Elaine Moore Smith
Co-founder, Charity House, Denver, CO., M.A. '02.
Elaine Moore Smith says, “God has been preparing me for city work since my birth, or should I say even before I was placed in my mother’s womb. He gave me a vision that was too big for me but not for Him.” That vision was realized in September of 1996 when Elaine co-founded Charity’s House, a Denver-based ministry that provides transitional living and after-care for men coming out of prison. The ministry also provides mentoring for women who have completed their sentences. Restoration of these individuals who have been taken out of society for a time and then labeled as a “throw away” is pivotal to their success as they attempt to integrate back into society. “When I began this ministry I knew nothing of prisoners, restorative justice, and the political system. Needless to say, God equips the called and here I am today ministering in an urban setting with a contextualized theology that meets the needs of the people I serve. Micah 6:8 resonates in me daily. Live justly, love mercy, walk humbly with God.