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Story from the Source, April 27, 2017

A powerful testimonial from a participant in our One Village One Family program: http://conta.cc/2qaWIMN

Hand Up Celebrates 800-Job Milestone

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Hand Up Celebrates 800th Hire Since Inception after Program Participants Secure Record 52 Jobs During First Quarter of 2017

Fort Collins, Colorado, April 15, 2017:

Homeless Gear’s Hand Up program this week recorded its 800th job placement, less than a decade after the program was launched (in 2008) and just four years after it eclipsed the 200-job mark. The 800-job milestone came on the heels of a record first quarter in which participants secured 52 jobs—an 18 percent increase over the same period in 2016 and the highest three-month total in the program’s history.

Program participants obtained 170 jobs during the five-year period from 2008 through 2012. In the four-and-one-quarter years that followed (through March 2017), it helped secure more than 600 jobs.

“This is a milestone that speaks for itself,” said Linda Nuss, Homeless Gear’s Program Director. “It says, simply, that the people we serve are rich with talent and potential, and the businesses with whom we partner are invested in the community—we are grateful for the opportunity to connect the two.”

The Hand Up program served 236 individuals during the first quarter of 2017. Of the 52 jobs secured, 42 were full-time (10 part-time), and the average wage was $11.50 per hour. Recent data suggests that 62 percent of successful program participants retain employment after six months.

ABOUT HAND UP

Homeless Gear’s Hand Up program empowers job-seekers who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless to find and maintain employment. The program was launched in 2008 by Sister Mary Alice Murphy, a longtime advocate for people who are homeless, and Andy Troccoli, an employee of New Belgium Brewing Company. The program operated as an independent nonprofit until it merged with Homeless Gear in late 2012.

For more information, visit www.HomelessGear.org/Hand-Up.

One Village One Family Program Receives Realities for Children Award

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Homeless Gear’s One Village One Family Program Receives Realities for Children Affiliate Youth Agency of the Year Award

Fort Collins, Colorado, April 8, 2017:

Homeless Gear’s One Village One Family program today received the Realities for Children Affiliate Youth Agency of the Year Award, accepting the award at Realities for Children’s annual Triumph Awards Gala.

 “It is a tremendous honor to simply be one of 31 Realities for Children affiliate agencies,” said Linda Nuss, Homeless Gear’s Program Director and Kortney Campbell, One Village One Family Program Manager. “We are proud to work alongside Realities for Children and all of its affiliates, and we are grateful for and humbled by this award.”

To learn more about Realities for Children, visit https://realitiesforchildren.com/.

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.

Mark Brewer Nominated for Volunteer Hero Award

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Mark Brewer, Founder of Homeless Gear’s Bike-Repair Program, Earns Nomination for United Way’s Volunteer Hero Award

Fort Collins, Colorado, April 5, 2017:

Mark Brewer, a volunteer who conceptualized and launched—and continues to oversee—Homeless Gear’s Bike Program, is a finalist for United Way’s Volunteer Hero Awards.

Read more about Mark and the Bike program, and vote here: https://uwaylc.org/Post/Volunteer-Hero-Awards-Finalists-Basic-Needs-Category

ABOUT THE BIKE PROGRAM

Homeless Gear’s Bike program hosts a free bike-repair clinic every Friday, 3 PM to 5 PM, at the Murphy Center (242 Conifer Street in Fort Collins). The service is available to any registered guests of the Murphy Center. The bike-repair team also hosts repair clinics at off-site locations. 

For more information and/or to get involved, visit www.HomelessGear.org/Bike