Homeless Gear Expands One Village One Family Program with New Hire

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After Successful Pilot Year, Homeless Gear Expands One Village One Family Program, Hires New Employee to Manage Program

Fort Collins, Colorado, January 1, 2016:

Homeless Gear is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, it has hired Kortney Campbell—a former Homeless Gear intern and recent social-work graduate of Colorado State University—to manage its One Village One Family (OVOF) program.

Homeless Gear launched OVOF at the start of 2015 with a mission to help families escape homelessness and maintain housing. Through OVOF, Homeless Gear pairs volunteer teams, or villages, with families experiencing homelessness; those villages raise funds to help their assigned families get into housing, and then provide six months of structured, ongoing support to help those families stay in housing.

In its first year, the program helped 10 families, including 28 children, escape homelessness. All are still housed.

OVOF operated on an entirely-volunteer basis in 2015. With Kortney—a professional social worker—on board, Homeless Gear expects to provide more robust case management to families in the program, recruit more volunteers to participate and entrench the program as a fixture in the community of social services.

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.