Our screen printing business has seen it’s ups and downs and right now it’s headed in a really great direction. I got a chance to catch up with Chuck Freeman (You can call him Chuckie) who has joined our team down in Denver to run our Screen Printing business that helps fund the ministry of Sox Place. We’re stoked to have him on our team!
KR: How long have you been working with Sox Place Screen Printing?
CF: Remotely I’ve been working with Sox Place Screen Printing since May of last year. Physically, I’ve been down here for two weeks.
KR: What about Sox Place makes you want to be here?
CF: From the first time I ever came to Sox Place, there was something about the atmosphere that led me to where I am today. I wanted to be apart of Sox Place. I didn’t care what I had to do, I just wanted to be apart of it. Whether it was sweeping the allies, or hanging with the kids. I just knew I had to be apart of this and be involved in what Sox Place is doing for these kids. It just makes sense that there was going to be a place for me here.
KR: How did you find that place that has now come available to you?
CF: Jordan and I were hanging out at his place and he was expressing the need he had for someone who could do graphic design and do this trade. Ironically enough, unknown to him, this is what I went to school for. Somewhere along the line I went a different direction in what I was educated in, but this was something I knew and was trained to do. One thing led to another and I began receiving emails and design projects and that turned into what it is now.
KR: What’s the extent of your involvement?
CF: I do work full time and I’m in Denver Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and then I’m in Steamboat Springs the rest of the week working with remote contacts.
KR: What direction do you want to see Sox Place Screen Printing go?
CF: One of the directions that Sox Place Screen Printing was heading for some time was a separation from Sox Place itself. It was basically a stand alone business in relation to the drop in center. Myself, Doyle, and Jordan all agreed that it didn’t make any sense for it to take that direction. We all believe that it should be intertwined and the Screen Printing should be more associated with the drop in center than ever before. We want to create consistent branding across all entities. No matter if Sox Place is printing tee shirts, building hot rods, changing the oil on someones car. No matter what we want the same logo, same colors, and same look across the board. Which was not the case before.
KR: If you had a message you wanted to send to people interested in Sox Place Screen Printing what would that be?
CF: What we do is like no one else in the trade. Your money is better spent here than with any other business. 100% of our profits go back into Sox Place. So with any tee shirt, garment, hoodie and hand bag, all the profits from those transactions goes to meals and provisions. Basically we are doing exactly what our tagline says, which is changing lives of street youth one tee shirt at a time.
I am one of those Coloradan’s that LOVES the snow (and I don’t understand why people live here if they hate the cold). When I woke up this morning to almost eight inches of white powder sitting outside my window I instantly felt cozy. I broke out my biggest flannel shirt and leggings and my big fur Sorel’s. Then I remembered…as much as I love snow…I hate Denver traffic especially when it’s snowy. It seems like everyone leaves their brains at home. Please…leave your Mazda Miata’s at home people!
After a frustrating 45 extra minute commute down to Sox Place, I finally parked and headed for the safety and warmth of Sox Place. Once we opened the doors all the kids seemed super grateful to be indoors, could I blame them? So I stepped outside and hung out with a few of them that were puffin on their cigarettes. One girl asked if I would snag a photo of her as she huddled under the truck. She gave a whole hearted smile and two thumbs up.
Mentally my morning came to a halt. Here she is, all smiles, and someone who has been forced to sleep in this crazy cold Denver weather, and here I am, complaining about petty little things like my extra long commute. I begin to feel pretty dumb. These kids teach me new things every day even without doing it intentionally.
Christmas is just ten days away and many of these kids, if any, will wake up indoors. I challenge you this Christmas season to slow down. Please don’t get caught up in the Holiday Chaos. Instead I invite you to spend Christmas with someone who might spend Christmas alone this year. Maybe that’s a street kid, or maybe, that’s someone you know at your church or work that has no family near by. Let’s remember to think of others, during Christmas, and throughout the rest of the year.
Thanks for thinking and praying for us! We really love being in community with all of you!
“I don’t know where I am at in my life, I work in the deli. I’m a sandwich slave, I sold my soul to capitalism. I tell myself that it’s worth it because I’m saving up for a hippy van and I want to continue my travels. There is a lot of places in the world I want to see, actually I made a list earlier today, but it’s not done. Yellow Stone National Park is first. I went there when I was a kid, my parents took me and my two sisters on a cross country trip and we stopped there and it was just really beautiful. I remember thinking that it was unreal, except I was seeing it with my eyes, so you know its real, but it’s just so majestic. I want to go back there, now that I am a photographer and I’m older and appreciate nature and natural beauty.”