Who We Are

Our Mission

Here at Fort Collins Rescue Mission, we are changing lives in the name of Christ by meeting people at their physical and spiritual points of need with the goal of returning them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens.

About the Mission

Fort Collins Rescue Mission has been serving homeless men and women in Fort Collins since November 2012 by providing shelter, meals, spiritual guidance, and life changing programs to our neighbors in need.

Today, Fort Collins Rescue Mission continues to operate under the organizational umbrella of Denver Rescue Mission, which has been serving the homeless and poor in Colorado since 1892, and has also been working diligently in Northern Colorado for more than twenty years helping men rebuild their lives at Harvest Farm.

Thanks to the generous support of our community, we are able to serve up to 140 meals a day and provide up to 100 nights of shelter for men and women experiencing homelessness in our city.
Thank you for being such an important part of our ministry through your support.

Meet Our Staff

 

Tom Konstanty, Facility Director

Tom grew up on the south side of Chicago with his parents and three brothers. He graduated from the University of Illinois and later served as an engineer. Sensing a call to ministry, he moved to Texas and attended the Dallas Theological Seminary. Upon graduation with his Th.M., Tom moved to Denver to pursue a relationship with his beautiful wife Liz.

After serving more than seven years as a chaplain for Denver Rescue Mission, he moved to Fort Collins to assist in the direction of Fort Collins Rescue Mission. It is his passion and privilege to introduce people to Jesus Christ and to teach truth, hope, grace, and freedom to all, especially the hurting, addicted and marginalized.

He is excited about the opportunity to work alongside so many awesome community partners and volunteers. He and Liz have two beautiful children, Stella and Samuel.

Hannah Baltz-Smith, Northern Colorado Community and Events Specialist

Hannah Baltz-Smith is a Colorado native with roots in Golden. In 2004 she moved to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in restaurant and resort management, and a master’s in management practice. Before joining Fort Collins Rescue Mission in April 2015, she served five years as an event logistics coordinator for the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association.

Hannah has a passion for planning and organizing special events as well as connecting with the community.

Jered Bartha, Facility Assistant

Jered grew up in Colorado Springs and graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work.

Through his internship with Serve 6.8, he came into contact with Fort Collins Rescue Mission and learned about the work we do. Through prayer and soul searching, he was led back to the Mission after his internship and joined our team in August 2014. Prior to working with the Mission, Jered was a life coach.

Jered says he enjoys engaging with our guests, building hope and providing encouragement about the future.

 

 

Stephanie Polzin, Kitchen Supervisor

Stephanie grew up in Loveland and attended Johnson and Wales University where she studied Pastry Arts. She began her culinary career as the Pastry Chef at Hewlett-Packard and then moved into catering and head chef positions at numerous restaurants, including PF Chang’s, Olive Garden, and the Marriott.

Stephanie loves cooking for a crowd and the diversity of working with our wonderful kitchen volunteers and program participants.

Heather Pulley, Northern Colorado Volunteer Coordinator

Heather Pulley grew up in Fort Collins and attended Metropolitan State College of Denver, where she obtained a BS in Human Services. Prior to joining the Fort Collins Rescue Mission in May 2013, she was the Volunteer Coordinator and Retail Manager for the Café and Bookstore at Timberline Church. She has also been a business owner and a travel agent.

Heather loves working with volunteers and is excited to open new opportunities for service at both the Fort Collins Rescue Mission and Harvest Farm.

Susan Stewart, Director of Development in Northern Colorado

Prior to her position as Major Gifts Officer, Susan was employed at Laramie County Community College and the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center leading development and marketing efforts.

Susan has a bachelor’s degree in English education and has recently completed a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Wyoming.

She enjoys being part of the vibrant Fort Collins community and is actively involved with Rotary Club of Fort Collins, Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce and Water for the Americas. Susan loves connecting with donors and with people who have a heart for making a difference in the lives of men and women who are experiencing homelessness.

 

 

Esther Worman, Women’s Facility Assistant/Transitional Coach

Born in Houston, Texas, Esther comes to us by way of the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from San José State University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish, which has served her well. Most recently she served as a Correctional Services Specialist at the Larimer County Sheriff's Office for nearly seven years. Her passion is to help people succeed by keeping them accountable.

She is married to Clay and they have three beautiful teenaged daughters.

Robert Lequerique, Shelter Supervisor

Born in New York City, Bob spent his formative years in Florida. In the late 1970s he moved to Denver, got married and started a family. For 40 years, Bob worked as a plumber and eventually retired from the union.

Realizing he needed to get his life in order, Bob joined Denver Rescue Mission’s New Life Program. After graduating in 2013, he briefly returned to being a plumber before retiring again. A year later, he joined the Denver Rescue Mission staff as a Facility Assistant at the Lawrence Street Shelter. He also spent some time as a Maintenance Technician at The Crossing before transferring to Fort Collins Rescue Mission.

Now, he enjoys sharing his life lessons and trade skills to build up guests and members of our New Life Program.

Jessica Day, Women’s Facility Assistant

After moving to Colorado with her husband and three children in 2000, Jessica enrolled at Colorado State University. In 2013, she earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree and served as an Intern Case Manager at Catholic Charities.

Jessica came to Fort Collins Rescue Mission as an intern through the Larimer County Workforce Center’s Re-Hire program. Because of her passion, commitment and abilities, she was hired on as a full-time staff member a short time later.

Having personally experienced homelessness, Jessica is uniquely positioned to listen and offer support to our guests and program participants, helping them find the resources they need to become self-sufficient members of the community.