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Homeless Gear Introduces New Employees

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Homeless Gear Introduces Pam Brewer as Volunteer/Events Coordinator, Kate Finch as Distribution Program Manager

Fort Collins, Colorado, January 15, 2017:

Homeless Gear is proud to announce the addition of two new employees: Pam Brewer, Volunteer and Events Coordinator, and Kate Finch, Distribution Program Manager. Both positions are new to the organization.

“We are thrilled to have Pam and Kate on board,” said David Rout, Homeless Gear’s Executive Director. “With the Murphy Center now operating as an initiative of Homeless Gear, and after a year of significant programmatic growth, these positions will allow us to pursue new opportunities in the months and years to come.”

Pam will oversee volunteer recruitment and management and manage the logistics of volunteer and fundraising events across the entire organization (including the Murphy Center). Kate will manage the Homeless Gear warehouse and all logistics associated with product collection and distribution (again including the Murphy Center).

The new roles will shift staff responsibilities and unlock new programmatic and fundraising opportunities for Homeless Gear’s six programs and the Murphy Center initiative.

Pam is a long-time Homeless Gear volunteer and served until recently as the Title One Site Coordinator in the Language, Culture and Equity Department at the Poudre School District. Kate is a Navy veteran who completed an undergraduate social-work internship with Homeless Gear in 2016.

Looking Back on 2016

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Homeless Gear Releases 2016 Year-in-Review, Reports Improved Outcomes across Programs

Fort Collins, Colorado, January 15, 2017:

Homeless Gear released its 2016 year-in-review on Friday, reporting improvements in outcomes across its continuum of programs.

The year-in-review newsletter can be found here: http://conta.cc/2j870vW. The year-in-review document can be found here: http://homelessgear.com/website/wp-content/uploads/2016-Year-End-Review.pdf

Homeless Gear Assumes Responsibility for Murphy Center Initiative

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After 13 Months as Managing Partner, Homeless Gear Assumes Full Management-and-Financial Responsibility for Murphy Center—Murphy Center Becomes “Initiative” of Homeless Gear

Fort Collins, Colorado, January 1, 2017:

Homeless Gear announced today that it has assumed full financial-and-management responsibility for the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope (Murphy Center), a shift that will streamline back-end processes and provide the Murphy Center Initiative with an official home under the Homeless Gear.

Homeless Gear became the Managing Partner of the Murphy Center in December 2015 (overseeing day-to-day operations), but United Way of Larimer County served as fiscal agent for the building in 2016. Under that structure, Homeless Gear managed all Murphy Center employees, but those employees worked officially for United Way. United Way managed HR, payroll and all financial transactions.

The new model designates those functions to Homeless Gear.

“We assumed the Managing Partner role in 2015 alongside a broad community collaborative, and United Way was an important piece of that collaborative. They absorbed significant risk, managed back-end processes and allowed us to focus on the Murphy Center itself,” said David Rout, Homeless Gear’s Executive Director. “We are forever grateful for their support, but also confident that this new direction will streamline our administrative and fundraising efforts.”  

The change will not disrupt guest services or building operations.

During its first full year under Homeless Gear’s management, the Murphy Center saw a roughly 17-percent increase in client, or guest, interactions. Multiple programs, including Homeless Gear’s Hand Up employment program, reported improved outcomes.

ABOUT THE MURPHY CENTER

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 www.murphycenter.org.