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Springs Rescue Mission program recognized by governor’s office

Published: March 25, 2014, 6:00 pm, by Jakob Rodgers
Gazette file

Gazette file

A transitional housing program overseen by the Springs Rescue Mission was recognized by Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office on Tuesday for its success in helping families become self-sufficient.

“We started it in Denver with the Denver Rescue Mission and now the Colorado Springs Rescue Mission has become the leader and the champion for the program,” said Roxane White, the governor’s chief of staff.

White and Pat Coyle, director of the Colorado Division of Housing, visited the nonprofit Thursday, praising its work it as an example for other nonprofits to follow.

The program grew from Hickenlooper’s “One Congregation–One Family” initiative, which paired homeless families with churches that, in turn, offered mentors to help each family find affordable housing, along with whatever challenges may arise.

Since starting the program in 2012, the Springs Rescue Mission has acted as the intake agency in Colorado Springs by pairing families with one of nine collaborating churches.

So far, 32 families – or 93-percent of participants who entered the program – remained in stable housing a year later, according to the nonprofit.

“One Congregation–One Family really establishes community from the start,” White said. “It’s additional eyes and ears working with the family. It’s additional support.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article has been changed to correctly state the governor’s name.