Author:

Jakob Rodgers

Nonprofit and health reporter

Jakob Rodgers joined The Gazette in April 2010, affording him the chance to work for his hometown newspaper. He spent time on the crime and military beats before reporting on the public safety net -- a wide-ranging beat encompassing social services, public health and nonprofit organizations.

A discarded cigarette ignited a fire early Tuesday morning that damaged a Colorado Springs nonprofit's day center for homeless families. (Photo courtesy: Twitter/@CSFDPIO)
Father Bill Krause surveys Tommy Hughes while he was standing in land for lunch at the Marian House Soup Kitchen. A Point In Time Study of both sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness was conducted at the soup kitchen during the lunch hour on Monday, January 27, 2014. The study will help to determine federal funding for the soup kitchen. The Marian House has been feeding those in need since 1985 and is operated by Catholic Charities. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
A crowd gathers outside the Marion House Soup Kitchen in this Gazette file photo. Nonprofit leaders expect to create two homeless campuses in coming years - each serving a different demographic under a partnership announced Tuesday between Catholic Charities of Central Colorado and the Springs Rescue Mission. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Michayla Cassano, center, hugs fellow girl scouts Marie Chupka, left, and Sylvie Snowbarger Monday, May 30, 2016, after the dedication of a Women Veterans Memorial Bench that Cassano planned and developed as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa talks during a press conference at his office on Friday, October 3, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa talks during a press conference at his office on Friday, October 3, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Location of the Widefield Aquifer from The Widefield Aquifer Management Program presentation.
Loft from which homeless woman was thrown.
Plywood and a mattress remained Wednesday, May 18, 2016 fastened under the Cimarron bridge over Conejos Street south of downtown. A homeless woman was thrown from the "loft" and repeatedly raped for days at the spot where she landed, unable to escape because her legs were paralyzed, Colorado Springs police say. Photo by Jakob Rodgers, The Gazette
Darin Taylor hugs Kathy Baker Wednesday, May 18, 2016, under the Tejon Street bridge after she was reminded of the 2015 assault that left her husband, Terry Cagle, with a servere brain injury, leading to them becoming homeless. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Harmony Wall, 2, holds a picture of her and her father, Stefan Wall, before he died in February from a heroin overdose at the age of 22. Harmony now lives with her grandmother, Suzanne Wall Vils in Woodland Park.  Her mother, Melody Wall, is fighting the same addiction and is in jail.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Harmony Wall holds a picture of her and her father, Stefan Wall, before he died in February from a heroin overdose at the age of 22. Her mother, Melody Wall, is fighting the same addiction and is in jail. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)