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After living in Manhattan, seeing a homeless person becomes as normal as hailing a taxicab or going to a Yankees game. While most of us walk by, going about our daily routine, or snarl and roll our eyes at what we presume is the drug addict or alcoholic, have you ever actually stopped and asked them what their story is? That is exactly what Doyle Robinson does everyday in Denver, Colorado.
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From the darkness of his troubled adolescence in Arkansas, Doyle Robinson found the light: He would draw upon his own pain to help troubled teens. From his early days handing out tube socks to homeless kids on the 16th Street Mall, Robinson’s vision has grown to include Sox Place, a converted downtown auto shop that’s now Denver’s only daytime drop-in youth center, where kids can find a warm bowl of soup, a quiet place to crash, easy camaraderie and the occasional punk concert. And if they’re seeking spiritual guidance, Robinson — an ordained minister with the Assembly of God — can offer that, too. But he prefers action to words, showing the power of faith rather than preaching it.

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Benten was born in Denver and raised in Pueblo, CO. He recently graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Business Administration and Human Resource Management. While living in Boulder, Benten worked with the homeless at The Carriage House day shelter, serving the hopeless and needy of the city. In June of 2011, Benten began working as an intern at Sox Place through a leadership development program hosted by Mile Hi Ministries and began working as part of the team in August of 2011.
Benten’s hope for those he encounters is that they will see themselves as God sees them – truly loved and deeply valued.. 

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