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Homeless Gear Serves 75 Families at Children in Need Event


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Homeless Gear Serves 75 Families, 229 Children at Quarterly Event—11 Agencies Join Event to Provide Wide Range of Services

Fort Collins, Colorado, February 25, 2017:

Homeless Gear served 75 families and 229 children at its quarterly Children in Need service event today, a dip from last year’s totals but roughly on par with prior years. Eleven agencies joined Homeless Gear at the event—held at and in partnership with the Matthews House Community Life Center—to provide haircuts, distribute children’s books, share health and resource information, obtain legal advice and more.

Families received more than 400 coats and sweatshirts, 190 pairs of footwear and thousands of units of clothing, hygiene items, underwear, socks and more.

More than 100 volunteers participated in the event, serving as “personal shoppers” for every attending family.


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.

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Dedicated Navigator Program Helps 312 Households Gain Approval for More than $1.6 Million in Annual Benefits


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Dedicated Navigator Program Helps Record 312 Households Complete 564 Applications for Benefits, Gain Approval for More than $1.6 Million in Annual Assistance during 2016

Fort Collins, Colorado, February 1, 2017

Homeless Gear’s Dedicated Navigator program helped 312 individuals/households complete 564 government-assistance applications—Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Old Age Pension (OAP), Medicaid and Aid for the Needy and Disabled (AND)—and gain approval for $1.67 million in annual benefits in 2016. Each of those totals represents a programmatic record.

Last year marked the first full year in which the program, through a partnership with Larimer County Department of Human Services (DHS), obtained data on both the number of benefits’ applications that gained approval and the dollar-value attached to those approvals. The $1.67 million total represents the potential annual benefit to program participants, based on the dollar-values of the applications that received approval.

“This data is exciting, of course, because it tells us that the people we serve are accessing the support that they need,” said Linda Nuss, Homeless Gear’s Program Director. “But it is also exciting in that it gives us a benchmark we can use to evaluate and refine the program moving forward.”

In 2016, the program helped 189 individuals/households obtain Medicaid, 151 obtain SNAP, seven obtain OAP, 7 obtain TANF and 5 obtain AND.


The Dedicated Navigator program was launched in 2010 by Sister Mary Alice Murphy and Anne Wilberton. Until the start of 2015, it was run completely by volunteers. Today, Homeless Gear—in coordination with its other programs and its operations at the Murphy Center—manages a team of approximately 15 trained volunteers; those volunteers meet with clients and help them apply for benefits under the Peak Colorado program.

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