CHF Staff from left to right : Case Manager, Norm Strasheim; Maintenance Worker, Andrey Russ; Receptionist, Janie Mitchek; Case Manager, Kirsten Baynham; Office Manager, Elaine Nava; Executive Director, Connie Zimmerman; Maintenance Supervisor, Jamie Parmley and Bookkeeper, Bonnie Russell
Connie Zimmerman, CEO and founder of CHF in 1987 - Connie has been a past President of the CHF Board of Directors.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Human Services.
Connie has over 35 years of experience in the field of housing and assistance with refugees, runaway teens, senior citizens and homeless families.
has been successful in organizing the homeless families into a self-supporting community.
She was on the Board of Trustees for Crossroads Baptist church during their building program, and served as chairperson for 5 of the 6 years she was on the Board.
She also served 4 years as a chairperson of Operation Blessing as a diaconate member of Crossroads Baptist Church.
These experiences proved valuable as she
has since built 12 town homes, The Family Education Resource Center, which houses the CHF offices, and completed a 3 duplex development at the end of 2004, one of the duplex was built by Extreme Makeover Home Edition.
purchased over 75 HUD properties using up to 42 of these properties to house the current homeless population living at CHF transitional community.
Thirty-one of those properties were sold at cost or very discounted prices to homeless families graduating from the CHF
transitional housing program to self-sufficiency.
has been successful in soliciting assistance from local, state and federal government agencies, private foundations, and individuals to address the various needs of the homeless families including the last seven town homes built in 2010.
leadership, Colorado Homeless Families
has housed 484 families with children since its foundation.
Connie Zimmerman, Colorado Homeless Families' Executive Director and Founder, has been selected as Arvada's Woman of the Year.
was selected for this honor by a committee of past award winners on the basis of her
extraordinary contributions to the Arvada Community for over 25 years.