History

Named in honor of Sister Mary Alice Murphy, a Larimer County pioneer of service to neighbors in need, the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope is a resource center for families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Sister Mary Alice Murphy has worked for decades as an advocate for people who are homeless in this community. She has spearheaded numerous outreach programs–everything from soup kitchens to affordable housing–and continues to serve as a powerful voice for those in need. The Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope strives to carry forward her compassion and mission of service.

The Murphy Center was born out of a unique, six-years-long community collaboration of nonprofit, faith and government entities. The building opened in March 2009 and has, since then, served triple the number of people as expected. The center has proven to be a model for community collaboration and an essential resource in Larimer County.

On December 4th, 2015, the Murphy Center ushered in a new collaborative management and service model: Summitstone Health Partners, Neighbor To Neighbor, Catholic Charities and Homeless Gear joined together to facilitate and coordinate programmatic services, and Homeless Gear assumed the role of managing partner. Murphy Center LLC became the building owner–with support for building costs from Bohemian Foundation–and United Way of Larimer County and the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado signed on to provide additonal collaborative support.

The collective mission is to provide a central location where those who are homeless or near-homelessness can feel welcomed, safe, and supported as they access services and programs to help them on their paths to self-sufficiency. Thanks to everyone for helping to make this happen!.