Human Services

HOME FRONT CARES

aka The Home Front Cares   |   Colorado Spgs, CO   |  http://www.thehomefrontcares.org

Mission

The Home Front Cares provides an emergency financial bridge
and responsive support to Colorado's military members, veterans and their families.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Mr. Shawn Kelly

Main address

1120 N. Circle Drive, Ste 230

Colorado Spgs, CO 80909 USA

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EIN

20-0564493

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We provide emergency grants to pay essential life expenses such as rent, utilities & car repairs. We serve all military of Colorado, & have strong partnerships throughout the state with other non-profit & referral agencies, military installations, the VA & other veteran service organizations. Our case workers provide referral services to many of these agencies, ensuring our clients receive financial, family & emotional counseling/services, even when they do not qualify for our financial support.

We provide grants, not loans, & our clients are vetted to confirm military service & financial need. THFC pays the vendors, such as the landlord or utility company, directly in order to ensure that the financial assistance goes to pay exactly what it's intended. Many of our grants are approved in less than 24 hours—an essential capability because quite often, our aid is the last "save" that keeps a veteran from being evicted or a military family from having their power turned off.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Welcome Home Heroes

Welcoming home those whom have served in deployment in harms way with a burger, cold drink, smile and handshake.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

Providing utility bill assistance to military families or service members (AD,veteran) who have been impacted by their military service.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

Providing emergency financial grants to families of deployed military service members, service members, veterans who have been impacted by their military service.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Where we work

Awards

Human Concern Award 2011

Rocky Mountain Insurance Association

Military Affairs Award of Excellence 2011

Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce

Outstanding Collaborative Award 2011

Lifequest

Best of Editor's Pick-Nonprofit to call when you need a helping hand 2013

The Gazette Telegraph

Best of “Singer You Wouldn’t Expect”-Gen Dempsey's rendition of New York, New York at Annual Dinner 2013

The Gazette Telegraph

Best Video that touches the heart 2014

The Gazette Telegraph

Community Heroes Award 2013

MOAA

Spirit of the Season Award 2013

Festival of Lights Parade

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel,Veterans

Related Program

Emergency Grant Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number reflects direct grants to CO military families & veterans. Non funded (referred to other assistance) in the thousands, as reflected in data above.

Percentage of clients who reported would have experienced loss of utilities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel,Veterans

Related Program

Emergency Grant Assistance

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

numbers represent percentage

Average grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel,Veterans

Related Program

Emergency Grant Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average grant is used to pay basic life needs such as rent/mortgage, utilities, car repair.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel,Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of phone calls/inquiries

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel,Veterans

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of meetings held with decision makers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

THFC Board meetings convene 3rd Wednesday of each month for review of financials, program, strategic plan, policies, etc. Approvals and decisions made as necessary for the good of THFC.

Percentage of clients who reported without assistance client would have lost their home.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel,Veterans

Related Program

Emergency Grant Assistance

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

numbers represent percentage of clients assisted by The Home Front Cares

Percentage of clients reporting said they would have gone hungry

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel,Veterans

Related Program

Emergency Grant Assistance

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

number is for percentage of clients reporting on survey

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

- Provide Strategic Positioning for THFC - Communicate The Home Front Cares Role as an Advocate for Military. - Provide Financial Practices and Resources to Enable The Home Front Cares Mission - Align The Home Front Cares “Governance" Structure to Meet Evolving Organizational Needs

Provide Strategic Positioning for THFC Communicate The Home Front Cares role & impact statewide as advocate for its Clients impacted by service to our Nation. Provide Financial Practices & Resources to Enable The Home Front Cares Mission Align The Home Front Cares “Governance" Structure to Meet Evolving Organizational Needs

The Home Front Cares has volunteer Board member and Committee members dedicated to working on the goals and implementing tasks. Strategic Planning Committee keeps on task with other Committee/members advancing on accomplishing the goals of the agency and ensures a time line is kept and met.<br/><br/>Board and Committee members are skilled/talented community members that lend their expertise to The Home Front Cares in order to accomplish goals.<br/><br/>The Home Front Cares also has a dedicated staff with talent and consistently growing skills in order to tend to day to day operations with integrity.

Improvements and data collection of client applications have been made. Data will be put into a database program, enabling THFC to pull reports on the range of clientele, needs, communities served within Colorado, etc.<br/><br/>After clientele have been assisted, a survey is taken, for confirmation of impact on clientele. A follow up survey is also done with clients after 6 months of receiving assistance from THFC.<br/><br/>Return on Investment reports are continually being honed so THFC may put monies toward events and marketing that have the best return and value of dollars to raise dollars for assistance for our military families.

Accomplished in 2017-18: Capacity Building: New Executive Director hired in May of 2018 Election of Board and Advisory Board slate for FY 2019 Active Committee Structure Strategic Plan Implementation & monthly review Marketing & Communications strategy for FY 2019 Served more military/veterans in Colorado Successful Audit Guidestar Exchange Member Greatly improved media relations/exposure the Denver area Working on: Raising more funds from the Denver metro area due to almost 50% of THFC assistance is in the Denver metro area Planning for the future of The Home Front Cares in expanding services in new avenues

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HOME FRONT CARES

Board of directors
as of 11/14/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

BG Tony Przybyslawski


Board co-chair

Mr. Don Fulop

Carolyn Dekok

Al Batey

Tony Przybyslawski

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Don Fulop

Paul Woody

Pro Cowboys Association

Brent Chapin

Denver Channel 7

Tom Krebs

Dave Waters

Rita Christensen

Brent Chapin

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

Combat veteran, Wounded Warrior, Active Duty Military, veterans, deployment,National Guard, service members, military family