This page provides a list of resources we gathered in hopes of helping you and your loved one navigate this difficult time. We have first included information specifically related to COVID-19, this will provide you the latest information about the pandemic, testing centers and up-to-date policy changes. We also included local Colorado organizations, which may be able to provide additional assistance for health insurance, financial support, nutrition services, energy and internet.
World Health Organization (WHO)
Notes: Specialized agency of the United Nations concerned with global public health.
Center of Disease Control (CDC)
Notes: The leading national public health institute of the United States.
CO Department of Health & Environment
Phone: 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911
Notes: Colorado’s call line for general questions about COVID-19, provides answers in many languages including English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.
Colorado | Official State Web Portal
Notes: The official state website offers information regarding what resources are available to you based on the specifics around your financial impact from COVID-19.
Notes: Learn about the Economic Impact Payment, also referred to by some as stimulus payments.
Notes: One-stop resource for the people of Colorado impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
FREE COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing
Notes: King Soopers announced a partnership with the Colorado State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) for free COVID-19 drive-thru testing.
The Resident Relief Foundation
Notes: This organization helps responsible residents stay in their homes during a singular, unexpected financial emergency.
Notes: The Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance program (TRUA) offers resources to Denver residents who are facing a housing crisis or hardship to help prevent eviction or displacement.
Notes: The guide is a list of over 100 agencies, non-profits, and charitable organizations in Colorado that offer a variety of resources to those in need of assistance.
Rent Assistance in the City & County of Denver
Notes: Almost 30 different non-profit organizations, agencies, charities, churches, and government programs can help low-income and struggling individuals pay rent.
Rent Assistance in Aurora
Notes: City of Aurora Residents Resource Guide > Rental Assistance Program
Health First Colorado
Notes: CO’s Medicaid Program
Child Health Plan Plus
Notes: Public low-cost health insurance for certain children and pregnant women. It is for people who earn too much to qualify for Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program), but not enough to pay for private.
Inner City Health Center
Notes: Inner City Health Center exists to provide quality, affordable health care to the uninsured and underserved in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
Notes: Work where you live!
Grocery Store and Retail
Notes: Apply online at each respective company or visit in-stores.
Notes: Search for various CO job opportunities on their website.
Notes: File for unemployment assistance
Notes: Small business owners can fill out a questionnaire and Denver Economic Development & Opportunity (DEDO) staff will evaluate your information and help you identify the most appropriate support for you and your business.
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Notes: Comprehensive list of programs and organizations offering support all across Colorado.
Denver Public Schools
Notes: Denver Public Schools is offering free weekday breakfast and lunch to students and families in need at Grab-and-Go sites throughout the city until circumstances change.
Grab-and-Go Meal Pickup
Monday–Friday | 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Bienvenidos Food Bank
Notes: Look online to find the location closest to you.
Volunteers of America
Notes: Enroll Online
Cross Purpose – Free Online Career Training
Notes: CrossPurpose offers free online career training that empowers users to develop personally, succeed professionally, and start their journey towards a new career.
Nourish Meals on Wheels
Notes: Enroll online
Notes: One box of food per car. Please look online for specific times.
Cherry Creek Schools
Notes: A breakfast and lunch meal will be distributed to all students 18 and under on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at select locations.
Aurora Public Schools
Notes: APS offers free breakfast and lunch. Click the link for locations.
Food Bank of the Rockies
Notes: List of all food bank locations all over Denver Metro and the surrounding area.
Action for Healthy Kids
Notes: Nutrition resources, plus info about online education/ exercise tools and mental health support for kids and parents
Benefits in Action
Notes: If you are currently homebound and in need of food to be delivered to your home, you can apply for their Food Deliver Program.
DSST Family Relief Fund
Notes: DSST has partnered with the Denver Metro Emergency Food Network (DMEFN) to deliver nutritious and affordable meals to our students, families and staff members in need through the DSST Family Relief Fund.
Notes: Visit their website or call to set up payment arrangements.
Low-Income energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
Notes: LEAP is a federally funded program that helps Colorado families, seniors, and individuals pay a portion of their winter home heating costs. Eligibility is determined by a percentage of the poverty level index.
Energy Outreach Colorado
Notes: EOC provides grants affordable housing organizations, multi-family residents, and non-profit facilities to pay for energy efficiency upgrades.
FREE INTERNET SERVICE
Notes: New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to qualified low-income households for $9.95/month – Apply by April 30, 2020
Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV)
Notes: They inspire Colorado to enhance responses to domestic violence, increase victim safety, and create intolerance for abuse, through visionary advocacy, member support, and public information.
Integrated Family Services
Notes: IFCS provides basic services, such as food, clothing, financial assistance, and transitional housing to low- income individuals, families, and children.
Signs of Stress
Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for include:
- Excessive crying or irritation in younger children
- Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting)
- Excessive worry or sadness
- Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
- Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teens
- Poor school performance or avoiding school
- Difficulty with attention and concentration
- Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
- Unexplained headaches or body pain
- Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
How to Support your Child
- Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
- Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
- Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
- Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
- Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.