Posted on February 14, 2023 at 1:24 PM by Nathan Day
Making ends meet can be hard and everyone could use some help from time to time. You or your family may not have needed support before, but times have changed. If you need help with food, finding a job, or other support, and are not sure where to turn, Jefferson County and out community partners can help.
- Unemployment Insurance: For assistance with unemployment insurance, visit the state’s website for unemployment.
- Resources for Job Seekers and Businesses including Lay-off Assistance are available on the Business Workforce Center web page. You can make a virtual appointment (by phone or video) with a workforce specialist for job search resources or career coaching. To make an appointment please call 303-271-4755 or email the Workforce Center.
- Colorado Works (303-866-5700) is Colorado's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Through the program, participants receive help becoming self-sufficient by strengthening their family's economic and social stability. Colorado Works operates in all 64 counties and is delivered locally through each county's department of human or social services.
- Employment First (303-271-1388) is your partner to learn, grow and succeed! They can help you gain new skills, training, connections and work experience to enhance your marketability. Actively participate each month to create a plan and begin the steps to achieve your career goals and to help you on your path to economic security. In addition to monthly Food Assistance, you will benefit from the full range of employment, educational and health/wellness services for you and your household. On top of that, you will work closely with a Career Specialist to establish goals and make progress on them for you and your family. They’ll help you get started and be there to support you when challenges come your way. This is a partnership environment, designed to help you on your journey to stability and success.
- It’s simple, free, and easy to receive free groceries from the Action Center. Each week your household can receive a pre-packed box of groceries filled with healthy, high quality food like fruits, veggies, meat, dairy, and much more. (Selection varies daily). With easy access, you can just drive-thru or walk up. The grocery is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am to 3pm – closed for lunch from 12pm to 1pm daily. No appointment or documentation required. Mail may be picked up when the grocery is open. Vouchers for Colorado IDs, drivers' licenses, and birth certificates are also available upon request (quantities are limited).
- Belmar Church in Lakewood provides food every Thursday evening at the church. There are no pre-qualifiers and all are welcome. Doors open at 5:30 pm, and food is given out between 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. A photo ID is requested but not required. All services are free. For more information email Belmar Church or call 303-986-5500.
- Benefits in action continues to provide SNAP navigation and application assistance, as well as help with finding open food banks and pantries. For any needs, contact 720-221-8354 or email Benefits in Action.
- BGoldN is an innovative food assistance program run out of the city of Golden. BGoldN is offering many different options for food assistance including prepackaged pickup and delivery services for individuals who are unable to leave their home.
- The Calvary Food Shelf at Calvary Church in Golden remains open with shelf stable and fresh food (limited), $10 grocery cards, toiletries (as long as they last); we're using a "grab and go" model of distribution right now and will most likely add delivery to those who are unable to get out. We also have travel-type bags of food for the homeless population.
- Colorado Program Eligibility and Application Kit (PEAK) is the online portal to assistance programs. Skip the office visit by completing an application and managing benefits on the Colorado PEAK website.
- A free drive-thru Pet Food Bank is available for pet owners to continue taking care of their pets and to keep them out of shelters. Walk-ins are accepted at all their locations and Spanish language services are available. To find a location near you and to view their schedule visit the Colorado Pet Pantry website.
- Community Table ensures that the residents of Arvada and neighboring communities in Northern Jefferson County have a place to go for emergency food.
- Denver Food Rescue, Bondadosa, Focus Points Family Resource Center and Lost City have partnered to deliver free, prepared meals to homebound families and elderly individuals in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Submit an application to receive meals at Denver Metro Emergency Food Network.
- Evergreen Christian Outreach offers a food bank for the Evergreen area.
- Golden Backpack Program is continuing to help distribute food to kids with help from community partners since schools are closed.
- Hunger Free Colorado connects people to food resources to meet existing needs and drives policy, systems, and social change to end hunger.
- Jeffco Eats help kids and families eat by providing food over the weekends to ensure that no child goes hungry in Jeffco Title One Schools, GAP schools, Section 8 apartments, rec centers, parks, and Head Start programs.
- Jeffco Schools will be implementing meal service based on the most current learning model at the time. Meal service will consist of meals provided in person, take home meals from school sites and multiple meal pickups for remote learners.
- Kaizen Food Rescue is partnering with organizations across the Denver Metro Area to provide food at various mobile food pantry. Please check the website calendar for additional information for food pick up at the different sites.
- Light of the World offers a Holy Family Center Food Pantry, as well as financial and employment guidance.
- Mountain Resource Center provides basic needs, Public Benefits Program Assistance and Veterans Support Services. Call 303-838-7552 or go online.
- Some stores are offering hours of service designated for older shoppers. Check out the full list from AARP.
- Waterstone Food Pantry is a partner agency of Food Bank of the Rockies. Serving customers in the west Littleton/Morrison area using a curbside drive-up contactless model. We provide shelf-stable foods as well as meat, dairy, and fresh produce.
- Children’s ParentSmart line serves the entire state of Colorado. This free health line is for any parent with a sick child, especially families without a primary care provider. If a child has a primary care physician, parents are encouraged to speak with their child’s primary care physician before calling this health line. The Healthline number is 720-777-0123.
- Clinica Colorado serves populations in Adams County and surrounding areas with low cost, primary health care, especially for those who are uninsured. Clinica is offering telehealth visits for both new and existing patients. Appointments are available in English and Spanish.
- Colorado Community Health Alliance (CCHA) was founded in 2010 specifically to meet the needs of Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) members. CCHA combines the extensive resources of Elevance Health, Centura Health, Physician Health Partners and Primary Physician Partners. Our partnership brings an influential blend of primary care providers, specialists, hospitals, behavioral health services and medical/behavioral health management services to drive innovation within the Medicaid delivery system.
- Colorado Crisis Services is the statewide behavioral health crisis response system offering residents mental health, substance use or emotional crisis help, information and referrals. Its mission is to strengthen Colorado’s mental health system by providing Coloradans with greater access to crisis services wherever they are at 24/7/365 regardless of ability to pay. Call 1-844-493-8255 or text "TALK" to 38255.
- Connect for Health COLORADO, Colorado’s Official Health Insurance Marketplace. See what health insurance options are available or if you qualify for Medicaid (855-752-6749).
- COVIDLine provides free COVID-19 symptom screening, phone-based appointments with volunteer doctors, and routing and recommendations for leveraging local resources. The goal of the service is to provide reassurance and resources to hundreds of thousands of Colorado residents, including undocumented immigrants, who are concerned they may have COVID-19 symptoms but do not have healthcare. Spanish-speaking doctors and interpreters will be available. COVIDLine Telephone Hotline Numbers:
- Local: 720-902-9449
- Toll-free: 1-855-963-3721
- Jefferson Center for Mental Health (303-425-0300) is a nonprofit, community-focused mental health care and substance use services provider. They offer hope and support to individuals and families who are struggling with mental health issues and substance use disorders.
- Medicaid in Colorado is known as Health First Colorado. Health First Colorado is public health insurance for Coloradans who qualify. Medicaid is funded jointly by the federal government and Colorado state government, and is administered by the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing.
- Sheridan Clinic offers a variety of services to encompass all of a patient’s needs and strive to provide complete care to individuals with a focus on wellness and disease prevention. Sheridan Health Services, Inc. has two locations serving adults and children. The Sheridan Family Health Clinic and the Sheridan Youth Health Clinic both provide primary care and a comprehensive range of physical, behavioral, oral health, and pharmacy services.
- STRIDE Community Health Center provides health care to low-income, uninsured and underserved populations at multiple locations across the Denver Metro Area. STRIDE CHC is testing for COVID-19 and is offering telehealth visits. For more information call 303-360-6276.
- Women, Infants and Children (WIC) (303-692-2400) is The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC does not ask or keep information about visa status or citizenship. All responses are kept confidential. WIC gives you resources, knowledge and tools to help you and support your family. It’s free for moms, dads, grandparents, foster parents and all Colorado families who qualify. Whether you're pregnant, already a mom or raising a child younger than 5, you can get the right personalized support for you and your family. WIC’s goal is to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women and children younger than age 5 healthy.
Find a complete, comprehensive list of resources including resources for HOUSING, MENTAL HEALTH, AGING & ADULT and more at www.jeffco.us/4019