HelpCOS My City Project provides volunteer experience while cleaning up the Mill St Neighborhood

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Nineteen people staying at the Springs Rescue Mission picked up 600 pounds of trash from around the Mill Street Neighborhood in January.


The monthly cleanup event is part of the HelpCOS My City Project, a collaborative effort between the City and The Springs Rescue Mission’s Work Engagement Program. The program is exciting not only because of the trash being removed, but because it is building healthy community and acting as a concrete way for the Springs Rescue Mission to show love to the Mill St. Neighborhood.

In return for their involvement, residents at the Springs Rescue Mission gain valuable work experience, employment case management, referrals from the Rescue Mission to sustainable employment, and a reserved place in the men’s or women’s shelter. In addition, residents take pride in caring for their city.

HelpCOS My City Project

We can all help

Please text HelpCOS to 667873 in order to support the Work Engagement program at Springs Rescue Mission. Find out more ways to help at

All donations from the Handouts Don’t help signs are going to support the work engagement program at SRM and will help activities like this to continue.

Local coffee shop, Urban Steam sponsors this project and provides hot coffee to every participant on the day of the cleanup. Andrew Phelps, the City’s Homelessness Prevention and Response Coordinator provides project coordination while the City provides clean up equipment, tshirts,  and safety vests..

Collaborative projects like this are one of the goals in the City’s 2019 Homelessness Initiative. The initiative is a boots-on-the-ground, one-year action plan to address homelessness-related issues in Colorado Springs.

More about the Work Engagement Program

The Springs Rescue Mission’s volunteer work engagement program is designed to help people experiencing homelessness become self-sufficient and achieve long-term success. It’s important that at the end of their time in the program, participants who excel in the program are able to find quality employment opportunities that provide a living wage, opportunities to climb the wage ladder, a professional work environment, and benefits whenever possible.

Three hundred eighty-three men and women who have completed the work engagement and other programs offered through the Springs Rescue Mission have found or maintained employment. This successful reintegration into society bolsters our economy and alleviates the costs associated with caring for the chronically homeless.

You can find out more about the work engagement program at the following related links.


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