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 Housing, Health and Work services.
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.”
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, 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.
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
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.
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
Jack Briggs became President & CEO of Springs Rescue Mission in October 2020.
He lived in Colorado Springs briefly as an infant before his military father was transferred to Hawaii, and then to California. He returned to the area in 1982 to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy, graduated in 1986 and then headed to pilot training. He spent the first 20 years of his 31-year military career as a pilot before ascending to leadership, eventually becoming a Major General.
His final role in the Air Force was as Director of Operations for U.S. Northern Command headquarters in Colorado Springs. He served on the board of Springs Rescue Mission in 2017 before retiring from the military that same year. Upon his retirement, he and his wife Margaret of 32 years (who share three kids together) moved to the East Coast, where he served as New York University’s vice president of Global Resiliency and Security.
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.
Chief Development Officer
Travis Williams is a Colorado native with a passion for seeing people thrive. He joined the Springs Rescue Mission team as Chief Development Officer in 2016 and quickly became recognized as an inspirational community leader. He sits on local and international nonprofit boards, coaches youth soccer, and volunteers at church and in the community.
As a donor-funded nonprofit, Travis helps connect the community to the life-transformational work accomplished through SRM. Prior to joining SRM, he offered leadership, strategic planning, and relational development, and fundraising expertise to national and international nonprofits. This came after nearly a decade of serving as a wealth consultant for large financial institutions.
Travis graduated from Colorado State University with a BS degree in Business Administration and Marketing and has a Mousters Degree from Disney University. He’s married to Devon, has three children, and loves to enjoy the beauty of Colorado through camping, hiking, running, flyfishing, and cycling.
VP of Programs and Operations
Jeff Cook started with Springs Rescue Mission in August of 2013. He is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he worked in the business and ministry sectors for more than 30 years. He has owned and operated multiple businesses and has been a corporate executive with several well-known companies. Prior to joining Springs Rescue Mission, Jeff was the Vice President of Operations for Foods of New Mexico, where he was responsible for over 30 restaurants. Jeff is a graduate of City Vision University with a bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit Management.
As the VP of Programs and Operations, Jeff leads the Housing, Health and Work programs. He also oversees the Mission’s social impact enterprises (Springs Rescue Enterprises) which include Mission Catering, Samaritan Coffee at 225 and City Gate Motors.
SRM Board of Directors (all are independent and voting members)
Alison Murray (Chair)
Executive Director, First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs
Vincent E. Crowell (Vice-Chair)
The Eastern Colorado Bank
Phil Erickson (Treasurer)
Erickson Brown & Kloster PC
David Houle (Secretary)
Owner, Season Investments
Accountant, Front Range Commercial
The Platinum Group Realtors
Partner, Nussbaum Speir, PLLC.
Melinda Joy Mingo
Founder and President, Significant Life Change, Inc.
Colorado Christian University
Vice President, Business Retention & Expansion at Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC
President and CEO, Springs Rescue Mission