To see lives transformed and filled with hope as our community works together to fight homelessness, poverty and addiction.
Because of our love for and obedience to God, our mission is to mobilize the community to provide relief, rehabilitation and empowerment services.
We are committed to:
- Meeting resident “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.”
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.
President & CEO
Larry has been with the Mission since January 2011. Larry’s experience with major nonprofits and Fortune 100 corporations gives him the skills and vision required to create successful programs for fundraising, planned giving, donor relations, major donors, marketing, and development activities.
He was the owner of a fundraising consulting business, The Elevation Group, for 10 years and served over 300 non-profit organizations and raised over $600,000,000. He was also the Vice President of Development and Marketing for Compassion International, where he worked for nearly a decade. There he managed a $15,000,000 budget and was responsible for $120,000,000 in revenue and 110 employees.
Larry worked 16 years in the information technology industry, serving as a Regional Director of the value-added marketing division of Unisys Corporation. Long involved in the Christian Management Association and the Christian Stewardship Association, Larry is also an elder at New Life Church in Colorado Springs and a member of the board of directors for Professional Association of Colorado Educators & Africa Ministries.
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.
VP of Enterprise & Administration
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, non-profit 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 and a M.S. in Human Resource Management from Chapman University.
Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives
Jackie Jaramillo has dedicated her 40-year career to ending poverty and helping communities as a social entrepreneur. Jackie established the first private-sector welfare reform project in Colorado in 1982, CWEE, which became a national model for welfare reform. Over the last 30 years, she founded several non-profit organizations that addressed issues ranging from literacy and job training to economic development. Jackie helped establish the Family Mentor Alliance, a program providing mentoring and support to families who are working yet facing homelessness, at Springs Rescue Mission. Jackie currently serves as Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at Springs Rescue Mission, where she also provides oversight to Mission Inn, a transitional housing environment that offers community, accountability, and ongoing programming for graduates of the Mission’s addiction recovery program. Jackie’s education includes studies in Anthropology at Colorado College, Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Regional and City Planning at the University of California at Berkeley, and graduate-level studies in Human Development and Theology.
Senior Director of Human Resources
Tommie Person brings a wide range of experience in education and the corporate arena to her current role as Senior Director 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.
Chaplain, Springs Rescue Mission
David Packiam brings broad-based spiritual support to the staff, residents and neighbors who come to Springs Rescue Mission for practical and personal help. His unique background in Christian ministry across cultures combines with his heart for the poor to uniquely qualify him as the Mission’s chaplain. David’s formal ministry experience includes a four-year stint as Principal of the Royal Priesthood Bible College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He then served as Founding Pastor of The Dwelling Place Ministry Center in Kuala Lumpur for nearly two decades before coming to Colorado Springs and joining the staff of Springs Rescue Mission.
David earned a Bachelor of Social Science degree with honors from the University of Singapore. He holds a Certificate of Theology from Portland Bible College, and licensing and ordination from Bible Temple (City Bible Church) in Portland, Oregon. David and his wife Karmen are blessed with two adult children and six grandchildren.
Senior Director of Relief Programs
Sam Edwards, the Senior Director of Relief Programs for Springs Rescue Mission, carries the message of poverty awareness to the community, supports a dedicated team of program staff and volunteers, and builds lasting relationships with partner agencies. Bringing a wealth of nonprofit leadership and management to the Mission, Sam previously served as the Operations Manager at Catholic Charities’ Marian House Soup Kitchen and as the Division Director of Volunteerism for a 12-state division of the American Cancer Society. He later returned to Catholic Charities as their VP of Poverty Reduction. Sam holds a B.A. in Organizational Communication, is a certified Volunteer Director. A graduate of the 2013 Leadership Pikes Peak Signature class, Sam is a board member of the Thomas MacLaren Charter School and an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs. Sam and his wife of 20 years have a beautiful daughter and enjoy volunteering, travelling, and outdoor activities.
SRM Board of Directors (all are independent and voting members)
Sam Cameron (Chairman)
Owner, Cameron Butcher Co.
David Pump (Vice Chairman)
Healthcare Administrator, Peak Vista Community Health Centers
Jerry Barnes (Secretary)
Retired VP, Member Services
Steve Erickson (Treasurer)
Erickson Brown & Kloster PC
Mountain West Business Coach
Owner, CMG Corp.
President, Northstar Bank Colorado
Retired CEO, Better Business Bureau