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Arc Thrift Stores

Statewide

Arc stores are located in many Colorado ciites and a good source for inexpensive used clothes. The stores have special sale days, such as every Saturday most items are half off. Click on website for locations and hours.

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Aurora Interfaith Community Services

1553 Clinton Street, Aurora CO 80010

Denver Metro

Aurora

Aurora Interfaith Community Services provides emergency help for people living in Aurora. You should call for an appointment early in the day or use the form on their website. They provide a food pantry, clothing bank, assistance with utilities, school supplies, bus ticketss when available, and help for job search and connecting to human services.

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Cafe 180

3315 S Broadway, Englewood CO 80113

Denver Metro

Englewood

Cafe 180 provides fresh food made from scratch. They take donations instead of charging fixed prices, so if you can afford the $10-12 suggested donation, that's great. If you can't, you can make a donation. They want anyone to eat healthy food, regardless of their ability to pay. Apprenticeship opportunities are also available.

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Colorado Coaliton for the Homeless–Community Resources

2100 Broadway, Denver CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless provides Community Resources, a program designed to help homeless adults without children meet their short-term needs and to transition people with more intensive needs into other services. They can help with applying for permanent housing, shelter information, applying for benefits, and more. Staff are bilingual. See website for hours to walk-in for an appointment later in the day on Monday or Tuesday.

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Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park, Inc.

851 Dry Gulch Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517

Northeast

Estes Park

Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park is a Christian service agency helping Estes Valley residents in need, including the temporarily unemployed who receive short-term assistance, and the working poor or persons with low fixed incomes who receive ongoing services. Crossroads Ministry partners with numerous other agencies to maximize benefits to clients, and encourages self- sufficiency through educational opportunities.

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Department of Human Services

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Statewide

Don't forget to ask about SNAP/food assistance at your county's Department of Human Services. Click on website to find the statewide list of DHS offices. You may be eligible for food assistance if you’re unemployed or work part time or don’t make much money, receive other public assistance, are elderly or disabled and have a small income, or are homeless. If you think you’re eligible, apply for food assistance right away. It can take up to a month to get started with the program. If you’re eligible, you’ll receive monthly benefits that are issued on the Colorado Quest Card, which looks like a credit card.

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Dress for Success–Denver

2425 S Colorado Blvd, #200 Denver CO 80222

Denver Metro

Denver

From head to toe, Dress for Success can outfit you to look your best! Dress for Success--Denver provides professional clothing at no cost to women who are seeking economic independence. If you need clothing for a job interview, you'll need to be referred by a parole officer, re-entry specialist, probation officer, or community organization (see Community Organizations in the Jobs section for a long list). If you already have a job and need clothing, you may call the office directly to arrange a time to come in. This is also a great opportunity for people who self-identify as female (including those who still display as masculine) to get help with professional clothing.

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Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO)

27640 Hwy 74, Evergreen, CO 80439

Denver Metro

Evergreen

EChO offers a range of wraparound services to help community members who are facing personal or economic adversity. Contact a Client Advocate for help with short-term crisis situations, long-term support services, information and referrals with the goal of a return to self-sufficiency and sustainability. Referrals may be made to EChO programs or to one of their community partners for additional services. Areas served include Evergreen (I-70 to Floyd Hill), Kittredge, Idledale, Lookout Mountain, Genessee, Indian Hills, Morrison foothills, and 285 west of C-470 up to and including Conifer. Please set up an appointment with a Client Services Advocate to begin the process by calling 303-670-1796. ID and proof of residency is required. EChO’s main office and food bank are located at the address given on the grounds of the Church of the Transfiguration in Bancroft Hall.

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Father Woody’s Haven of Hope–Jay Gould Center

1101 West 7th Avenue, Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

Father Woody's provides breakfast and lunch; private showers and free laundry, free wireless access and mail/document safe keeping, outreach coordinator to help finding resources related to housing, jobs, and transportation. They also have an eye clinic and weekly medical and dental clinic, massage therapy and yoga classes.

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Focus Points Family Resource Center

2501 East 48th Avenue, Denver CO 80216

Denver Metro

Denver

Focus Points helps low-income people living in northeast Denver. They provide adult education programs, school readiness for children, health and wellness navigation and classes, mental health clinical services, workforce training, entrepreneurial training and opportunities, and community engagement training.

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Food Resource Hotline (855-855-4626, 720-382-2920 Denver Metro)

Statewide

Hunger Free Colorado provides a Food Resource Hotline for current info on food pantries and free meal locations throughout Colorado. If you're looking for food, start by calling the hotline. Operators will also help you sign up for SNAP/food assistance. Calls to the Food Resource Hotline are confidential and they help everyone, regardless of legal status. English and Spanish.

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Friends of Man

PO Box 937, Littleton, CO 80160-0937

Statewide

Littleton

Friends of Man helps with a variety of needs on a statewide basis, including hearing aids, eyeglasses, dental, mobility equipment, clothing, day care, presriptions, medical equipment, and more. They ONLY accept applications (it's on their website) through a referring professional (counselor, nurse, probation or parole officer, social worker, etc).

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Goodwill Stores

Statewide

Goodwill stores are located throughout Colorado and a good place to get clothing and household goods. Blue Saturday Sales are half off for many items. Goodwill stores are also a place to get a job. Many are frequently hiring. Be sure to ask about their Career Connection Centers. Look on website for locations, phone numbers, and hours.

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Grand Valley Peace & Justice

740 Gunnison Ave, Suite 218 & 220, Grand Junction, CO 81501

Northwest

Grand Junction

Grand Valley Peace & Justice is a community agency that provides help to people who are struggling/homeless/low income. Their resource desk has lots of information to help you connect to more resources in the area. They also provide vouchers for ID documents, a food pantry for people who "carry their homes on their back," annual resource fairs, resource navigation, advance medical directives, and have a notary on site. Ask about their Community Resource Guide.

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Help and Hope Center

1638 Park Street, Castle Rock CO 80109

Denver Metro

Castle Rock

The Douglas Elbert Task Force's Help and Hope Center provides food, hygiene items, housing assistance, utility assistnace, clothing, household items, help getting IDs, referrals to other resources, and help with job search. You need to bring photo ID, Social Security numbers and dates of birth for all family members, proof of your gross family income, and proof that you live in Douglas or Elbert County (current bill is an example)

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Homeward Alliance

242 Conifer Street, Ft. Collins CO 80524

Northeast

Ft. Collins

Homeward Alliance operates a continuum of programs and initiatives, ranging from critical survival gear, to employment services, to homelessness prevention. They are not only an alliance of services, but also an alliance of volunteers, donors, agency partners and other community stakeholders. They envision a community in which homelessness is rare, short-lived and non-recurring. Email: info@homewardalliance.org

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It Takes a Village

1475 Lima Street, Aurora CO 80010

Denver Metro

Aurora

It Takes a Village works to reduce health and social disparities among people of color in the Denver metro area. Their programs include Brothas4Ever for African-American men, client services for people who are HIV positive, Phenomenal Women for African-American women, Seeking Safety group, STD and HIV testing and counseling, homelessness and rapid rehousing program, substance abuse treatment, and more.

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Joseph Center

2511 Belford Avenue, Grand Junction CO 81501

Northwest

Grand Junction

Joseph Center is a one-stop shop in Grand Junction for people struggling with poverty and homeless issues. They will help you navigate all of the resources you need to put you back on your feet. Their day shelter provides meals, hair dressers, computers, phones, and much more. Employment assistance, housing assistance, transporation, financial guardianship program, budget counseling, and more, all under one roof.

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Loaves & Fishes Ministry

241 Justice Center Road, Canon City CO 81212

Southeast

Canon City

Loaves & Fishes Ministry in Fremont County provides a food pantry, clothing bank, emergency shelter, housing assistance, transportation, connections to medical and mental health care, and financial assistance. Loaves & Fishes is a WAGEES grant recipient and provides re-entry services for people leaving prison in Colorado.

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Mi Casa Resource Center

345 S Grove Street, Denver CO 80219

Denver Metro

Denver

Mi Casa Resource Center believes in the potential of all people to achieve their educational, professional, and entrepreneurial goals. Mi Casa works with the Latino community, working families, and immigrants. They provide workplace skills training (including resume, cover letter, references,) financial literacy courses, legal clinic, mental health counseling, tax preparation, and education programs. Mi Casa also supports entrepreneurs, helping them explore, launch, and grow their business through bilingual consulting, in-depth training, and a variety of business-related workshops and resources.

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Murphy Center for Hope

242 Conifer St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Northeast

Fort Collins

Murphy Center is the hub of services for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Larimer Country. The Center has many services under one roof and provides many different services including morning meals, take-away meals, food boxes, bike repair and bike trailers, mail, lockers, showers, personal hygiene items, laundry, computers and wifi, telephones, career closet for job seekers, health connections and much more.

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Pandemic EBT Program

Funding for families with children who receive free or reduced-price school meals

Statewide

Do you have children who received free or reduced-price school meals before COVID-19 closed down the schools? The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program may be able to help your family out. It funds households with an EBT card with the value of the free school breakfast and lunch reimbursement rates for the days that schools have been closed in March, April, and May, which equals $5.70 per day. Those funds can then be spent on eligible food items at many local and online retail stores. Click on the website link to learn more. There is a good frequently asked questions section.

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Posada

111 North Union Avenue, Pueblo CO 81003

Southeast

Pueblo

Posada is for people living in Pueblo County who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. The organization provides housing counseling, life skills, education & employment help, legal services, transportation, mental health & substance abuse counseling, referrals to local agencies, haircuts, showers & laundry, assistance for youth, links to affordable housing, and an emergency shelter.

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Recovery Cafe–Longmont

402 Kimbark St, Longmont CO 80501

Denver Metro

Longmont

Recovery Café Longmont supports adults as they rebuild their lives and break the cycle of addiction, or overcome a recent crisis or trauma. Recovery Café Longmont is open Tuesday - Saturday from noon to 4pm with a communal meal served at 12:30pm. Membership is free and all are welcome. Members must be drug and alcohol free for 24-hours, contribute to the Café and to the healing of others, and attend a weekly Recovery Circle.

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Servicios de la Raza

3131 West 14th Avenue, Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

Servicios de la Raza is a bilingual nonprofit that provides many different programs, including health enrollment; basic emergency services such as food and clothing, mental health program, HIV/Aids services, services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and an apprenticeship program for people wanting a job in the trades. Servicios is a WAGEES grant recipient and provides a re-entry program for people leaving prison in Colorado.

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Summer Meals 2020

Statewide

Summer Meals provide no-cost, nutritious meals to youth 18 and under, regardless of immigration status. There’s no registration, application, or identification required to get a meal. To find a site near you, text “food” or “comida” to 877-877 or click on the website link and enter your address. Really! You'll get a list of locations where you can pick up a meal. During the pandemic locations can serve more than one meal at a time, offer grab-and-go meals, and parents can pick up the meals without children present.

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The Action Center

8745 W 14th Avenue, Lakewood CO 80215

Denver Metro

Lakewood

The Action Center provides people living in Jefferson County with free food, clothing and personal items in an environment of respect and kindness. Next, they work with you to address your longer-term needs by connecting you to the resources, services and support that can help you move towards greater stability and hope. All services require an appointment. Same-day appointments may be available, however calling a day or two in advance is recommended. The appointment line is open Monday – Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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United Way’s 211

Statewide

Call 2-1-1 to ask an operator about clothing banks in your city. You can also search by city on the website for a clothing bank near you. During business hours you can call an operator, do a live chat online, or text your zip code to 898-211. Outside business hours, search the resource database.

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United Way’s 211

Statewide

Call 2-1-1 to ask an operator about food banks and food pantries in your city. You can also search by city on the website for a food bank near you. During business hours you can call an operator, do a live chat online, or text your zip code to 898-211. Outside business hours, search the resource database.

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