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Coronavirus Resources

Please visit this page frequently as we add resource information with active web links that may prove useful to our community.

 

 

 

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Updated: December 2, 2020
Tri-Lakes Cares is still closed to the public for onsite client services. We will continue using remote and no-contact service options to provide grocery services, financial assistance, and medical assistance services. Will continue to offer services this way until at least January 1, 2021.

 

Want to know how you can help? Many of the resources below also offer opportunities to volunteer.  You can also visit the Help Colorado Now website for opportunities to volunteer, as well as links to help if you are in need: https://helpcoloradonow.org/  

A host of information about services and resources in our community can be found by contacting the Pikes Peak United Way.  You can do this by calling 2-1-1 or visiting their website: https://www.ppunitedway.org/2-1-1/   

Another great comprehensive resource list is available through the Pikes Peak Library District.  The Helping Hands El Paso County Community Resources are available here: https://research.ppld.org/HelpingHands  

Comcast is offering Free WIFI hotspots and Internet Essentials free to all new customers (this is 60 days of complimentary service). More information on Comcast services being offered during this time can be found here: https://www.xfinity.com/prepare.   

Assurance Wireless is a resource for free cell phone service.  The website indicates this service is available for individuals receiving unemployment benefits!  More information can be found here: https://www.assurancewireless.com/ 

           Food Resources in Our Community 

For Older Adults  

For Students  

  • Academy District 20 has updated information about the free meal program.  Information can be found here: https://www.asd20.org/stories/free-meals-for-students-extended   
  • Additional student food pick-up locations are available here: https://tinyurl.com/School-Meals   

For Others 

  • Expensify is directing charitable funds to assist families receiving SNAP.  Find instructions on how to receive a reimbursement here:  https://www.expensify.org/hunger   
  • Colorado Springs Food Rescue is offering weekly no-cost grocery distribution programs Tuesday through Thursday beginning at 3:00pm., and Saturdays beginning at 12:00pm.  Information may change, so check for updates on their website including information regarding student resources: http://www.coloradospringsfoodrescue.org/resources-covid19   
  • Care and Share has provided updated guidance for SNAP applications and assistance as follows: 

“Due to public health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, Care and Share Food Bank will be temporarily suspending all of its in-person SNAP (food stamp) outreach in El Paso and Pueblo Counties until further notice beginning March 16, 2020.”   

Questions can be directed to If you have questions about SNAP or would like to apply over the phone, please contact Jo Stinchcomb at 719-413-4805 or Jo@careandshare.org.

 

Unemployment  

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment  

  • For questions or assistance call 1-800-388-5515  

Pikes Peak Workforce Center  

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade  

US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship  

Other 

 

      

Health Care  

El Paso County Health has information about COVID-19 and a list linking to various community resources  

  • There is also an information hotline staffed by volunteers: 719-575-8888  

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment has statewide information and press releases   

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  

  • Visit this website for information about COVID-19 symptoms and how to protect yourself: https://www.cdc.gov/  

Connect for Health Colorado  

  • Open enrollment for Coloradans who are not insured occurred from March 20 through April 30 (this is was an extended date).

Colorado PEAK is a resource for health and other programs including   

  • Food Assistance (SNAP) – Questions you have may be answered by this public message 
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)   
  • Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP)  
  • Aid to the Needy Disabled (AND)  
  • Colorado Works (CO Works) (state name for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or TANF)  
  • Health First Colorado (Colorado Medicaid)  
  • Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+)  
  • LEAP (typically ends on April 1, but has been extended for 30 days)  

Other 

Mental Health  

Deer Creek Road Counseling is providing remote mental health services at this time.  Contact TLC at 719-481-4864 for more information about how TLC can help connect you to these services. You can also visit their website for contact information here  

Colorado Teletherapy Services  

  • Are you finding yourself feeling lonely, sad or just disconnected? Consider joining a FREE online group on Fridays! No registration required. 
  • Adults: Friday at 6:00pm MT 
  • Teens: Friday at 8:00pm MT 

 

Violence Free Colorado has a list of resources for individuals at increased risk due to domestic violence or immigration status that can be accessed here:  

U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline  

Mental Health America is another resource to find ways to address stress, anxiety or other mental health concerns related to COVID-19.  These resources are listed here: 

Headspace is offering free access to meditation-based content called “Weathering the Storm.”  They also offer a free trial.  Both can be accessed here:   

The National Association for the Education of Young Children has specific guidance for talking to kids about COVID-19 and resources to support their learning during school closures: 

Childcare

The Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative for First Responders will conclude the Emergency Child Care program on May 24, 2020, and is no longer accepting applications.  The announcement can be found here:  

First Responders can find information about the Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative here: 

 

Pet Care 

Harley’s Hope Foundation is offering additional services to folks sheltering in place or experiencing financial hardship 

Taxes

Get Ahead Colorado shared that the date to file taxes has been extended to July 15 this year.  More information on filing can be found here: 

Housing

Colorado Department of Local Affairs has housing information including homelessness resources and eviction prevention 

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have issued press releases regarding their efforts to help homeowners