How to Get Help

Distribution | Children in Need | Street Outreach | Navigators | Hand Up | OVOF | Bike Repair | Murphy Center

Homeless Gear operates a family of six programs that provides a continuum of services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness: supplies that help them survive in the short-term, connections to benefits and resources in the interim and links to employment, housing and self-sufficiency in the long-term. We are also the Managing Partner of the Murphy Center for Hope, a resource center for people who are homeless or at risk of homeless in Larimer County. 

What follows is a brief overview of how to receive help from each of our programs. Please visit the specific program pages for more information. For general questions, please email us at info@HomelessGear.org or call us at (970) 658-9878.

Distribution

We distribute supplies–outdoor gear, outerwear, hygiene items, non-perishable food and more–directly to individuals and families who are homeless in Fort Collins and to other organizations throughout the state (those organizations distribute what we send to the people whom they serve). For a full list of what we distribute, please click here.

In Fort Collins, we distribute supplies through a Gear Room and our Street Outreach program:

Gear Room

  • Where: Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope, 242 Conifer Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524
  • When: Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 11:00 AM

Street Outreach

  • Where: Downtown Fort Collins
  • When: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, 7 PM to 10:15 PM
  • Note: We end every shift in front of the Catholic Charities shelter (460 Linden Center Drive) at 9:45 PM

If you are located outside of Fort Collins, please visit here for a full list of the organizations that we support. Please note that we cannot guarantee that these organizations will have the supplies that you are looking for.

Children in Need

Once per quarter, in collaboration with the Matthews House, we host a service event for children and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We distribute basic-needs supplies (clothing, hygiene products, etc.), and other organizations/companies join us to provide additional services: health screenings, haircuts, pet food, art supplies, children’s books, legal advice, resource referrals, etc. 

In order to attend a Children in Need event, you must receive a voucher from one of our referral sources. Those sources include: the Poudre School District’s McKinney-Vento program, The Matthews House, The Family Center/La Familia and others. Ask your case manager or agency representative if he/she can provide you with a voucher.

  • Where: Matthews House Community Life Center, 220 N. Grant Avenue in Fort Collins
  • When: One Saturday per quarter, 9 AM to 11:30 AM

Note: we also host Children in Need events at other locations (Genesis Project, Poudre High School, etc.) throughout the school year. For more information and specific event dates, visit the Children in Need page of our website.

Street Outreach

Three nights per week, we send volunteers, staff members and representatives from partner agencies onto the streets of Fort Collins to engage directly with people experiencing homelessness. We distribute supplies, share resource information, build relationships and help connect people to other services in the community.

  • Where: Assorted stops in downtown Fort Collins, including 9:45 PM in front of Catholic Charities (460 Linden Center Drive)
  • When: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, 7 PM to 10:15 PM

Please visit the Street Outreach page of our website for more information.

Dedicated Navigator Program

The Dedicated Navigator program helps individuals and families fill out forms and apply for benefits (Food Assistance, Medicaid, TANF, etc.) for which they may be eligible. The program operates on a walk-in basis at the following locations:

Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope

  • Address: 242 Conifer Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524
  • Schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 AM to 11 AM; first and third Thursdays of each month, 9 AM to 11 AM

Please visit the Dedicated Navigator page of our website for more information.

Hand Up

The Hand Up program provides employment-search support to job seekers who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Our staff and interns provide program participants with employment-focused case management, resume-writing assistance, job leads, interview practice, employment/interview clothes and more.

  • Where: Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope, 242 Conifer Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524
  • When: By appointment only 
  • How: Contact Rachel, Hand Up Program Manager, by email at Rachel@HomelessGear.org or by phone at (970) 494-9702 to schedule an appointment

Please visit the Hand Up page of our website for more information, including resources that could help in your job search.

One Village One Family

The One Village One Family (OVOF) program empowers families who are homeless to regain stability, secure permanent housing and achieve self-sufficiency. OVOF matches families experiencing homelessness with volunteer mentor teams, or “villages.” Those villages raise money to help families get into housing (e.g. security deposit) and then provide about six months of ongoing, structured mentoring. Families must be referred into the program by one of our seven referral agencies or through another Homeless Gear program. 

For more information on the program, including a list of referral agencies and contact information, please visit the OVOF page of our website.

Bike Repair

Every Friday at the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope (“Murphy Center”), a team of volunteer bike mechanics provides a free repair-and-maintenance clinic.  The service is available to registered guests of the Murphy Center. For more information on the program, please visit the Bike Repair page of our website. 

  • Where: Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope, 242 Conifer Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524
  • When: Friday, 3 PM to 5 PM

Murphy Center for Hope

The Murphy Center for Hope is a resource center for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Larimer County. More than a dozen agencies, including Homeless Gear, provide a wide range of services at the building: everything from basic-needs supplies to mental health, employment counseling and housing assistance.

Homeless Gear is also the Managing Partner of the building. To learn more about the Murphy Center for Hope and its services, please click here.