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Phone: 719-434-1407
PO Box 38516
Colorado Springs
Colorado 80937
USA
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Target demographics: Service members, veterans and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: In FY2012, we provided grants to more than 530 Colorado military families.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: greet flights of soldiers coming home from war as part of our Welcome Home Heroes program, staff an information/donation booth at a community event, or help with our annual fundraising dinner or golf tournament.

Geographic areas served: Colorado

Programs: The Home Front Cares is devoted to providing urgent emergency financial aid and other support for Colorado veterans and military families. Programs include:
General Fund/Grants to Families: Provides one-time grants to families in need due to unforeseen circumstances aggravated by deployment of a parent/spouse or separation from the service. Childcare, transportation, household repairs, and other “survival” expenses are among items covered. The average grant currently exceeds $1,000. In Fiscal 2011, we provided aid to nearly 350 veterans and families—a 39% increase over 2010. This aid provides a critical bridge to struggling military families, as the average veteran must wait 14 months for VA medical and financial benefits to process and begin. This need will increase significantly as some 100,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen leave the service in the next few years.
Energy Assistance Fund: Pays utility bills for military families through grants from Energy Outreach Colorado, augmented by our general fund. In FY2011, we gave more than 180 families a total of $102,000 in aid. As with our other programs, we anticipate this need will only increase.
Veteran Adaptive Housing Modification Provides financial support for home modifications necessary for disabled service members. Since our inception, we have provided $44,500 to help wounded and disabled veterans complete home modifications that let them safely navigate their homes and perform many tasks that we take for granted, such as turning on a water faucet. As the military continues to discharge these wounded warriors, this need will continue to grow.
Welcome Home GWOT (Global War on Terror) Heroes Fund An important morale-builder that shows returning soldiers that their community welcomes and appreciates them. Volunteers from The Home Front Cares meet every plane that arrives in Colorado Springs carrying soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. We hand every returning service member a cheeseburger and soda, greet them and thank them for their service. This program also supports family members to visit wounded loved ones out of state in military hospitals and to attend memorial services, as well as welcoming ceremonies for soldiers and families, unit activities, and other functions that are not readily covered by existing military or nonprofit infrastructure. In May 2012 alone, more than 120 volunteers worked well over 200 hours to welcome two dozen flights carrying nearly 3,500 troops coming home from the war in Afghanistan.

Mission:
Provide emergency financial aid to meet critical needs of service members, veterans and their families. In the past few years, the need for our support has shifted significantly from the families of deployed military to veterans (and their families) of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Results:
Since 2003, The Home Front Cares has raised more than $4 million to help more than 2,000 Colorado service members, veterans and their families. Nearly 87 percent of all funds go directly to emergency financial aid and other programs.

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11/02/13
I have been involved in several projects and programs that take the edge off the hardship of military service. The Home Front Cares is the most effective and best administered organization of it's kind. The support is always timely and appropriate, and is always in keeping with it's stated mission... more »
10/30/13
I am a volunteer for the Ronald McDonald house and we are part of the Hungry Heroes program that greets the troops when they arrive home from a deployment. We see them before the families and offer a burger and coke as they arrive. So proud to be part of the Home Front Cares. A few years ago I got ... more »
10/28/13
The Home Front Cares (THFC) has been a tremendous organization over the last 10 years in doing everything they can to help the troops and their families that have been and are being impacted by the war on terrorism. It's basically staffed by volunteers who do everything in their power to handle ... more »
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