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Harry Romano: September 2011 Winner

11:30 AM, Sep 5, 2011   |    comments
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This month's 9Who Care Award Winner does just that, helping those who have lost their way find the right path. Harry Romano, however, says his service is for a much higher power.

"The most important job, I feel, is to try my best to encourage the men in the program," he said.

Harry has been volunteering with the Denver Rescue Mission for nearly seven years. It all started when he needed to solve, what he calls, spiritual problems.

"I wasn't doing anything," Romano said. "I was retired, my wife had passed away. I was just existing."

So he decided to take existing to a whole new level by volunteering his time and faith.

"I just got hooked," he added.

But he isn't only serving people meals and the word of the Lord - he's mentoring and guiding.

"He brings a special energy to the place," Lee Wynkoop, Volunteer Coordinator for the Denver Rescue Mission, said.

Sometimes you need that extra energy because outside the walls of the Denver Rescue Mission, life can be dark and depressing...

"Harry is just light and goodness and peace and joy, a very Godly man," added Wynkoop. "And he brings that in here. And I truly believe the light he brings overcomes that darkness."

"The Lord led me in this direction and I am going to do this until the day I die," Romano said. "If I can encourage one person and bring one person to Jesus Christ, that's it!"

And as September's 9Who Care Award Winner, Harry is quick to point out that he is only one course to the entire meal.

"It's not for me, it's for all the people that volunteer, for all the people that come down here and work," he said.

The Denver Rescue Mission is always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can find more information on their volunteer page.

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