Murphy Center Records 250,000th Guest Interaction

PRESS RELEASE

Media Contact:

For Immediate Release:

Murphy Center Records 250,000th Guest Interaction, Reaching Milestone after Eight Years of Operations

Fort Collins, Colorado, May 20, 2017:

The Murphy Center recorded its 250,000th guest interaction last month, reaching the quarter-million-guest milestone after about eight years of operations. The total comprises thousands of unduplicated individuals, including 3,185 in 2016 (Homeless Gear’s first year as Manager of the building).

The Murphy Center opened in February 2009; it was expected to serve 30 to 50 individuals per day. That estimate quickly proved low, as the building served about 80 individuals per day in its first year. Today, the Murphy Center serves about 160 people each day.

“This is a bittersweet milestone,” said David Rout, Homeless Gear’s Executive Director. “It is a testament to the thousands of individuals who have donated their time, talent, product, money and influence to the Murphy Center and a confirmation that thousands of people have accessed much-needed services, but it is also a sad and stark reminder of the scope of homelessness in our community.”

Homeless Gear, as part of a broad community collaborative, became the Managing Partner of the Murphy Center in 2016. The Murphy Center became an initiative of Homeless Gear at the start of 2017.

ABOUT THE MURPHY CENTER

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.