Our mission is simply to provide 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.
The Home Front Cares (THFC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to help needy veterans and military families with rent/mortgages, utilities, car and home repairs, childcare and groceries, and other essential life needs. We have strong partnerships with Colorado's military installations, the VA and other veteran organizations, and non-military non-profit and referral agencies across the state. Our aid is grants, not loans, and our clients are vetted to confirm their military service and financial need. Despite this due diligence, we are structured to at 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.
According to our 2012 audit our administrative overhead is less than 14% -- an outstanding figure for a non-profit. Nearly 87 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 $5 million and helped more than 2,250 military and veteran families with grants.
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 their first full year of operation provided some $34,000 in aid to Colorado military families. Since then, THFC has grown annually, significantly increasing the amount of aid distributed an adding programs like adaptive housing and energy assistance grants. Today, the mission has evolved from serving primarily military families to recently separated veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as their families. The non-profit augments its volunteers with a staff of five people, and is a respected voice of advocacy for veterans issues in the Pikes Peak Region.
DEDICATED to increase the scope and depth of our support to Colorado's military service members, veterans and family members, and serve as a community leader and advocate on their behalf. COMMITTED to remain flexible, relevant, and efficient in supporting the changing needs of our service members, veterans, and families as they remain in the service or transition back into our community.
Executive Director | April Speake
Program Manager | Amy Cutler
Case Manager | Tami Tiefel
Admin Assist / Office Mgr | Ruth D. Fischer-Wilson
Manager of Development | George Hayward
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.
|OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS||OUR ADVISORY BOARD|
|Mr. Thomas (Tom) Daschbach | Chair||Dr. Bob Stein, Brig. Gen., USAF (Ret) | Advisory Board, Chair|
|Mr. Al Batey | Vice Chair||Col Vic Andrews, USAF (Ret)|
|Col John Haaren, USAF (Ret) | Chief Financial Officer, Director Emeritus||Mr. Brian Binn|
|Ms. Rita F. Worster, CPA | Treasurer||Brig Gen Brad Butler, USAF (Ret)|
|Dr. Brock Strom, Col USAF (Ret) | President, Director Emeritus||Mr. W.A. Cain|
|Mr. Ed Jones | Past Secretary||Col Jack Gloriod, USA (Ret)|
|Mr. John M. Dunker||Mr. Scott Hallam|
|Ms. Katherine Luce | Director Emeritu||Mr. Bryan Hartwig|
|Ms. Carolyn DeKok||Mr. K. Michael Henshaw|
|Dr. Max Miller, Col USAF (Ret) | Director Emeritus||Ms. Joan Klein|
|Col David R. Tohlen, USAF (Ret)||Mr. Brian James Louf|
|Mr. Alan C. Gregor||Mr. Al Mathews|
|Mr. Bryan Alley||Ms. Jenefer Miller Second Officer, WRNS (Ret)|
|Mr. Keith Klaehn||Mr. Tom Miller|
|Ms. Ashlee Peterson||Maj Gen Bentley Rayburn, USAF (Ret), Past President|
|Mr. Lars Bergstrom, Esq.||Col Michael Resty, Jr. (Ret)|
|Ms. Betty Sexton||Mr. Dan Stagemanv|
|CW5 Dennis McCormack, USA (Ret)||  Mr. Bryan Alley|
|Mr. Paul Stone|
|Mr. Peter Teets, Former Undersecretary USAF|
|Col Roslyn "Roz" Trojan, USA (Ret)|
|Mr. George Ulrich, MD, FACS|
|CSM Joseph Van Dyke (Ret)|
|Mr. R. Jay Warwick|
|Mr. Terrance McWilliams|
Current President & Vice President
Thomas (Tom) Daschbach
Mr. Al Batey
Bob Carlone, Joe
Henjum, Vicki Kounk,
Jeff Dahlberg, Brock
Lt Gen Ed Anderson
Maj Gen Bentley Rayburn