Homeless Gear Introduces New Hand Up Program Manager


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Homeless Gear Announces Rachel Kirkland as New Hand Up Program Manager—Rachel Accepts New Position after One Year on Murphy Center Staff

Fort Collins, Colorado, October 1, 2016

Homeless Gear is pleased to introduce Rachel Kirkland, formerly an Intake Specialist at the Murphy Center (managed by Homeless Gear), as the new Manager of the Hand Up program. Rachel replaces Colter Schutte, a former Homeless Gear intern and staff member who departed for an overseas job opportunity.

Rachel joined the Murphy Center staff earlier this year and has, since then, served as an Intake Specialist, performing intakes with new guests and organizing referrals to other on-site agencies. She began training for the Hand Up position in September.

“We are thrilled to have Rachel in this new role,” said Linda Nuss, Homeless Gear’s Program Director (and former Hand Up Program Manager). “I could not imagine a smoother transition—Rachel has built a strong rapport with the staff, other agencies and hundreds of Murphy Center guests, and we are confident that she will blossom in this new role.”


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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