The arrival of summer brings with it warmer weather, along with an anticipated uptick in the number of calls received by Outreach Fort Collins and the
number of homeless and traveling individuals in the downtown area. Since OFC began outreach efforts in June, 2016, summers have seen the highest concentration of disruptive behavior.
Outreach Fort Collins is intentional about our summer planning. Here are some of the proactive steps that OFC has taken in preparation for the summer months:
This proactive engagement appears to be paying off. Recently, the Coloradoan newspaper ran an article detailing an increase in contacts the Fort Collins Police Services has had with homeless individuals, while also noting a decrease in disruptive behavior. In the article, Outreach Fort Collins was credited with contributing to the decrease in the Old Town area. The trend of increased contact and decreased disruptive behavior is also reflected in our second quarter statistics (below). By continuing to take proactive and preventative steps, we hope this trend will be sustained throughout the rest of the summer, and beyond.
OFC was honored to lead the 2018 St. Patrick's Day parade in downtown Fort Collins. It is the second year we were provided this wonderful opportunity.
A huge thanks to Pinot's Palette for supporting us at their March 9th Paint It Forward Event. Outreach Staff were able to educate attendees about our program, while also having a blast painting and socializing. The event raised $230.00 for OFC. Thanks again Pino's!
Outreach Fort Collins was honored to lead the 2017 Fort Collins St. Patrick's Day Parade!
Program Data and Summary Reports
Transient homeless outreach team hits Fort Collins streets by Sarah Kyle
Coloradoan, July 8, 2016
“Fort Collins’ long-awaited street outreach team, hailed as a predominant solution to Old Town’s “homeless problem,” doesn’t look like you might expect."
Welcome Nick Verni-Lau, Program Supervisor and Lisa Dunworth, Behavioral Health Clinician
Fort Collins street outreach team hires director
May 24, 2016
Colorado Non Profit Development Council Welcomes Outreach Fort Collins
Fort Collins, Colo., April 11, 2016 – Outreach Fort Collins announces it’s acceptance for fiscal and operational governance from the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC).
“Nonprofits are built on passion,” said Merry Hummell, Interim Project Director. “But effective day-to-day operations require plenty of financial stewardship, legal structure, accounting services, human resources, and a 501(c) 3 designation.”
Located in Denver, the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the region to offer emerging, transitioning, or established organizations comprehensive fiscal sponsorship and financial management services. CNDC also provides organizational incubation and effective growth strategies for the long-term success of Outreach Fort Collins.
Coloradoan Editorial Board: Street Outreach Team Step in Right Direction
February 26, 2016 Editorial
SummitStone Health Partners is pleased to announce a grant award from Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) in support of Outreach Fort Collins. The federal dollars will expand SummitStone’s initial in-kind pledge to more than $60,000 toward Outreach Fort Collins. The award will be used to hire a full-time team member and includes modest funding toward program operations. The position will be a member of the Outreach Fort Collins team while specifically providing outreach and service linkages to individuals who are chronically homeless, veterans and have a mental illness.
Downtown Loveland Discussion Tackles Disruptive Behaviors
Loveland Reporter-Herald, February 2016
The Aurora Comitis Crisis Center's Startup 180 Street Outreach Project Has Reached Nearly 1,000 Displaced Young Adults In and Around Metro Denver
Denver Post, January 2016
Alternatives to Criminalization: The Role of Law Enforcement