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Since September of 2012, we have been on a month-to-month lease at our current building at 2017 Larimer St. Our landlord informed us that a bar would be taking over our building sometime in the future, and that time has finally come. Within the next 1-3 months, we will be forced to leave our current building. Right now our only available option is to rent our old building at 2017 Lawrence St. down the street, but the rent at this new building is $1,400 per month more than we can currently afford.

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If only 28 of our supporters were to commit to giving $50 a month to Sox Place, we would be able to continue serving Denver’s homeless and at-risk youth.

If 56 of our supporters were to give only $25 a month, we would be able to continue bringing the Father’s heart to the fatherless.

We are extremely passionate about serving our youth here at Sox Place. There is not another drop-in center like Sox Place in the entire country. We truly believe in what we are doing, and we personally invite you to join us in this journey.

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“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go.” — T.S. Eliot

For all of us, it is often easy in life not to take risks.  Easier to stand by and watch than to put our necks on the line in an attempt to change a certain situation.  Or maybe some of us are great “dreamers” but we have a hard time, when it comes time, to step up and follow through with our dreams because of fear.  No matter how great or miniscule, we deal with risk, everyday all of the time.  There are statistics that can be looked at to evaluate the amount of risk involved in any given situation to either encourage people or deter people from doing things.

Sox Place is an environment all about taking risks.  The only reason Sox Place even exists today is because of some very monumental risk taking.  If Doyle had not taken a HUGE risk, over a decade ago now, and moved his family and entire life to Denver, Sox Place would not be here.  If the people who continuously donate their time, money, and prayer, Sox Place would not survive the way it does today.  If our staff members did not step out and decide that they would rather work with the kids at Sox Place, doing this ministry, rather than any number of career choices, Sox Place would not be what it is today.

People will often tell you that working with the type of kids that come to Sox Place is a risk that is just not worth taking.  People will say that the risk is so much greater than the reward.  However, isn’t this what is so amazing about Jesus and his ministry?  Whether it is the story of the woman at the well or Jesus choosing to use fishermen as the men who will forever change history through his ministry, he leads a great example of what it means for us to be risk takers.

Lately, this is an issue that God has been laying on my heart in a huge way.  One thing we always say at Sox Place is “We need to give them the best we’ve got.”  We may not always have the best food for the kids or the sweetest new clothes but we always give them the best we have.  It is so important for our ministry that this is also the case in all of our interactions with our kids, because they are worth the risk.  God doesn’t call us to be complacent or to just try to meet the needs of the kids that walk through our door.  God calls us to daily take risks and put our necks on the line for the people we serve.

As Jesus showed us how to be risk takers through his ministry, so can we show our kids how to be risk takers through ours.

– Sam

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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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Doyle, who was born in Texas and grew up in Arkansas, moved to Denver from Springfield, MO, then spent 3 1/2 years doing outreach on the 16th Street Mall before opening up Sox Place along with Jordan in May 2002. Doyle has been working with youth for almost 40 years in various surroundings and from all walks of life. His passion is to reach those who are lost, those who are not wanted, those who have been cast aside, and love those who are unloved.
Doyle believes in making a difference where you are, to those God brings into your path. He feels that to do nothing for those around him, with all that God has given him, is to fail miserably in life. Doyle would like people to say at his funeral: “Doyle added value to people around him.”

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In 2002, Jordan was talking with his dad, Doyle, about him wanting to open a drop-in center for the kids on the streets in Denver he had been reaching for over three years. Jordan felt compelled to help, so he made the move from Arkansas to Denver. After Sox Place opened, he worked there for around 3 1/2 years before moving on to other fields of work. Jordan is happy to be back in this wonderful ministry in 2011.
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