Family Mentor Alliance

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Family Mentor Alliance moved to the Helen Hunt Campus on December 1, 2017. See map below.
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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.

About the Program

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.

The Family Mentor Alliance provides 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.

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

Call to Schedule an Appointment

Monday – Friday

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

917 East Moreno Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO 80903


Contact Info

228 North Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Phone: (719) 636-2345

Fax: (719) 636-1216