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.
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.
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.
Text your zip code to 898-211
Notes: Health Services in Colorado
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.
Rent Assistance in 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
Denver 7 – ABC
Notes: There are a number of agencies and organizations around the metro area that offer services to help people who are struggling to pay their rent or those facing eviction.
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.
Meals on Wheels
Notes: Enroll online
Notes: One box of food per car. Please look online for specific times.
Cherry Creek Schools
Notes: The district will provide free Breakfast, Lunch, and a Book for kids 18 and under, starting Saturday, March 21, 2020
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 Kids
Notes: Nutrition resources, plus info about online education/ exercise tools and mental health support for kids and parents
Notes: Visit 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.
Help Colorado Now
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.