FIRST RESPONDERS APPRECIATION BBQ EVENT SCHEDULE
The First Responders Annual Appreciation Project is a coordinated collaborative effort to honor and thank the much deserving members of the Adams County and Denver law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS communities.
The project involves a series of “First Responders Appreciation BBQ” events to be offered in Brighton, Commerce City, and Denver, Colorado from Wednesday, July 31, 2019 through Thursday, August 28, 2019.
During this time, there are a total of five “on-site” appreciation BBQ events planned at various Adams County and Denver first responder facilities. It is our goal to raise the finance and gather the resources needed to feed up to 1,500 first responders and give away as many First Responder Bibles and gift bags filled with gift cards and community member notes of appreciation as possible.
- Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 4:00 PM
Adams County Sheriff Substation
4201 E 72nd Ave B, Commerce City, CO 80022
The First Responders Annual Appreciation Project is being organized as a multi-city ministry, business, and community collaborative effort by Cardenas Ministries in association with La Familia Ministries and a host of churches, unions, businesses, and community organizations now coming on board during the organization phase of the effort. We are grateful to Adams County and Denver first responder agencies, Denver City Council members, and the many Adams County and Denver churches, businesses, community organizations, and volunteers that are now preparing to participate in and support the effort.
For those interested in supporting this effort to bless our first responders, financial donations are welcome Materials donation needs include food (Appreciation BBQ menus will include hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken wings, chips, potato salad, macaroni salad, baked beans, cookies, sodas.)
Volunteer workers food preparers and servers are needed for advance food preparation and site setups on each event day. If you are interested in supporting this worthwhile and rewarding effort, please feel free to contact us.
- Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 5:30 PM
Brighton Detention Center
150 N 19th Ave, Brighton, CO 80601
- Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 5:50 PM
Brighton Detention Center
150 N 19th Ave, Brighton, CO 80601
- Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 12:30 PM
Denver Police District 1
1311 W 46th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
- Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 11:30 PM
Denver Police District 4
2100 S Clay Street, Denver, CO 80219
Compassion Ministries is a provisional and prayer community resource ministry as well as a resource support ministry to church and ministry community outreach projects. We operate directly in the 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 them, you did it to Me."
For 2017 - 2019 Community Outreach Projects
Thank you to Community Partners . Providers . Supporters
On the community side of the house, our fundraising and community support partners are the Rocky Mountain Promoters Association AKA the RMPA, La Familia Denver, and West of the River Productions. We are a community outreach ministry, which means that we are community driven and our efforts are focused directly in the community. We are non-denominational and full Gospel Christian doctrine oriented. We are neither religious nor pretentious. We do not subscribe to man made religion or associated agendas; but to the ministry model and example portrayed in the scriptural account of the love, life, and ministry of Jesus Christ.
Our mission is to provide at risk youth prevention assistance, family spiritual and provisional support, and Pastor, church, and parental leadership 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 them, encourage them, and explore the possibility of assisting them in getting what they need in their journey to wellness.
"La Familia" is part of the Colorado based La Familia Network. Our network is comprised of individuals and organizations who have been operating locally, regionally, and nationally since 1992. These include La Familia Ministries, Compassion Ministries (Food and clothing), and the Pinto Project on the ministry side the house.
Also, if you know of elderly community members or single parent families experiencing critical financial hardship and have incremental or emergency needs for food, please contact us regarding the Compassion Food Ministry. You will find information below. God bless you and your families. Thank you for visiting.
However, we are a "Para-church" ministry which means that we have no church congregation to support our outreach projects. Instead we depend on the event fundraising revenue that comes from RMPA or La Familia Denver entertainment and community events to cover ministry costs and expenses as well as to underwrite ministry outreach projects. These are independent of the ministry
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 or supporting Pastors, churches, and ministries on a statewide basis.
La Familia Ministries does not charge for any ministry help or service that we extend.
The pantry will be located in the Northwest Denver area with coverage to the the Quigg Newton housing area, the Globeville area, the Curtis Park area, the Baker neighborhood area, and to the Westwood area. The pantry and delivery operation is projected to be fully operational during the Summer of 2019. Requests will be taken via telephone. We have used the ministry in support of community outreach projects; both ours and collaborative support efforts of other churches, ministries, and community organizations.
One feature of the ministry is food provision. We provide food on a limited basis for the elderly and single families. The need has increased to the extent that as of March of 2019 Compassion Ministries is being expanded to better serve the elderly and low income single parent families on a critical needs basis. Accordingly, we have begun work that will lead to the establishment of a new strategically located food pantry with volunteers that will deliver non-perishable item boxes of groceries to the elderly and families in hardship situations.
Also, in 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 >>
Welcome in the name of our Lord Jesus. Thank you for visiting the La Familia Ministries site. La Familia is a Denver based para-church ministry and Colorado non-profit corporation operating under the spiritual and 501c3 legal covering of Promise Ministries, Fresno, CA (Pastor George Kayjanian) and in partnership with New Hope In Christ Church, Denver, CO (Pastor Michael Mestas.)
Recent examples are the La Familia and associates 2018 Father's Heart 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 >>
Please check back with us on the progress of the Compassion Ministries food pantry coming on line or to speak with someone call 720-300-9054.
Also, in July and August of 2019 La Familia and New Hope In Christ Church of Denver will come along side Cardenas Ministries for the "First Responders Annual Appreciation Project." This is a Cardenas Ministries annual project that will feature five on-site appreciation BBQ events that will feed up to 1,500 first responders from Adams County and Denver and provide free Bibles. Photo Gallery >>>
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 New Eve" is a women's teaching ministry that incorporates a number of topics that are important to sharing a healthy and factual portrayal of a woman's identity from both a historical and spiritual perspective.
Project 360° 27:17 is 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.
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"
Men's Personal Growth and Healing Ministry
Project 360° "The New Eve"
Women's Personal Growth and Healing Ministry
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
The teaching is framed around a restructured version of an older women's series once offered in the Men's Fraternity's New Eve teaching series. The New Eve series has 10 sessions that include presentations from women Pastors and community and business leaders. It serves to define potential, encourage, and empower women while spiritually imparting a healthy perspective of the woman according to powerful truths in scripture.
During the journey men will learn the biblical definition of manhood while fostering spiritual, emotional, and personal growth.
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.
For questions or immediate help please use the contact info below
La Familia Ministries Office Online
Information - Financial & Material Donations - Volunteers
Angel 720-300-9054 Email:
La Familia Ministries
Ministry Payments & Donations
Links & Non-profit (Non-profit info is shared as needed)
To view and download the partner support, posters/ flyers, or volunteer docs click on the appropriate box below. To speak to a representative call 720-485-2303.
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.
An excerpt from the Pinto Project history document:
The Healing Tour Project mission is to promote unity and healing through a message of peace against a backdrop of the crippling and destructive division that now grips the heart of America and that only serves to further diminish and cloud the nation's ability to hear God's voice and to truly walk in his love as a nation of faith, Christian believers, or as just human loving people
They include the universal language of music through the Healing Tour Gospel Legends concert events which include multiple combinations of some of the greatest and diverse gatherings of legendary Gospel artists ever assembled.
All incorporate the powerful elements of education awareness building and ministry teaching that is accomplished through a diverse assembly of spiritual and community speakers whose mission is to deliver the message of unity, healing, human reconciliation, and balanced communication as they educate and minister to the many thousands of men, women, and families that will come and be drawn to Healing Tour Project conferences and Legends concert events.
The Healing Tour Project elements are spiritual, musical, and educational.
The HopeFEST Music Festival elements also include the feature of a family friendly environment which incorporates community exhibits, business exhibits, arts community involvement, youth exhibits, and fun family activities for the entire family. This is all built around festival stages that feature local artists and music for all ages that also compliments the Gospel Legends main concert event.
The Healing Tour Project is offered, produced and managed as a collaborative effort by Leon Patillo Ministries (Las Vegas, NV) and La Familia Ministries (Denver, CO) in association with a 'Host' church or collaborative group. This effort was called to a specific purpose and is unlike any other faith and community based collaborative project. It was born of love for the Lord and commitment to our country, family, and God's desire for healing and unity among his people.
The concert and speaking presentation options are designed for flexibility in application to include a large church or large indoor venue concert preceded by a Healing Tour leadership conference or a major music festival called the Healing Tour HopeFEST Music Festival. It is highly recommended that either option be preceded by a one or two day faith and community leadership conference.