• We co-host — in collaboration with the Matthews House — quarterly service events for children and families. Those events are geared toward elementary-aged children. In 2016, we plan to host as many as four additional events in collaboration with/at Poudre High School. Those events will include different supplies and services that are geared toward middle- and high-school-aged children. At our first such-event in January, we served 53 families; the vast majority of those families had never attended one of our regular Children in Need events.
  • For the last year, we have been part of a community initiative to establish a daytime Outreach program in Fort Collins. That program (known as Outreach Fort Collins) will launch in late-spring early-summer, and we are working hard to integrate its programmatic functions with our existing Night Street Outreach program. We are developing infrastructure so that the daytime team can communicate regularly with our Street Outreach volunteers, providing us with regular information about places to visit, people to look for, services needed, etc.
  • In December, we hired a new staff member to work, primarily, with our Hand Up program at the Murphy Center for Hope. That new staff member has already enabled us to increase productivity in the Hand Up program and oversee/participate in general service provision at the Murphy Center. In January and February 2016, we helped secure 34 jobs for participants in the Hand Up program — our highest two-month total ever.
  • Our One Village One Family program continues to blossom. This year, we hope to help a dozen families escape homelessness… and with an average family size of three children, that means that we hope to help about 36 children find housing.
  • As the Managing Partner of the Murphy Center, we are responsible for overseeing (as part of a broad community collaborative) a facility that provides a wide range of services to roughly 3,000 unduplicated individuals each year. Although it is important to note that the Murphy Center is not under the umbrella of Homeless Gear, our staff is intimately involved in the day-to-day activities of the facility… and we look forward to continuing that role in 2016!