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Causes: Financial Counseling, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services

Mission: The Home Front Cares primarily provides emergency and responsive support and grants for Colorado's service members, veterans and family members, who have been impacted by deployment in harm's way.

Results: Since 2003, The Home Front Cares has raised more than $7.6 million to help thousands of Colorado service members, veterans and their families, paying essential life expenses like rent and utilities. We began by serving families of deployed soldiers in the Pikes Peak region, but as the wars have wound down over the years, we've expanded our services statewide, to include all branches of service, Guard, Active Duty, Reserve or Veteran. Today, nearly 99% of our clients are Veterans.

Target demographics: Service members, veterans and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 375 veterans and families with financial grants, and provided referral services for more than 1,000 clients to ensure they receive the financial and other counseling and services they need.

Geographic areas served: Colorado

Programs: emergency financial grants to pay essential life expenses such as rent and utilities. Our grants, often made within 48 hours, prevent evictions and homelessness, and keep the power and heat on for Colorado veterans and military families in need.

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've learned that this organization has better than an 80/20 direct services to admin cost ratio, is rated by other nonprofits as the most responsive and 5% of responding clients stated the timeliness and response saved their lives. Their latest data shows life was improved for 472 children, over 300 had grants provided that kept them at work or at home or in school, and 1200 received other services. They don't give hand-outs, they give a hand up.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Over the last 10 years I have personally watched The Home Front Cares (THFC) change the lives of hundreds of service men and women, many of whom were literally at the end of their rope. THFC is very careful not to just throw money at a problem, but rather look for those opportunities where they can make a real difference in someone's life by helping them work past a dark or seemingly impossible time in their lives. I have been very impressed by the efficient use of the donors' money--making sure to maximize what goes to help the serviceman or woman in need and keeping administrative expenses to the bare minimum. I'm proud to be associated with such and organization that is recognized around our community as doing such a wonderful job for our servicemen and women, their families and veterans.

Susan459

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

THFC is an organization that Veterans and their families can depend upon for emergency assistance in the Pikes Peak Region. They are phenomenal community partners and a great representation of Colorado generosity.

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Jack G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This charity takes great care of military families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Home Front Cares is the best charity in town. It is run almost entirely by volunteers and does a great job caring for deployed soldiers and their families. When a crisis appears, they can react right away and solve the problem.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a big fan of the Home Front Cares because their mission is so critical to our veterans in emergency financial hardship. I have helped with the annual fundraiser dinner for the last couple years, and will continue to volunteer as long as there is a need.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Home Front Cares is an organization that has helped thousands of Veterans and their families. We are truly blessed to have them in our community!

1 Trish14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently attended a fundraising banquet for the Home Front Cares. It was an amazing experience and something that I will now do annually. It is obvious how much they truly care about the military community in Colorado Springs. The testimonials from people who have received assistance brought tears to my eyes. Thank you Home Front Cares!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What this group does is amazing! I was staggered when I heard how many vets are in need because of hardships, and the fact that these folks are doing something about it is truly inspiring! I'm telling everyone I know to give to this group!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having had a father who served multiple tours of duty in several war zones, the mission of The Home Front Cares is very near and dear to my heart. When I hear stories of military veterans being evicted from housing and sleeping in their cars with their families, it's clear that the government is failing individuals who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. We owe our returning service men and women so much more. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude for their sacrifice.

The Home Front Cares bridges that gap and offers help. They offer hope when all hope is gone in the form of emergency financial aid to deserving veterans in need. And because of that, I am happy and proud to support their efforts.

Chip U.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working in a non-profit that serves active duty and veterans myself, I rub shoulders with this organization constantly & they are nothing short of exceptional. They are very accommodating, personable & you can easily see that from the top down, those that work at The Home Front Cares truly do care. They have changed lives & given hope to those in need. I am proud to work in concert with them as we try and assist our military service members, past & present, with their unique challenges.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Home Front Cares has been active for over 11 years, helping active duty and veterans get the immediate help they need with rent, utilities, car repairs, etc to prevent them from being homeless or without heat, etc. The case managers work the requests quickly and effectively to get the necessary funds to the clients to prevent eviction or electricity/gas being turned off. The staff, Board members and volunteers work tirelessly to raise money to support those who have fought for our freedom and look to us for assistance in their time of need.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Home Front Cares fills a desperate need in Colorado, bridging the financial gap that so many military members face when separating from military service. With the slowdown of the VA, many young servicemen and women are strapped to make necessary payments for housing, utilities, cars or car repairs. Many are working hard to support their families by trying to secure new jobs with the added pressure of health challenges such as PTS, TBI and hearing and vision loss. THFC steps in with immediate help to qualified clients. This truly is a life changing organization.

It is a privilege to serve on a Board that is so dedicated to serving our military in a time of need. The small, dedicated staff and many volunteers work amazingly hard to give back to our servicemen and women.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2003, my husband lost most of his right leg while serving overseas in Iraq. In December, 2009, my husband and I were mugged and it resulted in life threatening injuries for him. During that time, he was a full time student while I was working. I had to take more than a month off work to care for him and his injuries. We had no idea what we were going to do to pay our bills and were already behind. On a whim, we called The Home Front Cares. The very next morning, they called us and not only said not to worry about out bills but that they would help us make Christmas happen in the hospital.

They then paid our rent and utilities to keep us from disconnection and possible eviction AND sent us gift cards so we could also enjoy Christmas together. Without the investment they made in us that year, who knows where we would be.

They continue to selflessly support our troops here at home by providing them with essential needs like stable transportation, homes, electricity, running water and most importantly, hope. This emergency financial assistance serves as a life-transforming investment in our veterans. I don't think there exists a better, more caring organization than this one!

Betty26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work at a television station and frequently get calls from the public asking where service members can go for immediate financial help. I always recommend The Home Front Cares. The staff is sincere, kind, and knowledgeable. It has the resources in place to help those who run into red tape and can't get assistance elsewhere. The group started by helping service men and women in Colorado Springs and now has branched out, providing immediate cash and a guiding hand to veterans and military members throughout the state.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I can't tell you how rewarding it is to be affiliated with The Home Front Cares. The funds are available immediately without any kind of red tape and they're given to families in Colorado. I've seen firsthand how this nonprofit fills a great void. It not only helps families who encounter emergencies while their loved ones are deployed, but also veterans who are desperate for cash, waiting for their benefits to be dispersed. Countless soldiers describe The Home Front Cares as a life raft that keeps them from sinking.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Home Front Cares has a unique niche in the Non-profit world. They provide an Emergency Financial Bridge for our activity military families and those of our recent veterans. It is not 'sexy' but providing for rent, utilities, car repairs, food & diapers are many times the difference between a Veteran being unemployed or homeless. We work directly with the military and research every case and need. All the donations stay in Colorado in support of our military. These service members protect us and they are the 1% who serve. We can help them in their time of need. Remember The home Front Cares!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Home Front Cares has the most compelling Mission for a Charity that I have ever had the privilege to work with. We help the families of our soldiers and recent veterans that need our help for the basic needs of life. These young people face extremely difficult situations as they return from 3 to 5 deployments over a few years. The pressure on them from a financial situation is extreme and the family separations are very stressful. They serve for us and we need to serve them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a truly great organzation. They were established 11 years ago and continue to get better every year. Purpose is to provide a financial bridge to our active duty, veterans and their familes. Nobody does it better !! The Home Front Cares raises funds in the State of Colorado and all the money stays here to help support our military community. Right mission, right time, and right place. Founded by two individuals who had a dream, put it into action, and founded The Home Front Cares. Since the beginning, The Home Front Cares has raised over $6.5 million to help our Colorado veterans and their families. What a great job by an outstanding team of volunteers and staff. They deserve to be recognized as a top notch organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I first became aware of The Home Front Cares through one of its co-founders - Joe Henjum. I was drawn to the organization because it does so much to help veterans of all services. In 2011 I became a board member and, energetic staff and dynamic board. Their reputation continues to spread throughout the state of Colorado as the need for financial assistance to veterans continues to expand. I continue to be impressed that almost all funds raised are distributed to needy veterans. Hats off to THFC!

Bob_48

Volunteer

Rating: 5

THFC has helped Hun dreads of soldiers & vets handling difficult financial problems. They just completed their annual dinner with Lee Wouldruff as guest speaker an outstanding event best ever. Thank you THFC for the wonderful work you do!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chair, Advisory Board. We have helped military vets as they get out of active duty and the VA does not compensate them for at least 9 months. Last year we have donated to the ov 1/2 $million! God Bless!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with another organization called Stonecroft Ministries. We do women's ministry & I was specifically working on a Military event for all Colorado Springs military women, but had primarily connected with the women @ Ft. Carson. In the midst of that process I met Mary Carlone, & then eventually Dennis McCormack with The Home Front Cares.
I was amazed at the amazing organization that it is, and the incredible things they do & burdens they lift off of the soldiers that they help. They are such a practical hands on organization that truly makes a difference in the lives of those they serve. Being involved in ministry and service work for 30 + years, it is wonderful to see a group of people that saw a need and rolled up their sleeves and addressed it. With their handling of things and their reputation that they have built, it is obvious that they will be serving their community for a very long time!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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 - providing an emergency financial bridge.

1 Eydie M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 to attend one of their dinners at the Broadmoor and meet Oliver North. What a thrill since I lived in Tehran in the early 70's and Julie Secord us one of my best friends.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 emergencies and help the families get their feet back on the ground. It is one of the best organizations I have ever been associated with.