We experienced a good and productive day in the spirit of community and outreach at the event. La Familia and New Hope In Christ are grateful and very proud of our event leaders and volunteers as well as the support of community organizations.
Christmas is a time of year when we reach out to families with love and support. La Familia and New Hope In Christ church were blessed to collaborate another year on the 6th Annual “Father’s Heart - Nellies Kids” Christmas outreach. The Nellie's Kid's moniker is in remembrance of one mother named Nellie and every mother, grandparent, or single parent, or single parent that has raised kids in times of financial challenge and have been faithful and dedicated to doing everything possible in making Christmas memorable for children.
2020 Father's Heart - Nellie's Kids Christmas Outreach
The event took place in Denver, Colorado
The Pinto Project has its roots in an early 1970's jobs program for Colorado ex-offenders called the "Pinto Program." This was an ex-offender re-entry and job training program that saw an approximate 80% success rate and was started by visionary Patrick "Pat" Vigil. The story is authentic and not strange to multiple generations who walk a hard road, but have a tendency to rise...
"It seemed that too many youth of that day accepted that they were destined go to prison to 'make their bones' in a journey that started at 'Jive Hall' (Now known as the Judge Phillip B. Gilliam Youth Center and named for a good man who I came to know and respect) and progressing to the youth facility known as Golden and on to the Buena Vista state reformatory on their way to the Colorado State Penitentiary. At the heart of this, for most of these young people, was the absence of parental presence and guidance, positive role models, poverty, a poverty mentality and spirit, drugs and drug addiction, and the lie of a street code."
To read the complete story on the history and legacy of the Pinto Project, click on the images above to view, download or print the PDF document.
An excerpt from the Pinto Project history document:
The "Guidance For Living"
Life Skills Empowerment Curriculum
Our purpose is to answer the calling as a spiritual and provisional community resource. Our mission is to help and to provide a decent second chance opportunity to at risk and under served members of the community by using education and guidance through life skills training and personal spiritual development coupled with job training and work opportunity for single parents under financial challenge, qualified homeless veterans, and qualified "at risk" members in the Denver and Colorado Front Range communities. Accordingly, the Pinto Project is like a 2-sided coin with 2 elements and functions.
On the other side of the coin of the Pinto Project training model is adult empowerment training for at risk students through curriculum based practical and faith based life skills training and diversion programming.
On one side of the coin is our provisional purpose and mission. Our mission is to work with local businesses, construction companies, window service companies, real estate agencies, and mortgage companies to develop job training and work opportunities for qualified program participants. Those that are accepted into the program understand and agree that they are accepted as "clients" and "students."
Guidance for Living is a paced curriculum based guidance and teaching module. It offers practical direction to establishing positive living practices. It is comprised of basic life skills strategies training, at risk issue management, and coping skills.
Job program building model includes providing residential and commercial property upgrades in the area of mini blind sales and installation and upgrades. Other job training and placement areas that are being developed include apprenticeship opportunities in craft work skills training and service qualification as well as in the area of real estate and mortgage sales and processing.
The Pinto Project is being organized under the 501c3 ministry covering of Promise Ministries and the Robert A. Paul Christian Academy and Scholarship Foundation, Fresno, CA. The Pinto Project participant consideration focuses on single parents under financial challenge, qualified homeless veterans, and qualified at risk members in the Denver and Colorado Front Range communities.
Accordingly, by design the Pinto Project Jobs Training program model incorporates the incentives of learning a marketable skill set with the goal of working with community partners to secure full time quality job opportunities.
Project 360° program training referrals and registration are ongoing. For immediate help call 720-300-9054. For info email us at
The business and work training is the provisional half of the Pinto Project purpose while the practical and spiritual life skills teaching represents the program's educational component. This is a 360° practical and ministry approach to outreach, restoration, and a personal growth opportunity for students in the program.
The ministry is based on the Biblical principle found in Proverbs 27:17 "Iron sharpens iron, as one man sharpens another" The teaching is designed to introduce men to a bold and balanced concept of manhood and serves to guide men through an introspective journey that enables them to take a real look at the forces that are shaping and directing (or misshaping and misdirecting) their lives and the quality of their personal manhood experience and growth.
"Project 360° 27:17"
Project 360° 27:17 is a Men's personal growth and healing ministry. The effort offers a men's teaching ministry that incorporates a restructured version of Men's Fraternity's Quest for Authentic Manhood. It is most appropriate for men who are seeking to reground and overcome defeat in their lives.
Project 360° "Diversion and Prevention"
Community Service and Prevention Training
Project 360° Diversion and Prevention offers programming options to young people needing to satisfy court mandated community service hours. Program referrals are on a volunteer enrollment basis. For detailed information click on the image
During the journey men will learn the biblical definition of manhood while fostering spiritual, emotional, and personal growth.
The Pinto Project is a community jobs and life skills training program under organization and funding consideration. The Pinto Project's oversight affiliation and leadership is comprised of a regional group of faith based and non-faith based organizations and members of the Denver community.
"And the King will answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of mine, even the least of these, you did it to me." Matthew 25:40
Our heartbeat is for the lost and most vulnerable members of the community. Our calling is to the community more so than the four walls of a church. Our hope and mission is to provide at risk youth prevention assistance and family spiritual and provisional support. Our focus is men and family leaders, the elderly, and community members experiencing challenges with legal entanglements, drug involvement issues, addictions, and support needs. If you know someone that is struggling with drugs or addictions and needs prayer or support, you are invited to contact us. We would like to pray with and encourage them, and explore the possibility of assisting them locate what they need in their journey to wellness.
We are “project oriented” which means that we focus on community outreach projects and activities. This includes La Familia projects as well as collaborating with and/ or supporting music ministries and outreach efforts. As a project oriented "Para-church" ministry, we have no church congregation to support our outreach projects. Instead, we rely on the Lord for materials donations.
La Familia Ministries does not charge for any ministry help or service that we extend.
2019 Cardenas Ministries "Easter Project - Great Easter Egg Hunt" annual event in Brighton, CO. 1,000 children from low income families and Brighton community members were provided with free children's Easter egg hunt, given free Easter baskets, and hot dogs and hamburgers for all in attendance. Photo Gallery >>
The La Familia Ministries 2019 Father's Heart - Nellies Kids Christmas Outreach where hundreds were fed a free holiday dinner by community and church volunteers, hundreds of Christmas toys were given away, and a free holiday Gospel concert was offered to the Denver community. Photo gallery >>>
July of 2019 La Familia and New Hope In Christ Church of Denver came along side Cardenas Ministries for the "First Responders Annual Appreciation Project." The Cardenas Ministries project featured five on-site appreciation BBQ events where 1,500 first responders from Adams County and Denver were fed and provided with free Bibles. Link to photo Gallery >>>
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We are a non-denominational Christian ministry and practice and minister according to the full Gospel Christian doctrine. with emphasis on the ministry model and example portrayed in the scriptural account of the example, life, ministry, and love of Jesus Christ.
We are not a church but a Christian para-church community outreach ministry organization. What that means is that our efforts are based on outreach projects directly in the community.
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All La Familia projects are made possible through volunteers who give generously of their time and expertise as well as who work our community outreach projects. They have always been lead to us or to a project. They are the gold standard.
"THERE IS NOTHING STRONGER THAN THE HEART OF A VOLUNTEER"
We wish to thank our 2020 community partners and volunteers for their support and participation in the The Father's Heart - Nellie's Kids as well as past community and ministry partners. We especially thank the US Marines and the Toys-For-Tots Foundation for all that they do in helping families and less fortunate children have access to toys at Christmas. This effort makes all the difference in the world to these children. We see it on the faces of the children each year at every event. So to the Marines and Toys-For-Tots, God bless you and thank you for your service.
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Because of COVID-19 risk restrictions, the 2020 Father's Heart outreach and toy distribution was organized as a “Drive-By” effort. The outreach was done at a parking lot across from the Comfort Inn Hotel located off of W. 58th and I-25 in Denver with the help of the hotel and the Denver Merchandise Mart. The location provided easy interstate access and ample room for cars to lineup as they were processed through safely and in a timely fashion to receive toys and socks.
They are a powerful representation of the Father's Heart. They are gold. We also appreciate the community partners that supported the event in various ways with special thanks to the U.S. Marines and the Toys-For-Tots Foundation for providing toys.
We have pictures of our volunteers working the car lines and helping the 175 families who showed up during the day's effort. They can be accessed for viewing and downloading from Google Drive. Just click or tap on the flyer to your right >>>>>>>>>>>>
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Thank you to 2020 Community partners and supporters
We are “project oriented” which means that we focus on community outreach projects and activities. This includes La Familia projects as well as collaborating with and/ or supporting music ministries and outreach efforts. As a project oriented "Para-church" ministry, we have no church congregation to support our outreach projects. Accordingly, we rely on the Lord for financial and materials donations on a per project basis. If you would like to donate, there is a donation tool below and for materials donations there is contact information below as well.
La Familia Ministries does not charge for any ministry help or service that we extend.