Spotlight on Alumni: Joe Roos, Class of ’16

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Joe Roos (LDC ’16), has a passion for connecting the business community, residents and other centers of influence to help at-risk kids break their cycle of homelessness and become contributing members of society. As Joe points out, they will become our next door neighbor, employee, customer or perhaps future graduate of Leadership Douglas County. He sees this effort as an economic development and human development issue. If we don’t help these kids now, we will have a price to pay in the future. So making the investment now can help mitigate this situation in our county and make Douglas County better.

Joe founded Hide In Plain Sight (HIPS) in February of 2015 to help fill a gap in post-secondary scholarships for homeless high school seniors who wish to continue their education at a college, university, trade school or through a certificate or apprenticeship program. Since that time, eight $3,000 scholarships have been awarded. Joe expects another two dozen to be awarded next spring, after hosting a successful fundraising gala in October that leveraged a State of Colorado matching grant for homeless students to attend either Arapahoe Community College or Emily Griffith Technical College.
Joe continues to serve on the LDC Steering Committee the 2017-2017 program year and just completed planning, with the other members of his team, the Healthcare, Aging and Philanthropy Day in November held at MorningStar Senior Living in Parker. You can find Joe at http://www.hideplainsight.org/

 

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