Our Front Porch will provide safe, affordable and temporary rental housing specifically geared towards disaster survivors.  While renting units in Our Front Porch, residents will receive case management, therapeutic services and assistance locating permanent housing while being supported by a built in community and experts in the field.

Our Mission: We provide the place where people can find support, community and empowerment while rebuilding after a disaster.

While we work to secure funding to construct the first Our Front Porch, we are fulfilling our mission by providing case management, therapeutic services and assistance in locating housing for families referred to us by the American Red Cross.


Maggie Babyak, LCSW (Founder)


Maggie completed an undergraduate degree in Social Work and went on to get a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University in 2003. Upon graduation, she worked with the homeless population in Connecticut for 10 years. During that tenure, she focused on her clinical skills and community outreach, provided trauma-informed treatment to homeless individuals and families, worked with affordable housing, and oversaw the clinical components of the programs she designed. She also supervised a staff of social workers and life skill coaches, as well as Bachelor and Master level student interns.

After moving to Colorado, Maggie continued her work with the homeless. She has managed clinical programs and overseen clinical staff to ensure they are using the appropriate clinical techniques to work with clients. She has managed program budgets and worked in conjunction with property management teams to ensure affordable housing units in the Denver Metro Community are efficiently run. Maggie has also been involved with safety committees to ensure client’s needs are met during a crisis.

Maggie’s passion for disaster work started in 2005, when the immense devastation from Hurricane Katrina moved her to become a Red Cross mental health volunteer at a Katrina Victims Call Center. After Hurricane Sandy, Maggie organized a donation drive and delivered food, water, cleaning supplies, clothes and medical items to those affected by the storm. Her international disaster work continued as she volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Builders Beyond Borders international builds. In 2011, Maggie and Heather crossed paths at Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Corps training, where they both became members and still continue to engage with this program. Our Front Porch is the result of combining Heather’s technical skills and Maggie’s strong clinical training, making it the only place that not only houses the disaster survivors, but creates individual recovery plans that are obtainable and lead to positive outcomes.

Heather Korth, Licensed Architect (Founder)


After receiving an undergraduate degree in Biosystems Engineering, Heather spent time in Africa with the Peace Corps. Upon returning to the United States, she worked as an Environmental Consultant and then went on to get a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Colorado. Heather has worked as an Architect for over 10 years in both the private and public sector, with a focus on design, construction, project management and disaster mitigation. Her projects have ranged from small residential remodels to large scale neighborhood master planning.

Heather has always had an interest in the impact that disasters have on the built environment, and started getting more involved in disaster work in 2012. She is a member of Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Corps and also volunteers with Red Cross in multiple capacities. As well, she is currently employed by FEMA as a Reservist in their Hazard Mitigation Cadre. With FEMA, Heather works with local municipalities to help them identify what failed in their buildings and infrastructure, and then determine how to build back better.

The impact that disasters have on homes and buildings is significant, but it can also be mitigated. The impact that disasters have on people’s lives – financially, emotionally, and socially – is far greater and often impossible for which to prepare. From single-family house fires that affect a few people, to wildfires and flooding that affect thousands, the long term effects on people’s lives is too immense to ignore.

The partnership with Maggie has allowed Our Front Porch to be an expert, not only in the physical design and construction of temporary housing, but also an expert in the social and emotional side. Each component has a direct impact on the other. Incorporating both of these into long-term disaster recovery is the only sustainable solution.

Paxton Leibold (Intern)

After receiving my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston, I moved to Denver to pursue my degree in International Disaster Psychology from the University of Denver. In my past, I have worked with victims of all circumstances, being an advocate for them at a police department in Houston. I have always enjoyed helping people; and interning at Our Front Porch L3C seemed like the perfect fit. They have given me the opportunity to pursue my passions and apply them throughout the community. I am very excited to see what this year will hold.

Taylar McCoy (Intern)

I graduated in 2017 from Robert Morris University in southwest Pennsylvania. I grew up in the outskirts of Pittsburgh, and am currently living in Denver while completing my MA in International Disaster Psychology from the University of Denver. I have always been interested in the field of psychology, and had a love of travel. I’ve been to 31 countries so far, and in my career I hope to continue traveling across the globe while providing psychological support. I’m excited to work with OFP this year and be involved in the local Denver community!

Kimberly Mejia (Capstone Student)

I am currently a Masters in Urban and  Regional Planning student at the University of Colorado Denver. I am born in California but raised in Florida. I am of El Salvadorian decent from both of my parents. I have a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the University of South Florida since 2010. From there, I had the chance to join the Peace Corps and went to Guatemala as a Youth in Development volunteer, where I worked with middle school students, conducted women empowerment meetings for sex workers and transgendered individuals. After the Peace Corps, I had a great opportunity to work in what is now my favorite city in America, Baltimore, Maryland where I conducted health education classes and community development for people eligible for Medicaid in the state of Maryland. I am excited to be a part of Our Front Porch as their Capstone student for the semester, since their mission focuses on both of my strengths with social work and urban and regional planning and tying in my interest of long term disaster management. I’m looking forward to helpingOur Front Porch with their goals of being a stable member of the Denver Community. 

Our Front Porch: a new approach to long term disaster recovery