Community Conversation: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness

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Community Conversations at Pikes Peak Library District invite the public to discuss current events and issues impacting the Pikes Peak region, with a goal of promoting civil dialogue and greater understanding of different perspectives. 

In commemoration of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month, join Pikes Peak Library District as we welcome local experts and community leaders to discuss homelessness in the Pikes Peak Region. After a facilitated question and answer session with the panel, there will be time for questions from the audience.  

Panelists include:

  • Angela Roberts, Pikes Peak Community Health Partnership
  • Beth Roalstad, Homeward Pikes Peak
  • Crystal Karr, City of Colorado Springs
  • Joel Siebersma, Springs Rescue Mission
  • Sgt. Olav Chaney, Colorado Springs Police Department Homeless Outreach Team

Angela Roberts 

Angela holds an undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of North Texas and a master’s in public administration with a certificate in Grant Writing, Grant Management, and Program Evaluation from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She served as a Housing Navigator Specialist with CHP prior to accepting her current role of Transformation Manager. In this role, she leads efforts to expand and improve cross-sector partnerships to reduce the number of youth and veterans at-risk or experiencing homelessness in our community. Angela has volunteered and held internship roles at various nonprofits in the Colorado Springs area since 2010 and has a dedicated passion to serve members of the community in need of housing supports and assistance. 

Beth Roalstad, MSW

Beth is the Executive Director of Homeward Pikes Peak.  Prior to taking this role in January 2017, Roalstad was the Senior Vice President of Engagement at Pikes Peak United Way.  She has also been the Executive Director for the Innovations in Aging Collaborative and the Women’s Resource Agency.   Ms. Roalstad received her Master of Social Work from the University of Denver in 2000 and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from State University of New York College at Oneonta in 1991.  She is a graduate of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute in 2014.  And the Denver Community Leadership Forum in 2005. 

Since joining Homeward Pikes Peak, Ms. Roalstad has expanded programs to serve women and families experiencing homelessness by building community-based services that provide substance abuse treatment and transitional housing.  She has also spearheaded the creation of several new programs such as Street Outreach, The Commons, a new permanent supportive housing apartment building complex, and The Bloom House Residential Treatment Center, a new program for pregnant and parenting women with addictions.  Under her leadership, Homeward Pikes Peak has grown from serving 150 clients in 2016 to over 1000 in 2022 and has more than tripled its budget through contracts, earned income and philanthropy. 

In addition, Ms. Roalstad serves on numerous community boards and has an extensive list of volunteer work with local non-profit organizations.  She combines her passion for legislative advocacy, social work, and community building in all the work she undertakes.  For fun, Ms. Roalstad hikes, runs and travels as much as possible.   

Crystal Karr

Crystal Karr is the Homeless Prevention and Response Coordinator for the City of Colorado Springs. She brings the experience of frontline work with homelessness, domestic violence, and families experiencing housing instability and homelessness to the City of Colorado Springs. Crystal is committed to collaboration and community based solutions to make Colorado Springs a safe and beautiful home for all its citizens. 

Joel Siebersma, MA, LPC, Senior Director of Transformation and Research