Discovering Opportunities for Outreach & Reflection (DOOR)

Religious Affiliation

Christian

Address

430 W 9th Ave
Denver, CO 80204

Phone

(303) 295-3667

Overview

DOOR’s Dwell program is for individuals aged 18-30 to spend a year living in intentional Christian community while serving in a local agency placement, worshiping in an urban congregation, and reflecting together as a community. Dwell participants serve at an agency placement four days a week with the fifth day set aside to spend time reflecting, serving, studying, and discerning with each other. Dwell gives individuals an opportunity to be part of God’s transforming work in the city. It can be a period of residency to test, refine and prepare for a long-term call to urban ministry. The year in the city is mutually beneficial with both the residents of the city and the participants helping one another to grow into the persons God has called them to be.

Examples of agency placements:

  • Advocacy and outreach to the homeless
  • Elderly daycare center
  • Women’s and children’s shelter
  • Food, tool, and furniture banks
  • Immigrant community centers
  • Interfaith worker justice
  • Rescue Mission
  • Work with new and established congregations
  • In school and after school work with youth

Also a part of DOOR is Discern and Discover, which are short term and semester long programs.

Application Deadline

Rolling through June 1, or until placements are filled.  However specific placements in specific cities will be filled as applicants are selected. Apply as early as possible.

Program Term

1 year starting September 1st. There is an option to renew for a second year.

Locations

Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Hollywood (CA), Miami, San Antonio

Funding and Benefits

Stipend

$100/month

Fundraising

Yes, Dwell participants are asked to raise $6,500

AmeriCorps Education Awards

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Loan Forbearance

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Housing

Provided

Intentional living community

Yes. DOOR requires participants to join together in intentional community living. City Directors will initiate the process for creating a community covenant. DOOR expects all Dwellers to participate in all Dwell activities, including, Dwell community days and other activities as required by the local City Director.

Board

Provided.

Travel and Transportation

Provided.

Health Insurance

Basic coverage provided, if needed.

Mission and Distinctives

Must be 18 years or older

Religious

DOOR welcomes participants from a wide range of denominational backgrounds. Participants should be interested in Christian spirituality and be active in faith. We ask all Dwell participants to be active members of a congregation or faith community of their choice during their Dwell experience. Mennonite Mission Network (MCUSA) and the Young Adult Volunteer program of Presbyterian Church (USA) work with DOOR to provide denominationally linked opportunities.

Requirements

Testimonials

Sarah Lanzi, 2012/2013 Chicago Dweller

Listen to Sarah’s sermon to her home congregation on her experience.

Kiva Nice Webb, 2012/2013 Chicago Dweller

Read Kiva’s blog post on her experience here.