Community Support Services

While Ministerial Care and the Caring Committee lend a hand for short term counseling and needs, Community Support Services are necessary links to comprehensive, expert assistance with severe and/or persistent problems.

Colorado now has a service called 2-1-1 to help those in need and those who wish to assist someone in need to find the right assistance in their area.   Especially in cases where emergency mental health care, housing, or other assistance is needed, calling 2-1-1 will be your fastest and safest choice of consultation on assistance options.  9-1-1 still remains your best choice for life threatening emergencies.  2-1-1 is particularly helpful to try to get appropriate care rather than the police or ambulance response that 9-1-1 triggers.  2-1-1 will put you through to 9-1-1 if they assess the situation and feel that immediate police, fire, or ambulance service is necessary.

2-1-1 is also a comprehensive referral service and you need not have a crisis situation to use it for help in locating community support services.

Asking for help is an important first step towards reaching a solution. We provide the following partial listing of community support systems for those who prefer to contact an individual agency.  This list cannot be complete, but it may provide a first step towards finding help, both for those in need and those who are assisting them. The listing of these resources and organizations does not, in any way, imply endorsement by First Unitarian Society of Denver or the Caring Committee. Several of these agencies have received contributions from FUSD's Giving in Action Program.

Please, click on this link for a more extensive list of substance abuse services.  http://www.fusden.org/content/substance-abuse-services

Colorado Alcoholics Anonymous

http://www.coloradoaa.org/ Links to local chapters of AA and a wealth of other information relating to alcohol abuse.

Amend

http://alcoholism.about.com/od/tx_co/qt/amend_denver.htm  Mix of outpatient mental health and substance abuse services.

US NO DRUGS

http://www.usnodrugs.com/Colorado/Denver/AMEND  1-855-731-7773 Counseling and referral for addiction problems.

HARM Reduction Action Center

http://www.harmreductionactioncenter.org  303-572-7800 - 733 Santa Fe Drive  Aims to educate, empower and advocate for the health and dignity of Metro-Denver’s injection drug users and affected partners in accordance with harm reduction principles; syringe access program.

The Blue Bench

http://thebluebench.org 303 322 7273 Sexual Assault hotline Prevention and care for those affected by sexual assault. Available to men, women and teens

Denver Area Youth Services (DAYS)

http://www.denveryouth.org  (303) 698-2300   Services include home-based family therapy services, foster care, parenting education, outpatient substance abuse treatment, community supervision, case management, and mental health services.

The Conflict Center

http://conflictcenter.org (303) 433-4983 provides classes for Youth and Adults through a variety of class topics and formats. Anger Management Classes, Healthy Relationship Classes, Communication Classes, and Parenting Classes.

Atlantis Community

http://dug.org/atlantis-communities-garden/ 303-292-9904 Independent living center and community for adults with disabilities

Colorado Center for the Blind

http://coloradocenterfortheblind.org 303-778-1130  2233 West Shepperd Ave, Littleton CO 80120 Internationally known center-trains and assists all with impaired sight to function with maximum independence

Bienvenidos Food Bank

http://www.bienvenidosfoodbank.org 2224 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver, CO 80211 
(basement of Our Merciful Savior Episcopal Church) 303-433-6328 provide emergency and supplemental food assistance in a “store like” setting Food distribution hours: Thursdays 11A-12P & 4P-5:30P

Colorado Food Bank

http://www.hud.gov/local/co/homeless/foodbanks.cfm This is the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website listing many Colorado Food Banks by community.

Metro CareRing

http://www.metrocarering.org/help/ 303-860-7200 Monday-Friday, between the hours of 9:30am - 3pm. Nutritious, caring food assistance.

WINN Ministries

303-239-9123   a Christian organization that helps churches assist their own members. Provisions from the food bank is ordered and picked up by a church representative and delivered to the person(s) in need by that representative.

Mile High United Way

http://www.unitedwaydenver.org  303-433-8383 This website is a comprehensive alphabetical listing of agencies that are supported by MHUW.  You can also search by area needed.

Tuck Sleep

http://www.tuck.com  Anxiety is an extremely prevalent health issue worldwide. Studies have shown upwards of 40 million adults (1 in every 5) suffer from a mental health issue which is having devastating effects on sleep health and hygiene, the team at Tuck Sleep have created a handful of informative guides to help combat this issue.

Brothers Redevelopment, Inc.

http://www.brothersredevelopment.org
 - This organization provides safe, affordable, accessible housing and housing services for low-income, elderly and disabled residents of Colorado. Groups of volunteers perform the services.

Capitol Hill Family Initiative Collaborative

Angela Beckley or Rosa Vergil-Garcia   303-331-9597  South West corner of 16th Ave. and York streets (Old synagogue bldg.) Provides family services and support, assistance with food, rent, TANF mix-ups, medical care, truancy, parenting, child care, substance abuse treatment and much more. Part of CHUM.

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

http://www.coloradocoalition.org  Coalition's main offices at (303) 293-2217. Coalition's Stout Street Health Center at (303) 293-2220. Assistance with housing, healthcare, support services, childcare, and many other needs of the homeless. Visit the Coalition in person, Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to meet with a case manager to discuss your specific circumstances. Main Offices 2111 Champa Street, Denver, Colorado 80205 Stout Street Clinic
2100 Broadway (for medical help) Family assistance location: 2111 Champa St., Denver, CO 80205 
 (303) 312-9700 
Walk-In Hours: Walk-ins are scheduled every Monday at 11am by calling the resource line at 303-312-9700.

The Action Center

http://theactioncenterco.org  303.237.7704 Multiple services; must be a resident of Jefferson County or Homeless. Food Pantry, Clothing Bank, Counseling, Bus Token, Household Items and Senior Food Commodities emergency shelter program for men, women, and children in single, couple, or family units. Call 720-407-6670 daily to see if there are any rooms available in the shelter program. Jeffco Action Center’s Tenant / Landlord Counseling is a non-profit qualified, experienced volunteer group that offers phone and walk-in service concerning tenant or landlord rights and obligations under Colorado law. Rent and Utility Assistance.

The Rocky Mountain Housing Development Corporation

http://www.transitionalhousing.org/li/rocky_mountain_hdc_inc_80204 303-561-0226
The Rocky Mountain Housing Development Corporation, Inc. provides transitional housing and related support services for families, men and women with very low to moderate incomes.  Call 800-334-8893 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

Family Promise

http://www.familypromiseofgreaterdenver.org/  303.675.0713 or 866.478.1229 Shelter, referrals, advocacy, and life skills training supports for homeless families

The Gathering Place

http://www.tgpdenver.org 1535 High Street
Denver, Colorado 80218  303-321-4198 Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, their children, and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty. The Gathering Place provides a variety of programs and services. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Earthlinks

http://www.earthlinks-colorado.org. 303-389-0085 2746 w 13th Ave. a work program for people who are homeless and low-income to learn skills and create Earth-friendly products. Made up of people who have experienced or are presently experiencing homelessness.

St Francis Center

http://www.sfcdenver.org 2323 Curtis St, Denver, CO 80205. A center for men and women who are homeless in the metro Denver area, providing day time shelter along with services that enable people to meet their basic needs for daily survival and to transition out of homelessness employment, housing, health, mail, phone, storage, and many other important day services for the homeless.

Colorado Division of Housing

www.dola.state.co.us/cdh/section8/documents/HomeownershipGuidebook.pdf    303-866-2033  offers rental assistance subsidies (Section 8 Vouchers) to very low-income families in 47 Colorado counties. DOH contracts with local housing agencies that focus on family eligibility and ensure that the rental unit meets housing quality standards. DOH offers rental assistance in counties served by small housing agencies and to special populations in the Denver metropolitan area. For a list of DOH contractors throughout the state, access the Colorado Division of Housing Rental Assistance Contractors.

The Family and Senior Homeless Initiative

http://www1.usw.salvationarmy.org contributes financially to a qualified and accepted applicant's new personally selected home, of which rent is no more than 60% of the applicant's monthly income.  Matches each family or senior with a mentor team, who provides various types of services, support, and coaching toward self-sufficiency, recipients must have source of income, be over 60 or family with child 17 or younger

Habitat for Humanity

http://www.habitatmetrodenver.org/   303-534-2929  Habitat for Humanity offers the chance for low income families to own their own home. To apply, call or go online.

Metro CareRing

http://www.metrocarering.org/help/ 303-860-7200 Monday-Friday, between the hours of 9:30am - 3pm. Nutritious, caring food assistance.

Hunger Free Colorado

http://www.hungerfreecolorado.org The “For Coloradoans” section of their website contains practical information on getting food assistance.

Same Café

2023 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
720-530-6853  Mon-Sat 11AM - 2PM
 Closed Sundays and Federal Holidays 
Closed  Labor Day weekend. Meals for a donation or work.

Centro Humanitario

http://www.centrohumanitario.org  2260 California St., Denver  Center for day laborers at fair wages

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition

http://www.coloradoimmigrant.org (303) 922-3344 More legislative in purpose, but might help with referrals

The African Community Center of Denver

http://www.acc-den.org 303-399-4500 ACC’s mission is to help African refugees to rebuild safe, sustainable lives in Denver through supportive networks of people, services, and community activities.

Freedom Fund

http://mdduua.org/ministries/partner-organizations/the-freedom-fund/ provides counseling and financial help to women in need of abortions.  Contact for assistance: thefreedomfund@gmail.com 

Envision Colorado

http://www.envisioncolorado.com/   303-922-2007
 - provides quality eye exams and glasses to uninsured families with an income of less than $42,500 per year.

Metro Community Provider Network

http://www.mcpn.com/welcome/Welcome.htm
 303-761-4825 includes all the City of Aurora and Arapahoe and Jefferson Counties. Primary health care for people who have no other access to health care. A Family Practice model of health care is supported by case management services, pharmacy services, and other coordination efforts. Includes Well Child Care, immunizations, obstetrics, gynecology, and chronic disease management.

The Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN)

http://www.cchn.org/   303-861-5165
 - represents more than 100 Community, Migrant, Homeless, and School-Based Health Center sites.

Specific Health Concerns - Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter

http://www.alzrockymtn.org/

Specific Health Concerns - American Diabetes Association

http://www.diabetes.org

Specific Health Concerns - American Heart Association

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=1200000

Specific Health Concerns - Rocky Mountain Cares

http://www.rockymountaincares.org 303-951-3694; 4545 E. 9th Ave. Suite 110, Denver 90220 centralized and comprehensive medical care management, supportive services, prevention, education, and research in collaboration with communities affected by and infected with HIV

Specific Health Concerns - Family Caregiver Alliance

http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/home.jsp Information and support for caregivers and families of victims with long-term, chronic, and terminal conditions.

Jefferson Center for Mental Health

http://www.jeffersonmentalhealth.org/ 303-425-0300 provides a variety of resources to promote mental health and to quality mental health services to people with emotional problems and serious mental illness.

Colorado Department of Human Services

http://www.cdhs.state.co.us/index.htm 303-866-4047 This website for the Colorado Department of Human Services lists services in three different ways: by county, by need, by agency.  It includes lots of excellent information for counselors and counselees.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Colorado

http://www.namicolorado.org/  303-321-3104 NAMI Colorado is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to give strength and hope to individuals with mental illness and their families.  This website includes numerous listings; scroll down to the section on Colorado.

Karis Community

http://kariscommunity.org/about-karis/faq/ Karis is open to men and women who suffer symptoms of severe and persistent mental illness, and could benefit from a transitional-living program.

CHARG

http://www.charg.org  Clinic & Offices 709 E. 12th Ave.,Denver, CO 80203 303-830-8805, Drop-In Center 920 Emerson St., Denver, CO 80218; 303-830-2130 Services for adults with mental illness include clinic, drop in center, homeless outreach, peer assistance, and dental and eye program

Assisted Living Residences

This Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website gives excellent information about Assisted Living Residences in Colorado. It includes a listing of specific residences by city/county and any history of complaint reports and investigations, plus information on how to choose one and other helpful links.

CarePathways

http://www.carepathways.com/ information about home care, assisted living, retirement homes, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. 

Lifeline Medical Alert System

http://www.lifelinesys.com/ Commercial medical alert system; makes it possible for people with health concerns or special needs to quickly contact medical emergency personnel by pressing a button on a bracelet or necklace.

National Association of Senior Move Managers

http://www.nasmm.org/find/index.cfm  A national directory of companies specializing in helping seniors and their families pack, clean, move, and settle into a new residence.

Seniors’ Resource Center

http://www.srcaging.org/   303-238-8151  Assistance for a broad spectrum of senior needs including transportation, adult day care, filling in forms, locating and accessing other community resources in the metro area                                     

Colorado Gerontological Society and Senior Answers / Services

http://www.senioranswers.org/  Lots of information on various senior issues and some referral information too.

HealthSET

http://www.healthset.org provides free health clinics and substantial follow-up care for low income seniors, acting as a bridge to the complex health care and social service systems

Senior Support Services

http://www.seniorsupportservices.org  Day center homeless and hungry seniors with meals, emergency food and clothing, individualized case management, medical care, housing, government benefits, socialization, and activities

Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program

http://www.dora.state.co.us/insurance/senior/senior.htm 303-629-4940 helps people enrolled in Medicare with questions about health insurance.
Topics addressed by the program include Medicare, Medicare supplement insurance (Medigap), Medicare HMOs, Medicaid assistance for people on Medicare, and long-term care insurance.

Suicide & Crisis Hotlines

http://suicidehotlines.com/colorado.html  A listing of Colorado suicide and crisis hotlines – scroll down the page for community listings.

Exempla Healthcare – West Pines

http://www.exempla.org/body_WPBH.cfm?id=72 303-467-4080; West Pines, located on Lutheran Parkway in Wheatridge, offers evaluations and short-term hospitalization with 24-hour nursing care to adults and seniors with behavioral health and chemical dependency problems.

Parents Surviving Suicide

Denver contact: Vivian Epstein, 303-322-7450

Colorado mental health crisis

844 493 8255.  Call if you're distressed, stressed, spun-up, depressed or anxious. It is not only a suicide/homicide prevention line.

Suicide Prevention

1-800-273-TALK (8255) Crisis counselors

Colfax Community Network

http://colfaxcommunitynetwork.org 303 360 9175303work with families facing depression, eviction, hunger, loss of employment, utility shut offs, domestic violence, and the many dangers of living on the street. Staff is available daily from 10am – 3pm children’s programs include after school and summer care, serve the Colfax transient motel population.

Getting There – Bridging the Transportation Gap for Older Adults

http://www.gettingthereguide.com/ This is a web-based resource guide to transit services for older adults living in the metropolitan Denver area.

Lakewood Rides

http://www.lakewood.org/comres/page.cfm?ID=651&LakewoodRides/ 303-987-4826 door-to-door transportation service for Lakewood residents who are age 60 and older or those who have disabilities of any age. Wheelchair accessible.

RTD Access A Ride

http://www.rtd-denver.com/accessARide.shtml 303.299.2960  local bus transportation for people with disabilities  $4.50 a ride.  Requires an application/special ID card and reservations

Seniors’ Resource Center

http://www.srcaging.org/transportation 303-235-6972  Transportation for seniors and disabled arranged through Seniors’ Resource Center.

The Action Center

http://theactioncenterco.org    303-237-0230 See information in Housing Assistance section

Energy Outreach Colorado

http://www.energyoutreach.org/ 
Energy Outreach Colorado assists people in emergency situations by helping pay the balances on their utility bills.

Low-Income Energy Assistance Program – LEAP

http://www.cdhs.state.co.us/leap/

Jefferson County:  http://www.co.jefferson.co.us/commassist/commassist_T180_R4.htm

Denver County:  http://www.cdhs.state.co.us/leap/
 Partial assistance with home heating costs for low-income households during the months of high heating costs, November through April.

See referrals in other sections as well

Denver Area Youth Services (DAYS)

http://www.denveryouth.org  (303) 698-2300   Services include home-based family therapy services, foster care, parenting education, outpatient substance abuse treatment, community supervision, case management, and mental health services.

Rainbow Alley

http://www.glbtcolorado.org/rainbow-alley/  303-733-7743  Drop-in center designed to support LGBT youth and their allies, ages 12-21. Provides health services, counseling and referral, youth-led events and activities, and life resources, all in a warm, welcoming, safe and supportive space.

Second Wind Fund

http://www.thesecondwindfund.org/   303.988.5870 Second Wind Fund, Inc. is to decrease the incidence of teen suicide nationally by removing financial and social barriers to treatment for at-risk youth and to create a network of local affiliates to provide such services in their own communities.

Urban  Peak

http://www.urbanpeak.com  (303) 974-2900  a full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.  If you are a youth ages 15 up to age 20 in need of immediate overnight shelter services, please contact 303-974-2908. Leave a message if you do not receive an answer.

The Spot

(Drop-In Center, Education & Employment & Outreach offices)
 2100 Stout Street
 (21st and Stout in Downtown Denver)
 Denver, CO 80205

Shelter

(for youth ages 15 through 20)
1630 South Acoma
(One block west of Broadway & Iowa)
Denver, CO 80223

Greenhouse Scholars

http://www.greenhousescholars.org Provides comprehensive personal and financial support to high performing, under-resourced college students.

The Conflict Center

http://conflictcenter.org (303) 433-4983 Classes for children, teens and adults including Anger Management Classes, Healthy Relationship Classes, Communication Classes, and Parenting Classes Aims at violence prevention through education. Classes available for schools. Also library available 9-5 weekdays 4140 Tejon St. Denver, Colorado 80211