Wyatt is at the hospital asking, “What’s next?” He feels anxious, unwell. He doesn’t want to go back to the addictions, has no home, and his mental health has deteriorated. He needs a plan. He needs hope. He needs lasting change. What if we could provide Wyatt with more than food and shelter?

What if we could empower young men like Wyatt to change the next 50 years of their lives?

Over 9,065 people are experiencing homelessness in Metro Denver, many of them young males between the ages of 18-25. In 2018 we launched Silver Lining House, a home for young men recovering from addictions, which are often accompanied by homelessness and mental health struggles. 

Together, we walk with them towards achieving our three missional goals: economic self-sufficiency, healthy connection, and redemptive beliefs.

Wyatt’s own story comes from a difficult childhood leading to relational fracture with his family and friends. He is completely estranged from his father. So what do you do when you lack the support you need?

You call Providence Network.

The first people to welcome Wyatt to Silver Lining House are two of our 24/7 live-in staff members, Michael Curran and Breno Bettega Da Rosa. They immediately established credibility and trust with Wyatt. Why? They have what we in the recovery world call “lived experience.” It’s a way of saying, “We’ve been there. We know.”

Several years ago, Michael was using drugs on the streets of Las Vegas. He was so desperate he prayed, “Lord, send me to jail.” The addictions and habits were far too strong to defeat on his own. God answered Michael’s prayer. In jail, Michael had the time and space he needed to start again.

Breno grew up in a good home in Brazil, but he found himself deeply unsatisfied. He chose life on the streets, but partying and addictions left him empty too. Hannah Hubbard, the author of the classic Hinds’ Feet on High Places talks about our need for God: “He has made us for himself, and our hearts can never know rest and perfect satisfaction until they find it in him.” Finally, Breno found peace with God and with himself.

Michael and Breno met on a bus ride to work, and before Breno knew it, he was volunteering and joining the staff at Silver Lining House. Michael and Breno don’t only have lived experience. They have lived transformation.

When Wyatt arrived at Silver Lining House, he began to smile again, to bond with staff and other residents finding their own healing. Michael meets weekly with Wyatt to mentor him. Wyatt starts going to recovery meetings, working out, participating in a faith community, growing in his walk with God, and healing—as we say in our mission statement—“from the inside out.”

Peer-led recovery is all about healing in a community. This model is often messy and hard, but we love it because it gives credibility and dignity to the journey. Change “sticks” when it is cultivated and sustained with others on the same path. 

On his day off from work, Wyatt is sitting in the living room watching a new documentary about Moses. His face lights up when he tells me how he felt like he needed to change things with his father. “I reconciled with my dad,” he says, a big smile on his face. “I sat him down and told him I forgive him. I want to have a relationship with him, and I can’t wait to get to know him.”

The next 50 years of Wyatt’s life are changing. His future is renewed. He now has a community he can trust, a father he can love, and the tools, habits, and faith he needs.

Would you help us raise $50,000 to change the next 50 years of young men’s lives?

To make Wyatt’s story possible for him and a dozen other young men, we need to raise $50,000 by May 31, 2024

Day Sponsor – A gift of $1,000 or $85/month combined with the program fees our residents invest in themselves, sponsors the whole house for a day, walking alongside residents and staff into holistic recovery.

Coach Sponsor – A gift of $500 or $40/month sponsors a resident’s one-on-one life coaching with a staff member each week for six months, teaching him the tools and communication necessary to build sustained self-sufficiency.

Relationship Sponsor – A gift of $160 or $15/month sponsors two community meals at Silver Lining House, providing a space for relationships to grow and develop over dinner followed by group time.

Every dollar makes a difference!

Silver Lining House for young men in addiction recovery four guys

Jonathan, Breno, Michal, Wyatt

Providence Network Staff Team

Denver is working hard to provide needed services to our neighbors on the streets, costing the city approximately $42,000 or more annually per person experiencing homelessness. Yet our holistic model requires only $14,000 per resident for services designed for lasting change. If we can raise $50,000 by May 31st, it would go a long way in furthering our mission and the transformation it makes possible.

I recently asked Dana Jones, a Providence Network staff member of 16+ years and our current Program Director, “How do you hope the lives of the young men in our Silver Lining House program change over the course of the next 50 years?” Dana’s answer:

Speaking as someone who had an early intervention myself, I hope our residents experience the true transformation that only God can accomplish. That when they share their testimony 10, 20, 30 years from now, people won’t believe what they are hearing because any signs of drug use and other destructive choices will have melted away, and it will be evident that it is the Lord’s handiwork in their lives. 

I hope they will live with purpose and live a lifestyle of giving back. I hope they will be able to look back with pride, humility, and gratefulness for the goals they were able to accomplish and the character they built along the way. It’s exciting to think how that will impact their children and future generations.

Is $50,000 for 50 years of change worth it? Absolutely! Would you please invest in the transformative work of Silver Lining House today?

With gratitude, 

Jonathan M. Romig
Providence Network
Development Manager

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