Please call the main phone number (970-494-9940) to inquire about the following services, unless a different phone number is listed.
The Murphy Center
The Murphy Center serves three main roles for our community:
- Provides the infrastructure for 20 independent agencies offering a continuum of roughly 40 services to more than 3,000 individuals who are experiencing homelessness or in jeopardy of becoming homeless, all under one roof, for faster, more efficient and more effective care along the journey back to self sufficiency.
- Operates 10 Core Human Services with more than 40,000 guest interactions each year to address day to day needs (see below)
- Serves as a morning day shelter for 100 guests each day providing a breakfast snack meal, warm and safe environment, coffee, and lots of space to talk, organize for the day, read, listen to music or access one of the Murphy Center’s many services.
The Murphy Center also provides or facilitates 10 core services in addition to the wide array of programs and services offered by our 4 partner council agencies and 16 participating agencies. Here are some estimates of the volume served:
- Mail: 850 guests depend on the MC to receive their benefit checks, employment and housing related paperwork and other important day to day correspondence.
- Lockers: 200 lockers store guest’s most valuable possessions.
- Showers: 8,000 guest showers annually.
- Laundry: 1,750 loads of guest laundry annually.
- Computers & Wi-Fi: 5 computers help guests with job and apartment searches, email, and other daily necessities.
- Food Pantry: 4 food programs including morning day service breakfast meals, noon “take away” meals, night street outreach meals, and family food boxes.
- Telephones/Long Distance Calling: Helps our guests to stay connected to employers, family, housing prospects, and agencies/benefits outside of the Murphy Center
- Career Closet Helps our job seekers and those with employment to get equipped with clothing, tools and footwear essential to their job or interview.
- Gear Room: Over 450 guest transactions a month for essentials to help our guests deal with the elements, personal hygiene, transportation of personal belongings and more.
- Bike Repair & Bike Trailers: Helping our guests to repair what for many are their most commonly used form of transportation–bikes.
Collaborative Advisory Council Agencies
The Murphy Center is a Homeless Gear community initiative and assisted with strategic vision and policy development by a four-agency Collaborative Advisory Council comprised of Neighbor to Neighbor, Catholic Charities, Summitstone Health Partners and Homeless Gear.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver has been serving Northern Colorado since 1927, serving thousands of people each year with services focused on those experiencing homelessness, low income seniors and people in need. Catholic Charities also provides relief services, for disasters such as the 2013 floods in northern Colorado and the High Park Fire.
Catholic Charities is open to, and serves, all people. Hundreds of volunteers donate their time and talent to Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities collaborates with Catholic parishes and churches of all denominations, local businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, medical facilities and educational institutions.
- Senior Services: (970) 494-9725, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Monday – Friday and by appointment for case management to assist for low-income seniors in staying independent
- Emergency utility, transportation and government ID assistance is now delivered at Catholic Charities main office at 460 Linden Center Drive. For appointments call: 970-484-5010 Monday-Friday 9:00am to 5pm.
Homeless Gear empowers those who face homelessness to survive, move forward and thrive. The organization is both the Managing Partner of the Murphy Center for Hope and a service provider within the building. Services include gear distribution, benefits enrollment and employment support.
- Housing First Initiative:
- Gear Room: Monday – Wednesday – Friday, 9:00 am to 11:30 am, walk-in hours
- One Village One Family: Monday – Friday 8 AM to 5 PM
- Bike Repair & Trailers: Winter: First Friday 3:00 PM to 5 PM Summer: Every Friday 3 PM to 5 PM
- Dedicated Navigator program (benefits enrollment): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:00 am to 11:00 am, walk-in hour
- Re-Entry: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 5 PM We serve individuals that have recently released from prison and are currently on parole. Our program provides ex-offenders with employment services (career assessment, resume help, work skills training, interviewing techniques, job search, employer referrals), educational services (GED, vocational certification), re-entry mentoring (cognitive thinking change, life skills, financial literacy, relapse prevention, goal setting), and housing search and assistance. Contact: Amanda Baca – Case Manager/Addictions Counselor (P) 970-494-4326
- Hand Up: Helping the homeless and near homeless to overcome obstacles or barriers to employment. (970) 316-4037, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm by appointment
- Case Management
- Job Search Training
- Resume Building
- Employer Connections
- Interview Preparedness
- Career Closet: (970) 316-4037, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm by appointment Career Closet Flyer
- Colorado ID, Driver’s License & Birth Certificate Vouchers
- Transportation Assistance
Neighbor to Neighbor believes everyone deserves a place to call come. Neighbor to Neighbor offers the following housing assistance services at the Murphy Center:
· Housing Search Assistance: Provides individuals and families with the tools and advice to help identify an affordable rental.
· Homelessness Prevention: Helps to develop a personalized plan to overcome an immediate housing crisis and achieve housing stability.
· First Month’s Rent Assistance: Assists homeless and near homeless households to attain affordable, sustainable housing. N2N may be able to assist with up to $500 toward your first month’s rent if eligible.
Walk-in Hours: Monday – Thursday 9am – 11:00am and 1pm – 3:00 pm
For information about our assistance programs, please check out our website at n2n.org or call 970-494-9705 or email at email@example.com
SummitStone Health Partners is a private non-profit whose mission is to provide unsurpassed behavioral health prevention, intervention and treatment services in Larimer County. With 23 locations throughout northern Colorado, SummitStone Health Partners provides complete behavioral health care and substance abuse services that dramatically impact and improve the lives of residents, building healthier individuals and families. More than 50 products and services allow SummitStone Health Partners to meet the individualized needs of consumers and their families through evidence-based, consumer-driven and patient-focused care. For more information, please visit www.Summitstonehealth.org.
- General Walk-Ins Accepted Monday through Friday 8 AM to 4PM
If you are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, and have a mental illness, the SummitStone Health Partners PATH Program may be able to offer…
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Individual case management
- Psychiatric medications
- Choices Café, a peer-run center providing a safe environment to socialize and relax
- Spirit Crossing Clubhouse, a place to build employment skills and build relationship
In addition to the Collaborative Advisory Council, numerous agencies provide services at the Murphy Center:
Colorado State University Social Work department has long partnered with the Murphy Center to provide BSW and MSW student interns who lend their energy and educational experience to helping us deliver a variety of services to our guests.
Access to Independence is what we call our personalized services. There are two broad categories:
- Case Management
- Community Assistance
Together they address a range of circumstances that socially marginalize people with disabilities. By addressing people’s needs and helping them become more independent, we assist them in living better lives with greater dignity.
Case Management Services–Assisting people struggling to meet multiple, complex needs that limit independence.
- Independent Living Skills
- Peer Support
- Employment Assistance
- Housing Assistance
- Financial Assistance
- Social Security Assistance
Community Assistance Services–Helping people find the resources needed to meet short-term, recurring or periodic needs so that they can continue daily activities.
- Information and Referral
- Volunteer Coordination
- Durable Medical Equipment Rental
- Disability Awareness
- Walk-in Hours: Thursday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
- Main Office Location–1017 Robertson Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524
- Main Office Phone 970-449-6977
Anyone identifying themselves as being disabled is eligible to receive services from Disabled Resource Services.
ArtSpeak offers free, open art studio time for Murphy Center guests on Tuesdays 1:00-3:00 pm. Community artists lead group projects, or guests may work on their own artwork. Visual and literary artists welcome – whether you use pen-and-ink, paint, or poetry! The purpose of ArtSpeak is to provide any artists accessing Murphy Center services with a place to make art and find community. ArtSpeak is a part of the Community Studio program through Front Range Community College.
In an on-going effort to represent the City of Fort Collins’ mission to provide exceptional service for an exceptional community, the Fort Collins Municipal Court is offering remote Court services at the Sister Mary Murphy Center for Hope. On the third Thursday of every month, a Court Clerk will be available to answer procedural questions and provide case-related information regarding citation filed through the Municipal Court. Court personnel strive to assist in the adjudication process for complaints filed in Municipal Court treating each individual with courtesy and respect.
Third Tuesday of each month from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Drop-in.
The Growing Project (TGP) was formed to address the issue of food insecurity in Fort Collins through programming focused on hands-on education, food production and food distribution. Given its focus on working with low-income families and at-risk youth, TGP was inspired to install community gardens, create experiential youth and adult programming and produce and donate thousands of pounds of healthy food annually.
At the Murphy Center, TGP provides opportunities for guests to enjoy the onsite community garden. During weekly volunteer hours, guests and volunteers plant, week and harvest from the garden, producing mostly easy-to-eat veggies. Not only does the garden provide a space for guests to connect with the earth but it provides a space for community connections, contemplation and relaxation.
The McKinney-Vento Act originated as the Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act. This legislation ensures that children and youth experiencing homelessness have full and equal access to the same free and public education as other children and youth. Not only does this Act require access but also to remove any barriers to enrollment and/or retention. The act applies to children through the age of 21.
In order to remove education barriers for children and youth experiencing homelessness the Act mandates:
- Immediate enrollment and full participation in all school activities.
- The right for children and youth to remain in the school of origin, when feasible for the district and in the student’s best interest.
- Transportation to and from school or origin.
- Access to programs and services.
- Rights and protections specifically for unaccompanied youth.
- Removal of any barriers to school retention (including student support such as tutoring, fees waived, etc).
- Whitney Reid, MSW, McKinney- Vento Program Specialist
- Poudre School District
- Cell: 970-420-9208
- Office: 907-490-3242
Murphy Center Hours: Thursday 9am-11am
Miller & Associates: Disability Application Assistance
Northern Colorado AIDS Project (Colorado Health Network)
NCAP’s mission is to equitably meet the evolving needs of people affected by HIV and other disease through prevention, care, and advocacy. NCAP offers case management services to those living with HIV in Northern Colorado. To engage in case management services or for further information please call 970-407-7820 or visit us at 400 Remington Street, Suite 100, Fort Collins, CO, 80524.
NCAP provides outreach testing periodically at the Murphy Center.
Prevent Unwanted Pets P.U.P.
Prevent Unwanted Pets is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to promoting responsible care of companion animals.
PUP provides temporary, emergency pet food and basic supplies for pets when their owners are facing economic hardships. We also provide financial assistance for spay/neuter surgeries for pets. Our goal is to keep pets with caring owners.
PUP distributes pet food to those in need at the Murphy Center on the third Thursday each month from 12:30-2pm. Look for us outside on Blue Spruce St. Updates are posted on our Facebook page at Prevent Unwanted Pets Inc.
- Note: Pet food is also generally available for distribution during normal Murphy Center hours, though not in the same quantities as during P.U.P.’s monthly distribution
Rocky Mountain Health Plans: Medical Referrals
People in Ft. Collins who have received a “quality of life” ticket such as camping, trespassing, or other violations that may be a result of being homeless at this point in their life. Participants work to make life improvements with the assistance of the Resource Specialist for this program.
2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursdays of the month: 9:00 AM to Noon
We see people who have questions as well as appointments for current participants.
Jon Geller, DVM and his organization The Street Dog Coalition, offer guests of the Murphy Center free medical care for their pets every Tuesday at 11:00 AM.
Transfort: Community Engagement Clinics
UCHealth/Poudre Valley Hospital: Blood Pressure Clinics
Cheyenne VA Medical Center Homeless Program
The Cheyenne VAMC Homeless Program is dedicated to assisting Veterans that are experiencing homelessness or are at risk for homelessness in accessing eligible services, either through VA programs or other community programs. Some of the services available through the Homeless Program are the HUD-VASH voucher program, which is a Housing Choice Voucher program for Veterans, the emergency shelter Veteran contract program with Catholic Charities, and the Grant and Per Diem transitional housing programs in Cheyenne. The Homeless Program Outreach Case Manager is also able to assist Veterans with VA enrollment, access to medical, mental health and other specific VA services, and provides referrals to community services as needed.
Mondays 9:30am – 4:00pm
Fridays 10:45am – 3:00pm
For more information about the services available or to schedule a meeting with the Outreach Case Manager, please call 307-509-9813 or come to the Murphy Center for Hope during the above listed walk-in hours.
Volunteers of America – Back Home Program is a Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. It is a short-term housing assistance program based on the Housing First model that aids veterans utilizing direct support resources, referrals, and employment opportunities in order to regain their stability. SSVF is a limited housing assistance program with established guidelines from Veterans Affairs to rapidly address barriers to stability. VOA provides case management and financial assistance to veterans and their families that are homeless or at imminent-risk of homelessness.
Walk-in Hours: Monday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 am – 11:00 am
You can contact a veteran specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (970) 472-9630 and ask to speak with a veteran specialist. VOA is located at 405 Canyon Ave Fort Collins CO 80521