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Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Federated Giving Programs, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Philanthropy

Mission: To improve the quality of life in our community. Founded in 1922, pikes peak united way is dedicated to advancing the common good by not only providing a safety net for basic services, but also preventing tomorrow's problems by addressing issues today. Pikes peak united way recruits the individuals and organizations throughout the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources necessary to affect positive and long-lasting change. By placing value on both expert as well as public knowledge, we focus our efforts on three key areas: education, income, and health. These are the building blocks of a good quality of life and the pathways to opportunity. A good education paves the way to career. An adequate income helps ensure healthy families. Good health helps children succeed at school and adults at work. Remove any of these three key elements, and the others collapse. Put them together, and individuals, families, and our community have a strong foundation for success

Programs: 2-1-1 information and referral2-1-1 is a free, bilingual, easy-to-remember three-digit phone number that serves residents of 12 counties (alamosa, conejos, costilla, chaffee, cheyenne, el paso, lincoln, mineral, park, rio grande, saguache, and teller), helping those in need navigate the complex and ever-growing maze of health and human service providers in their community. At present, trained information specialists staff the hotline from 8a. M. To 5p. M. Monday through friday utilizing a comprehensive database of over 7,200 resources including federal, state, and local government agencies, private non-profits, as well as faith and community-based organizations. By directing people to the right resources and preparing them for their visit, 2-1-1 promotes higher assistance success and decreases frustrations. Last year, pikes peak united way 2-1-1 provided life changing information and referrals to nearly 32,000 individuals and families in crisis.

income, housing, & stability umbrella consisting of the three separate programs:community information systems: the u. S. Department of housing and urban development (hud) requires communities receiving federal funding to have a local system which they refer to as homeless management information system (hmis). In el paso county, we call this our client management system (cms). The cms provides the required reporting tool for el paso county's federally funded homeless programs. The cms implementation and reporting capability presents the community with an opportunity to re-examine how homeless services are provided. It allows community stakeholders to build new alliances, strengthen services, meet consumer needs in a more streamlined manner, and obtain information to guide future planning. The cms is used to generate hud required reports, such as the annual homeless point in time and housing inventory chart reports. It is also used to generate required agency-specific and community wide reports such as the annual performance reports required for each program, the annual homeless assessment report, and the system performance measures report. Continuum of care: the u. S. Department of housing and urban development (hud) requires communities receiving hud continuum of care (coc) funding to have a coc program. The coc program administers the collaborative funding and planning approach that helps communities plan for and provide a full range of emergency, transitional and permanent housing and other service resources to address the various needs of persons experiencing homelessness. The main functions of the coc are: to develop a long-term strategic plan and manage a year-round planning effort that addresses the identified needs of individuals and households experiencing homelessness; the availability and accessibility of existing housing and services; and the opportunities for linkages with mainstream housing and service resources. To prepare an application for funds that are made available through a national competition announced each year in hud's notice of funding availability (known as the hud coc nofa). To oversee the administration of the local homeless management information system (hmis) implementation. To oversee the coordinated entry (ce) process to assess the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness and match them to appropriate housing interventions. Coordinated entry: the coordinated entry (ce) process was designed to implement the pikes peak continuum of care's vision to "have a durable system of places and programs to ensure that all people facing homelessness have access to housing and the supportive services to sustain their quality of life. " ce provides timely access to appropriate resources through a centralized, equitable, person-centered process that ensures those who are most vulnerable are being housed while preserving choice, dignity, and transparency.

community impact:if you ask people in the pikes peak region about the state of our community and its goals, you'll hear a wide variety of opinions on what they are and what they should be. The most successful community agendas are those based on shared community aspirations and objectives developed by citizens, not just "expert" opinions and data alone. With that in mind, pikes peak united way continues to listen to the community to understand the vision for our region, and what obstacles we face to achieving those ambitions. Placing value on both expert as well as public knowledge, we will be focusing our efforts on three key areas: education, income and health. These are building blocks of a good quality of life and the pathways to opportunity. A good education paves the way to a career. An adequate income helps ensure healthy families. Good health helps children succeed at school and adults at work. Remove any of these three key elements, and the others collapse. Put them together, and individuals and families and our community as a whole have a strong foundation for success. Special emphasis will be placed on youth success and family stability to ensure that children and families in our region have opportunities for success.

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This organization doesn't offer direct services to the community but "campaigns" for dollars as though it does. The internal organization is a toxic environment. The board members are "clueless" about the internal staff / organization and do not provide a "safe" method of allowing staff to approach them. I am not even sure on the amount of involvement the board actually has with the organization they are representing. The pay structure for staff is way off kilter and theY do NOT reward hourly workers on an annual basis. The institution also abuses (I am not exaggerating with the use of "abuses") the employer statement of "and other assignments as needed."