About Tri-Lakes Cares

Our Mission

Empowering families and individuals to reach toward a better tomorrow.

Our Vision

We make a difference in the lives of families and individuals during their time of need. Through a client-centered and individually tailored approach, we help clients gain greater stability.

An open-mindedness to creative problem-solving and resourcefulness drives our work. It is our belief that everyone should be treated with respect, compassion, and dignity.

Our Work

Located in downtown Monument, we provide services to economically disadvantaged households in northern El Paso County. We help resolve difficult choices between paying rent, putting food on the table, or getting a needed prescription.

Our History

Tri-Lakes Cares has been meeting the needs of Northern El Paso County’s economically disadvantaged residents since November 1984 when a group of like-minded, community-spirited citizens saw a need for such an organization.

Believing that there was strength in a centralized organization to help those in need, this group began to keep a small food pantry, some used clothing and, with cash donations, helped with financial emergencies on a very limited basis.

After several temporary homes, the Lewis-Palmer School District granted TLC, rent-free, the use of the 3500 square foot basement level of the school administration building. TLC occupied this space until District 38’s needed expansion required us to move in March of 2003. After several years, this group of dedicated volunteers hired a part-time director and organized a formal board of directors to oversee its operation.

In 1988, TLC received its tax-exempt status. During the intervening years, TLC gradually grew, providing human services to the towns of Monument, Palmer Lake, Woodmoor, and sections of Black Forest (District 38), then expanded to include Gleneagle and the U.S. Air Force Academy. (Zip codes: 80132, 80133, 80840, 80921, and portions of 80908)

TLC moved to its current building “A Community Resource Center” in June of 2007. As our then board president, Scott Campbell, said at our grand opening, “this is a building that love built”. Since that special day, we have maintained basic programs and added new ones. We continue to honor the past and look forward to future opportunities with a vision to make a difference every day.


How We Help

Tri-Lakes Cares Market and Pantry

Food for All

Pantry services including food, household and personal hygiene supplies, Youth Snack Pack program, Holiday Food Programs

Financial Assistance

Housing Helping Hand

Help with rent, mortgage or utilities payments; home repair costs

Transportation Support

Keep It Moving

Help with car repairs, gas cards, oil change events, bus tickets

Medical Assistance

Health and Well Being Connection

Prescription and co-pay help, referrals and financial assistance for medical, dental and vision needs; mental health referrals, durable medical equipment loans


Community Resources and More

Budget counseling, financial guidance, holiday programs, school supplies, and community resources


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