About Homeless Gear
“It’s not that successful people are givers; it is that givers are successful people.” ~Patti Thor
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Homeless Gear? Homeless Gear is a Fort Collins-based nonprofit that provides a continuum of services to individuals and families who are homeless or — in some cases — at risk of becoming homeless: supplies that help them survive in the short-term, connections to resources in the interim and links to employment, housing and self-sufficiency in the long-term.
Do you do more than distribute gear? Yes. We operate six programs that, collectively, help the people we serve to meet their basic needs, move forward, obtain employment, find housing and regain self-sufficiency.
Who do you serve? We serve individuals and families who are homeless. The homeless population is comprised of a broad cross-section of our community. Our clients include men, women and children of all ages, races, colors, creeds, national origins, genders, sexual orientation, marital statuses, military statuses and disabilities.
How does Homeless Gear fit in with our community’s 10-year plan to make homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring? Homeless Gear is a proud partner in our community’s 10-year plan to make homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring (you can read more about the plan at www.Homeward2020.org). Each of our programs is designed to fill a gap in that plan. We also participate regularly in community-level conversations, give presentations on the issue of homelessness and engage thousands of community members in the work that we do.
Is this program somehow enabling the homeless? Survival is a prerequisite to self-sufficiency. Through our Distribution program, we provide people with the supplies that they need to survive, meet their basic needs and regain stability. Through our other programs, we help those same individuals access resources, obtain benefits, find employment, locate housing and escape homelessness.
Do you charge clients for the gear that you distribute? No person who we serve (or any facility that we support) has to pay anything for any item that they receive from Homeless Gear.
Are cash contributions or gear donations tax deductible? Yes. Homeless Gear is a non profit 501c3 organization. Homeless Gear has been designated as an Enterprise Zone project. All monetary contributions of $250 or more are eligible for a 25% State of Colorado Tax Credit. Please request this certificate from us if you plan on using this credit on your taxes as we don’t automatically prepare or send one.
How can I get involved? We are a volunteer-driven organization. Each year, more than 1,000 individuals volunteer in some capacity for Homeless Gear. Learn more here: http://homelessgear.org/volunteer-opportunities/