Connor began her career as a sportswriter at the Boulder Daily Camera under the tutelage of the venerable Dan Creedon. Her experience also includes stints in public relations at Aspen Highlands Ski Area, the Colorado Trial Lawyers and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. When she isn’t piecing together sentences, the self-proclaimed “Cheesehead” enjoys hanging out with her three kids and assortment of family pets, running, playing golf, hiking 14ers, horseback riding and skiing. As a mother to two (at one time three) competitive swimmers, her favorite fragrance is eau de chlorine. During football season, she can be found cheering for the Buffs on Saturdays and screaming when the Packers score on Sundays. She loves talking sports and giving recommendations on cheese curds.

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