Sponsored by the Murphy Center for Hope, Homelessness Awareness Week (Sunday, December 1st – Saturday, December 7th) is our annual event where people across our community come together to: 1. Raise awareness of the problems of homelessness and housing insecurity in Larimer County 2. Highlight the efforts of, and raise funds for, the Murphy Center for Hope and its collaborative of 20 local not-for-profits 3. Provide opportunities for our community to get involved in effective and compassionate efforts to make homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring.
The Mission to Hope Walk includes both housed and unhoused community members, provides the opportunity to literally walk alongside someone whose life experience may be very different than your own. Attendees are encouraged to bring items to donate and carry them on the walk. Upon arriving at the Murphy Center, attendees can enjoy coffee & donuts and take a short tour of the facility. This is a family and pet-friendly event. Walkers are encouraged to carry banners from their faith community, business, or service organizations.
The Murphy Center Community Dinner brings people from the community together - both those housed and those unhoused - to share a meal, foster positive connections between people who may not normally have the opportunity to spend time together, learn more about the Murphy Center collaborative and inspire community support and action around homeless issues. The dinner is a casual event and includes non-alcoholic drinks, dinner, dessert, music and a short programatic presentation. Due to the hour and topic, we do not recommend this event for children under age 12.
Local chefs contribute to Homeless Awareness Week on December 6, 2018 by preparing a special dish for our Community Dinner, where more than 200 individuals, people who are housed and people who are not, will come together and share a meal. Participate, with your talent and enthusiasm, in a night of fellowship, conversation and entertainment. The funds raised will contribute to the mission of the Murphy Center to make homelessness rare, short-lived and non recurring in our community.
"Without a Home Everything Else Falls Apart" Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. As we see families forced into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America’s vast inequality—and to people’s determination and intelligence in the face of hardship. Book Discussion hosted by Wolverine Farm and Letterpress