TLC’s Response and Updates to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus
Please plan to check this page frequently for updated information about TLC’s protocol and procedures related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.
TLC is constantly collecting resources for our community.
Please see our resource list.
Updated: June 16, 2021
Tri-Lakes Cares is currently closed to the public for onsite client services.
We are a connection point for many in our community and we are committed to working together to try to prevent and slow the spread of infectious disease. We are actively monitoring the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and we are using guidance from local, county, state, and federal entities to inform any changes to our policies and practices.
TLC strives to make emergency food, financial, and medical assistance available to all who need it during this challenging time. We are continuing to use remote and no-contact service options to provide grocery services, financial assistance services, and medical assistance services. TLC’s financial and medical assistance services may include rent/mortgage assistance, utility payments, medical assistance and medical payments, car repair assistance, etc.
For a quick overview on how to access TLC services during this time, especially grocery services, watch these three videos with TLC’s Executive Director, Haley Chapin.
Youth Meal Program for D38/D20 and Homeschool Families
TLC is pleased to partner with LexisNexis to offer a youth meal program. At this time, any local youth can receive Grab-and-Go meals and Snack Packs at Tri-Lakes Cares. Sign-up and scheduled pick-up are required. To sign up, please use TLC’s Electronic Grocery Request Form or submit a paper Grocery Request Form (English or Español) to one of our case managers or to the lock box at TLC’s front door.
Additional opportunities for financial and medical assistance may also be available to D38/D20 and Homeschool families according to TLC’s Eligibility Requirements. Please see additional information below for more information on how to enroll in ongoing services at TLC.
Not a Client at TLC but Interested in Receiving Services
If you are not a client at TLC but would like to submit a one-time emergency grocery request:
- Please submit a TLC grocery request and download and complete the intake packet below. Please bring it with you during your assigned food pick-up time.
If you are not a client at TLC but would like to enroll in ongoing services at TLC and submit a grocery request:
- Please submit a TLC grocery request, review TLC’s Eligibility Requirements, and download and complete the intake packet below. Please bring it with you during your assigned food pick-up time.
- Please complete a separate Additional Household Member Form for each family member.
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Submitting Grocery Requests
Clients should submit grocery requests electronically by following this link: Electronic Grocery Request Form
Paper copies of TLC’s Grocery Request Form are available at TLC’s front entrance and clients can submit paper forms to the lock box at TLC’s front door.
TLC staff will follow up within 24 business hours of submission to assign clients a pick-up time and provide instructions for pick-up.
Financial Assistance and Medical Assistance Requests
Clients should submit all requests for financial assistance to their Case Manager via email or phone. Clients should submit all requests for medical assistance to Nurse Cindy by email or phone.
Contact information for all TLC staff is available at www.tri-lakescares.org/contact-us.
TLC’s Case Managers and Nurse Cindy will work with individuals via email and phone to assess and process all requests.
TLC Case Managers
Last names A-L: Rachael Collins, 719-481-4864 x102, RachaelC@tri-lakescares.org
Last names M-Z: Jessica Garrison, 719-481-4864 x117, JessicaG@tri-lakescares.org
New client inquiries: Benjamin Shearer, 719-481-4864, x115, BenjaminS@tri-lakescares.org
Nurse Cindy: Cindy Stickel, 719-481-4864 x103, CindyStickel@centura.org
TLC has changed how we are serving clients. We are using remote and no-contact service options to provide grocery services, financial assistance services, and medical assistance services. This change in service significantly limits the number of individuals onsite at TLC.
We are still relying on the support of our valued TLC volunteers to implement these changes and have implemented specific health and safety protocol for all TLC volunteers who continue to serve onsite at TLC.
We ask that TLC volunteers carefully read all volunteer communications for important updates to TLC’s health and safety protocol.
Only volunteers who are scheduled for specific volunteer shifts should be onsite at TLC. This change in procedure allows TLC staff to limit the number of individuals who are onsite at one time and helps everyone avoid interactions that might lead to transmission.
Nichole Pettigrew, TLC’s Director of Volunteers and Community Partnerships, will continue to be in contact with volunteers to answer questions about schedules and logistics. You can also contact her directly via email at NicholeP@tri-lakescares.org or by phone at (719) 481-4864, ext 113.
The CDC has issued alerts for people at risk for serious illness and we encourage everyone to review this information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html. We cannot make decisions for volunteers, but we urge everyone to make informed decisions for themselves.
Please understand the risks and act in accordance with your own best interests.
Although TLC has stopped providing onsite client services, we intend to continue serving our community by using remote and no-contact service options to protect clients, staff, volunteers, and others who may otherwise interact at our facility.
We recognize that our community members have increasing needs during this challenging time and we remain committed to providing as many wraparound supports as possible to help ease the burden of these current difficult circumstances.
We are welcoming donations of unopened, unexpired food items and sundries. Please view our current pantry needs or contact Jessica Myers, TLC’s Food Program Manager for more information. You can email her directly at JessicaM@tri-lakecares.org or by phone at (719) 481-4864, ext 113.
We are also gratefully accepting financial donations through our secure donation page: Donate Now.
TLC makes each donated dollar go further. We leverage financial donations alongside other financial support, TLC’s bulk purchasing power, and our tax-exempt status to fill the most needed items in our pantry so we can continue supporting our community.
Please contact Haley Chapin, Executive Director