Homeless Gear Assumes Responsibility for Murphy Center Initiative


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After 13 Months as Managing Partner, Homeless Gear Assumes Full Management-and-Financial Responsibility for Murphy Center—Murphy Center Becomes “Initiative” of Homeless Gear

Fort Collins, Colorado, January 1, 2017:

Homeless Gear announced today that it has assumed full financial-and-management responsibility for the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope (Murphy Center), a shift that will streamline back-end processes and provide the Murphy Center Initiative with an official home under the Homeless Gear.

Homeless Gear became the Managing Partner of the Murphy Center in December 2015 (overseeing day-to-day operations), but United Way of Larimer County served as fiscal agent for the building in 2016. Under that structure, Homeless Gear managed all Murphy Center employees, but those employees worked officially for United Way. United Way managed HR, payroll and all financial transactions.

The new model designates those functions to Homeless Gear.

“We assumed the Managing Partner role in 2015 alongside a broad community collaborative, and United Way was an important piece of that collaborative. They absorbed significant risk, managed back-end processes and allowed us to focus on the Murphy Center itself,” said David Rout, Homeless Gear’s Executive Director. “We are forever grateful for their support, but also confident that this new direction will streamline our administrative and fundraising efforts.”  

The change will not disrupt guest services or building operations.

During its first full year under Homeless Gear’s management, the Murphy Center saw a roughly 17-percent increase in client, or guest, interactions. Multiple programs, including Homeless Gear’s Hand Up employment program, reported improved outcomes.


Named in honor of Sister Mary Alice Murphy, a Larimer County pioneer of service to neighbors in need, the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope celebrates compassionate action and serves as a resource center for families and individuals who face homelessness. The Murphy Center opened in 2009 and has proven to be a model for community collaboration and an essential resource in Larimer County. More information is available at www.murphycenter.org.

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