The HomeSteaders auxiliary was established in 1994 by a group of women with a heartfelt desire to assist Family HomeStead in furthering its mission, which is to assist homeless families to overcome the crisis of homelessness and to re-stabilize at a level of functioning that is optimal for them.  

The founders, of the HomeSteaders auxiliary, whom we affectionately refer to as the “founding mothers” included Barbara Barnard, Margaret Garbe, Jodie Hohensee, Pat Long, Janet Manning, Mimi Stone and Judy Winston.  The purpose of the auxiliary is to increase awareness and support for the services that are provided by Family HomeStead through fundraising events and community social gatherings. 

The HomeSteaders assist Family HomeStead with several of its major project areas including: Back to School, Holiday Project, Bare Necessities and Lift-A-Hammer.

The group meets once a month to work on these projects that in turn helps Family HomeStead keep our operating costs low. No previous volunteer or philanthropy service/experience is required, all are welcome to attend a meeting, meet the group and decide if HomeSteaders is right for them! If you would like more information or have questions, please contact Su Stuhr, HomeSteader President at:

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Su currently works at Charles Schwab & Co., purchasing the company’s insurance. She is passionate about supporting and doing work for Family HomeStead in her free time.  Su is drawn to the organization because it is small, but does great things to help families. She believes in Family HomeStead’s mission and values, and the way they operate.


Barb GoldsBy MEMBER

Barb Goldsby is semi-retired from 34 years in education as a special educator, district administrator and financial director at the Colorado Department of Education. She runs her own non-profit organization with her two sisters, hand making items for individuals in need and organizations that support them. Along with serving as a volunteer with Family Homestead, she also serves on an educational non-profit organization as their treasurer and registration lead. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and playing softball and golf. She believes that retirement is not for the faint of heart and is busier now than before she retired!


Gabby posner Member

Gabby has participated in a variety of volunteer organizations and projects since her teenage years and thanks to good friend, Amanda, she was able to join this fantastic team.  Gabby specifically has a passion for fundraising for causes that directly benefit individuals which fit perfectly with Family HomeStead's model. Gabby is a speech pathologist working mostly with pediatrics and when not at work, she enjoys camping, skiing, and walking dogs.

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Judy served as Volunteer Coordinator and then Director of Volunteers and Development at Family HomeStead for 20 years. Judy is immediate Past President of HomeSteaders and co-chaired the gala for three years. Her experiences at Family HomeStead, plus what she has learned at church, have changed the way she sees the world.



Stephen has always had a passion for helping others in need. When he met the HomeSteaders Board, and learned their commitment to assisting homeless families with children in receiving their own home, he was hooked. Stephen’s involvement with the HomeSteaders was a significant motivator in his decision to pursue a Masters in Social Work at Denver University this fall. The devotion this small group of people have for this amazing cause can't be matched, and he’s thrilled to be a part of it.



Judy feels that her most successful fundraising accomplishment was helping coordinate the capital campaign that raised over $3 Million for the rebuilding of the Columbine High School Library. Judy helped set up a very ambitious strategic planning process to accomplish this goal. Judy Mugler, a Columbine friend and neighbor, introduced her to Family Homestead a few years ago, as a continuum for helping others in need.  



Leti currently works at Charles Schwab & Co., coaching software development teams to succeed and meet their goals. She recently learned about Family HomeStead through Su at a company volunteer fair.  She is drawn to their mission of helping families and excited to contribute.  She is quite impressed with their history and how far they’ve come in the last 40 years, and she likes their values and the way they operate. 



Anne divides her time each week between serving as the purchasing manager at Standard Interiors and being a stay-at-home mom. Anne discovered Family HomeStead because Standard Interiors has been supporting them for several years and she attended a few galas. Anne decided that she wanted to become more involved after the 2016 gala and has been on the HomeSteaders Board since. She and her family enjoy skiing, camping, hiking, traveling, good food, and having fun!


Laura Callahan member

Laura first encountered Family Homestead in 2013 through the Holiday Adopt-a-Family project and fell head over heels for the mission, the method, and the people making it all happen. She joined the HomeSteaders in 2017 in search of new ways to support the cause and is endlessly impressed with the passion and enthusiasm of both the board and the community.  Laura is an electrical engineer that enjoys cooking, dancing, and exploring all Denver has to offer!