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About Us

More-2-Life's work began in 2014. Several members began making makeup bags to donate to homeless women's shelters. The small cosmetic bags were bought with money donated by friends and family, and contained mascara, eyeliner, lip gloss, nail polish, nail files, and hair clips and bands. Women are harshly judged by appearance, and these women are trying to start their lives over. They have to skill train and get jobs, usually facing the public. The idea was to do something nice, something useful and give friends and family the opportunity to make a real difference they could be a part of to the end.

At the beginning of 2016, we began making survival bags to hand out on the streets of Denver, Colorado. The bags include tarps, toothbrushes and toothpaste, ibuprofen, band aids, triple antibiotic ointment, gloves, socks, hats, shaving razors, toenail clippers, sunscreen, etc. The idea was to help people survive on the streets the best way we could. We can't house every homeless person right now, but we can do something, and other people want to be able to do something, too.

On November 9th, 2016, we filed for 501(c)(3) status in order to further our ideas, expand our capabilities and do more to help our homeless brother and sisters. Our goals are still forming and small at this time, but they do include finding permanent solutions to homelessness. We are 100% non-profit; all of our Board Members are non-compensated volunteers.

Marlena McElhaney


Marlena founded M2L in November 2016 after working with friends and family since 2014 to provide gifts and survival items to her hometown of Denver, Colorado. She has led several projects making makeup bags for homeless women's shelters and putting together survival bags to hand out to people living on the streets.

Justin Cude

Vice President

Justin is the co-founder of M2L, and has worked since 2014 to provide survival items to those living on the streets and makeup bags to women living in shelters striving to start over. Justin's goals in M2L include assisting in permanent solutions for homeless musicians and artists.

Jess Whitesides


Jess has volunteered time and money since 2014 on M2L's goals and projects. Her future M2L goals include assisting in the needs of homeless babies and children.

Stephanie Tafoya


Steph has worked hard since 2014 to help the various efforts by getting her family and co-workers involved in our early projects. She has many great ideas for future projects and is highly motivated to support M2L truly make a difference in the Denver community.

Kait McStyles

Board Director

Kait has worked along with the other Board Members on M2L's beginning projects. She is an idea machine and discovers meaningful ways to help people on the streets.

Joel Rossi

Board Director


Joel accepted nomination to the Board in 2018. Joel has always done his part to help those in need in various capacities such as helping provide a room for the night to a person in need, or supporting other local charities. Joel has vast fundraising capabilities and M2L is excited for him to join!

Crystal Campos

Board Director

Crystal has been offering donations and assistance to More-2-Life as a volunteer since incorporating. We are very excited that she's accepted a position on the Board! Her input and assistance has been invaluable!

Jan Allen

Board Chairperson

Since 2014, Jan has generously donated various resources to the makeup bag and survival bag projects. Without her help, M2L could not be possible!

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