Having concrete supports in times of need is one of the five protective factors for Strengthening Families.
Call 2-1-1 for Information & Referral (Pikes Peak United Way)
This is the free, bilingual, easy-to-remember phone number that serves residents of 12 counties (Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Chaffee, Cheyenne, El Paso, Lincoln, Mineral, Park, Rio Grande, Saguache and Teller), helping those in need navigate the complex and ever-growing maze of health and human service providers in their community.
Trained information specialists staff the hotline from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, using a comprehensive database of thousands of resources including federal, state, and local government agencies, private nonprofits, as well as faith and community-based organizations. By directing people to the right resources and preparing them for their visit, 2-1-1 promotes higher assistance success and decreases frustrations.
Care & Share
Those in need of food assistance can locate their nearest food pantry by clicking HERE to visit the Care & share website.
Text 877-877 to Find Food Distribution Sites
NEW! With schools closed, kids who rely on school meals are at risk of going hungry. No Kid Hungry has launched a texting hotline to let parents know about emergency food distribution sites in their neighborhoods. Parents & caregivers can text the word “FOOD” (or “COMIDA”) to 877-877 to find the nearest sites.
Meal Distribution at School District Sites
For a full list of locations and times for free food for children during school closures, click HERE.
Catholic Charities of Central Colorado
Catholic Charities offers a premier Family Resource Campus where families can access numerous essential services to build resiliency on their path to stability. Call 719-636-2345 for information or visit their website.
In these times of uncertainty, The Salvation Army stands strong, providing home and help to those who need it.
If you, or anyone you know, have lost wages or employment due to COVID-19 and need emergency assistance with mortgage/rent, utility bills, clothing, medication bills or other needs in order to keep families in their homes, please call 855-768-7977.
As a reminder this relief fund is only allocated for those who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. They ask that you be able to provide a letter from your employer or previous employer stating that your hours have been reduced or a letter stating that you have been laid off due to COVID-19 to determine eligibility when calling.
We know that it is not just those who test positive for the coronavirus who will be affected. The Salvation Army is prepared to offer long-term support to affected families and individuals as needed, including emergency assistance with rent and utility payments for workers who have lost wages or employment due to COVID-19 closures and cancellations. Army staff will also be available to offer emotional and spiritual care.
Visit the Salvation Army website HERE.
AuntBertha.com is a website where you can enter your ZIP to Search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more.
Housing Resources | Evictions, Foreclosures, Utility Bills
During this unprecedented time, Coloradans should not have stress over rent, mortgage payments, or utility bills adding to the other anxieties caused by COVID-19. That’s why on March 20, 2020, Governor Jared Polis issued Executive Order D 2020 012, ordering Colorado state agencies to work with property owners, mortgage companies, and utilities providers to limit evictions, foreclosures, and public utility disconnections while Colorado is in a state of emergency.
Download Resources for Assistance Flyer HERE.
For details on all of the protective factors, click HERE.