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 2016:
- 5,612 food baskets, distributed 325,648 pounds of food
- provided 53,246 articles of clothing
- 336 individuals received transportation assistance
- distributed Back-to-School gift cards to 266 children, 225 parents shopped in the birthday closet for gifts for their children, 361 children received gifts from the Santa shop for Christmas
- over $63,000 spent to help households with utility/heat assistance
- provided shelter for 506 individuals, with a total number of 16,804 shelter nights
- 685 new individuals served, 5,271 unduplicated individuals served
- 102 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 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 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, 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, vendors, and clients.
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.