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One Congregation - One Family

 

One Congregation - One Family

 
One Congregation - One Family (OCOF) - Introduced by Denver’s Roads Home in January of 2006, the OCOF model pairs mentors with  families experiencing housing instability. Mentor teams from religious congregations, community organizations, and businesses work with families to help them achieve self-sufficiency and build community support systems. OCOF is part of Colorado’s ongoing efforts to replicate best practice models, support regional priorities and become more strategic in
preventing and ending homelessness.
 
• Meeting at least once a month over a period of six months, mentors help secure
housing for families and provide guidance on parenting, budgeting, goal setting,
nutrition and literacy.
• Denver’s OCOF program exceeded its goal of housing 1,000 families three and
a half years early with 87% of families maintaining stable housing after the first
year.
• In 2013, 99 mentor teams from 22 congregations were formed in Colorado
Springs, Grand Junction, and Fort Collins. Together they’ve successfully housed
30 families.
 
Statewide Clergy Council - Representing a diverse group of faith communities, the Statewide Clergy Council was formed to help guide and expand One Congregation One Family (OCOF). Meeting in March 2013 to share resources and best practices, the Clergy Council provides the Governor with insights into how members of the faith community can engage in Colorado’s efforts to end homelessness. The Clergy Council will be meeting again in December.
 
 

 
 
For more information please contact:
 
Karla Maraccini, Director of Community Partnerships karla.maraccini@state.co.us 303-866-3700
 
Richard Sandrock, Homeless Initiatives Project Manager richard.sandrock@state.co.us 303-866-2963