Monthly Archive for: ‘August, 2016’

Murphy Center Hosts Inaugural Community Dinner


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Murphy Center Hosts First-Ever Community Dinner, Uniting Community Behind Cause

Fort Collins, Colorado, August 15, 2016

The Murphy Center held its inauguration Community Dinner on August 5th, hosting more than 150 people for an evening of great food, awareness-building and fundraising at the downtown Masonic Temple.

The event was the first-of-its-kind for Fort Collins, as attendees included a combination of volunteers, donors, community stakeholders and people experiencing homelessness—an intentional effort to bridge the gap (or perceived gap) between those with homes and those without. It was hosted by the Fort Collins Masonic Temple at no charge; some 13 companies and organizations sponsored the event through cash or in-kind donations.

The program included speeches from representatives of the four agencies that, collectively, form the Partner Council that oversees the long-term vision of the Murphy Center: Homeless Gear, Neighbor to Neighbor, SummitStone Health Partners and Catholic Charities. There were impromptu and inspiring commentaries from current-and-former guests of the Murphy Center, and attendees bid on original guest artwork through a small silent auction.


Named in honor of Sister Mary Alice Murphy, a Larimer County pioneer of service to neighbors in need, the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope celebrates compassionate action and serves as a resource center for families and individuals who face homelessness. The Murphy Center opened in 2009 and has proven to be a model for community collaboration and an essential resource in Larimer County. More information is available at

Homeless Gear Eclipses $25,000 Mark in Food Donations to Thompson School District


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Homeless Gear Collects More than $1,000 Worth of Food for Loveland Rotary Kids Pak over Weekend—Eclipses $25,000 Mark in Food Donations to Loveland in Less than Two Years

Loveland, Colorado, August 6, 2016

Homeless Gear collected $1,150 worth of supplies for the Loveland Rotary Kids Pak program today, eclipsing the $25,000-value mark in total donations to the organization in less than two years.

Homeless Gear began hosting food-collection events at the Loveland Sam’s Club in October 2014 and has, since then, donated all of the food proceeds to Loveland Rotary Kids Pak—a hunger-relief program that sends food bags home each weekend to low-income children and families in the Thompson School District.

Some 23 times since October 2014, Homeless Gear staff and volunteers have stood in front of the Loveland Sam’s Club, requesting donations of specific items from customers as they enter the store.

“It is a simple premise, but it has worked wonders,” said David Rout, Homeless Gear’s Executive Director. “It makes it easy to help, and the results speak for themselves.”

For more information on the Loveland Rotary Kids Pak program, visit

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