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Homeless Gear Raises $45,000 in December, Exceeding Goal by 50 Percent

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Homeless Gear Raises $45,000 through Fifth-Annual Virtual Fundraiser, Including $20,000 on Colorado Gives Day

Fort Collins, Colorado, December 31, 2016

Homeless Gear raised more than $45,000 during its December-long virtual fundraiser, $31k in 31 Days, including a record $20,000 on Colorado Gives Day.

“Thank you to everyone who contributed to Homeless Gear during our fifth-annual virtual fundraiser,” said David Rout, Homeless Gear’s Executive Director. “This total–among our best months ever–will catapult us into the new year, ready for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

To learn more about the campaign and/or to donate, visit www.HomelessGear.org/donate.

Street Outreach Program Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

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Homeless Gear’s Street Outreach Program Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary—All-Volunteer Team Has Never Missed a Shift

Fort Collins, Colorado, December 1, 2016

Homeless Gear’s Street Outreach program today celebrated its five-year anniversary, recording its 780th -consecutive Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday evening shift. The team has never missed a shift. 

Homeless Gear launched the program on December 1, 2016 in response to requests from community leaders and after an extensive review of similar programs elsewhere. Ken John, Homeless Gear’s Founder, and Rick Weaver, Homeless Gear’s former Program Director, participated in the first shift. Since then, the program has served both as a lifeline and a mobile entry point into the system of service provision for thousands of individuals experiencing homelessness.

“There is simply no way to replicate the value of meeting people where they are, physically and emotionally,” said David Rout, Homeless Gear’s Executive Director. “For five years, our volunteers have built relationships with thousands of individuals and, in many cases, connected those individuals with services that helped them escape homelessness.”

The program records about 40 interactions per night, but that number can rise to as high as 100, depending on weather and other factors.

ABOUT STREET OUTREACH

Homeless Gear’s Street Outreach program sends paired volunteers onto the streets of Fort Collins three nights per week—Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday—to deliver life-sustaining supplies and referrals to people experiencing homelessness.

For more information and to get involved, visit www.HomelessGear.org/Street-Outreach.

Homeless Gear Launches Fifth-Annual December Fundraiser

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Homeless Gear Launches Fifth-Annual Virtual Fundraiser, Seeks to Raise $31k in Month-Long Campaign

Fort Collins, Colorado, December 1, 2016

Homeless Gear today launched its fifth-annual virtual fundraiser, $31k in 31 Days, seeking to raise $31,000 during the month of December.

The fundraiser comes on the heels of Homeless Gear’s most-productive programmatic year to-date. Through November, the organization helped 10 families, including 20 children, escape homelessness (with a 100 percent housing-retention rate), recorded 6,500 interactions with individuals on the streets of Fort Collins, helped individuals and families access more than $1 million in annual benefits, served 500 families at quarterly service events and helped secure 183 jobs for program participants.

“Every year, we are amazed by the outpouring of support,” said David Rout, Homeless Gear’s Executive Director. “This campaign will—as it has in years’ past—catapult us into the New Year with a healthy financial outlook. Ultimately, that means more and better services for the people who need them most.”

To learn more about the campaign and/or to donate, visit www.HomelessGear.org/donate.