Our Front Porch helps families who are in danger of homelessness and poverty due to a home fire. We provide long-term disaster recovery in the form of emergency housing, disaster case management, trauma recovery services, and housing navigation. Our rental property is where clients can live affordably and safely while we help them find their next permanent home. We utilize a holistic approach to address the cascading effects one experiences following a disaster.
Our Front Porch started as a collaboration between a social worker and an architect who saw a huge gap in long-term disaster recovery, especially with respect to home fires. The recovery from a house fire is no different than that of a large scale disaster, like a wildfire or a flood, but home fire survivors don't have access to the same state and local resources. Every day there are 1,000 home fires in the U.S., 9 in Colorado, and 2 in the Denver Metro Area. Home fires affect more people than all other disasters, and Denver has no shortage of home fire survivors.
OFP started providing disaster case management, housing navigation, and trauma recovery services to clients in 2015, obtained 501(c)3 status in 2019, and purchased a duplex and began operating the Emergency Housing program in 2020. The American Red Cross Mile High Chapter has always been a great partner of Our Front Porch, providing short-term crisis response work to home fire survivors and then referring families to OFP for long-term recovery support. No other organization addresses the three impacts of disaster recovery (case management, trauma services, and housing) and stays with the client through completion. We also understand that all three have to be addressed simultaneously to have a real impact. We have adapted and added to our programs over time to reflect the needs of our clients, recently including project management services for homeowners who are rebuilding their homes. Home fire recovery support may not make the daily news, but with no other organization serving this population, it is a much needed service and one that OFP is proud to fill.
"I can't even process what has happened and trying to navigate the insurance company is a nightmare. Thank you for being my advocate."
"I am so happy you kept asking me to talk about my feelings. I really did need it but didn't know I did. You guys really do care and helped when no one else is around"
"This is a surreal experience. i don't know what I would do with out the support of you all. You know exactly what to say and what I am feeling and will feel."
"Having a place to breath has made this recovery a little easier"
"You all know everything we need. Things I never thought I would need like underwear and bras. I am not sure how we would do this without you."
"This house is beautiful. Everything we could need to recover his here. WOW. Thank you."
"Oh my god. This rental housing is such a blessing for me and my family. Everything was gone in the fire and having a space to breath feels so good."
"Honestly, we are not sure where we would be without OFP. They have been there every step of the way. Helping us ask the right questions, acting as a mediator with both contractors and our insurance, and offering guidance and support every step of the way. With OFP we have never felt alone."
"We would recommend OFP first and foremost. It is so hard to tackle the mountain of administrative tasks while concurrently struggling with loss, sadness, anxiety, depression and shock."
"I have to say, having your support has been immeasurable in helping me withstand the disaster. I'm so very grateful for you and OFP."
"This organization was the absolute best resource we had during our fire recovery. They saved us in so many ways, like best friends."