Thank you for your generous donation of loads and loads of amazing winter gear, hygiene items, and other items to the Murphy Center and Homeless Gear! We serve nearly 150 guests (individuals and families who are homeless or in jeopardy of becoming homeless) at the Murphy Center every day and donations are hugely helpful in meeting their needs. We appreciate you hosting a Winter Gear Drive- we think you are all incredible!
Your support will help make possible all that Homeless Gear and the Murphy Center do. So far this year, we have impacted thousands of lives:
Through Homeless Gear’s programs, we a) helped 10 families – including 19 children – escape homelessness via One Village One Family b) helped secure more than 140 jobs via Hand Up c) helped complete more than 350 benefits applications (e.g. Food Assistance) for a total of $545,533 in potential benefits via Dedicated Navigator d) recorded well over 6,000 interactions via Street Outreach e) served roughly 350 families at service events and collected more than 10,000 meals-worth of food for Thompson School District via Children in Need and f) distributed more than $630,000 million worth of supplies via Distribution.
At the Murphy Center, we have—alongside the collaborative of 17 agencies and nearly 40 services—recorded more than 30,000 guest visits with over 3,500 individuals; nearly 6,000 showers; more than 1,300 loads of laundry; and 49 “Housing Success” stories (individuals who accessed services at the Murphy Center and came back to report obtaining housing).
Your support will make all that we do possible. Beyond the tangible impact, your donation will show the individuals and families we serve that people care:
“Not knowing what to do or where to go and knowing you have four children that depend on you solely can be overwhelming for anybody…“What am I going to do?” It was question I asked myself daily…When I met (you all) for the first time, I was so nervous. Was a group of strangers really going to help me? Were they really going to care? They did, and more than anyone can imagine.” – Kim
To learn more about Murphy Center and Homeless Gear, please visit our websites or follow us on Facebook: “Murphy Center for Hope” and “Homeless Gear.” Thank you again for your support!
Volunteer & Event Coordinator
Homeless Gear &
Murphy Center for Hope
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