Severe Weather Shelter Network

Refuge. Relationship. Restoration.

Littleton, CO   |  www.swshelternetwork.com

Mission

Severe Weather Shelter Network mobilizes community resources to provide physical, mental and spiritual REFUGE to individuals living on the streets of the southwest Denver area. We do this through: * Relationships with Christ as our model * Empowering change in our community, in our volunteers and in the lives of those we serve * Faithfulness in prayer * Unified in our purpose and passion * Grace given even as it is received * Excellence in service

Notes from the nonprofit

Severe Weather Shelter Network continues to strive for excellence in the administration of the the organization. The implementation of emergency shelter each season is moving like a well oiled machine. It is our plan to continue empowering volunteers to move into roles of leadership for the shelter work. Building the administrative structure of the organization takes time and intentionality. This includes the creation of items like the Employee and Board Handbooks. Documents that help set the tone and direction for the organization are on the agenda for this next year.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director of Development

Lynn Ann Huizingh

Executive Director of Operations

Christy Smith

Main address

PO Box 620546

Littleton, CO 80162 USA

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EIN

81-3289994

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (M01)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Christian (X20)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Severe Weather Shelter Network came into existence because there are no shelters of any kind for human beings in Jefferson County or the west end of Arapahoe County. The recognition that people experiencing homelessness in the suburban corridor has elevated the need for a continuum of care that leads people from the streets into permanent housing. In the last year we have witnessed elected officials in city and county positions coming together to make regional assessments and plans to address the needs of the homeless community. Each of the counties and the cities within those counties recognize the value Severe Weather Shelter Network brings in providing necessary shelter on life threatening winter nights. Severe Weather Shelter Network continues to be at the table advocating for the people we serve by elevating the gaps in services we have come to recognize over the last nine years. Our tagline gains depth as we provide Refuge. Relationship. Restoration.

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?

Emergency Winter Shelter

We provide emergency overnight shelter on life threatening winter nights for individuals living on the streets of our communities

Population(s) Served
Adults
Homeless people

Connection Hours is offered on shelter days between the hours of 3-6pm. Service provider partners are invited into our shelter space to meet face to face with guests who will be sheltering with us that night. Providers on site may include medical and mental health providers, homeless and resource navigators and agencies that help people replace lost or stolen documents.

This program is new as of 2022. We are very excited to connect our shelter guests directly with providers to meet their most immediate and longer term needs that will assist them in taking steps toward sustainability and stability in a life off the streets.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Heterosexuals
LGBTQ people
Homeless people

Where we work

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 dollars represented through in-kind support

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

Homeless people

Related Program

Emergency Winter Shelter

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In-kind gifts for 2020 and 2021 were greatly reduced due to COVID and a shift to a motel model. Food was the biggest contribution given to provide meals to our guests in the motels.

Number of volunteers

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

Homeless people

Related Program

Emergency Winter Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

COVID significantly reduced our volunteer numbers for 2020 and 2021. Volunteers assisted with the creation of food bags for each guest and the delivery of those bags to the motels on shelter nights.

Number of people who have accessed the shelter network this season

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

Homeless people

Related Program

Emergency Winter Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the total number of unique guests between Oct 1 and April 30 of each season. 2020 numbers were up due to COVID during an average winter. 2021 numbers were down due to longer weather events

Number of community initiatives in which the organization participates

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

Homeless people

Related Program

Emergency Winter Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We believe it is important to be part of empowering change in our community, in our volunteers and in the lives of those we serve. The initiatives we partner with hold the same values and focus.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Severe Weather Shelter Network mobilizes community resources to provide emergency overnight shelter on life threatening winter nights. We have learned there is no emergency shelter in suburban communities surrounding Denver, except where our shelter network exists. To that end our goal is to provide emergency shelter in the communities surrounding downtown Denver, where it does not currently exist.

Severe Weather Shelter Network will continue to build and maintain relationships and partnerships with community organizations and agencies in our communities that provide resources and connections to meet the emergent and immediate needs of individuals living on the streets during the sheltering season. Beginning in October 2022 Severe Weather Shelter Network will increase our reach and services by adding Connection Hours to our shelter sites on severe weather days. Connection Hours will allow our guests to come into the buildings at 3pm to get in out of the cold earlier, connect with service providers who can assist them with immediate and longer term needs and to participate in building community relationships with volunteers who are there to serve.

Severe Weather Shelter Network seeks to increase the nature of these community partnerships to create a sustainable, barrier free pathway for individuals taking necessary steps to a life off the streets into permanent supportive housing.

Severe Weather Shelter Network provides emergency overnight shelter:
• Nurture and maintain current relationships with church partners in order to continue providing emergency shelter in the communities where we currently exist.
• Nurture and maintain current relationships with community organizations and agencies providing emergent and immediate resource support for our guests during the season and in the off season.
• Identify and cultivate new relationships with churches and community organizations not yet engaged in our ministry to build the sustainability and reach of the ministry into other communities where we do not currently exist.
• Build out and further develop current fundraising/awareness raising campaigns to bring the realities of homelessness to the attention of the greater community.

Severe Weather Shelter Network seeks to increase the nature of these community partnerships:
• Nurture and build further emerging relationships with organizations and agencies recognizing the need for barrier free pathways to sustainable housing.
• Participate and support community initiatives seeking to provide new avenues for the provision of permanent supportive housing that includes unlimited time constraints and grace filled accountability for practical life changing goals.

Severe Weather Shelter Network is looking to the future in a new set of goals to begin implementation in the fall of 2023.
• Divide each of our geographic regions in half to double our shelter capacity for the 2023-2024 shelter season and moving forward
• Provide a refined version of the combined Connection Hours and Emergency shelter model for the whole of the 2023-2024 season
• Beginning in the fall of 2024 begin offering Day site services utilizing a one stop shop model in all six geographic regions where services do not currently exist. Services to include Medical and Mental health support, Dental services, document replacement, job search support and connections to County Housing and Homeless navigator support.

Severe Weather Shelter Network provides emergency overnight shelter:

Severe Weather Shelter Network has identified a specific process and requirements necessary for launching new rotations for shelter. We use these guidelines to help us discern whether it is possible to launch a successful rotation in a new community. Our Executive Team has the primary role in building relational capital in new communities where we are being invited to expand. These guidelines allow us to take slow and intentional steps so we do not expand beyond our ability to oversee and support the larger network.

These are the guidelines we use to determine regional expansion:
• Identify and confirm a primary and backup Host church in the community willing to provide space and volunteers for shelter.
• Identify and confirm a minimum of 10 Partner churches in the community willing to provide volunteer, material and financial support necessary to provide emergency shelter.
• Identify and confirm partner human service agencies and organizations willing to provide coordinated entry and night of shelter reservation support, connections to emergent and immediate resource support for our guests throughout the season
• Identify and hire Regional Coordinators to provide necessary support and encouragement to our church Host Sites during the sheltering season.
• Financial support equal to $120,000 over the course of the year.

Severe Weather Shelter Network seeks to increase the nature of these community partnerships:
• The Executive Director of Operations is responsible for increasing these relationships in the off season between sheltering seasons. Networking through community groups and initiatives allows for more intentional relational development.
• The Executive Team and Board members participate in community initiatives to remain aware of permanent supportive housing options on the table where we may be able to come along side in a supportive nature.
• We are currently participating in the following community groups and initiatives:
⁃ Metro Denver Homeless Initiative/Coordinating Committee participation to remain aware of and participate in Built for Zero efforts across both Jefferson and Arapahoe Counties, among other initiatives relevant to our geographies.
- Heading Home in Jefferson County
⁃ Executive Director of Development is a member of the Crisis Resolution Work Group seeking to advance shelter and housing options in Jefferson County
⁃ Executive Director of Operations is a member of the Change The Trend Collaborative in Englewood/Littleton seeking to understand and bring permanent supportive housing and additional services to the Englewood/Littleton community.

Severe Weather Shelter Network currently supports three geographic regions for emergency shelter. Our Central Region provides shelter in the Lakewood area. Our South Region provides shelter in the Englewood/Littleton area and our North Region provides shelter in the Arvada/Wheat Ridge area.
• These three Regions have provided a total nine years of sheltering for individuals living on the streets of these communities.

Severe Weather Shelter Network currently has partnerships in our three communities that include Human Services support, Law Enforcement support, Faith community support, connections with city and county leaders and service providers with outreach teams serving people experiencing homelessness.
• These relationships and partnerships have allowed us to provide necessary connections to resources for our guests. Some of these connections have resulted in guests finding housing and getting off the street. As of April 2022, we have partnered in the housing of 150 guests across all three regions.
• Severe Weather Shelter Network was part of a movement to revise and update Fire and Building Code Ordinances in both Jefferson and Arapahoe Counties to allow buildings of religious worship to provide emergency shelter. New and revised ordinances were approved by City Councils and the counties effective January 2021. These new standards allow additional organizations, that also provide shelter in church buildings, to have a consistent set of guidelines that will help all of us provide excellent shelter for people experiencing homelessness.

Our shelter night experiences have elevated the need for a barrier free pathway to permanent housing for our guests. Many of our guests are capable of making changes if they were to have access to housing. However, they are not categorized as chronic or vulnerable to life on the streets. This makes them ineligible for much of the housing that may be available to those who are considered chronically homeless and vulnerable due to chronic physical and mental health concerns.
• We are working with both Jefferson and Arapahoe County through their Built for Zero initiatives to both help identify people in need of housing and to strategize a different way to provide connections that will assist individuals in taking necessary steps toward sustainability and self-sufficiency in a life off the streets.
• The addition of Connection hours beginning in October 2023 is one of our strategic steps in the Built for Zero strategies in each county. Connection hours specifically give Service provider outreach teams direct access to people experiencing homelessness who are historically difficult to find and connect with.

Financials

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

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Severe Weather Shelter Network

Board of directors
as of 09/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steve Persichetti

Perco Development

Term: 2021 - 2024

Bob Stewart

Megastar

Steve Persichetti

Perco Development

Corey Garris

Mile High Vineyard Arvada

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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/22/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability