Family Housing Network of Fort Collins
Faith Family Hospitality to Family Housing Network
The idea for Faith Family Hospitality (FFH) started as a grassroots discussion in 2009. Heart of the Rockies was at the table for organization discussions from the very beginning. The FFH program officially opened to host 4 families in January of 2012. Heart of the Rockies was among the first hosting churches.
Over the years church rooms have been turned into family quarters, many beds have been made for families to sleep overnight, many meals have been prepared and shared, many discussions have been enjoyed between volunteers and guest families.
Now in 2021, FFH is one part of the bigger picture: Family Housing Network. FHN now has four distinct but cooperating parts:
- Faith Family Hospitality continues today to house and feed 4 families in a church for a week, then they move to another church for a week. The program has continued during the pandemic!
- The new Day Center which opened June 2020 (at the corner of Lemay and Prospect) has a play area, comfortable couches, a kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry facilities for homeless families to use.
- Rapid Rehousing Program (which joined FHN in 2020) helps families find housing and provides rental assistance.
- Sherwood House (321 S Sherwood St, FC) which opened in October 2021, can provide a place to live for up to 7 families, each for 6 months or so. Here each family will have their own bedroom or suite of bedrooms, and will share living areas, kitchens, bathrooms and a backyard.
Family Housing Network has come a long way!
The most recent update about Sherwood House is that three families have moved in and are very comfortable in the south building of Sherwood House. The north building has been used for isolation of homeless people who have COVID.
Heart of the Rockies Christian Church (DOC) is partnered with Plymouth Congregational Church, so that Faith Family Hospitality guests stay at Plymouth, and HRCC helps to host them there.
Our 2022 weeks to help Plymouth host FFH guests are:
- January 23 – 30
- April 24 – May 1
- July 17 – 24
- October 23 – 30
Thank you to the faithful, dedicated FFH volunteers from Heart of the Rockies! You all have made such a difference through the years! And will continue to change lives into the future! Thanks!!
If you would like to get involved, contact Lynnette Thayer.