Homeless Gear Co-Hosts First-Ever Children in Need Service Event at Poudre High School

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Homeless Gear Brings Children in Need Program to Local High School, Co-Hosts Service Event at Poudre High School

Fort Collins, Colorado, January 31, 2016:

Homeless Gear co-hosted a Children in Need service event at Poudre High School yesterday, distributing supplies to and connecting 53 families—including 146 children—with eye exams, health screenings and other services. The event was the first-of-its kind, and was held in partnership with representatives from Poudre High School and elsewhere in the Poudre School District (PSD).

Homeless Gear and the Matthews House host service events for children and families once per quarter at the Matthews House Community Life Center, but those events are tailored to elementary-aged children and are, therefore, sparsely-attended by teenaged children and their families.

Homeless Gear opted to co-host the event at Poudre High School in response to a needs assessment and requests from Poudre School District officials.

“Homeless Gear is always working to identify gaps in the community, and in this case, the gap was clear,” said David Rout, Homeless Gear’s Executive Director. “We are grateful to Poudre High School for working with us to help fill that gap.”

Among the 53 families who attended the event, 36 did not attend a Children in Need service event at the Matthews House Community Life Center in 2015, suggesting that the event did, in fact, reach and serve a new audience.

ABOUT CHILDREN IN NEED

The Children in Need program infuses a sense of normalcy, self-worth and optimism into the lives of children who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Homeless Gear launched the program in 2009 after several PSD employees reported a significant need for supplies and other services among local families facing homelessness.

Today, the program revolves largely around quarterly service events for children and families. Homeless Gear distributes supplies and other agencies/programs attend to provide a wide range of services: haircuts, health screenings, service referrals and more. The program has served more than 1,000 families since inception.

Visit www.HomelessGear.org/children-in-need to learn more.