The Murphy Center will host two major events on December 8th, 2018, as part of Homeless Awareness Day:
Mission to Hope Walk and Murphy Center Community Dinner.
These events help make possible everything that we do…and they’re fun for everyone!

Mission to Hope Walk (8 AM to 11 AM)

The Murphy Center Mission to Hope Walk: Individuals, families, businesses, agency partners and other groups will take the .8-mile walk—together—from the local shelters to the Murphy Center. This is a walk that many people we serve take every day. Following the Walk will be an Open House at the Murphy Center for our community to visit with and learn more about our collaborative of agencies and services.   Brunch will be provided by local restaurants for all of our MC Guests (those receiving services from the MC) that have been sponsored by our community to attend!

Murphy Center Community Dinner (6 PM to 9 PM)

The Murphy Center Community Dinner: More than 200 individuals—people who are housed and guests (clients) of the Murphy Center—will come together to learn more about the Murphy Center collaborative, engage in conversation and share a meal. The Community Dinner will take place at First Presbyterian Church, just south of Old Town.

plus a full day of new events!!

Purchase Your Tickets and Learn More About Both Events Here

Stay tuned for a calendar of additional activities throughout Homeless Awareness Day

Are you a guest of the Murphy Center? Ask Jackie, Connie, Tom, Joy or any Homeward Alliance/Murphy Center staff member for details on the Mission to Hope Walk and Murphy Center Community Dinner!

Homeless Awareness Day Call to Action

We are proclaiming Fort Collins Homeless Awareness Day to actively engage in conversations that raise awareness about homelessness and activities that further our community’s vision to make homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring. We hope that our two events (Mission to Hope Walk and Murphy Center Community Dinner) can serve as “bookends” on Homeless Awareness Day to many different activities throughout our community.

We encourage faith-based organizations, businesses, social groups, neighborhoods, volunteers, schools and individuals to consider organizing their own activities leading up to Homeless Awareness Day (December 8th), capped off by joining together for the Mission to Hope Walk or Murphy Center Community Dinner. Here are just a few ideas on what you can do, individually or as a group:

  • Subscribe to Our Newsletter
  • Ask Us for Homeless Awareness Day Postcards and Send Them to Your Friends
  • Purchase a Group Walk Package with Your Friends or Co-Workers
  • Read a Book About Poverty and Have a Discussion with Your Friends or Book Club
  • Watch a Film About Homelessness
  • Host a Supply Drive at Work, with Friends or in Your Neighborhood
  • Pick a Day to Volunteer in 2018 (a Day You Hadn’t Already Planned!)
  • Take a Photo at the Walk or Dinner and #homelessawarenessday on Social Media
  • Host a Party and Collect Donations for the Murphy Center
  • Follow homeward_alliance on Instagram, @homewardCO on Twitter and Homeward Alliance on Facebook
  • Host a Bake Sale or Lemonade Stand in Support of the Murphy Center

In Honor of Homeless Awareness Day

Click on the map for a list of all the places hosting events on December 8th

Homeward 2020 presents a special screening of:

On December 8, at Peak Community Church:

Doors open at 2.00

Movie & Discussion 2.30-5

Thrivent Financial will hosts a winter kits making community activity.

December 6th from 5:30PM to 7:00PM at the Northside Aztlan Center. Soup, sandwiches, dessert and drinks will be provided.

People who are experiencing homelessness struggle with wounds, frostbite and a risk of trench foot associated with being in wet shoes and boots during the colder months. Join us for an evening of fun and food while we pack foot care kits for the homeless in our community, to help prevent injuries due to inadequate care of one’s feet. The care kits will be distributed by Homeward Alliance at the Murphy Center.

Please RSVP by November 29th, 2018 by calling Paul Caylor at 970-225-6169, or emailing


Drop  off your new or gently used socks at Scrumpys or Zwei Brewing   from November 25th to December 8th and get a discount on your drinks!

Wagz is hosting a Pet Food and Coat Drive: winter accessories, pet food and donations will be delivered o the Murphy Center on Homeless Awareness Day! For more information or to make a donation, stop by their store at 132 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO!


Pinot’s Palette is hosting a Paint It Forward fundraising event. $10 of every registration will be donated! Paint for a cause; paint with a purpose! Plus it is DATE NIGHT on Tall Canvases!

Here is the link to register:


This date night painting is a must for any couple. The cherry blossom trees curves in the middle of both canvases. An eye-catching painting that will be a lovely addition to any home.

If you are a chef or a restaurant manager, consider participating on our A serving of Hope campaign and making a special dish for our Community Dinner. For more information, click on the logo


“The Murphy Center was completely instrumental in all facets of help that I needed. The smiles and encouragement here made all the difference. In fact, everything I now enjoy is a direct result of the many resources and services that the Murphy Center offers. I am extremely grateful that such a place is in existence, otherwise I’m not certain what my circumstances would be at this time in my life.”  – David



A huge thanks to our 2018 Sponsors! If you’re interested in supporting our mission and receiving marketing benefits and community exposure, please consider becoming an event sponsor. Please click here for a PDF of our 2018 sponsorship opportunities.  To learn more about sponsorship, please contact Ken John at Ken@Homeward Alliance or (970) 581-4921

2018 Event Platinum Sponsors

2018 Event Gold Sponsors

Beth and John Dumont

Ken and Nancy John

Lawrence Rout

Mary Alice and David McComb






2018 Event Silver Sponsors




David Rout

David Way

Adam Zeimet and Jennifer Bowman
















2018 Event Bronze Sponsors












In Kind Donors

A Serving of Hope participating chefs and ambassadors