Shelter Drive Initiative: Supporting Youth Experiencing Homelessness in Northern Colorado

Apr 19, 2024 | Community & Quality of Life, Member News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Shelter Drive Initiative: Supporting Youth Experiencing Homelessness in Northern Colorado

Fort Collins, CO – The Matthews House is proud to announce its annual Shelter Drive Initiative, aimed at supporting at-risk youth in Northern Colorado. From April 15 to April 29, community members are encouraged to join us in providing essential items and support to those in need.

Expanding Our Reach

In 2024, The Matthews House is expanding its services to assist youth experiencing homelessness, with new locations in Loveland (opening Winter 2024) and Fort Collins. Our current facility in Fort Collins, which is open for day drop-ins, is dedicated to providing resources and support to those who need it most. Through collaboration with both Thompson and Poudre school districts and community organizations, we’re proud to offer exclusive services tailored to the needs of homeless youth.

Urgent Need for Supplies

Our Fort Collins location is already open and urgently requires supplies to meet the needs of the youth we serve. We are calling on the community to come together and support these vulnerable individuals by donating brand-new items, including:

  • Shoes (Sizes: Female 5-9, Male 9-11)
  • Underwear (All sizes for both females and males)
  • Bras and Nursing Bras
  • Socks
  • Gloves/Hats
  • Hygiene Essentials (e.g., toothbrushes, deodorants, feminine hygiene products)
  • Additionally, we are accepting gently used items and gift cards to provide flexibility for essential purchases.
  • Gift Cards: King Soopers, Walmart, Visa: Providing flexibility for essential purchases.
  • Clear Plastic Bags
  • Duffel Bags and Backpacks
  • Rechargeable Hand Warmers
  • Phones and Headphones
  • Camping Utensil Kits
  • Sleeping Bags and Packable Blankets
  • Headlamps and Sunshades for Car
  • Tents
  • Collapsible Water Bottles
  • Dog Food
  • Foldable Water/Food Containers
  • Solar Chargers and Charging Cords
  • Solar Charging Stations and Charging Boxes
  • Coats and Shower Shoes

How You Can Help

Community members can drop off donations at the following locations between April 15 and April 29:

  • High Country Beverage: 4200 Ronald Reagan Blvd, Johnstown, CO 80534
  • RE/MAX Advanced: 1018 Centre Ave, Fort Collins, CO
  • Fort Collins Nursery: 2121 E Mulberry St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
  • AlphaGraphics: 1246  Denver Ave, Loveland, CO

You can also purchase items directly from our Amazon Wishlist, view here.

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About The Matthews House

The Matthews House is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth and families in Northern Colorado. Through a range of programs and services, we provide support, guidance, and resources to help individuals achieve their full potential.