The Home Front Cares
1120 N. Circle Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Phone: (719) 434-1407
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- Emergency financial support for military
- Emergency financial support for veterans
- Resource coordination
Hours of Operation8am to 5pm
About UsThe mission of The Home Front Cares (THFC) is to provide emergency and responsive support and grants for Colorado’s service members, veterans and families who have been impacted by post 9/11 deployments. The organization began in 2003 as an all-volunteer initiative led by two retired Air Force colonels who, as Vietnam veterans, were keenly aware of the financial and emotional struggles of deployed military members’ families. However, over the past ten years, in response to the ever increasing number of service members transitioning into civilian life, our support has shifted dramatically to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Ninety-nine percent of our current clients are veterans, and about 75% of those are ill or injured.
Colorado Springs, where we are located, has five military installations, and many of the veterans settle in the local community. However, our support has expanded to cover the entire state as other Colorado veterans return to their hometowns. In our first full year of operation, we provided some $34,000 in emergency aid to Colorado military families. Since then, THFC has grown annually, significantly increasing the amount of direct aid distributed to approximately $425,000 in FY 2015. We have also grown in the number of federal, state, military and nonprofit partners with whom we coordinate a broad range of services for veterans and service.
WHAT WE DO
We provide emergency grants to pay essential life expenses like rent, utilities, and car repairs. We serve all of Colorado, and have strong partnerships throughout the state with other non-profit and referral agencies, military installations, the VA and other veteran service organizations. Our case workers provide referral services to many of these agencies, ensuring our clients receive financial, family and emotional counseling and services, even when they do not qualify for our financial support.
We provide grants, not loans, and our clients are vetted to confirm their military service and financial need. In most cases, THFC pays the creditors, such as the landlord or utility company. Despite this due diligence, we are structured to act fast. Many of our grants are approved in less than 24 hours—an essential capability because quite often, our aid is the last "save" that keeps a veteran from being evicted or a military family from having their power turned off.
THFC began in 2003 as an all-volunteer initiative led by two retired Air Force colonels, Bob Carlone and Joe Henjum. As Vietnam veterans, they were keenly aware of the financial and emotional struggles for families of deployed military members, and how easily these families could fall through the cracks of bureaucracy and society. In 2004, the organization incorporated as a 501(c)3, and in our first full year of operation, we provided some $34,000 in aid to military families in the Pikes Peak region. Since then, THFC has grown into a statewide agency serving all branches of the U.S. military, including Reservists and the Colorado National Guard. In 2014, nearly 100% of our clients are veterans now separated from the service.
Our administrative overhead is about 18% (2013 audit) — an outstanding figure for a non-profit. Nearly 82 cents of every dollar goes toward aid and programs: Grants to Families, Energy Assistance, Adaptive Housing and Welcome Home Heroes. Since 2003, THFC has raised more than $6 million and helped thousands of military and veteran families.
The Home Front Cares is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Donations are tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.