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Homeless Gear Co-Hosts First-Ever Children in Need Service Event at Poudre High School

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Homeless Gear Brings Children in Need Program to Local High School, Co-Hosts Service Event at Poudre High School

Fort Collins, Colorado, January 31, 2016:

Homeless Gear co-hosted a Children in Need service event at Poudre High School yesterday, distributing supplies to and connecting 53 families—including 146 children—with eye exams, health screenings and other services. The event was the first-of-its kind, and was held in partnership with representatives from Poudre High School and elsewhere in the Poudre School District (PSD).

Homeless Gear and the Matthews House host service events for children and families once per quarter at the Matthews House Community Life Center, but those events are tailored to elementary-aged children and are, therefore, sparsely-attended by teenaged children and their families.

Homeless Gear opted to co-host the event at Poudre High School in response to a needs assessment and requests from Poudre School District officials.

“Homeless Gear is always working to identify gaps in the community, and in this case, the gap was clear,” said David Rout, Homeless Gear’s Executive Director. “We are grateful to Poudre High School for working with us to help fill that gap.”

Among the 53 families who attended the event, 36 did not attend a Children in Need service event at the Matthews House Community Life Center in 2015, suggesting that the event did, in fact, reach and serve a new audience.

ABOUT CHILDREN IN NEED

The Children in Need program infuses a sense of normalcy, self-worth and optimism into the lives of children who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Homeless Gear launched the program in 2009 after several PSD employees reported a significant need for supplies and other services among local families facing homelessness.

Today, the program revolves largely around quarterly service events for children and families. Homeless Gear distributes supplies and other agencies/programs attend to provide a wide range of services: haircuts, health screenings, service referrals and more. The program has served more than 1,000 families since inception.

Visit www.HomelessGear.org/children-in-need to learn more.

Looking Back on 2015

Check out our Year-in-Review here: https://t.co/q91TLT06LS

Happy 2016! 

On behalf of all of us at Homeless Gear, thank you for all that you did to make 2015 a banner year. Thanks to your support, 28 children are no longer homeless (One Village One Family), our participants secured 125 jobs (Hand Up), individuals and families submitted over 460 benefits applications (Dedicated Navigator), outreach volunteers recorded 6,500 transactions with over 1,000 unduplicated individuals (Street Outreach), about 1,000 children received supplies and accessed other services (Children in Need), and an untold thousands of individuals received supplies that helped them survive and/or weather the elements (Distribution)… and, most recently, thanks to your support — and alongside an amazing collaborative of community agencies — we became the Managing Partner of the Murphy Center for Hope.

It’s a refrain you will hear from us all of the time… but it’s so much more than a cliche. It is the absolute truth: nothing we do would be possible without all of you — the thousands of individuals who devote their time, talent and treasure to Homeless Gear and the people we serve. 

I checked this number twice, and I still don’t believe it: Homeless Gear volunteers contributed over 11,000 volunteer hours in 2015. Another way to put that: volunteers contributed more hours in 2015 than there were hours in the year. That is why we are, literally, equipped to provide services to the people who need them most… whenever they need them and wherever they need them.  

Thank you to everyone. To our staff, Board of Directors, volunteers, donors, business partners, community/city partners and the people we serve: we look forward to working alongside all of you in 2016. 

Sincerely, 

David Rout, Executive Director

Homeless Gear Raises $36,000 in December Fundraiser

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Homeless Gear Raises $36,000 in Fourth-Annual “Virtual” Fundraiser

Fort Collins, Colorado, January 1, 2016: Homeless Gear raised $36,099 from 136 individuals in December 2015, exceeding (for the fourth year in a row!) our $30,000, 30k in 31 days, monthly goal. That total included more than $16,000 from 95 donors on Colorado Gives Day alone (more than double last year).

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Homeless Gear in 2015. Every penny counts!  

Homeless Gear Expands One Village One Family Program with New Hire

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After Successful Pilot Year, Homeless Gear Expands One Village One Family Program, Hires New Employee to Manage Program

Fort Collins, Colorado, January 1, 2016:

Homeless Gear is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, it has hired Kortney Campbell—a former Homeless Gear intern and recent social-work graduate of Colorado State University—to manage its One Village One Family (OVOF) program.

Homeless Gear launched OVOF at the start of 2015 with a mission to help families escape homelessness and maintain housing. Through OVOF, Homeless Gear pairs volunteer teams, or villages, with families experiencing homelessness; those villages raise funds to help their assigned families get into housing, and then provide six months of structured, ongoing support to help those families stay in housing.

In its first year, the program helped 10 families, including 28 children, escape homelessness. All are still housed.

OVOF operated on an entirely-volunteer basis in 2015. With Kortney—a professional social worker—on board, Homeless Gear expects to provide more robust case management to families in the program, recruit more volunteers to participate and entrench the program as a fixture in the community of social services.

ABOUT ONE VILLAGE ONE FAMILY

OVOF is one of a small number of rapid rehousing programs in Fort Collins. It was modeled after a similar program in Denver, One Congregation One Family, that was launched out of then-Mayor John Hickenlooper’s office in 2016. Statewide, the program’s offshoots have helped more than 1,000 families escape homelessness.

For more information on the program, visit www.HomelessGear.org/OVOF.