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2018 Summer Update:

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:

  • Increased presence and visibility in the downtown area, among homeless and community populations. Overall OFC second quarter interactions increased by 76% between 2017 and 2018. This was aided by the addition of one full-time member in June, 2017 and two part-time members in November, 2017 and extending outreach hours until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
  • Increased communication with Fort Collins Police Officers concerning identified high utilizers. OFC created an introductory video for additional officers that are assigned to the downtown area during the summer and may not be familiar with program partnership.
  • Increased visitation of area hot spots, including locations that have traditionally seen escalated behavior. Our Focus has been on preventative measures, including engaging with clients in the morning or early afternoon before disruptive behavior escalates, as well as handing out bottles of water to prevent heat stroke, dehydration, or other medical issues.
  • Outreach Fort Collins is partnering with Fort Collins' Transitional Sentencing Program to meet with individuals while they are in jail. The focus for these interactions are on creating an action plan for when they are released and completing paperwork for ongoing service coordination.
  • Working with other service agencies to support and connect high utilizers of emergency services. Connecting these individuals contributed to a 54% decrease in escalated incidents between 2017 and 2018. 

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. 

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2018 Second Quarter Interactive Dashboard

2018 First Quarter  Interactive Dashboard

Outreach Fort Collins Staff Leads 2017 St. Patrick's Day Parade

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.

Paint It Forward at Pinot's Palette

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

2017

OFC Data Through February 2017.pdf
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2016

OFC December Report.pdf
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OFC November Report.pdf
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OFC REPORT OCT 2016.pdf
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OFC summer recap.pdf
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8.1-8.26 Program Statistics.pdf
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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."

http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2016/07/07/transient-outreach-team-hits-fort-collins-streets/86799262/

 

Welcome Nick Verni-Lau, Program Supervisor and Lisa Dunworth, Behavioral Health Clinician

 

Coloradoan

Fort Collins street outreach team hires director

May 24, 2016

http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2016/05/24/old-town-fort-Collins-outreach-team-hires-director/84854482/

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

OFC Editorial.pdf
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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

http://www.reporterherald.com/business/ci_29558612/downtown-loveland-discussion-tackles-disruptive-behaviors

 

 

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

http://www.denverpost.com/aurora/ci_29434930/comitis-street-outreach-team-builds-bonds-homeless-runaways?source=headlines_page

 

 

Alternatives to Criminalization: The Role of Law Enforcement

December 2015

http://cops.usdoj.gov/html/dispatch/12-2015/alternatives_to_criminalization.asp

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