Mission Statement: House of Neighborly Service (HNS) assists and advocates for people challenged by the effects of poverty or situational crisis; giving individuals and families the resources to survive and a vision to thrive.
House of Neighborly Service is a home grown agency started in 1961 by the ministerial council of churches and other Southern Larimer County residents to help neighbors that were facing critical situations. They believed in establishing one organized central agency to meet many of the emergency needs that poverty stricken individuals and families faced then and still are facing today. On January 5, 1968, HNS was incorporated under the laws of the State of Colorado. Today HNS remains a vital part of our community.
House of Neighborly Service is an emergency service and resource agency, which assists those from Loveland, Berthoud, and South Ft. Collins who find themselves in critical situations with basic life-sustaining emergency services. Our goal as an agency is to provide resources and vision as we directly impact the living conditions for low-income and impoverished residents as well as those who have found themselves in a financial crisis. "Resources to survive" refers to the immediate services we provide to families and individuals that come to HNS with emergency requests when their situation has reached a critical level of need. "Vision to thrive" describes the further assistance that is provided when caseworkers meet individually with each client as they guide through referrals, recommendations to other programs, scheduling of educational classes, or phone calls made on their behalf to increase their success within the current situation as we help promote families to self-reliance.
"HNS has impacted my family's lives dramatically. I have a wonderful husband and three beautiful sons, ages 1, 4, and 5. As participants in the Angel House Program, we have gained guidance and tools we needed to become self-reliant. We found wisdom and love from the staff. My husband and I are amazed at what this community does for people who are truly in need. We've never encountered anything like this and truly believe that our experience in this program caused us to reevaluate our priorities. When we entered the Angel House Program we lived paycheck to paycheck with no goals for our future. We talked about becoming homeowners but never did anything to accomplish it. A series of events, new job, new community, not aware of the housing situation, pushed us into a situation we never dreamed we would face: we became homeless. Even my husband's great new job couldn't help us qualify for housing. We had a bad credit history and simply could not compete in the rental market. We were spending all of our earnings on motels and a few nights slept in our car. We are grateful for the day we were referred to the Angel House Program. They put a roof over our heads when all we had was our car, they fed us when we only had $20 to our name, and they provided all the necessities we needed while we got back on our feet. We could now use our income to restore our credit history and save for an affordable rented home. The Angel House staff taught us how to become self-reliant through coaching and holding us accountable. We participated in the Financial Peace University course and learned so much about managing finances. After the 120 day Rotation Program, where our family was hosted by 10 churches, we moved into one of the HNS transitional homes and have been paying an affordable rent while we continue to deal with our debt and credit. We have paid over $12,000 towards debt in 12 months. Our Angel House Program case manager has held our hand from homelessness to self-reliance. We now pay our bills on time and have set goals for ourselves; we have almost paid off our car and are saving for home ownership. We are working hard to meet these goals and know we will reach them. I feel like a better mother now because I have control to provide a stable and safe future for my children. We have gained wisdom and knowledge along the way so that God can use us to help others. We have grown in our desire to give back and to be a blessing to others in need, just as we have been blessed by HNS. I am truly grateful."