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 five main roles in our community:
- Provides the infrastructure for and facilitates a single location for more than 3,170 individuals (including families/children) to efficiently access a wide array of services
- Provides Core Human Services, with more than 43,700 guest interactions each year to address day to day needs (showers, laundry, lockers, computers, phones, food, survival supplies and more)
- Serves as morning day shelter for more than 125 guests each day providing a continental breakfast, coffee, a warm and safe environment and the opportunity to prepare for the day’s activities.
- Facilitates the Housing First Initiative (HFI): Launched in July of 2017 and in partnership with Homeward 2020, the City of Fort Collins, and multiple community stakeholders, HFI is a case management program for highly vulnerable individuals and a data-collection tool for the City.
- The MC is open from November through April as a Warming & Service Center with extended hours until 10 PM. This allows us to accommodate people who are working or simply unable to make it to the MC during daytime hours. While all services will not be available during those extended hours, we will be able to provide case management services, schedule appointments, and provide many services that would have been previously unavailable to this subset of our population.
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: 1239 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: 8,349 guest showers annually.
- Laundry: 1,873 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 Homeward Alliance 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 Homeward Alliance.
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 5:00pm.
Homeward Alliance 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 11:00 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: Most Fridays 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:
- Hand Up: Helping the homeless and near homeless to overcome obstacles or barriers to employment. Kristen@homewardalliance.org (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
- Providing referrals to obtain vouchers for ID, birth certificate, 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 (on Fridays the program operates from 9-11, at Plymouth Cong. 916 Prospect)
For information about our assistance programs, please check out our website at n2n.org or call 970-494-9705 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 5PM
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.
Disabled Resources Services operates from the Murphy Center every Thursday from 8.30am-2pm.
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 – 11:30 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 Larimer County Department of Health and Environment promotes a healthy community to reduce unnecessary suffering caused by preventable disease, disability, or death. They provide Murphy Center guests with Hepatitis A and Flu vaccines.
Hepatitis A shots are available the last Wednesday of every month, 9 a.m. -11 a.m. Flu shots are available during cold weather months at the same time on Wednesdays.
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 on the first Thursday of every month, from 9-10.30 am and on the third Thursday 10.30am-1pm
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 every third Thursday from 9-11am at the Murphy Center.
Four Paws provides temporary, emergency pet food and basic supplies for pets when their owners are facing economic hardships.
- Note: Pet food is also generally available for distribution during normal Murphy Center hours.
Salud operates 13 federally qualified clinics in Colorado, as well as a mobile unit.
The mobile unit offers:
• Screening for diabetes, hypertension, cervical cancer, anemia, tuberculosis and cholesterol.
• A physician or physician assistant to assess acute medical problems.
• Lab tests, Flu vaccines and Tetanus vaccines for adults.
• The mobile unit staff also provides general health education and informs patients of the availability of services, addresses of clinics, and how to schedule an appointment.
Salud’s mobile unit visits the Murphy Center the last Wednesday morning of every month from 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
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 and 4th Tuesday of the month 1:30-2:30pm
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 2-3pm (3 dogs/week).
Transfort provides single ride bus tickets.
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 11am – 3pm
Fridays 10am – 12pm (then at Catholic Charities from 12.30am to 3pm)
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 has two programs that operate from the Murphy Center: Supportive Services for Veterans Services(SSVF) – Their schedule is Monday, 1-3pm, Tuesday 9-11am and Thursday 9-11am; Colorado Rapid Rehousing& Re-Entry (COR3). Their schedule is Monday 9-11am, Tuesday 1-3pm, Wednesday 9-11am, Thursday 1-3pm and Friday 9-11am
You can also contact a veteran specialist at email@example.com or call (970) 472-9630 and ask to speak with a veteran specialist. VOA is located at 405 Canyon Ave Fort Collins CO 80521