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  • After-School Youth Opportunities


    Pikes Peak Area Resources:


    Please ask your Program Specialist for more information about after-school youth opportunities


    Denver Area Resources:


    -- A Precious Child Youth Advisory Board: for high school students from Boulder to Aurora. Find details here.

    -- Asian Pacific Development Center: After School and Summer Programs for Youth in the 6th Grade and Up
    1537 Alton Street
    Aurora CO 80010
    http://apdc.org/
    303-923-2920

    Notes: Offers a free after-school program that includes homework help, a variety of workshops on topics including bullying, public speaking, life skills and more. The program is open to any student in the 6th grade through high school (sometimes exceptions are made for 5th graders), and older kids may continue to participate as mentors and tutors.

    -- Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA): art studio and volunteer/work opportunity for youth ages 7-17
    1405 Florence Street
    Aurora CO 80010
    303-367-5886

    Notes: students can come to the studio to work on various art projects offered that day, all of which connect the young artists to the community. Older students can volunteer at the studio or work toward becoming Junior Staff members.

    -- Youth Roots: a youth leadership development program for 10th-12th graders
    1127 Sherman St, #100
    Denver, Colorado 80203
    303-954-9612

    Notes: the program consists of several youth boards, each of which conducts a needs assessment in its local community, then meets every other week to develop a fundraising plan. This is a one year commitment, beginning with a Fall retreat and followed by bi-weekly meetings from 6:15-8:15 (meals provided) in various areas throughout the Denver metro area, depending on where participants live. Participants are in the 10th-12 grades, so those in 9th-11th grades can apply for the following year. In 2015, the application is due April 10th. Applications can be completed online or printed and mailed in.

  • Childcare Assistance

    Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP)

    CCCAP Provides assistance with the cost of child care for families in which caretakers are working, searching for employment, attending school, or enrolled in Colorado Works programs. Income eligibilities vary with county. To find out more information about CCCAP and to apply, create an account with Colorado PEAK: https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/

  • Clothing


    Pikes Peak Area Resources:


    -- Ecumenical Social Ministries: Clothing
    Clients must show a photo ID and a Social Security Card for every person in the household.
    201 N. Weber Street
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903
    (719) 636-1916

    Notes: the Clothing Closet is available to people with urgent needs, and is zip code-dependent. Call to check eligibility.


    -- Springs Rescue Mission: clothing and household items
    Must show an I.D. stating El Paso County residence
    5 W. Las Vegas St.
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903
    719-632-1822

    Notes: These items may be available on Mondays-Thursdays 1-3pm, and on Saturdays from 9-12. There is no limit. Commodities are available once per month.

    -- Westside Cares: clothing closet and vouchers
    Services are provided only to Colorado Springs residents West of I-25. They ask for a SSN, but it is not required to receive services.
    2808 W Colorado Ave
    Colorado Springs, CO 80904
    Office hours: Monday-Thursdays 9:30-12:30 (line forms at 8:30); Thursdays 4:30-6pm.
    719-389-0759

    Notes: may be able to provide vouchers to Goodwill once every six months. The clothing closet is limited, and is open during office hours.


    Denver Area Resources:



    Agencies Serving All Denver Counties


    -- Coats for Colorado
    Limited Time Event: Public Distribution Days for Coats
    Call in October for each year's dates
    No documentation or ID is required.
    1701 S. Broadway
    Denver, CO 80210
    303.777.2673 ext. 21

    Notes: The lines for coats are long, so it is recommended to not bring children. Parents or friends can wait in line to get coats for children or other family members.

    -- Denver Children's Home: Clothing for babies up to youth size 16
    Does not require documentation or proof of income
    1536 Albion Street
    303-399-4890 ext. 274

    Notes: Provides clothing for kids ranging from babies to size 16 (there is no adult clothing). Anyone who enters must do a needs assessment, from which the DCH will help navigate the family toward further resources. Families can call to make an appointment or walk in on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-12.


    -- Denver Rescue Mission Ministry Outreach Center: Clothing Closet
    Requires a photo ID
    5725 E. 39th Avenue Denver, CO 80207
    303.297.1815 ext. 1447

    Notes: The clothing closet is open for walk-ins from 8:30-11 and is first come first served. Families can also call to schedule appointments for M-F from 12:30-2pm.


    Arapahoe and Adams Counties


    -- Aurora Interfaith Community Services (formerly Aurora Interchurch Task Force): Clothing Closet
    Open to residents of Adams and Arapahoe counties. Must provide photo ID for all family members receiving services, and proof of address for the last month.
    1553 Clinton St.
    Aurora CO 80010
    303-360-0260
    Office hours: 8:30-1:30 on Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 8:30-5 on Wednesday.

    Notes: Must call to schedule an appointment for all services. Clothing is available once every six months, three times total.


    Arapahoe County


    -- Inter-faith Community Services: Clothing Bank
    For residents of Arapahoe County. Must meet income requirements, and each adult must bring in a photo ID, proof of address within the last 30 days, and proof of income within last 30 days. For children to receive services, must show a birth certificate or social security card.
    3370 South Irving Street
    Englewood CO 80110-1816
    303-789-0501

    Notes: Clothing Bank hours are 8:30-11:30 Monday through Friday, and 1-2:30 on Mondays and Thursdays and from 1-4:30 on Tuesdays. Clients can use the clothing bank once a month, and only four times in twelve months.


    Denver County


    -- Community Ministry: Clothing Bank, for children 12 and under
    Services limited to Denver county residents south of 6th Ave, West of Broadway, Southwest of Denver City limits: zip codes 80219, 80223, 80236, and the Denver portion of 80227. Clients must bring a photo ID and proof of residency.
    1755 S Zuni St.
    Denver, CO 80223
    (303) 935-3428

    Notes: The Clothing Bank is open on Thursdays from 9-12, and only carries clothing for children 12 and under.



    Douglas County


    -- Douglas County Task Force: Vouchers for thrift store
    Services are for residents of Douglas and Elbert Counties. Must present a photo I.D. that shows Douglas or Ebert county residency, or bring in other proof of residency.
    1638 Park Street
    Castle Rock CO 80109
    303-688-1114

    Notes: All services are acquired on a first come first served basis, up to 20 clients per day. Number tabs are put on the door the night before, and people can pull a tab to save themselves a spot. Doors open at 9am and close at 12 pm, Monday through Friday. Services include a voucher to their on-site thrift store with clothing, household items, games, etc, available once every 60 days.


    Jefferson County


    -- The Action Center: Clothing Bank
    Serves Jefferson County Residents Only. Clients need a photo I.D. and proof of residency in Jefferson County, and birth certificates for all children.
    8755 W. 14th Avenue
    Lakewood, CO 80215
    303.237.7704

    Notes: Clients must meet with a case manager, and from there may be directed to a variety of services at The Action Center. The clothing bank is open 4 hours every day, at various times: call to check on hours. Clients are allowed 15 pieces of clothing/person/month, with sizes ranging from infant to adult.





  • College Readiness and Scholarships



    Statewide Resources


    -- ASSET (from College in Colorado)
    1569 Broadway, Suite 1700
    Denver CO 80202
    720-988-4628
    http://ciccoloradoasset.org/

    Notes: ASSET allows eligible students without documentation to pay in-state tuition and receive the College Opportunity Fund stipend at Colorado public colleges. The website helps students and advocates determine whether or not students are eligible.


    --College In Colorado
    1560 Broadway, Suite 1700
    Denver, CO 80202
    (303) 866-2978
    Spanish language: (720) 264-8580
    https://www.collegeincolorado.org/

    Notes: this is a free website designed to inform students, parent, and educators of events, tools, and various resources to help students plan for college. The website includes information on choosing colleges, SAT and ACT tests, scholarships, college fairs and more.




    Statewide Scholarship Opportunities




    -- American Indian College Fund
    8333 Greenwood Blvd.
    Denver CO 80221
    303-426-8900

    Notes: provides scholarships and support to Native American students to attend one of the 34 accredited tribal colleges and universities, or a technical college or university of the student's choice. Native American students apply online, and must upload proof of enrollment in a tribe or descendancy. Scholarships may cover tuition, cost of books, and transportation.


    -- College in Colorado Website: Scholarship Search

    Notes: Offers a large database of scholarships and a search function that allows students to search for opportunities specific to area of interest, background, religion, and more. Requires creating an account with College in Colorado; all services are free.


    -- Gates Millennium Scholarship: Covers tuition at any U.S. credited college or university until graduation.
    https://www.gmsp.org/publicweb/aboutus.aspx
    Application period: August 1, 2015- January 13, 2016.

    Notes: Eligibility requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.3, U.S. citizen or permanent resident residency status, and is open to African American, American Indian, Asian American, or Hispanic American students. Does not require a high school diploma, and applicant must be applying for full-time college study for the first time. See website for more details and requirements.


    -- George W. Gallup Memorial Scholarship

    Notes: 1000$ awarded to a little currently matched in their senior year of high school, who intends on attending college the following year. Funds go directly to the college or university. Scholarship application is sent out to Program Specialists in March, and winners are selected by a committee.


    -- LEAGUE Foundation Scholarships for LGBT Young People
    http://www.leaguefoundation.org/scholarships/

    Notes: The LEAGUE Foundation provides financial resources for America's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender high school seniors entering their first year of institutions of higher learning. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents, provide proof of acceptance to a college, and have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0. The scholarship application opens annually in January and closes in April with awards distributed in the summer of each year. Funds go directly to the school.


    -- The Skulls for Scholars Scholarship: sponsored by The Smokin Guns MC
    http://sgmcnation.com/index.php/smokin-skulls-for-...

    Notes: available to high school seniors interested in pursuing a criminal justice program, or a career in law enforcement. They must have a minimum GPA of 2.7, and already be accepted to a college/technical school when they apply. The deadline is usually in April and the application is online.


    -- The Walter "Sweetness" Payton Memorial Scholarship
    http://www.paytonfamilyfoundation.com/index.htm

    Notes: For 2015 applicants, the scholarship amount is a maximum of 6,500$ per year. Graduating high school seniors who have already been accepted to a 4-year university or college are eligible. The scholarship is renewable yearly if the student maintains a 3.0 GPA. Application is on the website.

  • Counseling



    Statewide Resources:


    Colorado Crisis Support Line: 844-493-8255(TALK)

    This is a 24/7 phone line that is answered by a mental health professional who can provide support for concerns surrounding mental health, substance abuse, and emotional struggles.


    --Families First
    There is no requirement for documentation to receive services
    Locations throughout Colorado
    Family Support Line: 1-877-695-7996 or 1-800- CHILDREN.
    Spanish: 1-866-527-3264
    familiesfirstcolorado.org

    Notes: Services include a toll free, state-wide support line in Spanish and English, for support surrounding any parenting concerns. The support line is not intended for crisis situations (hours are 9am – 10 pm, with messages returned within 24 hours), but can provide callers with support, a list of resources, and other information (calls often include "How can I get my child to stop crying" or "she doesn't listen when I tell her to go to bed").


    Pikes Peak Area Resources:


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    -- Bridge to Awareness Counseling Center: Addiction and Anger Management Counseling for Medicaid Patients
    129 W. Costilla St.
    Colorado Springs CO 80903
    719-347-1642

    Notes: This is primarily a drug and alcohol counseling center, but they may also provide anger management services. Clients must pay 45 dollars for enrollment, after which time they will learn what Medicaid covers and does not cover. Counseling includes group and/or individual counseling, with classes and sessions running all week long and at various times throughout the day.


    -- Catholic Charities
    228 North Cascade Avenue
    Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
    719-866-6535

    Notes: offers counseling for individuals, families, and couples. The first session is free, and on the second visit clients must provide proof of income, which determines future costs on a sliding scale. They usually cannot provide services to clients who are violent, but could speak with that client on the phone and provide referrals.


    -- Fort Carson's Survivor Outreach Services Program
    Fort Carson Casualty Assistance Office
    1625 Ellis Street, Bldg. 1218 Rm 168
    Fort Carson CO 80913-7102
    719-526-0905

    Notes: provides information and support to assist survivors in coping with the loss of
    a soldier


    -- Westside Cares: counseling and women's stress-relief group
    Services available to Colorado Springs residents West of I-25. Westside Cares asks for a SSN, but it is not required to receive services.
    2808 W Colorado Ave
    Colorado Springs, CO 80904
    Office hours: Monday-Thursdays
    9:30-12:30 (line forms at 8:30); Thursdays 4:30-6pm.
    719-389-0759

    Notes: an Aspen Point Counselor is in the office on Wednesdays from 8:30-10:30am. Clients can walk in and sign up for services. A women's movement group focusing on relieving stress meets on Wednesdays at 9:45 am.



    Denver Area Resources:



    Agencies Serving All Counties in the Denver Area:


    --Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council
    www.cbhc.org
    303-832-7594

    Notes: through the website users can search for mental health services and information throughout Colorado


    -- Denver Children's Advocacy Center (for abuse, trauma, violence, and neglect)
    If seeking therapy after sexual abuse, requires a case number for reported sexual abuse
    2149 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80211
    303-996-8594

    Notes: Serves children ages 1-17 who have been sexually abused, neglected or traumatized by witnessing violence



    -- Second Wind Fund : Youth Suicide Prevention
    13701 W. Jewell Ave. #251
    Lakewood CO 80228
    720-962-0706

    Notes: the Second Wind Fund pays for therapy for youth at risk for suicide with financial and social barriers.


    Adams County


    --Community Reach Center
    8931 Huron St., Thornton, CO 80260, with sites throughout Adams County
    (303) 853-3500

    Notes: The Center provides a variety of counseling services, and patients must have an axis-1 diagnosis. There is zero cost for Medicaid patients. If patients do not have Medicaid the clinic can help them attain Medicaid, or charge on a sliding scale.


    Arapahoe/Douglas County


    -- The Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network (ADMHN): serves residents of Arapahoe and Douglas counties, not including City of Aurora.
    155 Inverness Drive West Suite 200
    Englewood, CO 80112
    303 779 9676
    (with multiple locations throughout the service area)

    Notes: Offers a variety of programs and services for individuals, families, youth, seniors, and more. Accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and sliding-scale for self-pay customers.


    Aurora


    -- The Resilience Center
    1298 Peoria St., Aurora, CO 80111
    303-739-1580

    Notes: Offers Aurora residents affected by stress and trauma free services, including individual and group counseling, health and wellness classes, art, music, writing, yoga, medication, and connecting victims with other community resources.


    Denver County


    -- Access Behavioral Care (ABC): Medicaid members only
    Must have Medicaid and live in Denver County
    303-751-9030

    Notes: This is a network of contracted experts to provide free mental health care to Medicaid members living in Denver County. This service can also help patients find a provider by using an online search engine, or by calling the number above (which might lead to voicemail, but calls are returned within 24 hours). To search for a provider online:
    Go to www.coaccess.com
    Click on "Find a Provider"
    Make sure that "ABC" is checked in the "Line of Business" box, and that "Yes" is checked in "Accepting New Patients." Check other boxes as necessary.
    Hitting "Search" will generate a list of providers that are contracted with ABC, and would be free of charge. Double check with providers that they still contract with ABC.


    -- Mental Health Center of Denver
    4141 E Dickenson Place
    Denver CO 80222
    303-504-6500
    Mobile Crisis: 303-602-7220

    Notes: services include a Recovery Center, three outpatient clinics for Spanish-speaking children and adults, a resource center with food and personal items (referral from a clinician required), counseling at 18 DPS locations, day treatment school for kids 6-14 with serious emotional problems, and therapists in youth centers and nursing homes. Also offers specialized services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing of all ages, a Living and Learning with HIV program, and El Centro de las Familias, which provides bilingual mental health services.


    -- University of Colorado Denver Student and Community Counseling Center
    Tivoli 454 (4th floor)
    900 Auraria Parkway
    Denver CO 80204
    303-556-4372

    Notes: DPS students and families are eligible for 10 counseling sessions/year at 5$/session. Community members are eligible for 10 counseling sessions/year on a sliding scale fee.


    Jefferson County


    -- Jefferson Center for Mental Health
    Serves Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Gilpin counties
    Various locations in Lakewood, Wheatridge, Arvada, and Littleton.
    Link to locations: http://www.jeffersonmentalhealth.org/contact.cfm
    Information about counseling and counseling appointments: 303-425-0300

    Notes: The first step is a phone screening to see if needs can be met. If so, services are free with Medicaid.

  • Counseling: Grief and Grieving



    Statewide Resources:


    -- Camp Comfort: for kids ages 6-12 who grieve a loss
    Located near Georgetown, CO (32 miles from Denver)
    303-674-6400
    http://www.mtevans.org/camp-comfort/
    There are 2 sessions over summer

    Notes: camp costs $150 for 2 nights/3 days at camp, and scholarships are available.
    *BBBSC offers a full scholarship for one Little to attend camp every year. Ask your Program Specialist for details*


    -- Camp Erin: Free bereavement camps designed for children ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them.
    No documentation is required
    720-443-3178
    http://www.shimmeringwings.org/camp-erinreg-denver...

    Notes: this is a free, weekend-long camp for youth ages 6-17 who have experienced recent or past loss from a death of anyone to whom they felt close (it does not have to have been a relative). Registration will require the medical history of campers, as well as family income information for statistical purposes. The camp can accommodate disabilities and special needs. Families can call for an application.



    Pikes Peak Area Resources:


    See statewide resources or talk to your Program Specialist.



    Denver Area Resources:



    -- Judi's House (for grief after a death)
    Does not required documentation
    1741 Gaylord St.
    Denver, CO 80206
    720-941-0331

    Notes: Serves ages 3-25 and their caregivers who have experienced recent or past death (usually not other forms of loss) in group or individual therapy. All services are free, and Spanish-speaking groups are available. Call to set up a phone interview, then schedule for an information session

  • Disability Resources


    Statewide Resources:


    -- American Council of the Blind of Colorado (ACBCO)
    910 16th Street Suite 1240
    Denver CO 80202
    303-831-0117

    Notes: has programs designed for seniors and young adults, a hotline for information and referrals, and educational seminars.


    -- Colorado Resource Directory (made by Family Voices): an online search engine for resources for families with children/adults with special health care needs
    http://coloradoresourcedirectory.net/


    -- Colorado Yellow Pages for Kids
    A website listing services for families who have children with disabilities:
    http://www.yellowpagesforkids.com/help/co.htm

    -- Peak Parent Center
    611 North Weber, Suite 200
    Colorado Springs CO 80903
    1-800-284-0251 or parentadvisor@peakparent.org

    Notes: Parents or advocates for a child with any kind of learning disability can call from 8:30-2:30pm and speak with an advisor who provides individualized support. Services are free for families across Colorado, and children do not need a diagnosis.


    Pikes Peak Area Resources:



    See statewide resources or talk to your Program Specialist.



    Denver Area Resources:


    -- Adaptive Reaction Office (Denver Parks and Rec)
    1849 Emerson Street
    720-865-0820

    Notes: Offers therapeutic programs for people with disabilities.

    -- Atlantis Community Center
    201 South Cherokee Street
    Denver CO 80223
    303-733-9324

    Notes: Assists persons with any disability apply for benefits including SSI, Medicaid, food stamps, and housing. May be able to assist over the phone.

    -- Family Voices: supports children and youth with special health care needs
    7323 S. Alton Way, Unit A
    Centennial, CO 80112
    303-733-3000

    Notes: Helps families with a child with special health care needs identify resources and programs, access funding, and gain access to care. Also offers training on relevant topics for families and professionals.

    -- National Federation of the Blind of Colorado (NFBCO)
    2233 W. Shepperd Avenue
    Littleton CO 80120
    303-778-1130

    Notes: Offers low or no-cost events and activities for blind youth and their mentors or parent/guardians.

  • Domestic Violence

    Pikes Peak Area Resources:

    Talk to your Program Specialist.



    Denver Area Resources:

    --Family Tree: Domestic Violence Advocacy, Crisis Support, and Outreach
    3805 Marshall Street
    Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
    303-422-2133

    Notes: offers short-term, goal-oriented advocacy and crisis support, as well as referrals for ongoing counseling when appropriate. Services include individual and gender-specific groups for victims and children who have been exposed to domestic violence. All services are free and most are provided in English and Spanish.
    For after-hours crisis support, call the crisis line at 303-420-6752.

    -- Project Safeguard
    Has different numbers for Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, and Denver Counties. See website for relevant phone numbers: http://psghelps.org/contact-us/

    Notes: aids victims of domestic abuse seeking protection through the civil legal system by providing advocacy, court support, and intervention services. They can also help victims of file for protection orders.

  • Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Support


    Statewide Resources:


    -- Boys Town National Hotline: 1-800-448-3000

    Notes: a 24/7 hotline for parents and guardians, youth, mentors, or anyone wanting information about or support for family and school problems, pregnancy, suicide, chemical dependency, and sexual and physical abuse. The hotline is staffed by counselors who can provide support, answer questions about specific situations, and provide referrals for local resources.


    -- Colorado Al-Anon/Alateen, Inc.
    http://www.al-anon-co.org/index.php

    Notes: supports friends and families of alcoholics (the focus is not on the alcoholic), including teen-specific support groups. There are no dues or fees, and meetings are drop-in.


    -- Denver Area Central Committee of Alcoholics Anonymous
    2926 Zuni St. #202, Denver 80211
    303-322-4440
    www.daccaa.org

    Notes: the website contains a search engine for AA meetings throughout Colorado. The office provides information and support about AA.


    -- Narcotics Anonymous
    303.832.DRUG (3784)
    www.nacolorado.org

    Notes: The website lists support groups for recovering addicts by time and location, and provides other information and resources about drug addiction and recovery.


    -- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Hotline: 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373)

    Notes: This is sometimes labelled a "parents" hotline, but it is also available to mentors and advocates of youth. This is not a 24/7 line, but staffers return messages within 24 hours. Staffers can help assess individual situations, provide guidance, help determine whether or not behavior is a problem, and more.


    Pikes Peak Area Resources:


    -- Bridge to Awareness Counseling Center: Addiction and Anger Management Counseling for Medicaid Patients
    129 W. Costilla St.
    Colorado Springs CO 80903
    719-347-1642

    Notes: Clients must pay 45 dollars for enrollment, after which time they will learn what Medicaid covers and does not cover. Counseling includes group and/or individual counseling, with classes and sessions running all week long and at various times throughout the day. They do serve youth, particularly those with cannabis addictions. The enrollment fee may be reduced if there is a need.


    Denver Area Resources:


    -- Arapahoe House: Drug and Alcohol Rehab Services
    Various residential and outpatient locations
    303-412-3818

    Notes: costs are 100% covered for patients with Medicaid, and Arapahoe House accepts several kinds of insurance and offers a sliding scale.

  • Education: GED and Other Resources for Adults and Youth



    Statewide Resources:


    -- Goal Academy: an alternative, blended learning high school diploma/GED program
    Enrollment requires a birth certificate, immunizations records, and previous transcripts. A SSN is not required.
    http://www.goalac.org/
    303-223-3852
    Offered in various locations throughout Colorado: click here for location details.

    Notes: this program is intended for students ages 13-21 who struggle with their current school situation, or have struggled in the past. The school is free, offers online and in-person learning, and awards a high school diploma that is equal to those earned at any other Colorado public school. Students are provided with a laptop (to be returned at the end of their time with the program) with wireless internet access, assistance with transportation to learning sites, and have the opportunity to integrate personal interests into their work. The program also offers experiential learning, field trips, extra support for pregnant students, and supplementary workforce or college readiness support, depending on the student's goals. GED support is available, including financial assistance to take the test. It is highly recommended that interested students check out a learning site (see above for locations). In 2015, the enrollment deadline is September 11th. After this date, students interested in Goal Academy can speak with staff members and get on the list for next year.



    Pikes Peak Area Resources:




    Please see Statewide Resources or ask your Program Specialist about adult and youth education resources.



    Denver Area Resources:


    Agencies Serving All Counties



    -- Centro San Juan Diego: Archdiocese of Denver, Bienestar Family Services
    2830 Lawrence St.
    Denver CO 80205
    303-295-9470

    Notes: Offers adult education and family support services for Hispanic adults and families, though the center is open to all residents regardless of religious, racial, or economic status. Classes and services include computer skills, GED prep in Spanish, ESL classes, U.S. citizenship preparation in English and Spanish, business and finance classes, and free legal nights. There is a small cost for the classes (call for details).


    -- Denver Inner City Parish: GED classes and Educational Counseling for Ages 18-24
    Requires photo ID and proof of address (from anywhere)
    1212 Mariposa Street, Denver, CO 80204
    303.629.0636 www.dicp.org

    Notes: Offers a "Wagees" program for 18-24 year-olds, a program that provides incentives for educational and personal counseling, and GED classes and tests.

    -- Futures Academy (through Colorado Youth for a Change): for youth ages 17-21 who did not earn a high school diploma
    14707 E. 2nd Ave.
    Aurora CO 80011
    720-949-0253

    Notes: Intended for youth ages 17-21 who do/did not have enough credits to earn a high school diploma and want to continue their education. The school provides targeted instruction that leads to an associate degree, a Pickens Technical Certificate, a GED, or a combination of the three.

    -- Littleton Immigrant Resource Center
    6014 South Datura Street
    Littleton, CO 80120
    303-795-3968

    Notes: Provides classes and tutors for ESL, Citizenship tests, and financial literacy for immigrants. Services are open to anyone who can make it to the Littleton location. Call to set up an appointment.

    -- Mi Casa: ESL, GED, and other subjects
    http://www.micasaresourcecenter.org/about-us/
    303-573-1302

    Notes: Mi Casa aims to advance the economic success of Latino and working families by expanding educational, professional, and business opportunities. Services include a Women's Business Center with training, counseling, and networking, career development classes, ESL, GED, and computer classes, and more. See website for details and locations.

    -- WIA (Workforce Investment Act) Youth: Educational Counseling and Assistance for Technical Schools
    Requires a social security card and CO/student I.D.
    6974 S. Lima Plaza, Centennial, CO 80112 (serves youth from all counties)
    303-636-1260

    Notes: Aims to employ 16-21 year old youth who have income restrictions and struggle with traditional education settings. Applicants meet with specialists to determine their personal goals, are offered incentives for accomplishing goals, and may be granted tuition assistance to 2 year training programs at technical schools. Specialists are able to meet interested youth in more convenient locations (coffee shops, etc) if no transportation is available.


    Arapahoe County


    -- Broadway Assistance Center: GED preperation
    Requires proof of residence in Littleton, Englewood, Sheridan, or Centennial
    1449 West Littleton Blvd.
    Littleton CO 80120
    303-893-4108

    Notes: Must show ID of residence in the above area. Offers GED prep and may cover cost of testing. Call to find out when the next classes start.


    Denver County


    -- Denver Public Library Career Online High School
    http://www.careeronlinehs.gale.com/dpl/
    720-253-8736
    Open to Denver residents aged 19 and over who have completed eighth grade.

    Notes: all classes are online. The program offers 75 scholarships, so that accepted students pay only for official transcript requests if transferring credits from a previous school. Applicants must take an online assessment and complete a sample course before being admitted. Once enrolled, each student is paired with an academic coach who helps the student pursue one of eight high-growth, high-demand career fields (including transportation, retail, and homeland security). Students are given up to 18 months to complete the program, but may finish sooner. Call or visit website to get started.



    Douglas County


    -- Douglas County Task Force: assistance with cost of GED testing
    Services are for residents of Douglas and Elbert Counties. Must present a photo I.D. that shows Douglas or Ebert county residency, or bring in other proof of residency.
    1638 Park Street
    Castle Rock CO 80109
    303-688-1114

    Notes: All services are acquired on a first come first served basis, up to 20 clients per day. Number tabs are put on the door the night before, and people can pull a tab to save themselves a spot. Doors open at 9am and close at 12 pm, Monday through Friday. Services may include fee vouchers for GED testing.



  • Financial Literacy for Youth and Adults


    Statewide Resources:


    -- Young Americans Center for Financial Education
    Two locations:
    401 South Pierce Street in Lakewood,
    and
    3550 E. 1st Avenue
    Denver, Colorado 80206
    303-321-2265
    http://yacenter.org/
    Notes: Offers classes, summer camps, and activities to educate children about money and financial self-sufficiency. Also offers a bank account to youth under the age of twenty-one, along with education about how to use it. These bank accounts can be cosponsored by any adult (not necessarily the parent or guardian), and can be opened by any teen in the state.



    Denver Area Resources:


    -- Broadway Assistance Center: Financial Literacy.
    Requires proof of residence in Littleton, Englewood, Sheridan, or Centennial
    1449 West Littleton Blvd.
    Littleton CO 80120
    303-893-4108

    Notes: Must show ID of residence in the above area. Provides training on personal finances. Call to find out when the next classes start.


    -- M-powered: Financial Literacy for Adults
    Requires a photo ID; offers services to undocumented clients
    2009 N. Wadsworth Blvd. Ste. 100
    Lakewood, CO 80214
    (303) 233-2773 or toll-free 877-833-2773
    http://www.mpoweredcolorado.org/

    Notes: M-powered aims to improve the financial well-being of Coloradans. The basic program, Financial Empowerment Coaching, is free of charge, offered in Spanish and English, and takes place at ten locations throughout the Denver area. Coaching includes topics such as handling student loans, budget-making, saving for a home, any financial goals the client may have, and one free credit report and analysis. If the client needs more specific financial assistance, coaches can refer them into other M-Powered programs, or elsewhere in the community. Meetings are flexible, and set up at the client's convenience – typically, coaches meet with clients once a month.


  • Food


    Statewide Resources:


    -- Food Bank of the Rockies
    http://find.foodbankrockies.org/


    Notes: This website allows users to search for food pantries by zip code. It is recommended to call pantries to confirm open hours and eligibility requirements.


    -- Hunger Free Colorado: Hunger Free Hotline
    http://www.hungerfreecolorado.org/hunger-free-hotl...

    Notes: All Coloradans can call the bilingual, statewide hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626 to get connected to food resources by phone. Food assistance navigators are available to take calls Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All calls are kept confidential, and any call received after-hours will be returned the next business day.

  • Health Services, General


    Statewide Resources:


    -- Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+)
    4500 Cherry Creek S. Dr., Suite 200
    Denver CO 80246
    800-359-1991
    To apply: https://www.colorado.gov/hcpf/how-to-apply

    Notes: low-cost health insurance for uninsured children and pregnant women who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but can't afford private insurance. Includes dental and prenatal care.

    -- Colorado Drug Card
    http://coloradodrugcard.com/

    Notes: This card was created to help under-insured or uninsured people afford the cost of medication. Users create this card online by entering their name and printing (there are no enrollment processes, requirements for documentation, or age limits). The card is pre-activated and applies to both generic and name brand medications.




    Pikes Peak Area Resources:



    -- Ecumenical Social Ministries: Health Assistance
    Clients must show a photo ID and a Social Security Card for every person in the household.
    201 N. Weber Street
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903
    (719) 636-1916

    Notes: health services may be available to persons with disabilities who are under sixty, and may include eyeglass prescriptions. There is also a Medicaid professional available to assist with signing up and other questions, on Mondays from 9-3 (closed from 1130-1230 for lunch).


    -- Westside Cares: nurse visits, assistance with Medicaid, and eyeglasses
    Services are provided only to Colorado Springs residents West of I-25. They ask for a SSN, but it is not required to receive services.
    2808 W Colorado Ave
    Colorado Springs, CO 80904
    Office hours: Monday-Thursdays 9:30-12:30 (line forms at 8:30); Thursdays 4:30-6pm.
    719-389-0759

    Notes: a nurse is in the office during open hours. Clients may make an appointment ahead of time, or try walking-in. On Mondays and Wednesdays, clients can get information about, and help applying for, Medicaid. For eyeglasses, a lottery is held the first day of every month. Clients must walk in at that day and sign up, starting at 8:30am.




    Denver Area Resources:



    Agencies Serving All Denver Area Counties:




    -- ACS Community LIFT
    Serves all counties
    5045 W. First Avenue, Denver, CO 80219 (1st & Sheridan)
    303.935.7389
    www.acslift.org

    Notes: the Medical Clinic is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-4:30. No walk-ins: clients must call 303-935-7230 to make an appointment. Services are free, and open to patients without insurance, regardless of documentation. The scope is typically family medicine, including preventative healthcare management, lab work, hypertension treatment, allergy/asthma care, massage therapy, chronic disease management, and mental health counseling. They cannot provide patients with specialists, acute care, or imaging.

    -- Denver Rescue Mission: Health Services
    Will ask for photo ID and social security number
    1130 Park Avenue West
    Denver, CO 80205
    303-294-0157 ext. 2104
    Clinic hours: M-F 8:30-4, and Saturdays 8:30-12pm.

    Notes: the Mission offers health services to men in their program, as well as more limited services to all members of the public, free of charge. Public services include sessions with a chiropractor, podiatrist, and dermatologist. Clients must call ahead to make an appointment for each service.
    The Mission also offers dental and vision services to the public: see each category for details.


    -- Denver Urban Ministries (DenUM)
    Services require a photo ID and proof of address dated within the last 45 days.
    1717 E Colfax Ave
    Denver CO 80218
    303-355-4896

    Notes: Free health screenings every Thursday from 9-5. Nursing students perform vital checks and make referrals if further resources are required. There is also confidential HIV and Hep-C testing by appointment at 303-605-8933.
    - The first Thursday of each month from 9-12, clients can receive assistance applying for SNAP (food stamp program) and getting health insurance.

    --Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN)
    There are clinics at twenty-three locations. Enter address here to find the closest clinic: http://mcpn.org/healthcare-providers-locations/
    303-360-6276
    www.mcpn.org

    Notes: Provides low-cost health care regardless of insurance or documentation, and can help patients apply for insurance. They offer prenatal care as well as general health care, but cannot assist with specialties or emergency care. Most clinics are by appointment only, Mondays through Fridays.


      Arapahoe and Adams Counties


    -- Aurora Interfaith Community Services (formerly Aurora Interchurch Task Force)
    Open to residents of Adams and Arapahoe counties. Must provide photo ID for all family members receiving services, and proof of address for the last month.
    1553 Clinton St.
    Aurora CO 80010
    303-360-0260
    Office hours: 8:30-1:30 on Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 8:30-5 on Wednesday.

    Notes: Must call to schedule an appointment for all services. Financial assistance for prescriptions may be available once every three months for conditions that are not ongoing.


      Jefferson County


    -- The Action Center
    Serves Jefferson County Residents Only. Clients need a photo I.D. and proof of residency in JeffCo, and birth certificates for all children. These documents must be shown for use of every service, each time it is used.
    8755 W. 14th Avenue
    Lakewood, CO 80215
    303.237.7704

    Notes: The Action Center has two RN's on staff, and may be able to provide other referrals for needs that cannot be accommodated.


  • Health Services, Dental and Orthodontics for Adults and Children



    Pikes Peak Area Resources:



    Please ask your Program Specialist about dental and orthodontic resources.



    Denver Area Resources:



    -- The Dental Center/Healthy Smiles Clinic at Children's Hospital
    Requires documentation for citizenship
    1575 Wheeling Street
    720-777-6788

    Notes: The clinic accepts all major health insurance plans, Medicaid, CHP+, and will help arrange special payment plans for uninsured children.

    -- Denver Rescue Mission: Tooth Extractions
    Will ask for photo ID and social security number
    1130 Park Avenue West
    Denver, CO 80205
    303-294-0157 ext. 2104
    Clinic hours: M-F 8:30-4, and Saturdays 8:30-12pm.

    Notes: The Rescue Mission provides free extractions for the public (participants in DRM programs receive full care). Extractions may have a waitlist up to one month long. Call to make an appointment.

    -- Inner City Health Center
    3800 York St. Denver 80205
    303-296-4873

    Notes: Registration is open Mondays through Fridays between 9-11 am and 2-3 pm. Must show proof of address, a form of photo ID, bank statements, Medicare/Medicaid info, and proof of income for the last month. If the patient agrees to the cost for which he or she qualifies, there is a full exam, and then a third appointment for services.


    -- Kids in Need of Dentistry (KIND)
    Two Denver Locations

    -Commerce City KIND Clinic:
    4201 East 72nd Ave.
    Commerce City, Colo. 80022
    303-439-5961

    -Denver KIND Clinic:
    Beavallon Building
    925 Lincoln St., Suite B
    Denver CO 80203
    303-552-7884

    Notes: Dental care and orthodontic work for low-income families with Medicaid, CHP+ or no insurance for children up to 18 years-old. IMedicaid or CHP+ patients can call the relevant clinic directly to schedule and bring proof of membership for either plan. If the child does not have insurance, call 303-733-3710 ext. 15 to have an application mailed.

    -- University of Colorado Health Sciences Center: Adult Dental Services
    13065 E 17th Ave
    Aurora CO 80045
    303-724-6900

    Notes: Patients must go in for a free initial screening. If the patient is a good candidate for services, a second appointment is made that includes a full exam, then care is received during a third appointment. Patient usually pays approximately 30% of full cost. There is often a waiting list.

  • Health Services, Vision and Eye Care


    Statewide Resources:



    -- LensCrafters One Sight Program: free eye exam and glasses for children under the age 18.

    Notes: offered at select locations and requires a referral. Ask your Program Specialist for details.



    Pikes Peak Area Resources:



    -- Ecumenical Social Ministries: Eye glass prescriptions for people with disabilities
    Clients must show a photo ID and a Social Security Card for every person in the household.
    201 N. Weber Street
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903
    (719) 636-1916

    Notes: health services may be available to persons with disabilities who are under sixty, including eyeglass prescriptions. There is also a Medicaid professional available to assist with signing up and other questions, on Mondays from 9-3 (closed from 1130-1230 for lunch).


    -- Westside Cares
    Services are provided only to Colorado Springs residents West of I-25. They ask for a SSN, but it is not required to receive services.
    2808 W Colorado Ave
    Colorado Springs, CO 80904
    Office hours: Monday-Thursdays 9:30-12:30 (line forms at 8:30); Thursdays 4:30-6pm.
    719-389-0759

    Notes: A lottery is held for eyeglasses on the first day of every month. Clients must walk in at that day and sign up, starting at 8:30am.




    Denver Area Resources:



    -- Denver Rescue Mission: Optical Clinic
    Requires photo ID and social security number
    1130 Park Avenue West
    Denver, CO 80205
    303-294-0157 ext. 2104
    Clinic hours: M-F 8:30-4, and Saturdays 8:30-12pm.

    Notes: The Optical Clinic provides free eye exams and frames to the public, though the client must pay the lab cost for prescriptions. A low-strength prescription will cost about 10 dollars, and the price rises with the strength of prescription or with other features (special lens materials, tinting, etc). Call to schedule an appointment.
    The Mission also offers a variety of health and dental services. See each category for details.


    -- Inter-faith Community Services: Gift of Hearing and Sight Program
    For residents of Arapahoe County. Must meet income requirements, and each adult must bring in a photo ID, proof of address within the last 30 days, and proof of income within last 30 days. If children are receiving services, they must have a birth certificate or social security card.
    3370 South Irving Street
    Englewood CO 80110-1816
    303-789-0501

    Notes: Gift of Hearing and SIght Program covers full cost of exams, and hearing aids or glasses. Call for details and eligibility.




  • Housing: Shelters and Transitional Housing

    Statewide Resources:


    Dial 2-1-1 or visit the Mile High United Way website for immediate assistance finding emergency shelter.



    Pikes Peak Area Resources:



    -- Partners in Housing: Self-Sufficiency Program
    Requires a photo ID and proof of legal residency in the U.S.
    455 Gold Pass Heights, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
    719-473-8890

    Notes: this is not affordable housing, but a program that provides housing for one year for individuals and families who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. Program requirements include employment for residing adults, meeting regularly with a case worker, and attendance to life skills classes. If an application is approved, the applicant must go in for an interview, the information from which is sent to a panel that makes the final decisions on approvals. All units are owned by Partners in Housing, so that previous eviction notices are overlooked in the application. The entry process could take from two weeks to two months, depending on availability. To begin, go in to the office between the hours of 8:30 and 3:30 to fill out an application. Placements are first come first served.


    -- Salvation Army Shelter: R.J. Montgomery Center
    709 S. Sierra Madre
    Colorado Springs CO 80903
    719-578-9190

    Notes: this is a 24/7 homeless shelter that offers case management and other services. They also have a nights-only warming shelter, which is open from November until April.


    -- Salvation Army: Transitional Housing
    908 Yuma St.
    Colorado Springs CO 80909
    719-635-1287

    Notes: there are separate facilities for single men, women, and families. Each resident has a case manager, who helps the family towards self-sufficiency. There is usually a waitlist.



    Denver Area Resources:


    Agencies Serving All Counties


    -- Access Housing
    6978 Colorado Blvd.
    Commerce City CO 80022
    303-289-7078

    Notes: Must provide documentation of citizenship. Services available only to families in which all adults are employed full-time. Access Housing does not provide an emergency shelter. Programs include a long-term homeless shelter, transitional housing, utility assistance and motel vouchers for families coming from all counties, and rental assistance for residents of Adams County only.


    -- Denver Rescue Mission

    Does not require documentation
    5725 E. 39th Avenue Denver, CO 80207
    303.297.1815

    -- Transitional Housing: for women with children. This is a rehab-type program -- though women don't have to be suffering from addiction – at the Champa House, 2544 Champa Street, 303-294-9961. Clients must go in for orientation, agree to the terms, then wait for an open room. Units are set up like apartments and residents have community dinners. Graduates are given post-grad resources.

    -- The Start Program: Participants live at The Crossing, paying rent of 500/month that includes a food plan. This is open to singles and families, though priority is given to families. There are resources and programs for youth. Interested clients must do an intake, interview, and show proof of income. There is a usually a waitlist. To begin, call DRM main line and ask for The Start Program.

    -- Emergency Housing: for men only, no children. Must sign up for the lottery by 5pm at the Lawrence Street Shelter, 1130 Park Avenue West, or call 303-294-0157. Serves three hot meals a day. No one enters after 10pm.


    -- Growing Home: Shelter and Housing Programs
    Requires a photo ID and birth certificates or social security card of children. Only available to families with children under the age of 18. If no documentation is available, they can help family acquire those documents. No geographical limitation.
    3489 W. 72nd Ave Suite 112
    Westminster CO 80030
    303-426-0430
    Family Support Specialist: 720-407-1965

    Programs include:
    -60-day shelter for families with children
    -affordable housing program, available to families smaller than five people, with rents between 500-700$/month for 1 or 2 bedrooms. Call the main line or the family support specialist to check availability.
    -transitional housing: only for families in which guardians are enrolled in school (in two-parent families both parents must be enrolled). Eligible families then pay 30% of their income for rent.

    -- Mercy Housing: Decatur Place Apartments Transitional Housing units
    1155 Decatur Street
    Denver CO 80204
    303-893-2718

    Notes: Most families in Decatur Place were previously homeless and have basic needs. Signing the lease commits to enrolling in the transitional housing program that requires full time work and school, and meeting regularly with a case manager. The property has a food and clothing bank, health and counseling services, parenting education, and more.
    Other Mercy Housing properties include senior housing, supportive housing for individuals, and 4 family housing locations, all of which have their own application process. See website for details:
    http://www.mercyhousing.org/colorado-properties

    -- Volunteers of America: Bannock Youth Center
    2660 Larimer Street
    Denver CO 80205
    303-297-0408

    Notes: The Bannock Youth Center provides resources and housing for youth between the ages of 16 and 23, including a Youth Transitions Program and a Young Mothers Program. These programs provide rental assistance, life skills classes, and other case management.


    Adams County


    -- Almost Home: Rental Assistance, shelter, and low-income housing
    Provides services to Adams county residents, and to southern-edge of Weld County. Colorado ID and social security card is required for all adults.
    231 N. Main St.
    Brighton CO 80601
    303-659-6199

    Notes:
    -shelter can accommodate 6 families at a time (must be families with children), with a maximum stay of 45 days. There is a waitlist, and families are selected on a variety of criteria, including that at least one adult family member has transportation or employment.
    -Hughes Station Apartments, a 120-unit affordable housing complex at 233 North Main Street, Brighton, 80601. Rents are based on family size and income, and waitlists range from three months to four years, depending on family size and income. Call 720-685-1222 to get started.


    Arapahoe County


    -- Comitis Crisis Center (under the overarching Mile High Behavior Health Care)
    2178 Victor Street
    Aurora CO 80045
    303-343-9890

    Notes: offers emergency overnight shelter for families and adults. There is a donation room with clothing and infant supplies intended only for overnight guests. They also offer a 90-day transitional housing program for veterans or families receiving TANF from Arapahoe or Adams Counties.


    Jefferson County


    -- The Action Center: Working Shelter


    Serves Jefferson County Residents Only. Clients need a photo I.D. and proof of residency in JeffCo, and birth certificates for all children. These documents must be shown for use of every service, each time it is used.
    8755 W. 14th Avenue
    Lakewood, CO 80215
    303.237.7704

    Notes: Clients must meet with a case manager, and from there may be directed to a variety of services at. The shelter accepts singles, couples, and families, for an average stay of 30-40 days. Staying in the shelter requires working for The Action Center and meeting their conditions.


    -- Stride
    3000 Youngfield Street, Suite 170
    Wheat Ridge CO 80215
    303-238-3580

    Notes: the transitional housing program is a 6 month -- 2 year program that works with homeless families . At the beginning of the program, families must find housing within 30 minutes of the Stride office. At first, Stride helps with much of the rent, and as the situation becomes more stable financial assistance decreases.

  • Housing: Affordable Housing Rentals and Information



    Statewide Resources:


    -- Colorado Housing Connects
    1-844-926-6632

    Notes:This is a free, state-wide hotline that provides counseling for all questions and concerns related to housing, from seeking low-income properties, to how to get, and use, a Section 8 voucher, to tenant rights issues. Counselors are experts in a particular county, so callers are asked to provide a zip code to be directed to the appropriate counselor.

    -- Colorado Housing Search (website)
    http://www.coloradohousingsearch.com/index.html

    Notes: this website allows prospective renters to limit their search by size, location, and specific income requirements, including the possession of a Section 8 voucher, percentages of the median income, sliding scale rentals, and more. If a property is listed as "waitlist," it is recommended that renters call. If a low-income rental is "open," it is best to contact the property as soon as possible.


    -- Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
    http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/DOLA-Main/CBO...
    Income eligibilities apply, and there can be no recent drug or violent criminal activity

    Notes: Section 8 housing is the federal government housing program assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the Division of Housing (DOH) on behalf of the participating family, and the family pays the difference. This varies by county, and each county holds a lottery with its own process. See website for details.



    Pikes Peak Area Resources:


    -- Archdiocesan Housing: The Villas at Southgate
    1810 S. Corona and 405 E. Saint Elmo, Colorado Springs (100 units total)
    719-632-7444

    Notes: This is mainly for people who are 62 years and older or with disabilities (the disability must be proven by a doctor). If a 62 year-old care-taker has family members younger than 18, some income and eligibility requirements may change. An application must include copies of head-of-household's ID card, birth certificate, social security card, or resident card for non-citizens. If eligible, residents pay 30% of household income. As of January 2015, there is an 8-10 month waitlist.


    -- Greccio Housing: 23 affordable housing properties with 519 units
    719-475-1422
    Properties and availability: http://www.greccio.org/available-properties/

    Notes: Eligibility requirements include being at least 18 years of age, qualify as low-income by HUD's definition, have no history of violent crime, have no evictions, and cannot owe a former landlord 500 dollars or more. They do not perform a credit check. See full list of eligibility requirements here. Call to get on the waitlist, which may be several months long.


    Denver Area Resources:



    Agencies Serving All Counties:


    -- Access Housing
    Must provide documentation of citizenship. Services available only to families in which all adults are employed full-time.
    6978 Colorado Blvd.
    Commerce City CO 80022
    303-289-7078

    Notes: Low-income rental properties are for families only, and applicants are not denied based on rental history. As of January 2015, all units are filled, probably until 2016.


    -- Archdiocesan Housing
    Requires head of household's ID card, birth certificate, social security card, or resident card for non-citizens
    Leasing Office: 303-830-0215

    Notes: Offers 2, 3, and 4-bedroom units, located at Monaco & Leestdale; Irving & Louisiana; Raritan & Jewell; and 37th & Humboldt. Families must submit a general application for the waitlist for all four properties: families are notified when an opening arises at any property, and can choose whether or not to accept it. Call for current status.
    Applications can be found online here: http://www.archdiocesanhousing.org/applications/Ap...
    ,


    -- Mercy Housing: Family Housing units
    http://www.mercyhousing.org/colorado-properties

    Notes: Has four property sites in Denver and Commerce City (see website). Renters must provide a photo ID/driver's license, a social security card, copies of birth certificates of all children, and 25$ application fee. Apartments are priced based on income and size of family. As of February 2015, the waitlist is open, but will range from 6 months to 2 years. Call to check current status at each site (numbers on the website).


    Adams County


    -- Almost Home: Rental Assistance, shelter, and low-income housing
    Provides services to Adams county residents, and to southern-edge of Weld county. Colorado ID and social security card is required for all adults.
    231 N. Main St.
    Brighton CO 80601
    303-659-6199

    Notes: Hughes Station Apartments is a 120-unit affordable housing complex at 233 North Main Street, Brighton, 80601. Prices are based on family size and income, and as of January 2015, waitlists range from three months to four years. Call 720-685-1222 to get started.


    Denver County


    -- Diamond at Prospect
    3001 Fox St.
    Denver CO 80202
    303-295-3001

    Notes: offers 98 affordable housing units, including, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units. Will require verification of income and documentation. Call for availability.


    -- Hilltop Apartments
    1554 Logan St. or 1705 Franklin St.
    303-861-4247

    Notes: Must call to make an appointment, then go to one of the locations and fill out an application. Requires a photo ID, SS Card, birth certificate, and documentation of income. Eligibility is 18,000 a year or below for total household income. Call for availability.


    -- Villages at Curtis Park
    2855 Arapahoe St.
    Denver CO 80205
    303-298-9400

    Notes: Offers subsidized housing and tax credit units. As of March 2015, there is a 5-year waitlist for subsidized housing, and no availability for tax credit units. Interested families can contact the office and leave their information. All people who have expressed interest will be notified when a unit opens, and after all candidates are notified the process is first come first served for eligible candidates. Renters must provide proof of income, documentation, employment verification, and must not have a felony.

  • Housing: Rental Assistance


    Statewide Resources:


    -- Colorado Housing Connects
    1-844-926-6632

    Notes: This is a free, state-wide hotline that provides counseling for all questions and concerns related to housing, from seeking low-income properties, to how to get, and use, a Section 8 voucher, to tenant rights issues. Counselors are experts in a particular county, so callers are asked to provide a zip code to be directed to the appropriate counselor.



    Pikes Peak Area Resources:


    -- Ecumenical Social Ministries: Rental Assistance
    Clients must show a photo ID and a Social Security Card for every person in the household.
    201 N. Weber Street
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903
    (719) 636-1916

    Notes: Rental Assistance is only offered to eligible zip codes: call to verify. The assistance provided is partial, and requires the following circumstances and documents: client must have had an emergency; must provide proof of income for the past three months; and must provide the signed lease that shows residence for at least three months. Clients can only receive rental assistance once every three years. If a client is not eligible, ESM may be able to refer to other rental assistance resources.


    -- Westside Cares: one-time rental assistance
    Services are provided only to Colorado Springs residents West of I-25. They ask for a SSN, but it is not required to receive services.
    2808 W Colorado Ave
    Colorado Springs, CO 80904
    Office hours: Monday-Thursdays 9:30-12:30 (line forms at 8:30); Thursdays 4:30-6pm.
    719-389-0759

    Notes: Appointments for rental assistance open on the third Monday of every month, starting at 8:30 am. This may be a lottery, depending on availability and need. Eligibility requirements for rental assistance: clients must have lived at that address for 6 months; they cannot have received rental assistance from Westside Cares in the past; most show proof of lease and income; must be caught up with the rent for that month, as any assistance will go toward the following month.


    Denver Area Resources:


    Agencies Serving All Counties


    -- Catholic Charities: Rental Assistance
    4045 Pecos Street
    Denver, Colorado 80211
    303-742-0828

    Notes: must call to make an appointment between 8 and 8:45 am, Monday – Friday (call as close to 8 as possible). They offer appointments until the 15th of the month, or until funds run out.


    -- Denver Rescue Mission: Rental Assistance
    Does not require documentation
    5725 E. 39th Avenue Denver, CO 80207

    Notes: May assist with one time, first month's rent or deposit up to 1000 dollars. Must have a minimum income, and be a senior or a family. Call the hotline to leave a message (303-313-2440).


    Adams County


    -- Access Housing
    Must provide documentation of citizenship. Services available only to families in which all adults are employed full-time.
    6978 Colorado Blvd.
    Commerce City CO 80022
    303-289-7078

    Notes: Rental Assistance available to residents of Adams County only, and depends on funds. Call for availability.


    -- Almost Home: Rental Assistance
    Provides services to Adams county residents, and to southern-edge of Weld county. Colorado ID and social security card is required for all adults.
    231 N. Main St.
    Brighton CO 80601
    303-659-6199

    Notes: Must show proof of Adams county residency for 90 days, proof of ongoing income, and cannot have used Almost Home rental assistance before. Families with children can receive more rental assistance than those without children, with a lifetime limit of 1000$ worth of assistance. Call Almost Home to make an appointment.


    Arapahoe County


    -- Broadway Assistance Center: Rental Assistance
    Requires proof of residence in 80120 for rental assistance
    1449 West Littleton Blvd.
    Littleton CO 80120
    303-893-4108

    Notes: Clients must be overdue on rent to receive funds, and call BAC to make an appointment. The BAC might run out of funds at the end of the week. Amount and frequency is flexible and not publicized.


    -- Inter-faith Community Services
    For residents of Arapahoe County. Must meet income requirements, and each adult must bring in a photo ID, proof of address within the last 30 days, and proof of income within last 30 days. If children are receiving services, they must have a birth certificate or social security card. All services are walk-in except for financial services.
    3370 South Irving Street
    Englewood CO 80110-1816
    303-789-0501

    Notes: Rent and mortgage funding is received on the first business day of the month. Clients can call on that day at 8am to make an appointment. For rent assistance, clients must show a demand for payment letter and the lease. Assistance is limited to once every twelve months.


    Denver County


    -- First Mennonite Church Assistance Program
    May offer rent and utility assistance to residents south of Colfax, east of Federal, north of Exposition, and west of Downing.
    303-892-1039
    Call on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9-11:30am.


    Douglas County


    -- Douglas County Task Force: Rental Assistance
    Services are for residents of Douglas and Elbert Counties. Must present a photo I.D. that shows Douglas or Ebert county residency, or bring in other proof of residency.
    1638 Park Street
    Castle Rock CO 80109
    303-688-1114

    Notes: All services are acquired on a first come first served basis, up to 20 clients
    per day. Number tabs are put on the door the night before, and people can pull a tab to save themselves a spot. Doors open at 9am and close at 12 pm, Monday through Friday. Services may include
    rental assistance, with a lifetime limit.

  • Housing: Repair and Maintenance for Homeowners


    Statewide Resources:


    -- Colorado Housing Connects
    1-844-926-6632


    Notes: This is a free, state-wide hotline that provides counseling for all questions and concerns related to housing, from seeking low-income properties, to how to get, and use, a Section 8 voucher, to tenant rights issues. Counselors are experts in a particular county, so callers are asked to provide a zip code to be directed to the appropriate counselor.


    Pikes Peak Area Resources:


    Please ask your Program Specialist for more information.



    Denver Area Resources:


    -- Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) (Denver County Only)
    1555 California Street Suite 200
    Denver CO 80202
    303-534-3872
    http://www.renewdenver.org/index.html


    Notes: DURA offers low interest loans for qualifying Denver homeowners to make emergency repairs or necessary improvements to their home. DURA assists with the entire loan process, from completing applications, to inspecting homes, to making sure the work is done properly and on schedule. Loans can be up to $24,999, of which a minimum of $5,000 must be spent on the exterior. A second program, the Emergency Home Repair program, defers loans on repairs for plumbing, heating and electrical problems, etc, that risk health or safety. Eligibility includes being a Denver homeowner with a household income that is below certain guidelines (see website).

    -- Rebuilding Together Metro Denver
    12567 W. Cedar Drive Suite 200
    Lakewood CO 80228
    720-524-0840 (Jessie)
    http://rebuildingdenver.org/

    Notes: Makes year-round necessary repairs, safety modifications, and energy efficiency upgrades for qualified eligible homeowners. Their funding and volunteer strength fluctuates, so services may be limited during certain times of year. The homeowner must be a low-income adult over the age of 55, a veteran, receive disability assistance, or support someone with a disability. They may consider services for a single parent. Serves all seven counties around metro Denver.

  • Infant Supplies and Support



    Statewide Resources:


    -- WIC (Women, Infants, and Children): a federally-funded program supplying food, healthcare referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant and postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are at nutritional risk. There are income limits and other requirements to be eligible: families wondering if they are eligible can use the WIC "Prescreening Tool" here: http://wic.fns.usda.gov/wps/pages/start.jsf.
    For more questions and details, see the website:
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/frequently-asked-questions-about-wic


    Pikes Peak Area Resources:



    Please see statewide resources or talk to your Program Specialist for more information.



    Denver Area Resources:


    Agencies Serving All Counties


    -- Alternative Pregnancy Center: support for women and men in pregnancy-related crises
    http://youhavealternatives.org/about-us/
    24 hour free and confidential hotline: 303-295-2288
    Does not require documentation; no geographical limitations; LGBTQ-friendly; does not require income information; must show a photo ID.

    Notes: Has six locations in the Denver metro area, plus a mobile testing clinic. See locations here. Services include pregnancy tests and follow-up ultra sound services for women at the beginning of pregnancy (ensuing pre-natal care cannot be provided, but clients are given referrals); "Options Counseling," which discusses pros and cons of all possible decisions regarding the pregnancy (the option for abortion will be discussed, but they do not provide referrals for abortion clinics); adoption agency referrals; post-abortion counseling (only spiritually-based by client's request); a one-time gift-bag of assorted baby supplies, diapers, and toys for infants 0-3 months old (if there is a need for older infants, call ahead and a different bag can be prepared); after this gift bag, clients can access emergency diapers, wipes, and formulas one more time.


    -- Denver Children's Home: Support for Parents with Young Children
    Does not require documentation or proof of income
    1536 Albion Street
    303-399-4890 ext. 274

    Notes: Provides clothing for kids ranging from babies to size 16 (there is no adult clothing). Anyone who enters must do a needs assessment, from which the DCH will help navigate the family towards further resources. Families can call to make an appointment or walk in on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-12.


    -- Denver Urban Ministries (DenUM): Infant Corner
    Services require a photo ID and proof of address dated within the last 45 days.
    1717 E Colfax Ave
    Denver CO 80218
    303-355-4896

    Notes: clients can receive diapers, wipes, formulas, and other miscellaneous baby items, depending on availability.


    -- The Gabriel Project
    No documentation required
    1341 Oneida St.
    Denver CO 80022
    With various locations: see website for details
    303-377-1577
    http://www.gabrielhousedenver.org/index.php/about-us

    Notes: Depending on donations, provides baby items such as infant and children's clothes, blankets, disposable diapers, wipes, toiletries, formula, bedding, and personal care items for moms. Referrals for housing, employment, education, and parenting programs are also available. Services are for pregnant women and families with children up to the age of 5. Families with infants younger than seven months old may receive services once per week; when children are older than seven months old, once every two weeks. Phones and emails for each site may not be checked regularly: it is advised to drop-in during each site's open hours.


    -- Metro CareRing: Formula, Food, and Diapers

    Required documentation: photo ID and proof of address
    1100 E 18th Ave
    Denver, CO 80218
    (303) 860-7200 ext. 0

    Notes: Can provide one can of baby formula for emergency walk-ins. Otherwise, clients must call to make an appointment for food, at which time they can also receive 8-10 units of baby formula, as well as 10 diapers. They may come as much as once every 30 days, but each time they must make an appointment.


    Arapahoe and Adams Counties


    -- Aurora Interfaith Community Services (formerly Aurora Interchurch Task Force): Formula, Diapers, Layettes
    Open to residents of Adams and Arapahoe counties. Must provide photo ID for all family members receiving services, and proof of address for the last month.
    1553 Clinton St.
    Aurora CO 80010
    303-360-0260
    Office hours: 8:30-1:30 on Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 8:30-5 on Wednesday.

    Notes: Must call to schedule an appointment for all services. Formula, diapers, and layettes may be provided once every two months, and only one layette per household.


  • Internet Access

    Statewide Resources:


    -- Internet Essentials (from Comcast)
    To sign up: 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376)
    Apply online: https://apply.internetessentials.com/

    Notes: Internet Essentials provides internet service for 10$/month for income-eligible families. Most families with at least one child receiving free or reduced lunch are eligible.


    Denver Area Resources:


    -- PCs for People: Reduced-cost laptops, computers, and repairs
    Must show proof of income through tax returns or proof of participation in SNAP or other programs
    953 Decatur Street, Suite C
    Denver, CO 80204
    720-278-7725
    www.pcsforpeople.org

    Notes: Sells refurbished computers and laptops to non-profits and to low-income families. Desktops range from $0 to $50 and laptops range from $50 to $150, all with a 90-day warrantee. Repairs start at $25.

  • Job Readiness and Employment for Adults


    Pikes Peak Area Resources:


    -- Ecumenical Social Ministries: Jobs Program
    Clients must show a photo ID and a Social Security Card for every person in the household.
    201 N. Weber Street
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903
    (719) 636-1916

    Notes: assists the unemployed or underemployed with a range of services including resume preparation, referrals, transportation vouchers, uniforms, computer classes, and more. This program serves all zip codes and ages, on a walk-in, first-come, first serve basis, and clients may work independently or with a counselor. For more information on specific classes, call (719) 228-6794.

    -- Pikes Peak Workforce Center
    Requires SSN
    Main Office: 1675 Garden of the Gods Road
    Colorado Springs CO 80907
    (There are also several satellite offices)
    719-667-3700
    Hours: M-F, 8-5
    http://www.ppwfc.org/

    Notes: Offers a Youth Program (ages 16-21) and services for adults. Both categories include job readiness workshops and job fairs/hiring events. All services are free. Registration is required, and can be done online, here: https://www.connectingcolorado.com/e_app_login.html. Alternatively, registration can be done at the center on a drop-in basis during office hours. After registration, youth or adults can attend any Workforce Center workshops or events.



    Denver Area Resources:


    Agencies Serving All Counties

    -- Center for Family Opportunity (MHUW): computer literacy, resume writing, ESL, GED, and financial literacy
    College View Elementary School
    2675 South Decatur Street
    Denver CO 80219
    Open M-F, 8:30-5:30
    720-424-8688

    Notes: All classes and services are free for adults 18 years and older, and take place during open hours. Classes include resume and cover letter writing, basic computer skills, job search support, ESL, GED, and financial literacy with mPowered. Classes are in Spanish or English, and instructors may be able to meet on an individual basis if necessary. Childcare is provided for students attending ESL and GED classes.


    -- Colorado Workforce Centers
    Requires a social security number and photo ID
    Various locations: check website for closest
    https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/wfc
    720-913-1999

    Notes: Job centers include resume classes, interview skills training, and other employment resources. At most centers, clients can walk in between 8 and 4, Mondays through Fridays, and meet with an employment specialist. Clients should bring or be aware of a record of his/her job history. Services are free. Once a client has registered at one center they are able to use any Workforce Job Center.


    -- Denver Urban Ministries (DenUM): Employment Services
    Services require a photo ID and proof of address dated within the last 45 days.
    1717 E Colfax Ave
    Denver CO 80218
    303-355-4896

    Notes: Provides support for job seekers, including hygiene products, clothing, community voicemail, a job board, computer labs, computer and resume classes, and case management. To begin the process, clients must attend an Employment Services Orientation, held every M and W at 9am.


    -- Emily Griffith Technical College
    1860 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80203
    (720) 423-4900

    Notes: Offers a range of low cost certificate and skills programs. For example, a typing class may cost about 100$.


    -- Goodwill Career Connection Centers
    Six locations around Denver: see website for details:
    http://www.goodwilldenver.org/careerconnections
    303-577-0186

    Notes: offers access to computers, internet, and fax machines, and free skills training in job applications, computer skills, job searching, interview, and more. Some locations also offer GED, health relationship, and financing classes. New participants will need to attend an orientation.


    -- Second Chances
    1511 W. Alameda Ave. #A Denver, CO 80223
    303 293-0014
    9am-5pm Mon - Fri

    Notes: Second Chances is a thrift store for infant clothing and supplies, and runs a job training program for women on TANF and community service. Women who are not in this program are able to volunteer with Second Chances for job training. Second Chances also employs women for janitorial services throughout the Denver metro area.


    -- SeedPaths Technical School: Training towards Jobs in Software Development
    This program checks for documentation of citizenship because the program is employment-based
    800 Grant Street #120
    Denver, CO 80203
    603-762-1729

    Notes: Applicants can be ages 16 and up, and do not need a GED or high-school diploma; the program is intensive, and graduates have a high employment rate. The program is 2 months long, intensive, and costs 6,000 dollars (charged in 4 installments over a 2-year period). There are scholarships available, which are provided by Denver Workforce Centers.


    -- WOW: A free training program for adults seeking jobs in the food service industry
    All participants must have legal documentation to work in the United States
    1200 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80204
    Call Courtney at 720-944-3393 to sign up for an orientation.
    http://www.workoptions.org/about/
    Program hours are Monday through Friday, 8am -3:30.

    Notes: this free program provides training in the food service industry, case management (including assistance finding childcare), incentives of up to 300$/month, job searching support, and follow-up support for up to three years. Participants must be over 18, able to lift 50 pounds, stand for up to 7 hours a day, and have a basic knowledge of English (fluency is not required). Participants do not need a GED or high school diploma, and the program is felon-friendly. The average participant completes the program in nine weeks. All participants must attend an Information Session, held every Tuesday from 10-12:30.


    Arapahoe County


    -- Inter-faith Community Services: Career Center
    For residents of Arapahoe County. Must meet income requirements, and each adult must bring in a photo ID, proof of address within the last 30 days, and proof of income within last 30 days. If children are receiving services, they must have a birth certificate or social security card. All services are walk-in except for financial services.
    3370 South Irving Street
    Englewood CO 80110-1816
    303-789-0501

    Notes: Has a Career Center where computers are available by appointment.

  • Job Readiness and Employment for Youth


    Pikes Peak Area Resources:


    -- Pikes Peak Workforce Center
    Requires SSN
    Main Office: 1675 Garden of the Gods Road
    Colorado Springs CO 80907
    (There are also several satellite offices)
    719-667-3700
    Hours: M-F, 8-5
    http://www.ppwfc.org/

    Notes: Offers a Youth Program (ages 16-21) and services for adults. Both categories include job readiness workshops and job fairs/hiring events. All services are free. Registration is required, and can be done online, here: https://www.connectingcolorado.com/e_app_login.html. Alternatively, registration can be done at the center on a drop-in basis during office hours. After registration, youth or adults can attend any Workforce Center workshops or events.



    Denver Area Resources:


    Agencies Service All Counties


    -- Arts Street Accelerator: Weekend and Summer Paid Projects, Training, and Internships for ages 15-24
    1079 Osage Street
    Denver CO 80204
    303-825-1334

    Notes: offers weekend programs throughout the year, a Spring Break program (using DPS's schedule), and a 6-week summer program for youth ages 15-24 (summer programs accept youth as young as 13). These programs train youth on how to accomplish client solicitations: for example, a company may need a logo, and a weekend workshop will focus on how to design and produce that logo, which the company then uses in the real world. All classes involve technology and creativity, and youth receive a small payment. The summer program may also connect youth with internships aimed toward a specific career. Students can apply from anywhere, but must be able to make it to the Osage location.


    -- Mile High Youth Corps: Employs Youth Ages 16-24 for Environmental Projects
    720-407-7281 ext. 325

    Notes: for Denver Area youth ages 16-24. MHYC employs over 200 youth annually for various projects that help the environment. Usually a GED or diploma is required, and applicants are drug tested.


    -- WIA (Workforce Investment Act) Youth: Educational Counseling and Assistance for Technical Schools
    Requires a social security card and CO/student I.D.
    6974 S. Lima Plaza, Centennial, CO 80112 (serves youth from all counties)
    303-636-1260

    Notes: Aims to employ 16-21 year old youth who are low income and struggle with traditional education settings. Applicants meet with specialists to determine their personal goals, are offered incentives for accomplishing goals, and may be granted tuition assistance to 2 year training programs at technical schools. Specialists are able to meet interested youth in more convenient locations (coffee shops, etc) if youth cannot make it to the office.


    -- Youth Employment Academy (YEA) with DHA: Year-Round and Summer Youth Employment Academies
    Required documentation: Photo ID, Birth Certificate, Signed Social Security Card, Proof of Income or Proof of TANF/SSI
    Various locations
    720-956-3833

    Notes: Runs a year round youth employment academy for 17-21 year-olds, and summer programs for 14-16 year-olds. Youth do not have to be DHA residents, but must be low-income and "face a barrier." There are various academies that run for 3 week time periods several times a year, including culinary (Osage Café), healthcare, and customer service. There are also required core classes, as well as incentives to reach personal goals. There is a cost to the program, but scholarships are available.


    Denver County


    -- OED Denver Workforce Development Youth Services: Summer and Year-Round Programs Providing Youth with Work Skills
    1391 N. Speer Boulevard Suite
    Denver CO 80204
    720.865.5619

    Notes: for legally registered residents of Denver ages 14-21. The summer program is for youth ages 14-16 and offers several academies that provide youth with skills and experience in various fields. The year-round program is for 14-21 year olds for kids with IEPs, in foster-care, homeless, or offenders, and provides more intensive, long-term training. Year-round participants can start at any time, and may be provided with mentors, bus passes, supplies, and other resources.
    FAQs:
    http://www.denvergov.org/Default.aspx?TabId=440663


    Jefferson County


    -- The Road (the Jefferson Center for Mental Health): Job Skills for Youth Ages 15-21
    For 15-21 year-olds living in Jefferson, Gilpin, and Clear Creek counties. Otherwise, no requirements.
    5220 West Ohio Avenue (in Brady High School)
    Lakewood CO 80226
    303-982-6755
    http://www.theroad4youth.org/
    Drop-in hours: Mondays and Wednesdays: 2:30-6pm
    Tuesdays and Thursdays: 2:30-7pm

    Notes: Youth can drop-in to use the space as a place to spend time with kids their age. It is open to all youth fitting these requirements, though most participants are in the mental health system. There are also voluntary structured activities, including independent living skills class, a 9-week program that focuses on how to find a job, manage money, and other similar skills; a brain-wise group which focuses on critical thinking; collective minds, which is centered around youth advocacy; arts and crafts, field trips, cooking classes, and more.

  • Legal Assistance



    Statewide Resources:


    Child Abuse or Neglect: Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately. If it is not an emergency, call 1-844-CO-4-Kids or 1-844-264-5437 to report all concerns for a child's safety and well-being. For more information, visit www.colorado.gov/cdhs.

    -- Colorado Foreclosure Hotline
    1-877-601-4673

    Notes: Coloradans can call this hotline about matters concerning foreclosure in any step of the process, whether it's concern about being late on the mortgage for the first time, or about a property that has already been foreclosed. Specialists provide preliminary information, direct callers to relevant resources, and make appointments for them with HUD-approved counselors who may help with budgeting and other empowerment strategies. All services are free of charge. They cannot provide financial assistance.


    -- Tenant-Landlord Counseling Program (through The Action Center)
    303-237-0230, Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm.

    Notes: This is a free housing information helpline for all Colorado tenants and landlords. No legal advice is given, though callers are informed of the law surrounding their situation, questions are answered if possible, and callers can be directed to relevant resources. The hotline is a voicemail line: callers should leave a name and number, and the call will be returned.


    -- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

    Requires a social security card for all members in the household OR ITIN paperwork OR a social security statement (SSA-1099), as well as several other documents as listed here:
    http://www.coloradovita.org/volunteer-income-tax-a...

    Various locations, open from early February to April 15th. Site locator: http://www.coloradovita.org/locations/

    Notes: offers free preparation assistance and e-filing for Federal and Colorado State income taxes for households with annual income of up to 52,000 (as of 2014). This service is available for basic returns.



    Pikes Peak Area Resources:



    See statewide resources or talk to your Program Specialist.



    Denver Area Resources:


    -- Advocacy Denver: Center for Special Education Law
    1905 Sherman St, Suite 300
    Denver, CO 80203
    Phone: 303.831.7733
    Referral & Intake Hotline: 303.974.2530

    Notes: this is for parents who have children with disabilities and are receiving or trying to receive education in Colorado. Advocacy Denver can assist with ensuring that the child's educational needs are properly addressed. Fees are based on a sliding scale.

    -- Centro San Juan Diego: Archdiocese of Denver, Bienestar Family Services Legal Nights
    2830 Lawrence St.
    Denver CO 80205
    303-295-9470

    Notes: The center is open to all residents regardless of religious, racial, or economic status, and focuses on adult education and family support services for Hispanic adults and families. Classes and services include computer skills, GED prep in Spanish, ESL classes, U.S. citizenship preparation in English and Spanish, business and finance classes, and free legal nights. Legal nights are the first Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7pm, and intended for questions on immigration, credit, housing, employment, and family law. There is a small cost to classes: call for details.

    -- Colorado Legal Services
    1905 Sherman St., Suite 400, Denver 80203
    303.837.1313

    Notes: provides access to civil legal services to low-income people and seniors.
    The office on Sherman St. is open for walk in interviews on MWF from 8:30-11am. CLS does not handle criminal or traffic cases.


    -- Denver Urban Ministries (DenUM)
    Services require a photo ID and proof of address dated within the last 45 days.
    1717 E Colfax Ave
    Denver CO 80218
    303-355-4896

    Notes: Every other Tuesday lawyers are available for consultation on any subject. Sign-ups begin at 11:30 am, and lawyers begin seeing clients at noon on a first come first served basis. Call to confirm the correct alternating Tuesday.

    -- Project Safeguard: Legal advocacy for victims of domestic violence
    Has different numbers for Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, and Denver Counties. See website for relevant phone numbers: http://psghelps.org/contact-us/

    Notes: aids victims of domestic abuse seeking protection through the civil legal system by providing advocacy, court support, intervention services, and assisting victims file for protection orders.

    -- Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center
    1325 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite 701
    Denver, CO 80222
    Helpline: (303) 692-1165

    Notes: aims to transform the lives of abused, neglected, and at-risk children through legal advocacy, education, and policy reform. The helpline connects callers to legal information and referrals about child welfare, education, guardianship and adoption issues. The Center also provides advocates for abused or neglected children, volunteer attorneys for child victims of domestic violence, and advocacy for family members seeking guardianship. They usually cannot work on criminal cases for children or youth.

    -- Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN): Children's Program
    303-433-2812
    3489 W. 72nd Ave Suite 211
    Westminster, CO 80030

    Notes: offers programs that work toward the belief that all people in immigration cases, regardless of financial status, have the right to equal access to legal information and due process. The Children's Program provides free legal information and representation to immigrant children who are victims of abuse or violence, as well as those who are eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or youth who were not born in the U.S. but were brought as a child and are undocumented).


    -- Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center
    303-295-2001
    Website: http://www.rmvictimlaw.org/

    Notes: provides free legal assistance to victims of violent crimes who are residents in Colorado, or for whom a crime occurred in Colorado. The Center helps enforce victims' rights as afforded under the Victims' Rights Act, supports clients in understanding their case, and provides support for victims for whom the crime has not yet been reported. Does not work with domestic, family, or civil cases.

    -- University of Denver Strum College of Law Student Law Office: free legal services for income-eligible misdemeanor crime cases
    2255 E. Evans Avenue
    Denver, CO 80208
    303-871-6140

    Notes: Supervised law students may be able to work on a legal situation free of charge. Callers do an intake over the phone, providing income information and details of the case. If the case is accepted, services are pro-bono. They cannot take a case whose court date is less than a month away, and as of January 2015, the Student Law Office only takes misdemeanor crime cases.



  • LGBTQ Centers


    Pikes Peak Resources:


    Inside/Out Youth Services
    412 South Tejon
    Colorado Springs CO
    719-328-1056

    No documentation of citizenship is required.

    Notes: Inside/Out supports youth ages 13-22 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning, and straight. There are various activities every night of the week, ranging from "fish-bowl" discussions, to leadership workshops, to movie nights, and occasional dance parties on the weekend (see the schedule of events here: https://www.insideoutys.org/calendar/). To participate, youth can drop in during open hours: they will do an intake during the first visit that asks for basic information (no documentation of citizenship is required).



    Denver Resources:


    Rainbow Alley: For GLBTQ youth ages 11-22
    1301 E Colfax Ave
    Denver, CO 80218
    (303) 831-0442
    http://www.glbtcolorado.org/rainbow-alley/


    Notes: Rainbow Alley offers drop-in hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2-7, and from Thursdays and Fridays from 2-8. Youth may come as little or often as they like; a parent or caregiver may accompany them on the first visit and get a tour, but after that the space is intended for youth only. In addition to drop-in hours, Rainbow Alley offers group meetings every other Saturday for teens questioning their sexuality or wanting to talk about issues surrounding their sexuality, and for youth questioning their gender. At the same time as each of these groups, a separate parent and caregiver meeting takes place. Parents, caregivers, or youth can call Rainbow Alley or drop by if they want more information.


  • Recreation



    Pikes Peak Area Resources:


    Please talk to your Program Specialist for more information.



    Denver Area Resources:



    Agencies Serving All Counties


    -- The Bike Depot
    2825 Fairfax Street
    Denver, CO 80207
    (303) 393-1963 http://www.thebikedepot.org/
    Drop-in Fix your Bike hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 4-6pm; Saturday, 11-4pm. First come, first served.

    Notes: Kids ages 10 and up with any range of bike experience can volunteer in the shop and learn how to build bikes, fix bikes, and make bikes better (including their own); additionally, there are drop-in hours for anyone to use the shop's space, tools, and knowledge to fix bikes. There are also Earn-A-Bike opportunities for kids to build their own bikes – for FREE. Interested volunteers need to schedule a time for orientation by either calling 303-393-1963 or stopping by the shop.



    -- Children's Museum of Denver: SNAP discount

    2121 Children's Museum Drive
    Denver, CO 80211
    303.433.7444

    Notes: SNAP recipients can show their EBT card and receive admission for 1$/person for up to 10 people. All adults must be accompanied by at least one child. No proof of relation required.


    -- Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder
    3150 W. Jewell Avenue
    Denver, CO 80219
    720.454.9722/ info@tripsforkidsdenver.org

    Notes: Offers several programs, including the Ride Program (introductory mountain biking experiences to under-served youth ages 10 and up) and the Earn a Bike Program (6-12 sessions teaching fundamental bike maintenance while earning the right to keep a bicycle). Programs are free. Applications can be picked up from the shop on Jewell avenue.


    Aurora


    -- Aurora Rec Center
    Several locations: see website
    https://www.auroragov.org/ThingsToDo/Recreation/

    Notes: offers activities, sports, and classes throughout Aurora. Schedules and descriptions can be found online. For financial assistance, families can call 303-326-8700. The application requires proof of income through a several methods, and bringing in documents to the Aurora Municipal Center. Financial Assistance offers 40% off of most programs at all Aurora Rec Centers.


    Denver County


    -- Denver Public Library IdeaLAB
    Central Library: Community Technology Center, Level 4
    10 W 14th Ave Pkwy
    Denver, CO 80204
    720-865-1706
    https://www.denverlibrary.org/idealab

    Notes: This is a free "makerspace " and digital media lab with equipment and software to make videos, games, music, arts, crafts, and more – there's even a 3-D printer. The lab offers special hours for teens, adults, girls only, and family workshops (see website for hours). There are also workshops and events throughout the year, which are updated on the website. Users do not need a library card.


    -- My Denver Card
    For DPS or Denver residents only

    Notes: this card allows all Denver students ages 5 to 18 have free, year-round access to the city's 23 recreation centers and 29 pools & also serves as their Denver Public Library card. The card also includes accesses to several cultural institutions (click here to see which ones!)
    Families can register their child online here
    .


    Jefferson County


    -- The Road (the Jefferson Center for Mental Health)
    5220 West Ohio Avenue (in Brady High School)
    Lakewood CO 80226
    303-982-6755
    http://www.theroad4youth.org/
    For 15-21 year-olds living in Jefferson, Gilpin, and Clear Creek counties. Otherwise, no requirements.
    Drop-in hours: Mondays and Wednesdays: 2:30-6pm
    Tuesdays and Thursdays: 2:30-7pm

    Notes: Youth can drop-in to use the space as a place to spend time with kids their age. It is open to all youth fitting these requirements, though most participants are in the mental health system. There are also voluntary structured activities, including independent living skills class, a 9-week program that focuses on how to find a job, manage money, and other similar skills; a brain-wise group which focuses on critical thinking; collective minds, which is centered around youth advocacy; arts and crafts, field trips, cooking classes, and more.


  • Summer Camps and Summer Youth Opportunities


    Pikes Peak Area Resources:


    -- Challenger Learning Center of Colorado: Aerospace Adventure Camps for kids in grades http://www.clccs.org/SummerMissions.aspx
    719.598.9755

    Notes: Each camp has one spot available for a scholarship participant. The family needs to show a free or reduced lunch letter to qualify. Contact the number above to start the sign-up process.

    -- Catamount Institute: Education and Adventure Summer Camps, for kids ages 6-15.
    See details of camps here: http://www.catamountinstitute.org/education/camps/summer-camp-2015/

    Notes: scholarships may be available online: http://www.catamountinstitute.org/education/camps/scholarship-application/
    Or, call 719-471-0910 and speak with Chris at extension 106. A partial scholarship can be awarded in most cases.

    -- Pioneer Prep College Readiness Summer Camp: for current high school sophomores or juniors who identify as Black and/or Latino/a
    University of Denver

    Notes: Students spend two nights and three days on DU's campus, where they participate in college readiness and cultural awareness workshops, activities, and speakers.
    Cost: 60$, which may be waived depending on need.
    In 2015, the application deadline is May 29th, and the camps run in mid and late July. Application is online:
    http://www.du.edu/apply/admission/resources/pioneerprep/


    -- Salvation Army: Red Shield Community Center after school program and summer day camps
    908 Yuma St.
    Colorado Springs CO 80909
    719-884-1044

    Notes: anyone is eligible, and the cost will depend on families' financial situation.


    -- YMCA Pikes Peak: Registration for 2015 Summer Camps opened February 16th
    Offers a variety of summer programs. See the schedule here:
    https://www.ppymca.org/programs/day-camp/summer-schedule

    Notes: To sign up for a scholarship, parents can go to any YMCA with their most recent 1040 tax filing papers and complete an application. Based on this information, a staff member will be able to tell them how much of a scholarship the family qualifies for, up to 50% of total costs. If the family feels that they need assistance beyond the 50%, they can ask a staff member for assistance in accessing CCAP funds. Families do not need to know which camps they'd like to attend this summer before applying for a scholarship: they can choose the camp later.


    Denver Area Resources:


    -- Asian Pacific Development Center: After School and Summer Programs for Youth in the 6th Grade and Up
    1537 Alton Street
    Aurora CO 80010
    303-923-2920

    Notes: The free after school program meets on Mondays-Thursdays from 4:30-6:30, and the summer program is four days a week in the afternoon. The first hour includes homework help and tutoring, and the second offers a variety of workshops on topics including bullying, public speaking, life skills and more. Most students are Nepali and Burmese refugees, but the program is open to any student in the 6th grade through high school (sometimes exceptions are made for 5th graders). Older kids may continue to participate as mentors and tutors. To begin, families call the office and express interest, then go in for a tour and fill out paper work. These are not drop-in classes, but if students participate in other extra-curricular activities as well they can be accommodated.


    -- Butterfly Pavilion: Summer Nature Camps and Classes
    Various camps for kids ages 4-14 (see schedules for details):
    http://www.butterflies.org/learn/camps
    6252 W. 104th Ave.
    Westminster, CO 80020
    For questions about camps: Marissa Copan, 720-974-1877

    Notes: Summer camps include 2-hour day classes for 15$ each, a full day fly-fishing camp for 75$, and week-long camps for half day (130$) and full day (245$). Partial scholarships are available for up to 50% for campers receiving free or reduced lunch at school, and given on a first-come first-served basis until funds are depleted. To apply for a scholarship, parents must register for camp on the website, put in payment information, and indicate that a scholarship is needed: payment will not be processed until the scholarship is applied.


    -- The C.H.A.M.P Camp: FREE two-day football camp for students ages 10-18.
    In 2015, camp ran on June 5th and June 6th
    All City Stadium (near South High School and Wash Park)
    2000 E Florida Ave
    Denver, CO.
    (720) 524-7139

    Notes: This camp is open to any child between the ages of 10 and 18, including children with disabilities. The camp incorporates life skills into learning and playing touch football, and features speakers during breaks about healthy eating, leadership, and more. Lunch, snacks, water, and t-shirts are included for FREE for those who pre-register before May 17th. After that, the cost is 25$. Registration is available online: http://heartpowerinc.org/events/champ-camp/


    -- Denver Art Museum: Summer Camps and Classes for kids ages 4-11
    100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway

    Denver, CO 80204

    Camps and classes cover a variety of art topics. See descriptions here:
    https://tickets.denverartmuseum.org/Default.aspx?tagid=21%20%20

    Notes:There is one scholarship available per class or camp. Parents are asked to pay what they can, (which may be as little as 10$). Families interested in scholarships must fill out an online form here: http://denverartmuseum.org/2015-camps-classes-scholarship-form


    -- Denver Museum of Nature and Science: summer camps for kids in grades K-6
    303.370.6000
    2001 Colorado Blvd.
    Denver, CO 80205

    Notes: camps run from June 8th to August 14th. Scholarships become available on January 28th 2015, and are first come first served. Scholarship applications are through phone only: call the number above.


    -- Denver Public Library: Coding Camp for 12-19 year-olds
    Locations may change each year: check website for details.
    In 2015, camps are held in July.
    Notes: FREE coding camp teaches the basics of HTML, CSS, and Javascript, and campers build websites, learn from experts, and more. Registration is online: https://teens.denverlibrary.org/devcamp-signup


    -- DPS Summer Resources Fair: for K-12 DPS students and their P/G or Bigs
    Date and times may change every year: check the website for current information: face.dpsk12.org

    Notes: this annual fair represents 50 different learning opportunities for students over the summer. In some cases, P/Gs can sign students up on the spot. Breakfast, translators in any language, and childcare is included. The event is free, but attendees must pre-register by calling 720.423.2362 or online here: http://face.dpsk12.org/resources-for-parents/summer-learning/


    -- Denver Zoo: Summer Camps for kids ages 4 years-old to 8th grade.
    720-337-1408

    Notes: there are a variety of camps from June 1st through August 7th. For scholarships, do not register online. Instead, fill out the Scholarship Fund form (link below), or call 720.337.1408 to have one sent to you. First come first served.
    Click here for the Scholarship Fund Form.


    -- Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA): art studio and volunteer/work opportunity for youth ages 7-17
    1405 Florence Street
    Aurora CO 80010
    303-367-588

    Notes: students can come to the studio to work on various art projects offered that day, all of which connect young artists to the community. There are also projects for high school students, and older students can volunteer at the studio, or work towards Junior Staff members (which earns a stipend). Kids need to do a short interview to make sure they will participate at least once a week: beyond that, participation is on a drop-in basis. The free studio is open M-F from 2:30 to 5pm during the school year, and 1:30-4:30 in the summer.


    -- Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families: family camps for families with adopted children from various cultures, or who are living in kinship care
    303-320-4234
    http://www.heritagecamps.org/

    Notes: Runs 11 different 4-day summer camps that are designed specifically for children adopted from various cultures, and a domestic adoption camp that includes children living under kinship care. Camps include workshops on identity and other topics, and are designed to be fun. Full cost is 108$ for the full 4 days, including food, and scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship, families must first register online, then apply for a scholarship. To register: https://secure.heritagecamps.org/store/index.php?main_page=register


    -- Junior Achievement Business Week
    For students who have completed 9th grade – just finished 12th
    Sunday, June 7th – June 12th, 2015
    Johnson & Wales University (students stays in dorms)
    7150 E. Montview Blvd.
    Denver CO 80220
    http://www.jacolorado.org/junior-achievement-busin...
    In 2015, the registration deadline was May 1st

    Notes: this camp allows students to explore leadership concepts, attend interactive workshops, learn about business ethics and budgeting, and get experience developing marketing and business concepts. More than half of campers attend on a full scholarship, and there is a 25$ registration fee. Students with free/reduced lunch are eligible for this scholarship.
    Registration is online.


    -- Mi Casa Summer Camp: for students entering grades 6-9
    Colfax Elementary
    1526 Tennyson St.
    Denver CO 80204
    303-357-1881
    http://www.micasaresourcecenter.org/youth-family-d...
    June 15th-July 24, M-F, 9am to 2pm

    Notes: the camp is free, and provides breakfast, lunch, summer learning, and summer fun. There are 75 spots available, filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and a wait list develops quickly. Must complete registration form and return it to the child's school, or the Mi Casa Neighborhood Center at Lake Campus (1820 Lowell Blvd).


    -- OED Denver Workforce Development Youth Services: summer programs providing youth with work skills
    1391 N. Speer Boulevard Suite
    Denver CO 80204
    720.865.5619

    Notes: for legally registered residents of Denver ages 14-21. The summer program is for youth ages 14-16 and offers several academies that provide youth with skills and experience in various fields. Deadline to register in 2015 was April 30th.


    -- Open World Learning (OWL) Summer Camps: STEM/Computer Summer Camp for youth ages 7-13
    5 locations across Denver Metro region
    303-832-0066
    Camps run through June and July. See descriptions here: http://www.openworldlearning.org/2015-camp-descsriptions/

    Notes: Each session saves 25% of seats for scholarships, which are first come first served, and available to students receiving free/reduced lunch. Enrollment is online, or call the number above. If enrolling online, under "enrollment type" select "scholarship."


    -- Pioneer Prep College Readiness Summer Camp: for current high school sophomores or juniors who identify as Black and/or Latino/a
    University of Denver

    Notes: Students spend two nights and three days on DU's campus, where they participate in college readiness and cultural awareness workshops, activities, and speakers. The cost 60$, which may be waived depending on need. In 2015, the application deadline was May 29th, and the camps run in mid and late July. Application is online: http://www.du.edu/apply/admission/resources/pioneerprep/


    -- Science Matters: Summer Camps for youth in grades K-8
    Various locations in Denver and Boulder: see website for details:
    http://www.sciencematters.tv/regions/region/1/camps
    303-805-9287

    Notes: most camps begin at 9, then end at 12 for half day, or 3:30 for full day, and include science, camp games, and songs. Full day camps are 289$ and half day are 189$. Financial assistance is available: families must write a letter stating financial need (for example, explaining why finances are tight). For details about this letter, or to register over the phone, call Barbara at the number above. See details about camp locations, dates, and subjects on the website, where registration is also available.


    -- SEEK Denver: STEM summer camp for 3rd-5th graders who are at least 8 years old.
    Two camps


    College View Elementary (720-286-3687): June 15th- July 3rd,from 8:15 to 3:30pm, at 2675 S. Decatur St. Denver CO 80219

    Maxwell Elementary (720-286-3687): July 13th - July 31st from 8:15 to 3:30pm, at 14390 E. Bolling Dr. Denver CO 80239


    Notes: Breakfast and lunch are provided, and youth work on projects that teach math and science concepts. Transportation may be provided in some cases. 300 youth are enrolled each year on a first-come first-served basis until May 31st. Parent or guardian must attend an orientation in order for the child to participate. Registration is online: https://www.nsbe.org/Seek/Registration.aspx


    -- South Suburban Parks and Recreation: Summer Day Camps for Kids Ages 5-14
    Various locations and times. See different camps here: http://www.ssprd.org/licensed-day-camps

    Notes: there are scholarships available for residents in the South Suburban Parks and Rec boundary. This boundary does not conform to counties or cities: families can plug in their address on the site's Residency Checker at https://www.ssprd.org/Residency-Checker.
    For families who are residents, they must also have an SSPR ID card, which can be attained at any SSPR rec center with proof of address. Once they have an ID card, families can apply for financial assistance and may receive 50% off of camps.


    -- Scholars Unlimited (formerly Summer Scholars): for students finishing K-5th preceding the summer, emphasizing reading and/or literacy

    303-355-0290

    Notes: This program runs from mid-June until late July, M-F from 8-4pm, and provides breakfast and lunch. Summer Scholars takes place in 20 different DPS schools, and students in non-partner schools may still have an opportunity to attend. To enroll or get on the waitlist, a student and parent or guardian must complete an enrollment form and a student information form, which is filled out by the student's teacher. There is a 50 dollar fee for the entire camp, but families do not pay this fee unless the child is offered a spot.


    -- YMCA: Camps for youth and teens
    Various locations throughout Denver. To find the nearest Y, go here: http://www.denverymca.org/locations

    Notes: The Y accepts scholarship applications before registration opens in February. Families can pick up a scholarship application at any Y, then mail it into the Corporate Offices (address is on the application). They will have to include proof of income and tax info (details are on the form). In 2014, scholarships ran out in the middle of February.


    -- Young Americans Center for Financial Education: Summer Camps for youth in grades 2nd-6th
    Two locations:
    Lakewood: 401 South Pierce Street
    Denver: 3550 East 1st Avenue

    Notes: Campers learn about running businesses, managing finances and more – in a fun way. Camps are one week long, from 9-4pm, with snacks provided (campers must bring their own lunch). Register online here: http://yacenter.org/pfe/summer-camps/ or call 303-321-2265.
    Scholarships are available: call 303-321-2265 to ask for a scholarship application.

  • Tutoring


    Pikes Peak Area Resources:


    -- Children's Literacy Center
    2928 Straus Lane, Suite 100
    Colorado Springs, CO 80907 (check for additional locations)
    719-471-8672
    (also has a Denver location)

    Notes: Provides one to one free tutoring for kids who are below their reading level, up to a 6th grade reading level (for example, an 8th grader at a 6th grade reading level can participate, etc). Students are matched with one tutor for a semester, and work on reading and supplementing the school curriculum. The program usually cannot work with children who are on an IEP or who struggle with dyslexia. To begin, a form must be filled out by a P/G and the student's teacher: forms can be accessed from the website, here: http://www.childrensliteracycenter.org/enroll-children The form must then be faxed to the main office in Colorado Springs, then the CLC contacts the family. Admission is rolling, so students can apply any time.


    Denver Area Resources:


    Agencies Serving All Counties


    -- The Bridge Project (through DU)
    4 locations: http://www.du.edu/bridgeproject/contactus.html
    303-871-2651

    Notes: The Bridge Project offers free K-12 homework help to anyone who can get there. The first time a child goes must be with a parent or guardian to register; after that, the child can drop in whenever help is needed. Registered children can also sign up for one-on-one tutoring, though there may be a waitlist depending on availability. The Bridge Program also has computer labs, college prep support, scholarship programs, and job opportunities.


    -- Children's Literacy Center
    MLK Jr. Library
    9898 East Colfax Avenue
    Aurora, CO 80010
    303-739-1940
    (Headquarters are in Colorado Springs: 719-471-8672)

    Notes: Provides free one to one tutoring for kids who are below their reading level, up to a 6th grade reading level (for example, an 8th grader at a 6th grade reading level can participate). Students are matched with one tutor for a semester, and work on reading and supplementing the school curriculum. The program usually cannot work with children who are on an IEP or who struggle with dyslexia. Sessions are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday mornings, and may provide a snack. To begin, a form must be filled out by a parent or guardian, and the student's teacher: forms can be accessed from the website, here: http://www.childrensliteracycenter.org/enroll-children
    The form must then be faxed to the main office in Colorado Springs, then the CLC contacts the family. Admission is rolling, so students can apply any time.


    Adams County


    -- Westminster Public Library, Irving Street Branch Drop-In Homework Center
    7392 Irving Street
    Westminster CO 80030
    303-658-2303

    Notes: students through high school can drop-in for help in the Community Room, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, from 3-5:30pm. Computers are available for use, and volunteers can assist with various topics.


    Arapahoe County


    -- The Arapahoe Library District: "Tutor Totes" and Children's Librarians
    Various locations. See website: http://arapahoelibraries.org/locations

    Notes: Children's Librarians can help choose age and subject-appropriate materials for Bigs and Littles to work on and read together. They also offer "tutor totes," which have books, materials, and activities that target standards on a particular theme (grammar, the solar system, etc). Bigs and/or Littles can walk in to any branch and ask to speak to a Children's Librarian, or contact Betsy Brainerd at 303-792-8999 ext. 12609


    Aurora Residents and APS or Cherry Creek Students


    -- Aurora Youth Options
    Required documentation: attend an APS or Cherry Creek school, or reside in Aurora
    http://aurorayouthoptions.org/homework-help

    Notes: Tutoring does not occur over the summer, but will resume in August. This is open to students at Aurora and Cherry Creek schools, or students living in Aurora. Must sign up via a nomination form online (http://aurorayouthoptions.org/, "Nominate a Youth" tab). AYO contacts the family from this form, then student goes in to take a survey. From then on, the student can drop-in for tutoring and receive other services.


    Boulder County


    -- Louisville Public Library
    951 Spruce Street
    Louisville, CO 80027
    303-335-4820

    Notes: the library offers free, individual tutoring for middle and high school students in any subject, for at least one hour per week. Tutoring occurs at the library, usually on Mondays and Thursdays after school hours. There may be a waitlist. Call the above number to sign up.


    Jefferson County


    -- Arvada Branch: Jefferson County Public Library
    7525 West 57th Avenue
    Arvada, CO 80002
    303-235-5275


    Notes: offers free drop-in tutoring for students up to the 10th grade. Tutoring is on Wednesdays from 5-7 in the evenings, and is led by one volunteer-tutor who can assist with any subject. Tutoring takes place on the 2nd floor in one of the study rooms.

  • Utilities


    Statewide Resources:


    -- LEAP (Low-Income Energy Assistance Program)
    Call HEAT HELP at 1-866-432-8435
    LEAP offers assistance from November to April. Clients must call for an application, or apply online here. Awarded funds are usually sent directly to the utility company. Most other utility resources throughout the state of Colorado (some of which are below) will not provide utility assistance until clients have already used LEAP, or have been denied assistance from LEAP.

    ** NOTE** APPLY FOR LEAP BEFORE TRYING THE RESOURCES BELOW **

    After using LEAP, or being denied by LEAP, people can call Energy Outreach Colorado agencies (below) for further assistance. For an exhaustive list of EOC agencies, searchable by county, click here.



    Pikes Peak Area Resources:


    -- COPE (Citizens Options to Provide Energy): provides utilities payment assistance to Colorado Springs' families and individuals struggling financially due to a personal crisis or emergency.

    Notes: Must have already applied to LEAP (see above). Call 2-1-1 to find a COPE-funded agency, or find one online.

    -- Ecumenical Social Ministries: Utility Assistance
    Clients must show a photo ID and a Social Security Card for every person in the household.
    201 N. Weber Street
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903
    (719) 636-1916

    Notes: Utility Assistance is only offered to specific zip codes, and to families who have already applied to LEAP. Call for eligibility.


    -- Salvation Army: Utility Assistance
    908 Yuma St.
    Colorado Springs CO 80909
    719-635-1287

    Notes: has COPE assistance for clients who have already applied to LEAP. Requirements vary, and depend on income. Call the main line and ask for utility assistance.



    -- Westside Cares: utility assistance, once per year
    Services are provided only to Colorado Springs residents West of I-25. They ask for a SSN, but it is not required to receive services.
    2808 W Colorado Ave
    Colorado Springs, CO 80904
    Office hours: Monday-Thursdays 9:30-12:30 (line forms at 8:30); Thursdays 4:30-6pm.
    719-389-0759

    Notes: Clients can sign up for utility assistance during office hours.



    Denver Area Resources:


    Agencies Serving All Counties


    -- Access Housing
    Must provide documentation of citizenship. Services available only to families in which all adults are employed full-time.
    6978 Colorado Blvd.
    Commerce City CO 80022
    303-289-7078

    Notes: Utility assistance is available to families in any county, when available. Call the main line.


    -- ACS Community LIFT
    Serves all counties
    5045 W. First Avenue, Denver, CO 80219 (1st & Sheridan)
    303.935.7389
    www.acslift.org

    Notes: Must have already tried LEAP. Call the main line, 303.935.7389, on Wednesdays at 3 and leave a message (please do not leave more than one message). On Thursdays between 9 and 11, LIFT returns calls to those who will get an appointment. Clients hoping to get an appointment should try to be available at this time, because they will be skipped if they are unreachable. Receiving assistance requires attendance at a financial literacy course that takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2-4pm.


    -- Denver Urban Ministries (DenUM)
    Services require a photo ID and proof of address dated within the last 45 days.
    1717 E Colfax Ave
    Denver CO 80218
    303-355-4896

    Notes: Foe utility assistance call 303-991-3977, Mondays at 9 am and leave a message. No call back or assistance is guaranteed. Must have already contacted LEAP during LEAP season to receive assistance.


    -- Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC)
    225 East 16th Ave, Suite 200, Denver, CO 80203
    Phone: 303.825.8750

    Notes: EOC funds utility assistance to agencies throughout Colorado, in order to reach clients after they have already used, or been denied, LEAP. To search for all agencies that provide EOC funding, click here. EOC also runs a Fix Your Furnace program that coordinates emergency furnace repair or replacement of heating system for eligible households, and an Improve Your Home Energy Efficiency Program. Call 1-855-469-4328 for help.


    -- Metro CareRing
    Required documentation: photo ID and proof of address
    1100 E. 18th Ave. Denver, CO 80203
    (303) 860-7200

    Notes: May assist with payments up to 1,000 dollars per household. Clients must have already contacted LEAP during LEAP season. Must make an appointment on Tuesdays at 4pm, by calling 720-515-9888. Metro CareRing works its way down the list of callers until they've run out, then starts over the next week.


    Arapahoe and Adams Counties


    -- Almost Home: Utility Assistance
    Provides services to Adams county residents, and to southern-edge of Weld county. Colorado ID and social security card is required for all adults.
    231 N. Main St.
    Brighton CO 80601
    303-659-6199

    Notes: Families requesting assistance must show proof that they've been Adams county residents for 90 days, and have a letter from LEAP. If the utility bill is over 1000$ they cannot help until the bill is less than 1000$, as they must pay the bill in full and their limit is 1000$. Call Almost Home to make an appointment.


    -- Aurora Interfaith Community Services (formerly Aurora Interchurch Task Force)
    Open to residents of Adams and Arapahoe counties. Must provide photo ID for all family members receiving services, and proof of address for the last month.
    1553 Clinton St.
    Aurora CO 80010
    303-360-0260
    Office hours: 8:30-1:30 on Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 8:30-5 on Wednesday.

    Notes: Must call to schedule an appointment for all services. Utility assistance is available once per year. Must have already applied for LEAP, and must not be receiving assistance from another EOC-funded agency. Assistance is granted a maximum of five times.


    Arapahoe County


    -- Broadway Assistance Center: Utility Assistance
    Requires proof of residence in 80120 for Utility Assistance
    1449 West Littleton Blvd.
    Littleton CO 80120
    303-893-4108

    Notes: Clients must be overdue on rent to receive funds, and call BAC to make an appointment. The BAC might run out of funds at the end of the week. Amount and frequency is flexible and not publicized.


    -- Inter-faith Community Services
    For residents of Arapahoe County. Must meet income requirements, and each adult must bring in a photo ID, proof of address within the last 30 days, and proof of income within last 30 days. If children are receiving services, they must have a birth certificate or social security card. All services are walk-in except for financial services.
    3370 South Irving Street
    Englewood CO 80110-1816
    303-789-0501

    Notes: utility assistance funding is received on the first business day of the month. Clients can call on that day at 8am to make an appointment. Must have already applied with LEAP. Assistance is limited to once every twelve months.


    Denver County


    -- Community Ministry
    Services limited to Denver county residents south of 6th Ave, West of Broadway, Southwest of Denver City limits: zip codes 80219, 80223, 80236, and the Denver portion of 80227. Clients must bring a photo ID and proof of residency.
    1755 S Zuni St.
    Denver, CO 80223
    (303) 935-3428

    Notes: Utilities may be available with a determination letter from LEAP, and not along with other EOC funding. Call 303-934-0469 for an appointment.



    Douglas County

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    -- Douglas County Task Force: utility assistance
    Services are for residents of Douglas and Elbert Counties. Must present a photo I.D. that shows Douglas or Ebert county residency, or bring in other proof of residency.
    1638 Park Street
    Castle Rock CO 80109
    303-688-1114

    Notes: All services are acquired on a first come first served basis, up to 20 clients
    per day. Number tabs are put on the door the night before, and people can
    pull a tab to save themselves a spot. Doors open at 9 am and close at 12
    pm, Monday through Friday. Services may include
    utility assistance.

  • Victims Assistance


    Pikes Peak Area Resources:


    Please talk to your Program Specialist.


    Denver Area Resources:


    -- The Denver Center for Crime Victims
    24-hour hotline: 303-894-8000 (English)
    303-718-8289 (Spanish)
    Services are provided to residents of Denver or victims of a crime committed in Denver.

    Notes: the hotline supports victims of all kinds of crime. Services include financial assistance, relocation, food certificates, bus vouchers, crime scene cleanup, co-payments, counseling, translation in over 40 languages, a legal clinic (including support for undocumented victims), and referrals to more long-term resources. The DCCV works closely with victim compensation and may be able to provide funding while victim comp funding is processing. The DCCV needs to verify that a crime was committed, but they do not necessarily need to see a police report. All services are free. The DCCV also runs groups for youth ages 6-17 who have experienced trauma (ranging from living with an addicted parent, or witnessing a traumatic event), men, women, and adults, as well as the Trauma Sensitive Yoga program.

    The DCCV also provides training to the community about domestic violence, how trauma affects children's brains, and self-care for professionals working with clients in poverty.

  • Can't Find What You Need?

    This is a not an exhaustive list of resources. If you are in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and cannot find needed resources from this list, please talk to your Program Specialist for more options. If you see incorrect information or think that a resource should be added to this list, please contact Alison Turner at alisont@biglittlecolorado.org.

 

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