Homeless Gear Records 25,000th Street Outreach Interaction
- David Rout, Executive Director
- Phone: 970-682-3193
- Email: David@HomelessGear.org
For Immediate Release:
Homeless Gear’s Street Outreach Team Records 25,000th Interaction—Program Has Served Thousands of Individuals Since Inception
Fort Collins, Colorado, April 10, 2016:
Homeless Gear’s Street Outreach team recorded its 25,000th interaction in March 2016 and, in the same month, notched its 650th consecutive Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday evening shift. The team has not missed a shift since the program was launched at the end of 2011.
“These milestones are a testament to the hundred-plus volunteers who, over the course of more than four years, have dedicated thousands of hours—at night, in all weather—to people experiencing homelessness,” said Linda Nuss, Homeless Gear’s Program Director.
The Street Outreach program is the only one of its kind in Fort Collins. It was launched in late-2011 as part of the community’s plan to make homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring. The program serves both as a lifeline to people on the streets and a primary point-of-entry for individuals and families into the system of social services.
During a recent Street Outreach shift, a volunteer observed:
“Just a heart-wrenching night to be out. We don’t see as many people on rainy nights like these, but the people we do see are—more often than not—in impossible situations… Cold, wet and looking for places to get warm and dry.
The first man we saw just needed a tarp — something to cover himself for the night… Then a man shivering without a coat in front of a convenience store… Then a young couple in a car, just looking for a bite to eat. In spite of the weather, virtually everyone we have seen has been kind and thankful — even good-spirited. One young man laughed as he struggled to put on his rain poncho (those things can be tricky); another man came out of his car just to say hello. Home has a different meaning on nights like these. We should all be grateful for what we have. So many aren’t so lucky.”
ABOUT STREET OUTREACH
Homeless Gear’s Street Outreach program sends paired volunteers onto the streets of Fort Collins three nights per week—Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday—to deliver life-sustaining supplies and referrals to people experiencing homelessness.
For more information and to get involved, visit www.HomelessGear.org/Street-Outreach.