Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bob Holmes resigns from Homeward Pikes Peak

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 3:34 PM

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Bob Holmes, the executive director of Homeward Pikes Peak for 11 years, has resigned his position.

Homeward Pikes Peak has long served as the umbrella agency for the local homeless service providers. But Holmes says that the organization is moving out of that role and focusing more on the homeless programs it runs including Housing First Pikes Peak, Homeward Pikes Peak Residential Addiction Recovery Program, Harbor House Clinical Services Program, and an addiction recovery program for mothers that is under development. 

Both the city and United Way have been moving into leadership roles,
 as the city seeks to redirect grant funding to its homeless priorities and bring the city into compliance with new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations. In the future, that will likely mean that Homeward Pikes Peak has less of a role to play as a leadership organization.

“I’ve had a good 11-year run coordinating homeless services and it's a good break point for me," Holmes told the Indy. "I’m very happy with what we’ve accomplished.”

Holmes' last day is March 28. He plans to start a for-profit addiction recovery program in Cascade at the end of the month. After his exit, Homeward Pikes Peak will be led  by interim executive director Laura Fonner, the organization's Director of Operations, while a permanent replacement is sought. 

PRESS RELEASE
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Re: Resignation of Bob Holmes as CEO of Homeward Pikes Peak

Below is Bob’s letter of resignation to the HPP Board, which was accepted March 5, 2014. Laura Fonner, Director of Operations, will assume the duties of Interim Executive Director beginning March 29, 2014, during the time of the board’s search for a successor.

Homeward Pikes Peak, in deference to the recent interest of the City and Pikes Peak United Way in the planning for and coordination of homeless services, will concentrate on its four direct service programs to homeless and addicted clients, and will continue to innovate programs to address the needs of underserved citizens in the Pikes Peak Region.

A representative of the City has stated that 24 x7 emergency services offered by HPP over the past decade will now be offered by the Homeless Outreach Team.

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After more than eleven years of service as the CEO of Homeward Pikes Peak, it is truly with mixed emotions that I tender my resignation from this position, effective close of business March 28, 2014.

I am incredibly proud of the accomplishments of Homeward Pikes Peak through the combined efforts of staff, board and funders, most especially the El Pomar Foundation. From the early management of the Continuum of Care and the maximizing of Super-NOFA Grant funding to the Gulf Coast Hurricane Relief Program; from the Homeless Tent Campers in our downtown to the implementation of needed homeless service programs as follow-ups; from the rescues of bankrupt homeless service agencies and programs to our decision to concentrate solely on programs for the homeless of the Pikes Peak Region…. I am grateful to have been a part of this history.

I could never exit without a most profound and humble thank you to the board of Homeward Pikes Peak. They all have always been there for me with understanding, support, wise counsel and humor.

As Homeward Pikes Peak enters another era, and a second decade of service, I know that the same board members will be there to support the new leadership of Homeward Pikes Peak in exciting accomplishments wherever service to our fellow citizens is needed, and wherever other agencies hesitate to venture.
I am so humbled to have been a part of the remarkable history of Homeward Pikes Peak and will always remember that literally thousands of homeless and addicted individuals were given opportunities for hope in our programs.

I leave you all with memories of cherished relationships and best wishes for future successes.

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