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.


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.

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