A Program of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center
A Program of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center

2018 Highlights and 2019 Goals

Looking Back and Moving Forward


2018 marked the second full year of operation for Outreach Fort Collins (OFC). In just two years, OFC has established a trusted presence in the Fort Collins community and made a significant impact in the downtown area. The start of a new year is a nice pause point, to reflect back and make plans for the future. Looking back, here are some of the highlights of 2018:
  • Housed Clients - Through extensive collaboration with area agencies, OFC assisted 9 clients in obtaining housing. Additionally, OFC worked with two clients to gain acceptance at Fort Lyons Supportive Residential Community and helped two clients reconnect with family members. Many of these individual were high utilizers of emergency services and having more stable housing reduces the strain on community resources.
     
  • Expanded Hours and Area Served - With support from The Bohemian Foundation, business hours were extended to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Our geographical area was also expanded southward to Laurel Street to incorporate the North Campus business area along Dalzell Alley.
     
  • New Agency Partnerships - With additional staff resources, OFC was able to seek out new service opportunities. In 2018, OFC became an organizing partner of Project Homeless Connect, made service visits with clients in the Larimer County Jail through the Transitional Sentencing Program, and began holding regular office hours at the Old Town Library.
     
  • Additional Board Leadership - The Board of Directors for OFC added new membership representing downtown business owners and the Fort Collins faith community. The new members are Kate Cooper (Community Engagement and Events, Ginger and Baker), Eddie Hopkins (Pastor of Peak Community Church), and Ryan Houdek (owner of The Melting Pot, Rodizio Grill, Social, and Union restaurants).
Moving forward, here are some of the goals that OFC will work towards in 2019:
  • Client Focus - The core of OFC's mission is connecting our community's most vulnerable to the resources and networks they most need. Through both preventative and rapid response efforts, we seek a continued decrease in disruptive behaviors, use of EMS and hospital resources, and recidivism with law enforcement. In addition, we are working towards increased access for our clients to housing and long-term supportive treatment.
     
  • Expanded Library Hours - OFC will hold staff service hours at the Old Town Library five days a week. This service time will allow OFC to schedule case management appointments with clients and to partner with library staff to meet the needs of library patrons. Library hours are Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 and Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 12:30 - 2:30.
     
  • Strategic Planning - The goal for this year is to solidify organizational structures to ensure the long term sustainability of Outreach Fort Collins while positioning the organization for growth. The plan includes seeking additional ways to strengthen our partnership and referral process with service providers, hosting quarterly community gatherings to deepen our relationship with stakeholders, and creating a development plan to expand and diversify our financial support.
     
  • Growth Task Force - Building on the successes of the last two years, OFC is excited to plan for the future. This task force composed of staff, board, and community members will make recommendations to our Board of Directors on ways to further the mission of OFC and highlight new opportunities to impact our community and provide assistance to vulnerable populations.
Thank you to everyone who has supported Outreach Fort Collins and made 2018 such a success. Moving forward into 2019, we are excited for the work ahead and the lives that we will impact.

2019 First Quarter Dashboard

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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