Give Where You Live: Support Homeless Gear on Colorado Gives Day!

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For the fifth year in a row, Community First Foundation and FirstBank are coming together to present Colorado Gives Day 2014!  Coloradoans are encouraged to come together on Tuesday, December 9th, to “give where they live” and support their favorite causes online through Last year, your support helped us raised more than $7,000 (wow!) and-with the new, $1 Million Incentive Fund-we are hoping to do even better for 2014. Join us in this statewide movement as we raise funds to truly make a difference in our community.


For the first time ever, Colorado Gives Day is featuring a $1 Million Incentive Fund.  Every nonprofit that receives a donation through Colorado Gives Day will receive a portion of the Incentive Fund.  This means that-with your support-we can increase our funds simply with your participation.  For example, let’s say we raise 10 percent of the total donations made on Colorado Gives Day.  We then receive 10 percent of the $1 Million Incentive Fund.  Your gift to us on Colorado Gives Day increases in value with every dollar that you donate.

Visit our Colorado Gives Day page here to learn more about Colorado Gives Day and Homeless Gear.  You can even schedule your Colorado Gives Day donation in advance, starting TODAY!

We send our on-going thanks to you and your continuous support as we serve our homeless and near-homeless neighbors to help them survive and-ultimately-move toward self-sufficiency.  We are so thankful for your involvement and are excited to see what happens at from today through December 9th, 2014!


David Rout, Executive Director

Homeless Gear Launches “One Village One Family” Program


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Homeless Gear Launches “One Village One Family” Program to Serve Homeless Families in Fort Collins—Program Marks Extension of State-Sponsored “One Congregation One Family” Initiative

Fort Collins, Colorado, October 10, 2014: Homeless Gear is pleased to announce the launch of “One Village One Family” (OVOF), a program designed to help homeless families escape homelessness and regain self-sufficiency. The program—launched today—represents another step in Homeless Gear’s efforts to provide services that not only help homeless individuals survive and meet their basic needs, but also help them connect to resources, find housing and get back on their feet.

Ken John, Founder and former Executive Director of Homeless Gear, along with his wife, Nancy John, will co-coordinate the program on behalf of Homeless Gear.

“OVOF is a proven model that already has the support of dozens of community stakeholders: churches, agencies, volunteers and others,” said David Rout, Executive Director of Homeless Gear. “We are confident that Ken and Nancy will guide this project with the same enthusiasm and vision as Ken led Homeless Gear during his tenure as Executive Director.”

OVOF matches homeless families with trained mentor teams, and those mentor teams raise funds for and provide about six months of mentorship to each family; funds are directed toward first month rent and other emergency needs.

The program was launched in 2006 under its original name, One Congregation One Family (OCOF), by the Governor’s Office in Denver. It exceeded its goal to house over 1,000 families by mid-2014, with 87% of the families maintaining stable housing after the first year. Beginning in 2012, the program was introduced in Colorado Springs and Grand Junction. A successful pilot program was completed in Fort Collins in 2012. Statewide to date, 350 mentor groups have served more than 2,600 individuals.

In other communities, the mentor teams were recruited exclusively from churches. Homeless Gear elected to change the name to OVOF in recognition of the fact that any group of adults, including but not limited to faith-based groups, can form effective mentor teams, or “villages.”

Homeless Gear will serve as the lead agency for OVOF, but Homeward 2020 will serve in a support role and Faith Family Hospitality, The Family Center/La Familia and the Matthews House will refer families into the program.

If you represent a church, organization, company, civic group, club or other group that might want to form a mentor team—or if you want to learn more—please contact Ken, by email at or by phone at (970) 581-4921. Visit the OVOF page of Homeless Gear’s website ( for more information!

New Executive Director For HG!!

It is with a great deal of excitement and happiness that I announce that David Rout is now the new Executive Director of Homeless Gear.  I have held that position since founding the organization in May of 2009 and I couldn’t be happier that David will be leading our team into the future.  The change was approved by the board this evening so David’s tenure in this new role begins immediately.


Providing Storage for the Homeless: An Overlooked Problem

Check out this article from Drew Smithfield, a Homeless Gear supporter and freelance journalist. In the article, Drew explores the issue of supply storage — as it relates to the homeless population — and explains why the solution might not be as simple as you would think.

Homeless Gear Has A New Home!!

Homeless Gear has a new “Home” at 1305 Duff Drive Unit #5.  Want to help?? Check out the Warehouse Wish List under the How To Help Tab of our website.



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Toast To Transitions

Thank you to everyone who planned, hosted sponsored, volunteered, attended, and donated for our Third Annual Cheers to Careers & Gear Fundraising Event on June 8th 2013.  It was a huge success and continues to support the fact that we are truly a Community Driven Organization!! 

Stay Tuned For News About Our 2014 Toast To Transitions Event!!

This event represents our best opportunity to gather and celebrate with our community of supporters. It is a chance to build awareness, thank volunteers and donors, celebrate accomplishments, share our vision, and raise funds for our programs.

Pictures from the 2013 Event:

Pictures courtesy of Colorado Weddings and Events by Bri



Thank you to the following people and businesses for helping to make our 3rd annual Cheers to Careers & Gear Event such a wonderful evening!!

Bingham Hill Preserve, AweMazing Events, New Belgium Brewing, Odell Brewing, Dellenbach Motors, Hixon Interiors, OtterCares, American Family/Lesa Ringjob, Columbine Health Care, Bullfrog Wine & Spirits, Butter Cream Cupcakery, MC ArtSpeak Group, Lincoln Frager, Bryan Tribby, Briana Rowe, Leslie Welsh, Anthony Cisneros, Front Range Event Rentals, Alex Manship, Matt Alfano, Lynda Williams, Tabith Covey, Chelsey Mandell, Emily Rout, Leslie Welsh, Mallory Andrews, Brook Heiling, Aaron Alfano, Paul Reed, Lewis BrightHeart Headrick, Kyle Douglas, Jen Jackson, Meg Jacobson, Nancy John, Jordan Lavelle, Madelyn Mihm, Steph Welzel, Steve Medberry, NoCo Youth Corps, Ace Hardware, Aggie Liquors, Alchemy Universal Therapies, Eli Eisenach, All About Fitness, Barcelona Salon & Spa, Bath Nursery, Bees Body, Big O Tires, Big Shot Bikes, Birds of a Feather, Body Integrity, Bonefish Grill, C.B. & Potts, Camp Bow Wow, Canyon Concert Ballet, Casey’s Car Wash, Chocolate Cafe, Colorado Rapids, Colorado Tablecloth Company, Cool Beans Playhouse & Cafe, Corynne Hilbert, Curiosities, Don Eversoll, Ed McGee, Evergree Lodge, Fine & Funcky, FC Family Acupuncture, George Carl Salon, Heavenly Kreations Photography, Henry’s Pub, Hilton FC, Home Depot, Hu Hot Mongolian Grill, Ink Works, Inner Strength Rock Gyn, Island Grill, James Steele, Janis Nall, Jim Lucas, Kilwins, Landscapes in Oil, Lee Schindorff, Linda Lilly, Living with Intention Coaching, Lyric Cinema, MAD Greens, Madd Style, Marti Wanzer, Maximum Boutique, Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, MI Sports, Monumental Discoveries, MouCo Cheese Company, Mountain White Water Descents, Mud Season Ceramics & Textiles, Muddy Wolf Pottery, National Geographic, Nature’s Own, Nepal Tibet Imports, Nordic Arts/Diane Edwards Arts, Nordy’s BBQ, Oak Steet Plaza, Perennial Gardner, Plantatorium, Pottery by Gloria, Ptarmigan Country Club, Public Service Credit Union, Raintree Athletic Club, Red Table Cafe, Rialto Theater, Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy, Rosina Art, Sam’s Club, Serve 6.8, Shanon Mekelburg/Main Steet Studio, Sister Mary Alice Center For Hope, Smokestack Pottery, Starbucks Coffee Company, Sunset Limousine, TajMajal, Target, Tasty Harmony, The Bean Cycle, The Crooked Cup, The Cupboard, The Melting Pot, Teh Parlour, The Welsh Rabit, The Wright Life, Tom & Jacque Buchanan, Touchstone Health Partners, Tranquil Health Massage, W. Atlee Burpee Company, Wagz Pet Market, Walrus Ice Cream, WaterPik, Weddings by Bri, and Wide Angle Designs.

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