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
Kevin Cronin | Interim Police Chief, Fort Collins Police Services
Annie Davies | President and CEO, United Way of Larimer County
Marcia Davis | Former High School Math teacher/Point In Time Coordinator
Joe Hall | Executive Director, Catholic Charities, Larimer County Region
Ken John | Founder, Homeless Gear
Diane Jones | Former COFC Deputy City Manager, Community Member
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, Homeless Gear, Inc.
Justin Smith | Larimer County Sheriff
Bryan Tribby | Resources Specialist/Student
Cheryl Zimlich | Executive Director, Bohemian Foundation, Founding Member
Holly LeMasurier brings twenty-plus years of facilitating diverse, collaborative, strategic projects and achieving results. She focuses on three intersecting approaches to driving initiatives: Community Capacity-Building & Empowerment, Place-Based Asset Development, and 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 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 has Masters degrees from University of Oregon in Community and Regional Planning, and in International Studies. She was also an Amnesty International Patrick Stewart Human Rights Award recipient, a Fulbright-Hays recipient in Ghana, and Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia.
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.
Share our commitment to making homelessness rare, short-lived, and non-recurring.
Homeward 2020 proudly works in collaboration with these local organizations dedicated to a healthy, thriving community.