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David Rout, Executive Director
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Chelsey Mandell, Director of Community Outreach
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For Immediate Release:
Homeless Gear Earns Status as Realities for Children Affiliate Agency
Fort Collins, Colorado, March 11, 2015: Homeless Gear is proud to announce that–effective immediately and alongside 27 other local nonprofit organizations–we have been accepted as an Affiliate Youth Agency of Realities for Children. The distinction serves both as recognition of the growth in our Children in Need and One Village One Family programs and our commitment to collaboration and fiscal efficiency.
Realities for Children is a Colorado nonprofit that brings together local businesses, youth agencies and the broader community in an effort to provide a continuum of services to northern-Colorado children who have been abused, neglected or are at-risk. The consortium of agencies (28, including Homeless Gear) creates a collaborative environment wherein service providers can share resources, ideas, challenges and service goals.
This honor marks the continuation of our efforts to expand our services for children and families. Today, we are proud to operate two programs–Children in Need and One Village One Family–that serve vulnerable families in a variety of ways.
Through our Children in Need program, 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 and actively participate in school. We host quarterly service events for through which (a) we distribute supplies and (b) other agencies join us to provide a wide range of additional services: haircuts, eye exams, health and dental screenings, children’s books, art supplies, etc. At our December event, we served 186 families and nearly 600 children. In 2015, we expect to serve more than 500 families.
Through our One Village One Family program, we match homeless families with trained mentor teams, or “villages.” Those mentor teams raise funds for and provide about six months of mentorship to each family; funds are directed toward first month rent and other emergency needs. Since we launched the program in late-2014, we have recruited, trained and qualified five villages, and expect to match at least 12 villages with families by the end of 2015.
Visit the Children in Need or One Village One Family pages of our website, www.HomelessGear.org, to find out more.