My name is... Dennis Gorton

Working with suburban families struggling with poverty

Posted 7/31/18

About me We have lived in Parker about 10 years. I am the executive director of SECOR (Southeast Community Outreach) Cares, and that is the nonprofit free food market. We deal and work with who are …

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My name is... Dennis Gorton

Working with suburban families struggling with poverty

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About me

We have lived in Parker about 10 years. I am the executive director of SECOR (Southeast Community Outreach) Cares, and that is the nonprofit free food market. We deal and work with who are struggling with suburban poverty.

I spent 40-plus years in full-time church ministry as a pastor and church consultant doing leadership development. That meant I moved around the country a lot, and my wife and I decided we needed to stay put somewhere. SECOR came to me and asked if I had interest, and God ended up directing me to move this direction.

What is SECOR Cares?

Day-in, day-out, we are working with and meeting with families who are struggling with poverty living in the suburbs, attempting to get them back to self-sufficiency. And 1-in-9 families are struggling with poverty.

What inspires you to do this kind of work?

The need became very obvious as I began to explore and look at all that was going on. There are some food banks out there who just give people a little bit of food here and there. As I got involved in it, I didn't want to recreate the problems of urban poverty, which is multi-generational poverty, but rather we wanted to come up with solutions that could keep people from raising a generation of kids who would also be in poverty.

To me, that's changing the world one family at a time. And I've used that line quite often, we're changing the world one family at a time.

What I love about Parker

I love our new public library. Both my wife and I are avid readers. She goes there most of the time, but when we're with our grandkids we'll spend a couple hours there. We have a friend at the Parker orchestra, so we take that in at least a couple times a year. We also love, love, love the trails.

I love the fact that it is like living in a small town with all the conveniences of living in the city. I know people who will laugh at hearing it's a small town. But I love the small-town feel, the restaurants, the shopping downtown. We live here very deliberately. We love Parker.

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