Helping Single Parents in Larimer County, Colorado
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Passing the Torch


After 25 years as Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency, Mary Carraher passed the torch to Tracy Mead. Tracy took over as Executive Director on Jan. 26th, 2015 and looks to honor the legacy Mary leaves behind while working to further the mission of PS-S.

During her time at PS-S Mary has had a hand in helping over 1,000 families work towards self-sufficiency and grew PS-S to be a leader in the Northern Colorado nonprofit community. “Tracy is the person who literally coached me up a mountain top when I was terrified. I was able to climb Mt. Meeker with her guidance – one handhold at a time. Tracy brings kindness, smarts, and high energy to PS-S. She understands the importance of helping single parents move from poverty to self-sufficiency and will lead the organization to the next level.”

Tracy comes to PS-S from Education and Life Training Center, or ELTC, where she served as Executive Director for 7 years. A member of the Larimer County community for over 20 years, Tracy is passionate about addressing poverty in our community. “Thanks to Mary’s leadership and tenacity, PS-S is a frontrunner in Larimer County in successfully addressing poverty in single-parent households. Following in the footsteps of someone as iconic as Mary Carraher is both daunting and exciting! I am thrilled by the opportunity.”

Under Tracy’s leadership PS-S will continue to serve Larimer County with a holistic approach, striving to create sustainable success for our Participants during their efforts to achieve economic independence while building and maintaining strong, healthy families.