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Mission Statement
Restoring Relationships so Lives are Transformed

Why We Exist
We believe restored relationships with Christ, self, others and material resources transforms lives with the goal of alleviating poverty in the community.

Core Values
* We Love
* We Trust
* We Serve
*We Teach
“Because we love you so much, we are delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8 (NIV)

What We Do
Current programs
Community Groups: Women of Worth & Senior Serenity
Hope Resource Center:
*  Providing basic clothing distribution & resource referral twice a month
*  Job training workshops for students in HSE and Transitions classes in the adult education program at Adams 14 school district.
Mobile Food Pantry: Bi-monthly distribution of food at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with Food Bank of the Rockies

Programs in development
Taza – Our Coffee Shop & Job Training Center
Teen Connection Ministries and Community Groups
Teen Center at Taza

How We Will Succeed
Community

We serve residents in Commerce City.
Education
We uplift people by providing life skills, job skills and spiritual formation for the restoration of relationship with material resources.
Relationship
We uplift people by  fostering restored relationships with Christ, self, and others through community development and lifestyle example.
Partnership
We partner with churches, organizations and businesses to enhance relationship restoration.

Our Rally Cry
It is no longer okay for us to ignore the needs of the oppressed, hurting and suffering.  Jesus wants to rebuild and restore the streets and dwellings of Commerce City.  -Inspired by Isaiah 58

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Reference Material

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor or Yourself
Chalmers Center
Seven Practices of Effective Leadership by Andy Stanley
Patrick Lencioni: Organizational Health
Iceberg Theory of Behavior

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History of CUP

The Journey of Community Uplift Partnership, Inc.

  • 2009 – Landing Place Church in Commerce City, CO (then called Crossroads Community Church) began focusing efforts to serve those in need by reaching a low income area in the city.  Outreach projects conducted: back to school back packs, Thanksgiving meal for the community at Kearny Middle School, Mobile Food Pantry, helped sponsor community events and holiday parties at Holly Park Apartments, skate park summer outreach, help host Christmas Party at the Boys and Girls Club.
  • 2012 – Began to strategize to build a ministry center in the historic, southern part of the city to better serve those with the greatest need. The team prayed, researched and visited other centers around the world, such as LA Dream Center, Seacoast Dream Center and POPUP in South Africa, to find the best model for the center in Commerce City.
  • Winter 2013 – the vision for Community Uplift Partnership was created.
  • January 2013 – CUP took over the management of the Mobile Food Pantry in partnership with Food Bank of the Rockies.
  • Fall 2013- Hope Resource Center in the Adams 14 school district opened their doors to CUP to build a more strategic partnership and allow CUP office space to begin our program center.
  • September 22, 2013 – CUP officially launched to Landing Place Church and the community
  • Fall of 2013 – CUP appliced for official 501c3 non-profit status with the State of Colorado and the federal government.
  • Fall of 2015 – Women of Worth Community Group started
  • January of 2016 – Senior Serenity Community Group started
  • February of 2017 – Began holding Job Skills Workshops at the Hope Center

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Statement of Faith

The phraseology employed in this statement is not inspired, but the truth set forth is held to be essential to the CUP ministry.  No claim is made that it contains all truth in the Bible, only that it covers our beliefs regarding these fundamental matters:

The Scriptures Are the Inspired Word of God
The sole basis for our belief is the Bible, which is uniquely God-inspired, without error, and the final authority on all matters on which it speaks. As the Bible teaches, there is one God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – each possessing all the attributes of deity. (Psalm 12:6: Psalm 119:105, Psalm 150:1ff; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16:2 Peter 1:20-21)

The One True God
God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He created humans to have fellowship with Him, but they defied God by sinfully going their own way. As a result, we need God’s saving grace to end our alienation from Him. Salvation comes only through God’s grace – not human effort – and must be received personally by repentance and faith. (Genesis 1:1,26-27; Psalm 90:2;Matthew 28:19:2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2)

The Deity Of The Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus entered the human race through a virgin birth. He lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. This accomplished salvation for all who receive grace by trusting in Him alone. He rose from the dead and is the only mediator between us and God. He baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit. He will return to earth to consummate history. (Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4:1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13: Hebrews 4:14-15)

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He also lives within every follower of Christ from the moment of salvation. He provides the believer with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, guidance for doing what is right and boldness to be a witness for Christ. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. (John 14:16-17; 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12;3:16: 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18)

The Salvation of Man
Salvation is a gift from God to each one of us. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can one be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith. John 1:12; 14:6; Romans 5:1; 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5

The Church
The Church exists to glorify God and make him known in all the earth. This is accomplished by focusing on five key priorities in our lives: Worshipping God continually through our actions, connecting with the church regularly, growing in maturity daily, Serving people unselfishly and sharing our faith effectively.  As part of the greater church body C.U.P exists and serves as an extension of the larger mission of the church with a specific charge of meeting the needs of the local community. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).

 

Hope Center   |   Mobile Food Pantry   |   Life Skills


HOPE CENTER

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The Hope Center receives a face lift: the new interview room provides a homey place to talk privately with a volunteer.

CUP is partnering with the Adams 14 School District to help run the Hope Family Resource Center, located in the basement of the school district’s Administration Building at 5291 E. 60th Ave in Commerce City. The Hope Center serves families in the school district who are experiencing a housing crisis or need a little extra help during the month.

The Hope Center face lift: Volunteer snack and coffee station in the food pantry.

The Hope Center face lift: Volunteer snack and coffee station in the food pantry.

When a family arrives at the Hope Center they begin by briefly talking with one of our volunteers to assess their needs. They are then ushered into the clothing closet to shop for clothing, receive hygiene products, and food. When available we also provide families of babies and small children with diapers and baby formula (as needed). Seasonal needs, such as winter jackets, school supplies and school uniforms are provided. Families from outside the district are connected  with organizations in their community.

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“There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t feel proud of what I did today” Joseph Earwood, ACSD #14 School Volunteer

If you would like to get more involved with the Hope Family Resource Center:

  1. Email hopecenter@cupcolorado.org for shift information or visit our Get Involved Page for all serving opportunities.
  2. Check out our Volunteer Spotlight to see how serving has made a difference in our team members lives.
  3. See our How to Help thru Giving Items page and our Facebook page to get the most updated list of needs for donations at the center.

The Hope Family Resource Center in funded solely on donations from the community.

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 MOBILE FOOD PANTRY

CUP Food Bank

Lori Emery with one of the Mobile Food Pantry’s faithful volunteers.

CUP partners with the Food Bank of the Rockies to provide a mobile food pantry in Commerce City.

On the 1st & 3rd Fridays of each month the Food Bank of the Rockies provides a large semi-truck filled with food at the parking lot of the Dicks Sporting Complex located off of 60th Ave & Quebec St. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8:15 AM and you will be done by 10:45 AM.

The Mobile Food Pantry serves 300+ families from all over the northern part of the Denver metro area each distribution period. Families receive a wide variety of canned and dried foods, as well as fresh produce and bread.

If you are looking for a fun, fast paced and encouraging place to volunteer one or two mornings a month, we’d love to have you join the team! Please email us at MFP@cupcolorado.org for more details.

Sunshine at the Mobile Food Pantry

Sunshine Plumbing, Heating and Air staff serving at the Mobile Food Pantry.

Small businesses and corporations…

looking for a team building or service project, we’d like to invite you to join us. We will feature your business on our website and on our Facebook page. You will be invited to tour our Hope Family Resource Center and hear about the additional services we provide and ways you can get involved. Please send us an email and let us know when you are joining us and how many you will be bringing with you.

Personal Development Groups  focus on individuals who fall in the employment gap due to education, child care, documentation, age or other barriers.  These groups foster development of healthy relationships with self, mentors, Christ and others as participants move toward taking a more active role in contributing positively to their community through practice of life skills and organized outreach projects.

Women of Worth is CUP’s personal development group for younger women, many of whom are moms and can not currently seek employment due to barriers such as child care and documentation.  The group emphasizes relationship building, life skill development and community service, as well as working to identify and address barriers to help the women move towards increased economic opportunity. Child care is provided for this group.

Senior Serenity is CUP’s personal development group for women age 55+.  This group explores and celebrates senior women’s worth, value and purpose in their unique stage of the of life.  The group focuses on relationship development and giving back to the community, while also working to identify and address barriers hindering financial stability. This is not a time to merely exist, but a time to grow and bloom, aging in grace.

For more information on CUP’s Personal Development Groups, please contact:
Keely Thompson | (720) 477-0847 x701 | Keely@cupcolorado.org

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