Now Accepting Applications for Executive Director Position

Jan 27, 2017

The Home Front Cares is now accepting applications for the Executive Director position.

The Home Front Cares (THFC) is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado and serves the entire state of Colorado.  The mission is to provide emergency and responsive support and grants for Colorado's military members, veterans and their families who have been impacted by service to our Nation. The vision is that The Home Front Cares emergency financial bridge provides hope for a brighter future to our Colorado military members, veterans and their families.  THFC began as an all-volunteer organization in 2003 and has grown to a statewide organization with a budget of 1.1 million and six staff members. THFC is known for compassion, responsiveness and cooperation. 

Click here to apply.

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Empty Stocking Fund and One Client’s Story

Jan 18, 2017

 The Home Front Cares is proud to be one of the recipient agencies of the Empty Stocking Fund, an annual fundraising campaign that provides resources for 20 health and human services agencies throughout the Pikes Peak Region. The Empty Stocking Fund works hand-in-hand with Gazette Charities to raise critical funding for these organizations every year. The year, the Gazette wrote feature stories about each agency and the clients that they help.

Click here to read the story of Tom* and his wife, who faced setbacks due to medical issues and just couldn't make ends meet. The Home Front Cares was able to step in and offer support when they had nowhere else to turn.  

For more information on the Empty Stocking Fund, please visit www.fillanemptystocking.org.

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Lockheed Martin Assists in Holiday Giving

Jan 04, 2017

(Colorado Springs, CO) -- On December 1, a group of Lockheed Martin executives and their spouses joined The Home Front Cares staff and volunteers to assemble 350 “Welcome Home Bags,” filled with basic necessities, for veterans this holiday season.

One of the largest defense contractors in the United States, the Lockheed Martin Space Systems division is based in Littleton, Colorado. Lockheed Martin has been one of the largest supporters of The Home Front Cares since the nonprofit organization was founded in 2003, contributing over $300,000 in critical financial support as well as countless hours of volunteer time. The company also employs a large number of veterans and indeed continues to stay true to their slogan: “we never forget who we’re working for.”

"It was heartwarming to experience Lockheed Martin’s interest and financial support of THFC but also their willingness to spend a portion of their afternoon filling ‘welcome home bags’ for our veterans,” said THFC Board Member, Carolyn DeKok. “We were grateful to be able to share more in depth information about our mission! Thank you, Lockheed Martin!"

The Welcome Home Bags contain items such as shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, razors, deodorant, chap stick and soap. The bags are intended to offer a bit of relief to clients who are facing a financial crisis, which often prevents them from being able to afford even basic essentials. Many of these clients are facing eviction or a utility disconnect, and some are even living out of their vehicles.

The Home Front Cares has also shared a number of the bags with other nonprofit agencies throughout the Pikes Peak Region who work with veterans, such as Ecumenical Social Ministries the Vet Center and Rocky Mountain Human Services.

THFC Media Contact:
Christina Webb, Development Manager
christina.webb@thehomefrontcares.org
719-209-4613

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Honest Accurate Donates Free Oil Changes to Veterans

Dec 13, 2016

(Colorado Springs, Colo.)--In honor of Veteran’s Day 2016 Honest Accurate Auto Service, in partnership with Castrol, donated 200 free oil changes to disabled veterans in the Pikes Peak Region. 

The first 100 oil changes were donated to The Home Front Cares for distribution to the organization’s clients.  “We are extremely appreciative of Honest Accurate Auto Service’s gift,” stated The Home Front Cares Development Director, Christina Webb. “Any additional assistance that we can offer to our clients to get them back on track is important to the overall mission of caring for these families.”

Honest Accurate Auto Service will be issuing the remaining 100 free Oil Change Service Veteran’s Vouchers to qualifying veterans for use at either of their two Colorado Springs locations: 3905 Tutt Blvd or 426 Nevada Mesa View. These vouchers can be redeemed by appointment through 3/30/2017.

Paul Pharris, one of the company’s owners, is a veteran himself and understands the various challenges that our service members face after separation or retirement from the military. Many of The Home Front Cares’ clients rely on just one family car for transportation and for some veteran families, their vehicle is their home. Proper vehicle maintenance is essential so that individuals can travel independently to work, school or medical appointments. When a veteran has the ability to maintain a job, he or she has the ability to provide for the family. These oil changes will go a long way in making a difference to 200 veterans and their families. 

For more information on what Honest Accurate Auto Service is doing for veterans or to get your Oil Change Service Veteran’s Voucher, please visit their website: http://honestaccurateauto.com/veterans/

Watch the  news clip

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Local Groups Use Love of Golf to Support Colorado Veterans

Dec 13, 2016

(Colorado Springs, Colo.)--Several local organizations used their love of golf to support The Home Front Cares and Colorado veterans’ families this year, showcasing each group’s commitment to the nonprofit and the local military community.

Parsons brought in the largest sum for the nonprofit this year with a donation of $5,100. After an initial donation of $3,900, Parsons contributed an additional $1,200 in response to the success of the tournament to help further The Home Front Cares’ mission and match the already generous contribution of the sponsors.

Larry Brachfeld, a Parsons project manager and an organizer of the tournament, stated, “Parsons is pleased to support this extremely worthy organization again by sponsoring an annual golf tournament. Over the past 4 years, we have grown our overall contribution from just over $1,000 to more than $5,000 this year.”

Gleneagle Sertoma, whose mission is to “serve our communities and improve the lives of those who need help,” raised $5,000 for The Home Front Cares through its tournament, aptly named the Patriotic Golf Benefit. This event was held at the prestigious Garden of the Gods Golf Resort at Kissing Camels, and the enthusiasm for The Home Front Cares was evident in the number of golfers the event drew as well as the number of volunteers assisting.

The Tri-Lakes Lions Club is one of The Home Front Cares’ newer supporters via golf, and each year its tournament continues to grow and help the nonprofit reach new audiences and build awareness. The Home Front Cares will be receiving $1,500 from the club’s fundraising efforts.

The St. Gabriel & John Vianney Knights of Columbus Council #12335 chose The Home Front Cares for the first time as a benefiting charity for its golf tournament. The event was met with an overwhelmingly positive response from sponsors and the community, which allowed the Knights to donate $4,700 to the organization. Many of the Knights are veterans themselves or have family who are current or former military.

THFC Media Contact:
Christina Webb, Development Manager
christina.webb@thehomefrontcares.org
719-209-4613

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The Home Front Cares Announces Leadership Transition

Oct 20, 2016

(Colorado Springs, Colo.)— The Home Front Cares announces an important leadership transition for the organization.

April Speake, long-term Executive Director for The Home Front Cares, accepted an opportunity with the Colorado Springs Utilities in September. The organization has hired Linda J. Boedeker as the Interim Executive Director. 

Linda has worked as a professional interim director for the past eight years with such nonprofits as Ecumenical Social Ministries, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, and Pikes Peak Urban League.  Linda was part of the 2010 transition team that helped The Home Front Cares transform from an all-volunteer organization to professional staff. Linda is also a senior trainer with The Grantsmanship Center, where she provides nationwide grant proposal writing workshops for nonprofit and government organizations.

Under April’s leadership, The Home Front Cares transitioned from a small volunteer organization in the Pikes Peak region to a vibrant, respected nonprofit agency serving the entire state of Colorado. Today, The Home Front Cares provides assistance to financially at-risk active duty, veterans and their families throughout Colorado. “April Speake led us through great growth, from an all-volunteer, local organization to a vibrant nonprofit with an annual budget over a million dollars a year,” said Andy Cain, The Home Front Cares’ board chairman. 

Cain said Boedeker will lead the nonprofit through a “transformative time” and will assist in the search for a permanent executive director. “Today, The Home Front Cares serves veterans throughout Colorado, and they need our help more than ever. Linda’s leadership will help us continue to meet the growing need during our search.”

The organization will distribute a formal job announcement to fill the permanent director role within the next few months. 
 

THFC Media Contact:
Christina Webb, Development Manager
christina.webb@thehomefrontcares.org
719-209-4613

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‘For The Love Of Our Troops XII’ Annual Dinner, a Success

Oct 18, 2016

"THERE'S NO QUITTING"
















Click here for photos from this year's event with Maj. Jaster.

The Home Front Cares 2016 "For The Love Of Our Troops" Annual Dinner was held on October 14 at The Broadmoor International Center. This year's speaker was Major Lisa Jaster -- Army Reservist, Engineer, Mother and Army Ranger. Over 750 guests attended the dinner to hear Maj. Jaster speak and to support The Home Front Cares and Colorado military and veteran families. 

Lisa is one of three women to graduate from the inaugural Ranger training class to include women for the first time ever in 2015. There were 19 other women in that class and Lisa was by far the oldest of anyone, both men and women. Most who attend Ranger school are active duty troops, male and in their 20s. Lisa was 37, an officer in the Army Reserves, full time engineer with the Shell Oil Company and a mother of two young children. 

“I was the unicorn,” Lisa says. “When they saw me, it was like spotting a unicorn. It was odd, funny, they didn’t know how to act. That was the feedback I got. But, each group, there was a single moment where they transitioned to I was just Ranger Jaster. I stopped being the girl, I stopped being the female, I stopped being the unicorn and I became their battle buddy, their Ranger buddy, their peer. Each of those little spikes reminded me why I went, which was just to prove that you should expect higher. Expect more.”

"Many of our clients face times when they feel defeated and as if they simply can't go on," said former THFC Executive Director, April Speake prior to the dinner. "The message of perseverance is one that is important to all of us, but especially those who have fought bravely on the military battlefield, but now feel as if they have nowhere to turn. Lisa will speak to us about the importance of pushing on, moving forward and overcoming obstacles, just as she has done." 

The dinner was attended by many distinguished guests, including The Honorable John Suthers, Mayor of the City of Colorado Springs and our First Lady of Colorado Springs, Janet Suthers; Major General Dan York, the Reserve Advisor to the Commander of NORAD & US Northern Command; Brigadier General Richard Heitkamp, and his wife, Shannon, representing the Commander NORAD & US Northern Command; Vice Superintendent Colonel David Harris and his wife, Ashley, representing the Air Force Academy; Garrison Commander at Fort Carson, Colonel Ron Fitch and his wife Jenn; Colonel Troy Dunn, the 10th Air Base Wing Commander, and his wife Sonya; Colonel Miles Brown, Chief of Staff, and his wife Jaime, representing the 4th Infantry Division & Ft Carson Commander; Command Chief Master Sergeant Brendan Criswell, representing Commander, Air Force Space Command; Command Sergeant Major Michael Crosby, representing the soldiers of Ft Carson and the 4th Infantry Division. 

Click here to watch Part I of the U.S. Army's video, 'Earning the Tab,' about Lisa and her transformative journey.

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Loaf ‘N Jug, The Home Front Cares Double Down to Help Colorado Veterans

Oct 04, 2016

(Colorado Springs, Colo.)  Loaf ‘N Jug and The Home Front Cares are launching a two-pronged effort this fall to aid Colorado veterans and military families in need.

On Oct. 6, the neighborhood convenience store chain launches a two-month donation campaign in all 98 Colorado store locations.Customers can purchase donation “support cards” for $1 or more, and write their names on the support cards. All cards will then be hung in the stores where the donations are made, so each store’s neighborhood can show its support for the nonprofit and the veterans they serve.

“These donations not only benefit the great services provided by The Home Front Cares, they also let our valued customers show how much they love our troops,” said Art Stawski, President of Loaf ‘N Jug.

The two-month donation drive will be promoted in every store with indoor and outside signage like double-sided door statics, counter mats, and digital watchfire signs calling out the campaign and its purpose. Officials from both organizations hope to raise $25,000 over the drive.

In the second prong of this growing partnership, Pueblo-headquartered Loaf ‘N Jug is the 2016 title sponsor of The Home Front Cares’ annual dinner, “For the Love of Our Troops.” The fundraising dinner is Oct. 14 at The Broadmoor. This year’s guest speaker is Army Major Lisa Jaster, one of the first women to graduate from U.S. Army Ranger School.

“We have participated in the For the Love of Our Troops dinner for several years, and we are thrilled to be the title sponsor this year,” said Stawski. “We hope that those who cannot attend the dinner will show their support with our in-store campaign.”

To THFC Chairman of the Board, Dr. Andy Cain, the Loaf ‘N Jug partnership marks a milestone for the 13-year-old nonprofit. “I have hoped for so long to have a retail partner who could support our clients with a point of sale donation campaign,” he said. “I am so proud that it is a Colorado company that has done so. Loaf ‘N Jug is providing an amazing opportunity for all Coloradans to support our own.”


THFC Media Contact:
Christina Webb, Development Manager
christina.webb@thehomefrontcares.org
719-209-4613

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The Home Front Cares Assists Veterans in Building a Solid Foundation

Sep 22, 2016

A recent news article in the Colorado Springs Business Journal covered what local military and veteran serving organizations in the Pikes Peak Region are doing to assist the community. The Home Front Cares works to help veterans build a solid foundation in the local community as they transition out of the military and into civilian life.   

Basic life essentials are a must before a veteran can look for a job, according to Christina Webb, development manager for The Home Front Cares.

“When a veteran doesn’t even know where his or her family is going to sleep that night, if they will have heat during the winter or a car to get to work or school — he or she can’t even begin to think about writing a resumé or filling out school applications,” she said.

Click here to read the article. 

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HuHot Mongolian Grill Fundraiser Benefiting Colorado Veterans

Sep 20, 2016

Six Restaurants Donating 100% of Sales to The Home Front Cares on Sept. 26

(Denver and Colorado Springs) -- Front Range diners can get their fill of “create your own” stir-fry while donating to Colorado veterans and military families with the sixth annual HuHot Cares Day.

On Monday, Sept. 26, all six Front Range HuHot Mongolian Grill—four in Denver and two in Colorado Springs—will donate 100 percent of sales to The Home Front Cares, a nonprofit that provides emergency financial grants to Colorado veterans and military families in dire financial need.

The annual one-day event has raised more than $125,000 for THFC since 2011, when it began with two Colorado Springs locations. Since then, HuHot has opened four locations in the Metro Denver area, and each new location has joined the cause, including the most recent restaurant, which opened in July on Northfield Boulevard in Denver.

This year’s fundraising goal is $35,000, said Jay Warwick, president of Top Tier LLC, which owns and operates the six Front Range restaurants.

“Our veterans and military heroes need our support throughout Colorado,” Warwick said. “We’ve been proud to work with The Home Front Cares because their work directly impacts so many lives.”

Andy Cain, THFC’s board chairman, said the event also raises awareness of the nonprofit’s statewide mission. “Jay Warwick’s commitment to HuHot Cares Day not only has raised money for emergency grants, but also helped The Home Front Cares reach service members, veterans and their families throughout all of Colorado,” Cain said.

Participating HuHots:
5843 Constitution Ave. (1st & Main), Colorado Springs
7790 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs
14697 Delaware St, Westminster
3698 S. Natches Court, Sheridan
7450 W. 52nd Ave., Arvada
8336 Northfield Blvd., Denver

The Home Front Cares provides emergency financial grants for Colorado service members, veterans and their families. Since 2003, the nonprofit has raised more than $8 million to pay essential life expenses like rent and utilities for clients statewide. According to GuideStar, only 10 percent of the 45,000 registered nonprofits serving veterans nationwide provide more than $250,000 per year in aid to clients; THFC is among them. For more information about The Home Front Cares’ mission, visit www.thehomefrontcares.org.

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