Kempter named to head Crossroads Safehouse

FORT COLLINS – Lori Kempter has taken the reins at Crossroads Safehouse, its board of directors said Wednesday.

Kempter, who officially started in the position of executive director on March 13, succeeds Stacie Sutter, who was named interim executive director in November while its board of directors sought a permanent replacement for Pam Jones, who directed Crossroads since July 2020.

Kempter has more than 10 years of experience in the field. Most recently, she served as executive director of Aspire 3D, which provides services for youths, families, veterans and older adults who are residents of Loveland Housing Authority facilities. She previously was executive director of Family Promise Cheyenne and served as a therapist at Thrive-Haven, a youth residential facility.

She obtained a master’s degree in mental-health counseling and a bachelor’s in psychology.

Crossroads Safehouse was founded in 1980 after a group of citizens partnered with the city of Fort Collins to obtain a $100,000 community-development block grant for purchase of a four-bedroom house. Every room was filled on the same day the safehouse’s doors were opened. The safehouse is now housed in a 29,000-square-foot facility with 31 rooms.

The safehouse provides trauma-informed care to victims through advocacy and support. Its programs and services include a crisis line, emergency shelter, non-resident advocacy, domestic-abuse response, legal advocacy, legal representation, rapid and transitional housing, prevention and education, and youth and bilingual advocacy.

According to the Colorado Attorney General’s Domestic Violence Fatality Report, 2021 was the deadliest year for domestic violence in Colorado since tracking began in 2017.

Source: BizWest

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