State staff to laud Springs Rescue Mission

springs-rescue-homelessThe Governor’s Office of Community Partnerships, the Colorado Division of Housing and Gov. John Hickenlooper’s chief of staff will visit the Springs Rescue Mission Tuesday to highlight its replication of the governor’s ‘One Congregation-One Family’ model as the Family Mentor Alliance.

Working with nine area churches and service providers, the Family Mentor Alliance has helped 32 families regain self-sufficiency since the program was launched in 2012.

The program has seen a 93 percent success rate of families maintaining stable housing after the first year.

Introduced by Denver’s Road Home in January 2006 in partnership with the Denver Rescue Mission, the One Congregation-One Family model connects mentors with families experiencing housing instability.

Mentor teams from religious congregations, community organizations and businesses work with families to help them achieve self-sufficiency and build community support systems.

The program is part of Pathways Home Colorado, the state plan to replicate best practice models, support regional priorities and become more strategic in preventing and ending homelessness.

The group will include Roxane White, the governor’s chief of staff; Pat Coyle, director of the Colorado Division of Housing; and Jenn Lopez, director of homeless initiatives in the Governor’s Office of Community Partnerships.

Springs Rescue Mission is in its 18th year of outreach to hungry and homeless neighbors in the Pikes Peak Region. More information about the Mission is available online at www.springsrescuemission.org.