Our Front Porch

A nonprofit organization

$6,680 raised by 12 donors

22% complete

$30,000 Goal



Impact

Over the last 10 years, your contributions have enabled Our Front Porch to:

• serve 3,991 clients

• distribute 2,937 packages of undies and sports bras

• respond to 19 large scale fires

• house 28 people at our emergency housing

• provided $530,730 in pro bono services

Every home fire survivor is provided with case management, mental health support, and guidance on next steps in their recovery process. There are 2 home fires a day in the Denver Metro Area alone, displacing 730 households annually. Our goal is to reach every single one. But we can't do that without your help. 

Our Front Porch is the only organization that provides long-term recovery support to home fire survivors but the demand outweighs our capacity. No one should be left traumatized, in debt, and homeless by no fault of their own. 

Our staff, partner organizations, and YOU, are the ones who make sure a home fire survivor doesn’t have to recover in isolation.  When the smoke has cleared and they realize they don’t have enough insurance, are financially struggling, and their mental health is not in a good place, we give them a place to turn.

Your donation will ensure each and every home fire survivor can get the help they need when their lives are turned upside down in a matter of seconds. 

Thank you for making sure no one has to go it alone!


What Our Front Porch Clients Have to Say

"Thank you again for your continued support and guidance, it's nice to not feel alone and powerless."

"That package of Hanes was like heaven that day!"

"As a fire loss survivor who was helped immeasurably by OFP, I know how extremely valuable and needed OFP is!"


Mission

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.

Background Statement

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. We also provide free underwear and bras, as it is one thing everyone needs but doesn't want to ask for after losing everything in a fire.

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, including insurance claim navigation and rebuilding guidance for homeowners. 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.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Our Front Porch

other names

OFP

Year Established

2018

Tax id (EIN)

83-1866231

Category

Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief

Organization Size

Small Organization

Address

6740 E Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

Mailing

6740 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220

Service areas

Denver County, CO, US

Phone

720-593-8606

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