What We Do
House of Neighborly Service (HNS) offers comprehensive emergency and basic needs services, case management and long-term solutions to help people overcome situational crises or escape the grips of poverty.
Our model is to provide “help for today and hope for tomorrow” as we directly impact people’s lives and offer a hand-up approach to those who have found themselves in a financial or situational crisis.
How we helped thousands of people in 2017:
- 6,815 unduplicated individuals served, 23% increase from 2016
- 685 new households
- 5,931 food baskets, distributed 345,643 pounds of food
- provided 27,425 articles of clothing
- 511 individuals received transportation assistance
- 250 children received Back-to-School gift cards
- 541 homeless children and adults received shelter through 137 and Angel House
- 527 households received utility shut-off prevention assistance
- 86 community food drives, 13,628 pounds of fresh produce donated
- 18,475 volunteer hours served
- 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 them. The fact is many families and individuals are only one paycheck away from a crisis and it is the mission of HNS to look for ways to offer help.
House of Neighborly Service does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, rights guaranteed by state or federal law, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. Everyone is welcome!
Further, it is the policy of HNS to provide language access services at no charge to populations of persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) and persons with a disability who are served by HNS, including interpretation and translation services. HNS will make reasonable accommodations for persons in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Your needs matter to us!
House of Neighborly Service will not proselytize. This means that House of Neighborly Service will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith. At House of Neighborly Service the client sets the tone and agenda for each conversation.
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 maintain excellence in our services.