James and Cindy move a cart full of household items into Brown’s new apartment. Cindy brought him some kitchen and bathroom supplies, a folding table and chairs and an air mattress.
John and Katana embrace in their kitchen, summer 2018. John has terminal cancer and now that he has housing he has a place to rest and recover. He said the best part of obtaining housing is not having to go anywhere.
John, a senior veteran, experienced homelessness for over 2 years before attaining affordable housing. John said the moral support he received along the way helped him the most. “You’d be surprised how much that makes a difference,” he said.
Who We Are
Our ongoing community-wide engagement aligns local service providers, government entities, business leadership, faith communities, civic groups, and community effort to understand local homelessness, explore best practices and ideas, and implement local solutions together. Homeward 2020 also convenes a Community Collaborative monthly. Collaborative members bring a range of professional, civic and life experience to their passion for Homeward 2020’s mission, strategy, and success.
Homeward 2020 was created as a vision of UniverCity Connections, a community-wide, citizen-driven collaboration initiated in 2005 by the City of Fort Collins, Colorado State University and the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. Since 2015, the City of Fort Collins maintains a Memorandum of Understanding with Homeward 2020, pointing to the organization’s role in strategic planning, policy and facilitation pertaining to homelessness.
Community Collaborative Members
Christine Kneeland | Community Member, Chair, Founding Member
Dave Edwards | Community Member, Co-Chair, Founding Member
Michael Allen | Chief Executive Officer, SummitStone Health Partners
Annie Davies | President and CEO, United Way of Larimer County
Joe Domko | Executive Director, Catholic Charities, Larimer County Region
Ken John | Founder, Homeward Alliance; Development Director, Murphy Center for Hope
Kelly Evans | Executive Diretor, Neighbor to Neighbor
Diane Jones | Former COFC Deputy City Manager, Community Member
Steve Kuehneman| Care Housing
Bill Kneeland | Attorney, Founding Member
Jacqueline Kozak-Thiel | Director, COFC Sustainability Services
Carol Plock | Executive Director, Health District of Northern Colorado
Matt Robenalt | Executive Director, Downtown Development Authority
David Rout | Executive Director, Homeward Alliance
Justin Smith | Larimer County Sheriff
Nicole Staudinger | First Bank President, Northern Colorado
Jeff Swoboda | Police Chief, Fort Collins Police Services
Bryan Tribby | Resources Specialist / Student
Cheryl Zimlich | Executive Director, Bohemian Foundation, Founding Member
Holly LeMasurier brings experience from twenty-plus years of facilitating diverse, collaborative, strategic social impact projects that achieve results. She focuses on three intersecting approaches to driving initiatives: Community Capacity-Building & Empowerment, Place-Based Asset Development, and Co-Creating Opportunity Agendas. At Homeward 2020, Holly will:
- Develop tactical change, policy and advocacy agendas.
- Link intersectoral strategic networks for enhanced collaboration.
- Co-create impactful actions, communications and engagement.
- Construct meaningful monitoring, evaluation, and reporting tools.
Holly joins Homeward 2020 after most recently serving as project manager of a volunteer-based community project, Safe Place to Rest, developing community-based overnight shelter options for people experiencing homelessness. Prior to that, she served as Director of Community Connections at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. She was formerly the City of Eugene, Oregon Human Rights Analyst, and an adjunct faculty of University of Oregon. Holly obtained Masters degrees from University of Oregon in Community and Regional Planning, and in International Studies, both with a focus on social policy and community development. She also completed Human Rights law courses at University of Oregon School of Law. As an Amnesty International Patrick Stewart Human Rights Fellow, a Fulbright-Hays recipient in Ghana, and Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia, Holly has developed a broad worldview as inspiration to drive place-based empowerment initiatives.
How can I get involved?
Together we can make a difference.
Homeward 2020 Affiliates work everyday to provide short and long term supportive services to those experiencing homelessness. Your support of these local agencies is valued and appreciated.
Preventing and ending homelessness is good community development.
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Homeward 2020 proudly works in collaboration with these local organizations dedicated to a healthy, thriving community.