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. When the building first opened in March 2009 it was envisioned to serve between 30 and 40 guests per day but today we serve more than 170 guests each day. 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 Homeward Alliance joined together to facilitate and coordinate programmatic services, and Homeward Alliance 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.
On January 1, 2017, the Murphy Center officially became an initiative of Homeward Alliance under it’s 501c3 alongside Homeward Alliance’s continuum of 9 programs all working toward helping people survive crisis, move forward into stabilization and ultimately to thrive in a return to self sufficiency.
The collective mission of the Murphy Center and it’s collaborative of agencies is to provide a central location where those who are experiencing or in jeopardy of homelessness. can feel welcomed, safe, and supported as they access services and programs to help them survive crisis, move forward into stability and thrive in a return to self-sufficiency and to help our community in it’s vision to make homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring Thanks to everyone for helping to make this happen!