Murphy Center Programs & Services Outcomes & Statistics
The Murphy Center has over 2,500 guest visits per month, 30,000 guest visits per year and works with over 3,000 unduplicated men and women each year.
The ultimate goal at the Murphy Center for every guest we serve experiencing homelessness is to help them escape from that nightmare. On April 15th, 2016 we started tracking guests who (1) Were homeless (2) Were or are guests of the Murphy Center and (3) Escaped homelessness in 2016 with the help of the programs and services provided at the Murphy Center.
Already 7 of our guests have reported gaining stable housing and are no longer homeless!!!! The average length of time these six people reported being homeless was 2 ½ years with the longest being 7 years!
Here is an excerpt from one of these six guests who had been homeless “since the MC opened”:
“It was there for me rain or snow, up or down days. It was all I knew at times. Somebody always cared, helped, or steered me in the direct direction. Mentally they would put you on the right track. Emotionally someone would let you cry on their shoulder. I was a drunk and people would still help—bless them. Called me by my name—smiled always. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. All it takes is walking in and asking for help. Thank you and God Bless everybody through the years that helped.”
Murphy Center Core Services:
The Murphy Center provides or facilitates 10 core services in addition to the wide array of programs and services offered by our 4 partner council agencies and 11 participating agencies.
- 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: 162 lockers store guest’s most valuable possessions.
- Showers: Over 4,000 guest showers annually.
- Laundry: Over 1,100 loads of guest laundry annually.
- Computers & Wi-Fi: 5 computers help guests with job and apartment searches, email, and other daily necessities.
- Food Pantry*: 3 food programs including morning day service breakfast meals, “take away” 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.
- Morning Day Service**: Nearly 12,000 guest annually are provided 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.
*Operates in partnership with Homeless Gear
**Operates in partnership with Catholic Charities
Agency Programs & Services:
Bike Repair (Mark Brewer)
Benefits Enrollment (Homeless Gear-Dedicated Navigators): 462 benefit applications completed and submitted for guests in 2015. Aid to the Needy and Disabled (AND), Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), Food Assistance (SNAP), Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), Medicaid, Old Age Pension (OAP), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. 78 agency referrals made in 2015.
Continental Breakfast (Homeless Gear) & Coffee (Catholic Charities)
Career Clothing and Equipment (Homeless Gear-Hand Up Program-Career Closet): 25 job seekers or those readying themselves to start their new job accessed the career closet in January 2016
Cell Phones (Blue Jay Wireless): 90 cell phones distributed on average each month in 2016.
Day Services (Catholic Charities): 11,933 guest visits in 2015 over 260 days for an average per day of 46 per day. In January 2016 Day Services served 1,650 guests in 21 days for an average of over 78 guests per day.
Employment Assistance (Homeless Gear’s Hand Up Program): Assisted to secure employment for 125 guests in 2015. 18 individuals participating in the program got jobs in January 2016.
Ex-Offenders Support (Inside/Out)
Gear & Supplies (Homeless Gear): 457 gear room guest transactions in January 2016 with a total value of $20,000 worth of coats, footwear, outdoor gear, and other essentials.
Housing Search Assistance (Neighbor to Neighbor): N2N Fort Collins Renter Program at the Murphy Center served a total of 894 households, impacting 2139 individuals in 2015, for Housing Search and Rent Assistance.
Identification Acquisition: (Catholic Charities) 13 individuals served in January 2016 at a total cost of $204.50.
Medical and Dental Connections (Dental Connections)
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling (SummitStone Health Partners) Between Oct. 2014 and Sept. 2015, staff from SummitStone based at the Murphy Center served over 340 individuals for mental health and substance abuse services. 28+ individuals served per month.
Pet Food (P.U.P.): 25,000 pounds of pet food distributed in a 12 month period
Rent Assistance (Neighbor to Neighbor & Homelessness Prevention Initiative):
- N2N distributed $102,930.66 in emergency rent assistance, first month’s rent assistance and security deposit assistance in 2015.
- Homelessness Prevention Initiative distributed 17 checks to Murphy Center guests in January 2016 totaling $5,100 for emergency rental assistance.
Senior Services (Catholic Charities)
Social Security Benefit Applications (SummitStone Health Partners): SummitStone has secured funding for a part time case manager through the CABHI (Cooperative Agreement to Benefit Homeless Individuals) grant to assist people who are homeless to apply for Social Security Disability benefits.
Transportation Assistance (Bus Passes): (Catholic Charities) 38 individuals served in January 2016 at a total cost of $387.50.
Utility Assistance (Catholic Charities): 60 households served in January 2016 and $14,032 in utility assistance distributed.
Veterans Services (VA, Volunteers of America, Rocky Mountain Human Services)