The CHAP organization is chaired by the Executive Director of Homeward Pikes Peak. Approximately forty agencies are represented at monthly meetings which offer both structured presentations from member and outside organizations and unstructured opportunities for introductions, networking and collaborative ventures.
Planning for the Super NOFA Grant and the yearly Homeless Point-In-Time Survey takes place at these meetings. At each meeting an educational component is offered to improve the efficacy of homeless service providers; but perhaps the most powerful aspect is that of providing networking opportunities. Our gains in cooperation and collaboration among agencies are rooted in the camaraderie established at these CHAP meetings. More and more, people new to the community are encouraged to attend these meetings not only for the educational value, but also for the incredible networking opportunities. On occasion, a service provider will articulate a need in the opening introduction and find that by the end of the meeting another agency will have offered to fill that need.
These meetings are always open to the community; and interested individuals, including those new to the area, students and those wanting to work or volunteer with the homeless, are encouraged to attend.