Dear Friends,

We are very excited to officially launch our capital campaign for the building project. It is called “A Place To Come To.” That captures our heart to have this be a safe, loving, Jesus-centered place for our friends from the margins. What follows is a snapshot of the process and campaign. Please pray for us as we try to raise $1 million to finish Phase One. And pray about making a contribution to the campaign. We need all of us–those of both small and large means– to make this happen.

Blessings,

Shawn

“A Place To Come To”

In 2016 Shawn and Diane Sikkema began Jesus on Colfax Ministries, showing up and loving some of the poorest and most broken people in the Denver metro area, those in old motels and on the streets along East Colfax. That street level ministry thrives, touching hundreds with a Jesus-centered goal of creating paths to sustainability. 

In 2018 JOC purchased two buildings on one of the worst blocks on Colfax. The dream is to turn the buildings into a ministry/community center. The model is to gather ministries who share a deep love for Jesus, a deep love for the poor and a whole gospel approach to helping people achieve sustainable and thriving lives. Partner ministries would lease space to share the financial burden. 

Phase One: The Building

Purchase and demo of the buildings.

Redo 9605 E Colfax: Repair trusses, restore original brick, new mechanical/electrical/water, repair roof, new exteriors.

Begin work on 9617 E Colfax: New roof and new exteriors. 

New parking lot and sidewalk. 

Estimated completion: September 2021, currently 70% complete

Phase One: Partner Ministries

A Seat at the Table BBQ (ASATT BBQ): A pay “what you can” restaurant providing great Texas BBQ for all, including our friends that will also provide job training for former prisoners. Greg Salinas is owner and “Pit Boss.”

The Family Room: A safe and beautiful place for our street and motel friends to hang out and connect with resources. Run by JOC under the leadership of Kelsey Medina. 

Churches: Calvary New City, under the leadership of Matt and Kayla Horne, will be our lead church partner and we are working on finding two other church partners. 

World Coffee: Plans underway to start a coffee shop, aimed at serving both rich and poor while training immigrant and refugee youth in the coffee business. Run by JOC and Tracy Small/Raise Your Hand.

Phase Two: The Building

Initially, we will make the building usable by putting in an elevator, all new mechanical and bathrooms. Then, we will build out each of the six floors based on finances and the needs of partner ministries. Estimated completion during 2022.

Phase Two: Partner Ministries

We are beginning the work of finding partners for 9617. Central will be our Healing Center, a comprehensive approach to dealing with our friend’s brokenness. Additional possibilities: Job training, day programs for those with physical and mental challenges, training in the arts, day-care, medical/dental center etc. Also, an apartment will be built for the Sikkema’s to be present to support the ministries and our friends. 

Finances: 

Our goal is to finish Phases One and Two through a combination of fund-raising and loans, debt serviced by lease payments. Debt currently $1.5 million to be limited to $2 million.

Raised to Date: $1 million for Phase One. Financial partners include Denver area Christian Reformed Churches ($400,000), The Anschutz Foundation ($100,000), The City of Aurora ($250,000) and individual donors. Also, in-kind services valued at over $300,000.

Of the $1.2 million cost for Phase One, we still need $700,000. 

Phase Two will cost $2 million, $750,000 of that to open the building.

Appraised value when finished is $6.1 million. 

Long term costs of the building, including debt service will be covered through leasing fees. Our current debt is $1 million to the Friend Estate (interest only until September of 2025) and $300,000 to Pueblo Bank and Trust (functioning as a line of credit loan). We are also working with Greenworks Lending, pursuing another $350,000 of lending aimed especially at parts of the project that have a Green Element. Our goal is to keep our long-term debt in the range of $1.5-2 million. 10 year financial projection available on request. 

Our Current Goal: 

We are launching our capital campaign, “A Place To Come To,” running summer and fall of 2021 with a goal of raising $1 million. This would allow us to finish 9605 strong and do the initial work on 9617. We are dreaming about the 230,043 life touches that we are planning on in the building in the next 10 years. Those touches will lead to redemptive relationships and to sustainable lives. That is thousands of lives changed! We really need people like you— with a heart for the poor—to make this a reality. Would you consider joining us financially to create “A Place To Come To?”

You can give online by going to the give tab or mailing a check to PO Box 1584 Aurora, CO 80040.