Family Connections

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Family Connections at Helen Hunt Campus combines the Family Day Center, Family Mentor Alliance, Life Support Services, and a myriad of other programs to help families thrive, not just survive.  From families experiencing poverty, crisis, who are homeless, or on the verge of homelessness, to those seeking educational opportunities for their children, families can access the appropriate program to help meet their needs. Through Family Life Coaches, a family strengthening model of case management, families will work to build skills and mindsets over a period of time through interactive relationships, coaching them to move forward, providing positive self-efficacy and motivation to either reach stability or moving to a higher level of security.

The Family Life Coaches use a 2Gen approach, creating opportunities for, and addressing the needs of, both vulnerable children and their parents together.  the concept of Family Connections means it is possible for a family to enter into services to address an immediate housing or shelter need, but then continue to engage to build financial resiliency, parenting skills and get their young children engaged in preschool and literacy programs.

Services:

Colorado Community Response In partnership with the Department of Human Services, CCR is a project designed to support  families and help them access needed services and help prevent child maltreatment.  Through home visitation sessions by Family Life coaches, we work with families to empower them to overcome barriers to self-reliance and to thrive!

As with other programs, life coaches work with families to identify goals and assist with building strengths and accessing
resources. While the program is voluntary, referrals come only through DHS.

Family Connections has a myriad of early education programs to help your and your child.  These are detailed on the Education & Enrichment page of this website and can be accessed here.

Family Mentor Alliance (FMA) provides mentoring services to families experiencing homelessness so, through the sharing of practical life skills, they can move from homelessness to stable housing and an improved quality of life.  Family Mentor Alliance strives to promote hope and purpose to those in need through relationships that empower the family to invest in their own lives for a better future. Over a six-month period, through structured mentoring with a Congregant Team at a partner church, the families experiencing homelessness benefit from the encouragement of the relational support in regards to budgeting and life skills.

  • The Family Mentor Alliance is based on the One Congregation / One Family model, which works with local congregations and community partners to respond to families facing homelessness.  Over a six-month period, through structured mentoring in the areas of family budgeting and other life skills, families benefit from the encouragement of the relational support and learning from the mentoring of their Congregant Team.  They are able to develop a realistic and workable budget based on their income, find housing, and break the cycle of homelessness and housing insecurity.  This in turn creates a more stable and stronger family unit.
  • Congregations have opportunities for congregants to learn about the mission of FMA and participate in training to become part of a mentor team. This is a great way for congregations (or congregants) to help those who are homeless in the community in a meaningful and productive way. Training is conducted by FMA staff and previous mentors. Congregations also provide financial support to help move families out of homelessness: $1500/family/team to help with first month’s rent, deposits, or to remove other barriers that keep a family from becoming housed.
  • Mentors attend training and receive mentor manual, financial & parenting workbooks, and schedule of classes.
    • Serve on a team with 3—6 volunteers who share and support each other and the family
    • Serve on the team for 6—7 months
    • Offer friendship and encouragement while also teaching budgeting and life skills
    • Have the additional support of Case Management from the FMA team
  • Families we serve have different family compositions – single and two parent families, grandparents/relatives and other legal guardians, but all families meet the following criteria:
    • Homeless: couch-surfing, facing eviction, on the streets, shelter or other emergency housing program
    • Family must include a child under the age of 18, or a parent-to-be in the third trimester of pregnancy
    • Head of household must have gainful employment or regular income (ie: disability or SSI income)
    • Family must be able to meet reasonable monthly expenses (after budgeting with mentors)
    • All involved family members must be free of any felony charges in past 12 months and submit to background checks
    • Be able to pass drug screening

Family Life Coaching (case management) is available for families to receive guidance on their path from crisis to stability.  Families can meet with a family life coach to determine their specific goals and develop a plan to achieve those goals.

Family Day Center (Emergency Services) Offers a safe haven for families who are in crisis and experiencing poverty, who are either homeless or who are on the verge of homelessness. This family friendly space provides access to a number of services
in one location, and encourages families to work with Family Life Coaches for life skills and job skills.

• Emergency Housing Assistance
• Financial Assistance
• Employment Search
• Food and Meals
• Bus Passes
• Gas Cards

Every family needs some type of help at some point. Concrete supports in times of need can be a lifeline and stepping stone to
stabilization.  Additionally, Family Support is often the gateway to healthy engagement for families, who come in for emergency needs but are invited to engage in family life coaching and assistance in clarifying and achieving goals toward greater self-reliance.  Support includes:

  • Maternity Clothing
  • Children’s Clothing
  • Baby Formula & Food
  • Diapers & Wipes
  • Baby Layettes
  • Community Resources & Referrals

Walk-In to Access Services

Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Appointments only after 2:00 p.m.

Kidz Klozet 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


917 East Moreno Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO 80903


719-578-1222

Contact Info

228 North Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Phone: (719) 636-2345

Fax: (719) 636-1216