to mobilize, resource, and connect the local Church in order to fulfill its role in a community
SERVE 6.8 started in March 2012 through a group of people who had a desire to build up and send out teams of people to serve our community with God's love in tangible ways with no strings attached.
SERVE 6.8 serves our community through a variety of ways: serving the vulnerable and natural disaster survivors in our community through our Community Impact Projects, the materially poor at the Resource Center, and those struggling at Christmas time through the Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program.
On July 1, 2013 SERVE 6.8 assumed daily operations and oversight of the Murphy Center through an agreement with United Way of Larimer County. SERVE 6.8 oversaw the daily operations and ownership of the Murphy Center for two and a half years before transferring ownership and operations to a new collaboration of community partners. Under it's ownership, the Murphy Center had over 79,000 visits and offered a variety of on-sites services such as Resource Specialists, mail, lockers, showers, and laundry and continued to grow in it's on-site partnerships.
On April 13, 2015 SERVE 6.8 opened the Resource Center to provide preventative care to those who are one crisis away from homelessness. There were over 6,400 visits in 2018. The Resource Center provides resource navigation and crisis support; a food pantry; a clothing closet; budgeting assistance; legal advice, and a career assistance program. All the programs of the Resource Center are done using an assets-based approach. The Resource Center also aims to connect people back to their social and church supports and encourage them to connect and go deeper with a local church.
A few weeks ago a family came into the Resource Center seeking help to get their electricity turned back on, and with paying their rent. The family moved to Fort Collins this summer when the husband accepted a promising job offer, which guaranteed their bills would be fully covered. After the company lost business, the husband lost his job, and found himself working two odd-jobs to try to get his family caught up. Once the family realized they needed financial assistance, they began meeting with a Resource Navigator at the Resource Center. The Resource Navigator was able to quickly reconnect the family with their home church, who then found enough support to get their electricity turned back on. From there, the Resource Navigator connected the family to Homelessness Prevention Initiative and other community resources which ended up covering the remaining portion of their rent! With the help of the Resource Center, Vineyard Church, and various community resources, this family is now caught up on their bills and have an income which solidifies their financial stability.
Cynthia and Steven met each other in Florida and spent most of their time together on the East Coast. It wasn't until these college sweethearts took a trip to Europe and climbed the Swiss Alps that they realized their love for the mountains. Upon their return back to the States, it didn't take long for them to pack up and make the move to Colorado, particularly the Rocky Mountains. After living happily for several years and taking advantage of all the outdoor activities Fort Collins has to offer, Steven was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and it has been a tough ride ever since. Recently, the couple decided they wanted to move into a new place but were concerned they would not be able to move their belongings by themselves. Cynthia then reached out to Volunteers of America, who referred her to SERVE 6.8, and together both organizations were able to meet their need. Cynthia was amazed by the efficiency and dedication of our Team Members while moving their belongings. She could tell our Team Members wanted nothing more than to help that day, for which she is very grateful. Both Cynthia & Steven would like to thank SERVE 6.8 for the moving assistance, and they realize the move would not have been possible without the generosity of our Team Members taking time out of their weekend to give back to the community.