What We Do
House of Neighborly Service (HNS) offers comprehensive emergency and basic needs services, case management and long-term solutions to help people escape the grips of poverty.
Our model is to provide “help for today and hope for tomorrow” as we directly impact the living conditions for low-income and impoverished residents, as well as a hand-up approach to those who have found themselves in a financial or situational crisis.
How we helped thousands of people in 2015:
- 4,702 food baskets to 9,998 clients, distributed 329,674 pounds of food
- provided 43,908 articles of clothing to 4,252 individuals
- 297 individuals received transportation assistance
- distributed Back-to-School gift cards to 300 children
- helped 360 households with utility/heat assistance
- provided shelter for 584 individuals, with a total number of 4,210 shelter days, total homeless intakes for the year was 860 households
- 161 adults graduated from Financial Literacy courses
- HNS offers services that nurture children: Birthday Closet with gifts and party in a bag, Adopt a Family for Christmas Food Program & Christmas Store, Easter baskets, other activities offered by community members
- HNS screens for all of the City of Loveland programs for low-income families and seniors: Chilson Recreation Center discount passes and youth scholarships, COLT Bus and Paratransit applications, screenings for Food and Utility Tax Rebate Program, COL Utility HANDS Program
- Berthoud HNS provides youth scholarships for the Berthoud Recreation Center
*Each head of household is required to complete a Financial Literacy course offered by community, online and at HNS Life Center to receive extended services from our programs.
One in five people in Larimer County currently lives in poverty.
The face of poverty in our community is varied. They are the faces of children, young working parents, they are two parent families and single parent families, seniors, disabled, and veterans on fixed incomes. Those who struggle to stretch their resources in our community.
Families with Children: Children under the age of 18 make up almost half of the people we serve. Our goal is to provide stability, safety, relief, and care while engaging parents in planning for a future of self-reliance.
Households on fixed incomes-seniors and disabled: Many of those living in poverty have mental or physical limitations that impact their ability to support themselves in our society without a little extra help.
Homeless: Homelessness comes in many shapes and forms. Many of the homeless people who seek help state they never dreamed this could happen to someone like them. The fact is many families are only one paycheck away from being in a deep crisis and it is the mission of HNS to look for ways to offer help.
House of Neighborly Service represents a community effort by individuals, churches, local government, businesses, foundations, non-profit and faith-based organizations. The HNS volunteer team is a powerful force that helps to drive the services with heart.