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Homeless Gear Mission
To provide homeless men, women and children with the supplies that they need to survive on the streets and the support and companionship that they need to navigate the path from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
From One of Our Homeless Neighbors
“If I didn’t have anything to eat, they have food; if the weather has changed, they have clothing to keep me warm; if my feet are cold, I can get clean socks. The best thing is just knowing that someone is going to be there who cares…The fact that they’re there means that there’s still hope.”
Homeless Gear Family of Programs
We collect and distribute supplies (outdoor gear, outerwear, non-perishable food, hygiene products and more) to people experiencing homelessness. Our goal is simple: to provide individuals and families with the supplies that they need to survive, regain stability and—ultimately—progress toward self-sufficiency.
Children In Need
We provide homeless and near-homeless children with the items that they need–outerwear, clothing, hygiene supplies and more–to meet basic health and hygiene needs, protect themselves from the elements, foster positive self-esteem and actively participate in school.
We send volunteers, staff and agency partners onto the streets of Fort Collins to build relationships with and deliver life-sustaining supplies and referrals to the homeless population. We provide hope and companionship to our homeless partners and connect them to resources in the community.
We help individuals and families fill out forms and apply for benefits for which they may be eligible. Our goals are to (a) help individuals and families navigate the often-complex maze of benefits applications and (b) receive funds/services that help them progress toward self-sufficiency.
We provide one-on-one career counseling and individualized mentorship to homeless and near-homeless job seekers. We also maintain partnerships with local businesses; we train and refer program participants, and business partners hire some of those whom we refer.
One Village One Family
The One Village One Family program brings together multiple community stakeholders–churches, civic groups, nonprofits and business and government leaders–to empower homeless families to regain stability, secure housing and achieve self-sufficiency.