Hand Up Participants Secure 44 Jobs in First Quarter


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Hand Up Participants Secure Record 44 Jobs in First Quarter of 2016, Marking 20 Percent Year-Over-Year Improvement—Referrals on the Rise Under New Murphy Center Collaborative

Fort Collins, Colorado, April 1, 2016:

Homeless Gear’s Hand Up program helped participants secure 44 jobs in the first quarter of 2016, marking a seven-job (20 percent) increase over the same period in 2015 and the highest three-month total in the program’s history. The jump was at least partly attributable to the new-and-streamlined intake-and-referral process at the Murphy Center for Hope—a process implemented in late-2015 when Homeless Gear became Managing Partner of the building.

“The new referral system at the Murphy Center has translated into real results for the Hand Up program,” said Linda Nuss, Homeless Gear’s Program Director. “We are seeing more guests than ever, and the guests we do see are better-informed of other services than ever before—that has allowed us to focus on what we do best.”

The Hand Up program recorded 247 guest interactions during the three-month period. Of the 44 jobs secured, eight were with Hand Up business partners. Some 31 jobs were part-time (13 part-time), and the average wage was $11 per hour. Hand Up participants accessed the Career Closet—a room filled with job-related clothing and gear—44 times.


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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