About Springs Rescue Mission About Springs Rescue Mission

About Us

 

Our Vision

To see lives transformed and filled with hope as our community works together to fight homelessness, poverty and addiction.

Our Mission

Because of our love for and obedience to God, our mission is to mobilize the community to provide relief, rehabilitation and empowerment services.

Our Commitments

We are committed to:

  • Meeting residents “where they are”
  • Providing life sustaining aid
  • Providing a welcoming and safe environment that promotes transformation and empowerment
  • Promoting grace, truth and healing
  • Treating guests and residents with dignity and respect
  • Providing pathways out of homelessness
  • Providing access to additional services and solutions (outside of SRM)

No one is denied services because of race, color, creed, sex, or national origin.

“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
Matthew 25:35-36

Our History

In 1996, our founders began providing sandwiches to homeless people in Colorado Springs in parks and under bridges. At the same time, they began inviting young homeless couples to stay in their home to give them a head start on life-change. Soon after, they opened a food pantry in one room of a small building. These humble beginnings rapidly grew into a wide range of programs intended to serve the 27,000 households living below the poverty line in the Pikes Peak region.

Today, we maintain a Four Star “Exceptional Charity” rating with Charity Navigator and have received awards for excellence from the El Pomar Foundation in its human services category (most recently in 2014), an award for collaboration from Pikes Peak United Way in 2015, recognition for invaluable community contributions in the House of Representatives from Congressman Doug Lamborn, and endorsements from three Colorado Springs Mayors, Springs Rescue Mission’s unique offering of relief and rehabilitation programs is a recognized and invaluable part of the Colorado Springs community.

1997: New Life Program (NLP) for men started; SRM moved to current location at 5 West Las Vegas Street.

1998: First men’s homes opened. Adult Learning Center opens; 5 West Las Vegas property purchased.

2002: 1 West Las Vegas Street property donated; warehouse donation receiving expanded, services to the community expanded.

2003: Opened Samaritan’s Kitchen to serve more meals to the hungry and homeless.

2004: NLP doubled bed space to help more men in need of change.

2005: Eclipsed one million meals served; expanded food pantry to feed more hungry people.

2006: Became second largest emergency food distributor in Colorado Springs, expanded emergency services to the community.

2007: Received grant towards purchase of 11 W. Las Vegas St., started construction on the Life Recovery Center.

2008: Reformed approach to serve the growing need, began plans for campus environment to better serve the poor in our community.

2009: Construction on Life Recovery Center finished and actively integrated into SRM daily activities as a viable program source for those seeking a positive change in life. Culinary Program expanded to offer more opportunities for those in recovery. A weekly increase in services and hours to the hungry, homeless, and working poor integrated into daily activates.

2010: Marked our 15th year “Elevating Lives in the Pikes Peak Region.” Created NeighborBase to make it easier for neighbors to help neighbors in the Pikes Peak Region.  Worked on Strategic Partnerships to bring a “holistic” approach to meeting the needs in our area.

Our Statement of Faith

Springs Rescue Mission uses the Nicene Creed as its statement of faith:

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered, died, and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in fulfillment of the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Larry Yonker

Larry Yonker

President & CEO

Larry is the president/CEO of Springs Rescue Mission. He worked in the computer industry for 16 years and has a degree in marketing. He worked as Executive Director of Development and Marketing for Compassion International for 10 years. Larry has also consulted for World Vision, ECFA, AGRM, Compassion, Campus Crusade, World Relief, Food for the Hungry, and over 100 Christian ministries during a 10-year period. He has served on multiple boards and is active in the Christian Management Association, where he serves as a chapter president, consultant, and conference advisor. Larry also serves on the Continuum of Care Board and the Downtown Partnership Board locally. He serves as an elder at New Life Church, where he has been a member for 28 years. Larry has been married to Kim for 41 years; they have two children and 3 grandchildren.

Terry Anderson

Terry Anderson

Chief Operating Officer

Terry started with the Springs Rescue Mission in March of 2013 after 31 years in the private and public sectors of the Information Technology industry. He led sales, support and engineering teams serving business clients throughout Southern Colorado. Terry has held volunteer leadership and board positions in a number of church, nonprofit and community organizations. He currently serves on the board of Cadence International, a Christian non-profit ministering to U.S. and foreign military members around the world. He attends Discovery Church. Terry has a B.S. in Biblical Education from Multnomah University, a Graduate Certificate from UCCS in Nonprofit Management and a M.S. in Human Resource Management from Chapman University.

Steve Self

Steve Self

Chief Financial Officer

Steve joined Springs Rescue Mission as Chief Financial Officer in September 2017, after a successful 34-year career in the financial services industry; most recently serving as a Group President of an international organization. In addition to his extensive financial / banking experience, Steve has remained heavily involved on local and regional governance boards and currently serves The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs – College of Business, Project: Caleb, ministryThrive and Penrose-St. Francis Health Systems. Steve previously served on the boards of Colorado Springs Leadership Institute (CSLI) and Peak Education. Steve was awarded both his Undergraduate (B.S. Finance) and Graduate (MBA – Finance) Degrees from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Additionally, Steve completed post-graduate education at The University of Oklahoma and The University of Texas at Austin – The Red McCombs School of Business. Steve and his wife, Elizabeth (“Beth”) Brittain Self have lived in their adopted home of Colorado Springs since July 2005 and are fortunate to have both of their adult children and grandchildren nearby.

Larry Yonker

Travis Williams

Chief Development Officer

Travis loves people. He’s a global ministry leader who has a passion for helping others live life more abundantly through a relationship with Jesus. Travis is a strategic thought leader and has served global organizations like Focus on the Family and Awana. He’s often called upon as a public speaker and strategist to help organizations get from where they are to where they want to go. Travis has helped Fortune 500 companies achieve financial success, churches achieve growth, and global non-profits help more people. He’s married to his beautiful wife Devon, has three children and loves to enjoy the beauty of his home state, Colorado.

Bob Hughes

Bob Hughes

VP of Programs

Bob started with Springs Rescue Mission in July of 2011 after a 25+ year career in Direct Marketing. Bob has held c-level leadership positions with high-growth, high-volume consumer catalog businesses and has spent considerable time teaching and mentoring diverse management teams as they strive to reach their full organizational potential. He has a heart for the broken and hurting of our community and is a member of Woodmen Valley Chapel. Bob has a BA degree from Carthage College, an MBA from Loyola University Chicago, and is currently pursuing a second Masters degree (MA-Theology) from Denver Seminary.

Tommi Person

Tommie Person

VP of Human Resources

Tommie Person brings a wide range of experience in education and the corporate arena to her current role as Vice President of Human Resources for Springs Rescue Mission.

Tommie’s passion for helping people realize their potential is consistent within and without the workplace. Well into her second decade in human resources, Tommie developed her skills through successful HR roles with three ministries in the Colorado Springs area. She also serves as affiliate faculty at Colorado Christian University. Away from the office, Tommie takes an active role in the lives of her four grandchildren and as a member of her church, where she participates in choir, Sunday school, and Women’s Bible Study.

Tommie holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and an MBA from William Carey College. Her husband is a retired Air Force chaplain, and they have two adult children. They attend First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, and also contribute much of their time leading the Denver District, Western Episcopal area of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church.

Jeff Cook

Jeff Cook

Senior Director of Enterprise and Work

Jeff Cook started with Springs Rescue Mission in August of 2013. Jeff is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he worked in the business and ministry sectors for more than 25 years. He has owned and operated multiple-businesses and has been a corporate executive with several well-known corporations. Prior to joining Springs Rescue Mission, Jeff was the Vice President of Operations for Foods of New Mexico, where he was responsible for over 20 restaurants. Jeff is a graduate of City Vision University with a bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit Management.

As the Senior Director of Enterprise and Work, Jeff oversees the Mission’s social impact enterprises (Springs Rescue Enterprises) which include Mission Catering, Mission Cafes and City Gate Motors. Along with enterprises, Jeff oversees the work training initiatives meant to create career training and job avenues for guests and residents.

SRM Board of Directors (all are independent and voting members)

Mark White (Chairman)
Colorado Market CEO, Independent Bank Group, Inc.

Jerry Barnes
Retired VP, Member Services

Phil Erickson
Erickson Brown & Kloster PC

Gary Ganz
Mountain West Business Coach

David Houle
Co-Founder & Portfolio Manager, Season Investments

Chris Richardson
Owner/President, CMG Corp.

Beth Nolette
Accountant, Front Range Commercial

Alison Murray
Executive Director, First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs

Sam Cameron
Owner, Cameron Butcher Co.

Carol Odell
Retired CEO, Better Business Bureau

Tom Perkins
Perkins Motors

Catherine Hammond
Owner, Hammond Law Group

Bill Vogeney
Sr. Executive Vice President Lending/Finance, Ent Credit Union

Morris Roth
Former President and CEO, Aspen Pointe

Yemi Mobolade
Vice President, Business Retention & Expansion at Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC

Larry Yonker
President and CEO, Springs Rescue Mission