Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Re: Resignation of Bob Holmes as CEO of Homeward Pikes Peak
Below is Bob’s letter of resignation to the HPP Board, which was accepted March 5, 2014. Laura Fonner, Director of Operations, will assume the duties of Interim Executive Director beginning March 29, 2014, during the time of the board’s search for a successor.
Homeward Pikes Peak, in deference to the recent interest of the City and Pikes Peak United Way in the planning for and coordination of homeless services, will concentrate on its four direct service programs to homeless and addicted clients, and will continue to innovate programs to address the needs of underserved citizens in the Pikes Peak Region.
A representative of the City has stated that 24 x7 emergency services offered by HPP over the past decade will now be offered by the Homeless Outreach Team.
After more than eleven years of service as the CEO of Homeward Pikes Peak, it is truly with mixed emotions that I tender my resignation from this position, effective close of business March 28, 2014.
I am incredibly proud of the accomplishments of Homeward Pikes Peak through the combined efforts of staff, board and funders, most especially the El Pomar Foundation. From the early management of the Continuum of Care and the maximizing of Super-NOFA Grant funding to the Gulf Coast Hurricane Relief Program; from the Homeless Tent Campers in our downtown to the implementation of needed homeless service programs as follow-ups; from the rescues of bankrupt homeless service agencies and programs to our decision to concentrate solely on programs for the homeless of the Pikes Peak Region…. I am grateful to have been a part of this history.
I could never exit without a most profound and humble thank you to the board of Homeward Pikes Peak. They all have always been there for me with understanding, support, wise counsel and humor.
As Homeward Pikes Peak enters another era, and a second decade of service, I know that the same board members will be there to support the new leadership of Homeward Pikes Peak in exciting accomplishments wherever service to our fellow citizens is needed, and wherever other agencies hesitate to venture.
I am so humbled to have been a part of the remarkable history of Homeward Pikes Peak and will always remember that literally thousands of homeless and addicted individuals were given opportunities for hope in our programs.
I leave you all with memories of cherished relationships and best wishes for future successes.