The Murphy Center hosted two main fundraising and awareness-building events in 2017: the Murphy Center Community Dinner and the Mission to Hope Walk.

”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

Are you or your business interested in sponsoring one or both of our events? Our goal with each event is to spend as little as possible — that way, most of (or in some cases, everything) we raise can go to programs and services for people experiencing homelessness or in jeopardy of becoming homeless.  This would not be possible without our event sponsors: companies, foundations and individuals who donate in-kind or with direct funding to cover the costs of our events.  To learn more about sponsorship, please contact Ken John at or (970) 581-4921

Mission to Hope Walk – Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

The goals of this event were to:

Raise awareness about homelessness

Come together as a unified community

Share the Murphy Center with our community (via an Open House)

Raise funds for the Murphy Center

The 2017 Mission to Hope Walk was hugely successful, and we can’t thank you enough for your kind and generous support. 

Here are a few of the results that you made happen!

  • Total participant and guest sponsor tickets increased from 109 last year to 231 this year
  • More than 300 people participated in the walk and open house
  • The number of MC guests enjoying the event & lunch tripled from last year
  • Total revenue from guest sponsorships, tickets sales, event sponsorships, donations and support through in-kind food and service was up nearly 150% from last year
  • Many new individuals and groups from our community were exposed to the Murphy Center and our collaborative of agencies and services all working together to make homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring
  • We collected a “ton” of critical winter gear and food
  • We came together as a unified community
  • We sent a message of hope and action to people in our community who are experiencing homelessness

I guess we can say that we “Walked a mile in another man’s shoes”!

Questions or want to help in 2018?
Contact Ken John at or (970) 581-4921

2017 Mission to Hope Walk Hope Sponsors:

Ken and Nancy John — Lawrence and Colin Rout — Beth and John Dumont

2017 Mission to Hope Walk Event Sponsors:











Special Thanks to Our Team Walking Groups!

SummitStone Health

Fort Collins Downtown Development Association

ABC Women’s Group

Neighbor to Neighbor

Homeless Gear/David Rout

First Bank

Housing Catalyst

Beggar’s Gate

We Would Also Like to Thank Our In-Kind Service & Product Donors!

Hot Spots Advertising
Austin’s American Grill
The Rio Grande
Peace, Love and Donuts
Noosa Yoghurt
Krazy Karls

Jim Fazio


Dunkin Donuts

Lamar’s Donuts


Murphy Center Community Dinner – Friday, August 4th, 2017


The Murphy Center hosted the second-annual Community Dinner on Friday, August 4th, 2017.  With your support, we were able to host 200 community members (including more than 60 guests from the MC) to learn more about the MC collaborative, build awareness about homelessness, engage in conversation and share a meal.  Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets, bought tickets to sponsor a guest, bought a “table”, sponsored the event, or provided product or services.  Your support helped us double the net proceeds from last year (wow!!) and will enable us to provide more programs, services and support for more than 35,000 guest visits annually.

Based on guest comments who attended we believe all 4 of our event goals were met:

  • Bring the community together (those with housing and those without) to share a meal
  • Raise awareness about homelessness
  • Raise awareness about the Murphy Center
  • Raise funds to support the Murphy Center

Emails received from MC guests after the 2017 MC Community Dinner: 

“It was our pleasure! I was honored to be asked to come. I was grateful for that. I had a great time. Thank you for inviting me to this event. I hope that next year I will be invited to come again. Thank you for helping me get through this rough time right know. I am so grateful for the murphy center. I hope that you all continue to help the homeless and the people who have apartments too. Thank you to all of u. Sincerely…”

“The 2nd Annual Community Dinner was a Great success for Murphy Hope Center, As well as community relations across the board from the public and private sector.  The Artist got recognition for their Talented contribution in the silent auction as well we all received a great evening of fellowship with people that we encounter daily as well as making new friends and Networking for the Common interest of the community of Ft. Collins, Colo”

2017 Community Dinner Hope Sponsors:   

Ken and Nancy John — Lawrence and Colin Rout — Beth and John Dumont

2017 Community Dinner Event Sponsors:


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2017 Community Dinner Table Sponsors:

Catholic Charities, Prevent Unwanted Pets (PUP)/Brigitte Schmidt, David & Mary Alice McComb, Disabled Resource Services, SummitStone Health Partners, David Rout, Ken & Nancy John, Neighbor to Neighbor, Evan Brengle & Anna Koivu, First United Methodist Church, & Nutrien.

A special thank you to Fort Collins Masonic Temple for hosting us, Caring & Sharing for catering our meal, Jim Fazio for providing sound support, Jenn Holm for facilitating video discussion, Meg Jacobson for visual support, and Tara Wangen for cookies!. 

A special thank you also to our friends at Shadow Play Films for producing and donating a new video to be unveiled at the MC Community Dinner!

Thank You To All Of Our In-Kind Donors:

Peace, Love and Donuts * Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream * Sam’s Club Fort Collins * Mary’s Mountain Cookies * Speed Pro Imaging