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Homeless Gear empowers those who face homelessness to survive, move forward and thrive.
Why We Do What We Do
“If I didn’t have anything to eat, they have food; if the weather has changed, they have clothing to keep me warm; if my feet are cold, I can get clean socks. The best thing is just knowing that someone is going to be there who cares…The fact that they’re there means that there’s still hope.”
Homeless Gear Family of Programs
We collect and distribute supplies (outdoor gear, outerwear, non-perishable food, hygiene products and more) to people experiencing homelessness. Our goal is simple: to provide individuals and families with the supplies that they need to survive, regain stability and—ultimately—progress toward self-sufficiency.
Children In Need
We provide children who are homeless or near-homeless with the items that they need–outerwear, clothing, hygiene supplies and more–to meet basic health and hygiene needs, protect themselves from the elements, foster positive self-esteem and actively participate in school.
We send volunteers, staff and agency partners onto the streets of Fort Collins to build relationships with and deliver life-sustaining supplies and referrals to people who are homeless. We provide hope and companionship to the people we serve and connect them to resources in the community.
We help individuals and families fill out forms and apply for benefits for which they may be eligible. Our goals are to (a) help individuals and families navigate the often-complex maze of benefits applications and (b) receive funds/services that help them progress toward self-sufficiency.
We provide one-on-one career counseling and individualized mentorship to job seekers who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We also maintain partnerships with local businesses; we train and refer program participants, and business partners hire some of those whom we refer.
One Village One Family
The One Village One Family program brings together multiple community stakeholders–churches, civic groups, nonprofits and business and government leaders–to empower families who are homeless to regain stability, secure housing and achieve self-sufficiency.