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City of Thornton COVID-19 Resources​

Thornton Cares. We are here for you!

Community Connections - Content on this webpage is frequently updated.

To view facility closures within the city of Thornton, please click here.

Community Connections is your Thornton resource center.  Even though our buildings have closed, our bilingual English/Spanish staff are still available to serve.  We are working hard to keep Thornton informed about available programs, services, and options. Resources are changing daily and sometimes even hourly so please know that while we’ll make every effort to keep information current, there may be times listings are outdated. For the most recent updates, we invite you to contact each resource directly using the information provided.  If you cannot find what you’re looking for, we’re just a call or click away. Reach us at 720-977-5800 or Connections@ThorntonCO.gov.

If you or your organization offer any resources not listed please contact Community Connections and we will be sure to add them to this page. 

Printable Resource Booklets

Our most current list of resources is below. If you need a copy of our booklet, which is slightly condensed, please click here for English or here for Spanish.

More COVID-19 Information

  • OnwardCO.org is the one-stop resource for the people of Colorado impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This is an initiative of companies, foundations, and humans to get Colorado workers connected to essential life services, retraining opportunities and back to work as quickly as possible. 

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, the Tri-County Health Department, or the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

For information on COVID-19 and racism, please click here.


Older Adults (Last updated: 10/01/2020, 4:00 PM)

 Older Adults

Older adults are the most susceptible target of Coronavirus (COVID-19). For this reason the Community Connections Division is doing its part to prevent the spread of the disease and has put together a list of some resources that may be needed during this time.

Driver's License Renewal

  • If you need to renew your driver’s license, you may do that online even if you are over age 65.  The prohibition on online renewals for drivers over age 65 has been temporarily suspended, as per Governor Jared Polis, until April 12, 2020 (This date may be extended).

Medicaid

  • Governor Polis has also issued guidance for individuals who are receiving Medicaid for home care and long term care services. The time for getting all of the paperwork completed has been extended to avoid any disruptions for home care workers and nursing home services.  You will be able to continue to receive help even if the paperwork is not finalized.

Testing;

  • Health First Colorado will cover testing for coronavirus (COVID-19). Members will not have co-pays for testing.

Treatment: 

  •  Information will be provided once it has been made available by the state.

Telehealth:

  •  Information will be provided once it has been made available by the state. 


Medicare 

Testing:
  • Medicare covers the lab tests for COVID-19. You pay no out-of-pocket costs.

Treatment: 
  • Medicare covers all medically necessary hospitalizations. This includes if you're diagnosed with COVID-19 and might otherwise have been discharged from the hospital after an inpatient stay, but instead you need to stay in the hospital under quarantine.
  • At this time, there's no vaccine for COVID-19. However, if one becomes available, it will be covered by all Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D).
  • If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you have access to these same benefits. Medicare allows these plans to waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 lab tests. Many plans offer additional telehealth benefits beyond the ones described below. Check with your plan about your coverage and costs.
Telehealth:
  • You may be able to communicate with your doctors or certain other practitioners without necessarily going to the doctor's office in person for a full visit. Medicare pays for "virtual check-ins"—brief, virtual services with your established physician or certain practitioners where the communication isn't related to a medical visit within the previous 7 days and doesn't lead to a medical visit within the next 24 hours (or soonest appointment available).
  • You need to consent verbally to using virtual check-ins and your doctor must document that consent in your medical record before you use this service. You pay your usual Medicare coinsurance and deductible for these services.
  • Medicare also pays for you to communicate with your doctors using online patient portals without going to the doctor's office. Like the virtual check-ins, you must initiate these individual communications.

Colorado Gerontological Society
    • Many of their services such as hearing, vision, and dental services, advance care planning, and in-person counseling at the Colorado Gerontological Society will be placed on hold until it is safe to work, but they will be available by phone.  If you have questions or need help, please feel free to call 303-333-3482 or 1-855-293-6911.  They may be able to help.

Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Residences

    • Per Governor Polis, all visitors are prohibited unless the individual needs end-of-life compassion care.  All essential health care workers are being tested routinely.  All essential individuals responsible for deliveries of food, health services, and medicine are dropping items on the doorstep and being brought into the building by screened staff.

CDC Video - COVID-19: What Older Adults Need to Know

Reserved Shopping Options:

Dollar General

    • Dollar General will dedicate the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers and will close an hour earlier than normal. 

Whole Foods 

  • Beginning 3/19/20, Whole Foods will dedicate 7:00am-8:00am each day to senior shoppers.

Target 

  • Every Wednesday from 7:00am-8:00am Target will reserve shopping for senior and vulnerable shoppers.

Safeway and Albertsons

  • Every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. will be reserved for vulnerable shoppers. *Safeway added Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
King Soopers

  • Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. will be reserved for vulnerable shoppers.

Costco

  • Every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. will be reserved for senior shoppers.


Senior Hub Food Bank

  • Monday – Friday:  APPOINTMENT ONLY from 9am – 3:30pm Call to make an appointment at 303-426-4408. Serves our senior community.  They also have Senior Food Boxes (CSFP).


Meals on Wheels

CyberSeniors

  • Provides tech support and tutorials to seniors. Cyber-Seniors is waiving all fees and providing free access to its tech training resources for all individuals and organizations during this pandemic. Visit their website here or call 1-844-217-3057 for more information.

Alliance for Retired Americans

  • The Alliance for Retired Americans has put together a fact sheet regarding the coronavirus and how older Americans will be impacted. Click here to view the fact sheet.

Lutheran Family Services

  • Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains serves members of our community most at risk by COVID-19, and are committed to caring for these groups regardless of the circumstances.
  • For OLDER ADULTS who are the most susceptible to this virus, WE ARE THERE to help keep them safe by providing them with care management services, updated health information, and basic grocery items they are unable get themselves during their isolation.
    • Metro Denver Location:  363 S. Harlan Street, Suite 200 Denver, CO 80226
    • Phone:  303-922-3433 or 1-800-579-9496
    • https://www.lfsrm.org


 

 For Professionals / Service Providers

 

National Council on Aging 
If you or your organization works with older adults, use these resources to get best practices, share tips, and see what leading authorities are recommending during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Senior Centers Connect
If your center is temporarily closed and offering essential services during the Coronavirus outbreak, you may be searching for ideas to promote social connection to your participants. This compilation of programs, webinars and resources has been shared by aging service professionals over the past few weeks for you to use. We intend to update this toolkit as more resources become available. 
Eldercare Locator
A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting you to services for older adults and their families. You can reach them at: 
    • 1-800-677-1116
    • or visit Eldercare Locator - Find help in your community by entering your zip code OR city and state. 
      • Area Agency on Aging: For information to help older caregivers contact your area agency on aging.
      • Food for Older Caregivers: If you or someone in your household receive Meals on Wheels or other home-delivered meals, ask if because of the exceptional circumstances, they can also deliver meals for your children. You can also contact your eldercare locator to find out about other sources of food for older adults

Transportation (Last updated: 10/21/20, 9:30 AM)

Transportation

Adams County Community Transit (A-Lift)

A-LIFT is no longer taking in new clients. The program will be transitioning to Via Mobility and will no longer be known as A-Lift. Via Mobility is offering free transportation to exisitng Adams County clients who are age 55 and over. Persons needing transportation to medical and dental appointments, adult day and respite programs, grocery facilities and/or congregate meal sites or personal trips within 5 miles of residence may qualify to use this service.​ Adams County also currently has a bilingual transportation navigator through the Senior Hub please feel free to call them for additional transportation navigation. The number to Senior Hub is: 303-426-4408
Amazing Wheels
Amazing Wheels Transportation offers a full scope of non-medical transportation services for the physically and mentally challenged as well as senior transportation and disabled transportation throughout Denver Metro Area. These services are provided 24 hours a day 7 days a week.​
Colorado NEMT
Non-Emergent Medical Transportation (NEMT) is transportation to and from covered non-emergency medical appointments or services. NEMT is only available when a Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) member has no other means of transportation. NEMT services are coordinated by a State Designated Entity (SDE). Colorado has three types of SDEs.​
DRCOG
For more than sixty years, elected officials have come together to address challenges and to plan for an excellent region. Members establish guidelines, set policy and allocate funding in the areas of transportation and personal mobility, growth and development and aging and disability resources.​

DRCOG’s Transportation Voucher Pilot Program offers three personal trips a week and unlimited medical trips to adults 60 and older in the Denver metro region. Masks are required on all trips. Program participants are also able to receive RTD fixed routed and Access-a-ride tickets. Call 303-480-6700 to learn more.


DRMAC Transit Options
TransitOptions is a quick and easy interactive tool designed to help individuals find specialized transportation that meets each person's specific needs. Based on DRMAC's Getting There Guide, the database walks the user through a short series of questions that will determine the best transportation option(s) available to meet trip requirements.​

InnovAge
InnovAge provides transportation from your home to the PACE center and to off-site medical appointments.​

Mile High United Way

Provides free short-term transportation assistance via Lyft through their Ride United Program, specifiaclly to medical appointments. This service is available to Adams County residents. You can schedule a trip and/or learn more about the program by contacting Mile High United Way, simply dial 211.

  • Phone: 211
  • Website: https://www.lyft.com/safety/coronavirus/rider

RTD 

Regular operations have resumed throughout the metro area. Capacity is limited to approximately 15 passengers per bus, 20 on larger buses, and 30 riders per rail car. Please continue to check RTD’s rider alerts for specific route detour information.

  • RTD's N Line is now open! RTD launched the newest commuter rail, the N Line, on Monday, September 21.  Covering 13 miles and seven stations, this line will launch a six-month promotional fare pilot program starting September 28 (keeping all fares on the N Line to $3 for a three-hour pass). The N Line schedule is available at the RTD website [drmac-co.us5.list-manage.com].
  • Website: https://www.rtd-denver.com/
RTD Access-a-Ride
Providing Travel Options for People with Disabilities in Colorado Access‑a‑Ride provides local bus transportation in the Denver metro area for people with disabilities. We help individuals who cannot access our fixed-route bus and train system to maintain their freedom to travel around the metro area.  
***Beginning Wednesday, July 1, riders will be asked to pay with a ticket or cash when riding on the RTD system, which includes Access-a-Ride. RTD asks riders to be partners in safety by wearing a face covering in our vehicles. Grocery Delivery Available to Access-a-Ride Customers

Phone Numbers and Hours

APPLICATIONS, PASSENGER INFORMATION CHANGES, AND APPEALS
Access-a-Ride Administration Office
303-299-2960  TTY: 711
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

COMMENDATIONS AND CONCERNS, GENERAL INQUIRIES
Access-a-Ride Customer Service
303-299-6000, listen to menu prompts
6:00 a.m - 8:00 p.m. Monday - Friday 
9:00 a.m - 6:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

LOST AND FOUND
303-299-2880
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
Note: Access-a Ride is not responsible for lost or stolen items

RESERVATIONS & FUTURE CANCELLATIONS
Access-a-Ride Reservations
303-292-6560
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 7 days a week

SAME DAY TRIP CANCELLATIONS, SAME DAY TRIP INQUIRY
Access-a-Ride Dispatch
303-480-2000, 24 hours/ 7 days a week

ACCESS-A-CAB RESERVATIONS
303-244-1388
6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., 7 days a week


  • Grocery delivery service now available to RTD Access-a-Ride customers
    • Home grocery delivery service is available to all of the Regional Transportation District (RTD)’s Access-a-Ride customers. RTD is offering this service during the COVID-19 state of emergency to provide current Access-a-Ride customers with a food delivery option that does not require leaving home. No fare is required for customers to use this service.
***Beginning Wednesday, July 1, Access-a-Ride will resume five-day advanced bookings, allowing customers to call and schedule up to 5 days in advance of their trip. Customers can call 303-292-6560 to book trips. The Colorado Department of Health and Environment recommends that anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and avoid using public transportation. Therefore, if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms associated with the virus, Access-a-Ride will not be able to provide you with transportation.
Wagon Road Park-N-Ride/144th FlexRide

Smart Commute is pleased to share that the FlexRide launched in late 2019, the Wagon Road PnR/144th FlexRide, has seen steady ridership in the past few weeks despite declines in other parts of the RTD system.  This grant-funded service delivers crucial workforce access to the quadrant of I-25 and 144th Avenue, and has also been used to help people complete medical trips and trips to other businesses in this area.

FlexRide is a shared ride bus service that travels within select RTD service areas. FlexRide is open to the general public and is available on a first come, first serve basis. FlexRide can be used to connect to other RTD bus or train services at stations and Park-n-Rides, or get direct access to shopping malls, schools, businesses, recreational centers, libraries and more by booking a trip online. All FlexRide vehicles are accessible and have bike racks.

Reservations for RTD's FlexRide [drmac-co.us5.list-manage.com] will be handled by RTD's Customer Care effective 10/18/20 (p: 303-299-6000, option 2).

Seniors' Resource Center Transportation

The transportation program at Seniors' Resource Center is now part of Via Mobility. Please contact Via Mobility at 303-227-0281 for more information.


Housing (Last updated: 10/21/2020, 10:55 AM)

Housing

Water Assistance Program:

Applications are still being processed for all Thornton Assistance Programs, including the Water Assistance Program. Please see more information and the online application at: gocot.net/waterassistance. Completed applications and supporting documentation can be emailed to Assistance@ThorntonCO.gov. For additional information please call 720-977-5815.

Home Repair Programs:

Applications are still being accepted and processed for the Help for Homes minor home repair program and the Home Loan Repair Program. For the safety of homeowners, employees, and the community at large during the COVID-19 outbreak the only type of repair projects that will be made are exterior home modifications and repair projects that do not involve personal physical interaction with homeowners. Approved projects will be scheduled as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding during this time where it is critical we practice social distancing. Online applications can be found here and completed applications can emailed to Connections@ThorntonCO.gov

Emergency Rent/Mortgage and Utility Assistance:

Community Connections partners with several agencies to provide emergency rent/mortgage and utility assistance to income-eligible households. Please contact Adam Lyons, Grant and Housing Supervisor, at 720-977-5812 or adam.lyons@ThorntonCO.gov for more information, or click here to see a comprehensive list of service providers.

If you are unable to pay your rent, the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project has put together a guide on what to expect, how you should communicate with your landlord, a template for communicating with your landlord, and additional resources that may be of benefit to you. It can be found here. Please note that the information in this guide is not, and is not intended to be, legal advice; rather, it is intended to be informational.


Adams County residents who have experienced a financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. If your annual household income falls below 120% of the area median income you are eligible for assistance with your rent or mortgage and may apply for assistance directly with Maiker Housing Partners*. Apply online here.

*Due to the volume of appliacitons received, Maiker Housing Partners will not be accepting new applications beginning at 5:00 PM 10/2/2020 until further notice.


If you are seeking rent/mortgage/utility assistance please visit the website of Almost Home to fill out an application for assistance online here: https://www.almosthomeonline.org/.  They are only accepting application online at this point in time.



Landlords:

If you have multiple tenants who are unable to pay their rent due to COVID-19, you may be eligible to apply on their behalf to receive compensation through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). For more information please visit DOLA's website and click "Landlords".


You may also apply directly with Maiker Housing Partners to receive rental assistance payments on behalf of tenants with unpaid rent. The application allows you to apply for all delinquent payments at once with no limit on the number of residents. Apply here.

Shelter for People Experiencing Homelessness:

The City and County of Denver has opened 2 new shelters for people experiencing homelessness. These allow individuals to better practice social distancing than other shelters traditionally have. The shelters are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, offer 3 meals a day, laundry, bathrooms/showers, internet access, cell phone charging stations, storage options, medical screenings, and access to mental/behavioral health services. The mens shelter is located in the National Western Complex at E. 47th Ave and Humboldt Street. Additional information regarding the mens shelter can be found HEREThe women and transgender shelter is located in the Denver Coliseum at 4600 Humboldt Street. Additional information regarding the women and transgender shelter can be found HERE. Although both the shelters are open 24/7 they are both only accepting new guests from 8:00AM until 8:00PM.

Shelter for People Experiencing Homelessness with COVID-19:

With a referral from Adams County partners, a person experiencing homelessness who has tested positive for COVID-19 is eligible for non-congregate shelter. In partnering with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), the referral form can be found HERE.  The Activated Respite Referral Form will need to be completed and emailed to activatedrespite@coloradocoalition.org. Transportation to the shelter will not be provided by CCH, although once on-site meals and minimal case management will be provided. If you have questions please contact CCH or Community Connections.

Homebuyer Education Workshops:

​In light of Governor Polis declaring a state of emergency for Colorado, the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) will be temporarily covering the cost of online homebuyer education. Starting on March 16, 2020, individuals may choose a free online homebuyer education option. More information and a list of homebuyer workshops can be found here. Note: The Community Resource and Housing Development Corporation (CRHDC) Homebuyer education workshops scheduled for March 28th and April 4th have been cancelled.

Colorado Legal Services Eviction Clinics:

Colorado Legal Services (CLS) offers a program to prevent homelessness by providing low-income renters facing eviction free legal assistance. CLS staff are going to “staff” the court eviction clinics (Adams, Denver, and El Paso Counties) on an applicant call-in basis, instead of being at the courts as they have been, awaiting applicants who wish to speak with one of their grant-funded staff members.  More information can be found here.

Adams County Severe Weather Activation Plan (SWAP): 

SWAP accesses and administers hotel/motel stays when the weather poses a threat to the well-being and/or lives of people sleeping or living outdoors during the winter months. SWAP is activated when the temperature drops below 32 degrees and wet or 20 degrees and dry. Due to COVID-19 precautions, assessments will take place at  Anythink Library, 9417 Huron St. Westminster Almost Home, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM when SWAP is activated. Sign up for notifications of when SWAP is active HERE. View more infromation here or contact Jeanette Causey at jeanette@almosthomeonline.org or 720-409-8988 with questions.

Federal Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures:

The Trump Administration has directed the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to suspend evictions and foreclosures through April. The moratorium will apply only to homeowners with mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration, or backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Additionally, there is a moratorium on evictions for renters of public housing units.

Cold Weather Care:

Cold Weather Cares will honor their commitment to clients already enrolled in the program and will assist them as they transition to permanent housing. However, they will not be accepting any new clients for the remainder of this shelter season.

Housing Assistance:

Homeowners experiencing difficulties paying their home mortgage loan due to impacts of COVID–19 or other financial circumstances should contact their Loan Servicer as soon as possible to learn about options that may be available at this time.

12 Month Rental Assistance Program:

The Brighton Housing Authority is accepting letters of interest from residents of Adams County who are facing homelessness. This program provides assistance with monthly rent and utility payments for up to 24 months to help program participants gets safely housed and on a path to self-sufficency. Beginning on 9/21 at 9:00 AM you will be able to fill out a preliminary survey if you are interested in the program here: HERE

For more information about the program and eligibility requirements please refer to either the Brighton Housing Authority website: http://www.brightonhousingauthority.org/ or their promotional flyer for the Tenant Based Rental Assistance program here:BHA - TBRA Flyer_9.17.2020.pdf or see their Frequently Asked Questions here: TBRA FAQ's (1).pdf.

Housing Counseling:

Housing Counselors are available to help residents seeking information about housing assistance. Contact a counselor for more information.

Colorado Housing Connects:

For additional housing related questions and/or additional rental assistance contact Colorado Housing Connects at 1-844-926-6632 or visit their website at http://www.coloradohousingconnects.org/.

Health (Last updated: 10/12/2020, 3:00 PM)

Health

Mental Health Resources:

Pennock Center for Counseling is offering:

  • Scheduled phone sessions.
  • E-therapy using a program (doxy.me) that is HIPAA compliant and allows you to use your computer, phone or tablet, as long as there is a camera on the device.
  • Either phone or e-therapy sessions when requested but not regularly scheduled.

Please visit their website for more information https://pennockcounseling.org/. They also shared a post on Coping with Anxiety and Coronavirus: https://mailchi.mp/11982fd80a95/news-from-pennock-center-3883993?e=474052b9db

Community Reach Center https://www.communityreachcenter.org/

  • Warm Line: People who are feeling anxious, depressed, not sleeping well, beginning to abuse substances or experiencing strains on relationships due to the stress of the pandemic can call the Warm Line at 303-280-6602 Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.  Mental health professionals will be available to talk, listen, lend support and facilitate referrals to other programs that can help build coping skills and bolster resiliency.

  • COVID-19 Heroes Program: COVID-19 Heroes Program provides up to six counseling sessions free of charge for any healthcare worker who lives or works in Adams or Broomfield counties. After initial evaluation, counseling sessions will be provided via telehealth.

Living Room Conversations

Colorado Crisis Line

  • You don't have to go through it alone. Reach out for free, confidential, professional, 24/7 support. https://coloradocrisisservices.org/
  • CALL 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or TEXT TALK TO 38255

Disaster Distress Helpline - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Maria Droste Counseling Center
Is open and accepting new clients, primarily via telehealth for residents that may need mental health counseling services. They do not turn folks away because of payment concerns. They accept Medicaid, Medicare, Friday Health Plans, and offer sliding scale fees as needed.
Email:  Intake@mariadroste.org
Phone:  303-867-4600

Calm
Provides tools to take care of our minds and stay grounded. All of the resources on this page are free of charge. Enjoy this curation of meditations, sleep stories, music and more, all handpicked to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time. https://www.calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breath?utm_source=lifecycle&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=difficult_times_subs_031720#resources

Virtual recovery resources
In an infectious disease outbreak, when social distancing and self-quarantine are needed to limit and control the spread of the disease, continued social connectedness to maintain recovery are critically important. Virtual resources can and should be used during this time. This tip sheet describes resources that can be used to virtually support recovery from mental/substance use disorders. It also provides resources to help local recovery programs create virtual meetings. https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/virtual-recovery-resources.pdf

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA recognizes the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 situation and is providing the following guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states across the country. https://www.samhsa.gov/coronavirus

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide
https://www.nami.org/getattachment/Press-Media/Press-Releases/2020/COVID-19-and-Mental-Illness-NAMI-Releases-Importan/COVID-19-Updated-Guide-1.pdf?lang=en-US

Mental Health America (MHA)
The mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address, as are the physical health effects. MHA has compiled a range of resources and information. https://mhanational.org/covid19

Sanvello Mobile App
Sanvello on behalf of UnitedHealthCare offers free premium access to help people cope with mental health impacts of COVID-19. The mobile app provides:

  • Guided Journeys
  • Peer Support
  • Coping Tools
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Daily Mood Tracking
  • Assessments
To activate free premium access, download Sanvello for free from the App Store or Google Play.



Community Health Clinics Resources:

Community Health Clinics are committed to provide care to all community members regardless of finances, insurance coverage, or ability to pay. They can provide a sliding fee scale based on family size and income. The clinics accept Medicaid, Medicare, CHP+, and most private insurance plans.  They also have team members that can assist with insurance enrollment. 

Clinica Colorado

  • In response to the growing COVID-19 outbreak in our state, Clinica Colorado is offering $10 virtual visits via phone or video call no insurance necessary. This service allows patients to receive the medical care they deserve, while maintaining the safety of all patients, families, staff, and the community. Visit their website at https://clinicacolorado.org/
  • Clinica Colorado launched a phone line for those that are uninsured. CovidLine provides free COVID-19 symptom screening, phone-based appointments with volunteer doctors, and routing and recommendations for leveraging local resources. CovidLine Telephone Hotline Numbers:
    Local: 720-902-9449
    Toll-free: 1-855-963-3721

Salud Family Health Center  https://www.saludclinic.org/covid-19

Kids First Health

    • Kids First community pediatric clinics in Commerce City and Westminster are OPEN. The Westminster location is at 2551 West 84th Avenue in Westminster. This is a temporary location until August 1 for the clinic normally located at the Early Childhood Center (ECC) at Gregory Hill. You may contact the Commerce City clinic at 303-289-1086 and the Westminster clinic at 303-428-4384.
    • The health center at Brighton High School is now OPEN to children and teens ages 0-21 . The health center will be open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 am-4:30pm through the end of summer break.
    • Kids First Health Care offers telehealth services for most visit types, including sick care, chronic disease management, reproductive health care, physicals and behavioral health care. Telehealth services allow you to connect with your child’s provider from the comfort and safety of home.
      Please visit http://www.kidsfirsthealthcare.org/telehealth/ or call 303-289-1086 to set up a telehealth visit or to get more information.

Every Child Pediatrics
Although Colorado is under Stay-At-Home Orders, Every Child Pediatrics offices in Lakewood, Thornton, Aurora, Denver, Cortez and Dolores are open because they are essential providers and are permitted to continue seeing patients.  To reduce exposure, they are scheduling well-child appointments in the morning and sick appointments in the afternoons.  They are also offering virtual visits with medical providers, Behavioral Health Providers and our Registered Dietitian.  Certain non-urgent appointments are being rescheduled for later in the Spring so they have available slots for urgent appointments.  Please bring only one adult with the patient when you come to the office.
Thornton Office Location:  9197 Grant Street, Suite 200, Thornton, Colorado 80229
Phone303.450.3690
https://everychildpediatrics.org

Vuela for Health
VUELA provides health information/resources to help community members access services including: nutrition, physical activity, obesity, heart disease, cancer, sexual health, child health, mental health, substance abuse, domestic and intimate partner violence, injury prevention, and access to health services.   VUELA serves all ages, targeting communities that have the greatest barriers to accessing health care, whether due to lack of awareness, language or socioeconomic barriers, lack of health coverage or mobility/transportation barriers.
Location:  3532 North Franklin Street, Denver, Colorado 80205
Phone:  1.888.SISALUD (747.2583)
Email:  admin@vuelaforhealth.org
https://vuelaforhealth.org

 

HealthTap

HealthTap is now offering a FREE virtual "COVID consult" with a U.S.-based, board-certified doctor for anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms including a cough, runny nose or fever. Sign up and connect with a doctor in less than a minute to get the answers and care you need immediately.

https://www.healthtap.com/covid


Benefits

  • Please visit the PEAK website for a faster process to apply for or inquire on benefits such as medical, food, cash, and early childhood assistance programs. https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/

Medicaid

Testing:
  • Health First Colorado will cover testing for coronavirus (COVID-19). Members will not have co-pays for testing.
Treatment: 
  •  Information will be provided once it has been made available by the state
Telehealth: 
  •  Information will be provided once it has been made available by the state

Medicare

  • Information for Medicare beneficiaries related to COVID-19 can be found here or by calling 303-480-6835.
  • Medicare covers the lab tests for COVID-19. Information can be found here. Medicare also covers all medically necessary hospitalizations. Information can be found here.
  • At this time, there’s no vaccine for COVID-19. However, if one becomes available, it will be covered by all Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D). Information on Part D and what it covers can be found here.
  • If patients have a Medicare Advantage Plan, they have access to these same benefits. Information on Medicare Advantage Plan and what it covers can be found here.
  • Telehealth and related services: Medicare covers “virtual check-ins” so patients can connect with their doctor by phone or video, or even an online patient portal, to see whether they need to come in for a visit.

Tri-County

  • Tri-County provides data on the COVID-19 virus and tips for how to best avoid it. Information can be found here.

Health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado

The State has opened an emergency Special Enrollment period from Friday, March 20 thru Friday, April 30, 2020 to help as many people as possible protect their health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Call the Customer Service Center at 855-752-6749 or apply online at https://connectforhealthco.com/get-started/covid-19-support/

 

Food (Last updated: 10/23/2020, 3:30 PM)

Food Resources

Food Banks:

    • Northglenn Christian Church:  303-452-3787, 1800 E. 105th Pl., Northglenn 80233 - Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11:45 a.m. Serves those living within the boundaries of Washington Street east to Riverdale Road and 84th Avenue north to 160th Avenue. Photo ID with current address required.            
    • Senior Hub Food Bank: Open Monday – Friday:  APPOINTMENT ONLY from 9am – 3:30pm. Call to make an appointment at 303-426-4408. Serves our senior community.  They also have Senior Food Boxes (CSFP).
    • Growing Home Food Bank: Monday - Saturday, 10am-noon. 3489 West 72nd Avenue #112 in Westminster. Call 303-426-0430 or visit www.growinghome.org for the latest information.
    • Food Bank of the Rockies Mobile Pantry: Still operating on the third Thursday of every month in a drive thru setting (walk ups will not be turned away) at 9065 Grant St - Parking lot on the northwest corner of Grant St and Russell Blvd.  Distribution begins 1:00 pm and ends when all the food is distributed, usually in about an hour. Arriving no later than 1:30 is recommended.

    • Thornton Community Food Bank: Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-3PM. Serves Zip Code 80229. Call 303-287-7268 for the latest information.

    • Amazing Grace Community Church Food BankOpen Monday-Wednesday from 9AM-12PM. Serves Thornton Zip Codes 80221, 80229, 80233, 80234, 80260 and 80614. Call 303-280-0444 for the latest information.

    • Adams County Emergency Food Bank: Is open for supply food during these challenging times.  Due to COVID-19 all of their food bank distribution will be outside the building. They will be open unless it’s raining, snowing, or very cold outside. If any of these bad weather situations happens, avoid going to the food bank that day.  

      Please contact them if you’d like to volunteer, donate or have any inquiries.
      Location:  7111 E 56th Ave., Commerce City, CO 80022
      Phone: 720-878-3563
      Business Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
      https://adamscountyfoodbank.org/ [adamscountyfoodbank.org] 
    • Text 'Food' to 877-877 to Find Feeding Sites for Kids and Teens No Kid Hungry offers a national texting service that allows parents or students to find feeding sites near them by text.  
      How it works:

      • Text 'FOOD' to 877-877 or 'COMIDA' to 877-877 for information in Spanish.
      • User receives text back prompting them to enter a street address, city and state and/or zip code for their desired location. While the service is able to return results for inputs that include only city and state and/or zip code, including a full street address will return results that are more accurate.
      • The service then texts back information about nearby meal sites, or information about how to access other food resources if no sites are operating in the vicinity.



Market Night

In response to COVID-19 the Senior Hub launched a “Free Drive-Thru Market Night,” featuring fresh food box giveaways.  In addition to produce, the boxes can include items purchased from local businesses including take and bake pizza, fresh bread, and other varieties of food items from businesses in Thornton.  Please bring an ID and proof showing you are a Thornton resident.  Contact The Senior Hub for more information 303-426-4408.  Click here for the flyer.

  • Every Tuesday July – November 10
  • 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Thornton High School (Baseball Fields Parking Lot)

Home Delivered Food Services

    • Meals on Wheels: Provides delivered meals to homebound adults who qualify based on income. Generally, programs serve adults 60 and over, although age requirements can vary by program and areas served.
    • Grocery delivery service now available to RTD Access-a-Ride customers

      • Home grocery delivery service is available to all of the Regional Transportation District (RTD)’s Access-a-Ride customers. RTD is offering this service during the COVID-19 state of emergency to provide current Access-a-Ride customers with a food delivery option that does not require leaving home. No fare is required for customers to use this service.
    • Online Grocery Orders for Seniors: Anywhere in the country through third-party services such as Instacart and Shipt, as well as through WalmartAmazon.com/Whole Foods and directly through many major chains. Just bear in mind that it’s getting harder to do that these days. Items are often out of stock, orders can get canceled and there are often delays, so if loved ones or neighbors need something right away, it’s better to go to the store for them or find a volunteer in their community. (Please follow safety advice if you must visit a grocery store and note our tips to help you shop during the pandemic.)
    • GoGoGrandparent, a fee-based service that arranges ride-shares for seniors who don’t own smartphones, recently began offering grocery delivery for seniors in response to the pandemic. The company partners with delivery services, and when essential items are out of stock, it seeks help from local volunteer groups to procure necessities. The company also arranges restaurant deliveries for seniors, who can call in either kind of order to 855-754-5328 or 855-464-6872.

Schools Food Programs:

Thornton School Districts Meal Programs: 

Please check with your school district on school meals distribution for both remote learners and in person learning. Your student is eligible to receive a free meal as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended several flexibilities through December 31, 2020. Allowing schools to continue serving free meals to all children. This will help ensure children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hunger Free Colorado

  • Food Resource Hotline: Anyone who might need help locating food can call their Food Resource Hotline (855-855-4626), M – F (8 am – 4:30 pm). The Food Resource Hotline keeps all information confidential and has bilingual staff ready to help Coloradans find food and nutrition resources in their community, as well as provide assistance for applying to federal nutrition programs such as SNAP.
  • They also provide a wonderful food resources webpage that lists information regarding school meals near you, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), WIC and food pantries. Please visit their site at https://www.hungerfreecolorado.org/covid-19/.


WIC (The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children)


SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

SNAP enrollment is continuing and benefits will continue to be available on the regular schedule, including application submissions, submitting paperwork, reporting changes and interviews. There are many options available to you to apply for Food Assistance (SNAP) benefits. Try to provide as much information as you can on the application to make the process faster.

  • By Phone: Outreach partners can help you apply by phone. Call Hunger Free Colorado Hotline at 1-855-855-4626 or Mile High United Way at 2-1-1
  • Online: Visit the Colorado PEAK website at https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/ from a computer or tablet to complete an application online.  
  • Mobile App: Download the MyCOBenefits app to apply from a smartphone. If you are approved, you will be able to see benefit amounts.
  • Paper: Paper applications are still available at your county office, even if it is closed. Once you complete your paper application, you can drop it off at the county office or send it in by mail, fax, or email. (keep in mind that this method may be the most delayed)
  • For other food assistance: You can also find food banks and pantries during the COVID-19 Outbreak. Visit https://www.hungerfreecolorado.org/covid-19/ for more information. If you have children under 18, some public schools are offering, "grab and go" break snacks and lunches that you can pick up at any school that is near you. See https://www.cde.state.co.us/nutrition/nutriemergencyfeeding for a list of locations.


Benefits

  • Please visit the PEAK website for a faster process to apply for or inquire on benefits such as medical, food, cash, and early childhood assistance programs. https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/



Family, Youth, & Individual Services (Last updated: 10/01/2020, 4:00 PM)


 Family, Youth and Individual Services

A Precious Child
Could possibly help ease the burden if families are needing help with essentials. Their team is working hard to provide emergency hygiene, cleaning and baby hygiene kits to hundreds of families in need who can't afford these items. They currently are not accepting clothing or household donations.
Location:  7051 W. 118th Ave., Broomfield, CO, 80020
Phone:  303.466.4272
http://www.apreciouschild.org

Audio Information Network of Colorado (AINC)
Individuals who are visually impaired have access to get important information. AINC reads and records 200+ Local News publications.  AINC is committed to continue providing listening services throughout the COVID-19 developments. They are working hard to provide a solution that will protect the health of staff and volunteers, while also continuing to provide services to the fullest extent possible. Broadcasts and podcasts are FREE to Colorado residents who cannot read print.
Location:  1700 55th St. Suite A, Boulder, CO 80301
Phone:  303-786-7777
https://aincolorado.org/

Lutheran Family Services
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains serves members of our community most at risk by COVID-19, and are committed to caring for these groups regardless of the circumstances.

  • For FOSTER CARE FAMILIES who are at home with children unable to attend school and running low on resources. They are offering support through continued case management services and providing resources for needed supplies.

Metro Denver Location:  363 S. Harlan Street, Suite 200 Denver, CO 80226
Phone:  303-922-3433 or 1-800-579-9496
https://www.lfsrm.org

Family Tree
Family Tree is grateful for your care and concern for the individuals and families in our community who seek safety and support. The holistic approach provided by Family Tree is changing how individuals and families respond to and overcome child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and homelessness. This is an unprecedented time demanding an unprecedented response to ensuring service delivery.  Family Tree's community and home-based services providing support individuals and families will continue, using phone or other virtual services.

https://www.thefamilytree.org

Important Family Tree Announcements:

  • Access to Family Tree facilities are restricted during this time in order to maintain necessary low building occupancy needed to promote social distancing among Family Tree clients and team members
  • Family Tree Treasure Trunk will be closing to the public beginning on March 18, 2020 until further notice.
    • CHILD & YOUTH SERVICES
      • Community Family Resource Team (In-Home Therapeutic Family Support Services)
        Phone: 303-463-6322
      • SafeCare® Colorado
        3805 Marshall Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
        Phone: 720-492-9086
      • Kinship Programs
        3805 Marshall Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
        Phone: 303-463-6330
    • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES
      • Roots of Courage, formerly Women In Crisis
        24-hour crisis line: (303) 420-6752
        Phone Administration: 303-420-0412
      • Legal Advocacy Program
        100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, CO 80419
        Phone: 303-271-6559
        Alternate Phone 303-420-0412
      • Domestic Violence Outreach Program
        Phone: 303-463-6321
      • Parenting Time Program
        Phone: 303-462-1060
    • HOUSING & FAMILY STABILIZATION SERVICES
      • House of Hope
        3301 S. Grant Street Englewood, CO 80113
        Phone 303-762-9525
      • TREASURE TRUNK COMMUNITY THRIFT STORE (CLOSED until further notice)
        Phone: 303-421-9205
      • Homelessness Program
        3805 Marshall Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
        Homelessness Program Help Line: 303-467-2604
    • FAMILY TREE
      3805 Marshall St., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
      Phone:  303-422-2133
    • GENERAL INQUIRIES
      Phone: 303-422-2133

Shiloh House
Shiloh House offers a continuum of care for children, youth and families who are working to overcome the impact of abuse, neglect, trauma, or family crisis.
Administration Office Location:  6400 W. Coal Mine Ave., Littleton, CO 80123
Phone:  303-932-9599
https://shilohhouse.org

HOPE House
Hope House Colorado is doing everything they can to help slow the spread of this virus and, most importantly, minimize the risk of exposure to their teen moms and their children, staff, volunteers and our community.  Partially closing their Resource Center Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 17.  Because their teen moms depend on us for critical assistance with food, diapers, wipes and other essentials, they will continue to have access to these necessities through a Grab & Go line.

In response to this serious situation, they have put in place the following measures:

  • Group events, including volunteer activities, are cancelled
  • Programs and classes for teen moms and their children are cancelled, except for the quick Grab & Go line for basics
  • Only essential personnel will be in the building to support their teen moms
  • Volunteers are asked to stay home

They are accepting very limited in-kind donations by appointment only. Contact Theresa Mazza, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, at Theresa.Mazza@hopehousecolorado.org.
Location:  6475 Benton St Bldg. A, Arvada CO, 80003
Phone:  303-429-1012
Email: info@hopehousecolorado.org
https://www.hopehousecolorado.org





Education (Last updated: 10/01/2020, 4:00 PM)

 For Students and Families

 School Supplies - Resources

A Precious Child - Fill a Backpack

  • Fill a Backpack provides backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies to children in need to maximize their academic potential. 
    • Phone: 303-466-4272

ACEC and Goodwill Receive Thriving Work-based Learning Community Grant 

  • July 21, 2020 – Adams County Education Consortium (ACEC) and Discover Goodwill of Southern & Western Colorado and Goodwill Industries of Denver (collectively known as Goodwill of Colorado) have been awarded a $50,000 Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC) grant, which will be directed towards supporting Adams County high school seniors prepare for and pursue certificate programs and apprenticeship training post-graduation.
  • The grant will enable them to adapt their case management and facilitation model to support high school seniors specifically interested in pursuing skilled trades, healthcare, information technology, and manufacturing careers.

Supporting Students During a School Closure:​ 

Scholastic Learn at Home

Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (A Parent Resource)
Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
Answering Kids' Questions About the Coronavirus (Video)
School District Status

Workforce Development Scholarships Aiding Low Income Youth 
  • The Adams County Education Consortium (ACEC) obtained funding from the Adams County Foundation and the State of Colorado to administer scholarships for certificate and apprenticeship opportunities for low-income Adams County youth.  The first students to receive the award are pursuing certificates in dental hygiene, nursing aide, welding, firefighting, diesel mechanics and early childhood education.  Our goal is to grant 35-50 scholarships to students pursuing certificate/apprenticeship opportunities like these.
Backpacks to Briefcases Event—Now Online


 For Professionals / Service Providers

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

 

Free Educating Mindfully Online Summit 
  • April 23-26. Empowering educators to cultivate both a personal practice and a culture of mindfulness in their classrooms and schools. Learn more and RSVP here.

Faith-Based Community (Last updated: 10/23/2020, 2:00 PM)

Faith-Based Community
  

Safer at Home Guidelines – Places of Worship & Life-Rite Ceremonies

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) has developed guidelines for churches and places of worship during the Safer at Home phase.  Although the CDPHE still recommends services to be online, they understand spiritual needs cannot always be met through online services.  These guidelines will help protect the health of those who choose to attend religious and spiritual gatherings in-person during this time. These guidelines apply to houses of worship and settings where life-rites occur, such as funeral homes or venues for wedding ceremonies. Social receptions or parties associated with those events still must follow mass gathering limitations. Life-rites include wedding ceremonies, graduations, funeral services, baptisms, bris ceremonies, and other religious ceremonies. To review the guidelines visit: https://covid19.colorado.gov/

 

Live Streaming Services


Crossroads Church - Thornton Campus
53 E. 128th Avenue,
Thornton, CO 80241
303-452-5332
email: info@crossroadsabc.com
Facebook: @crossroadsabc  https://www.facebook.com/crossroadsabc/
Instagram: @crossroadsabc  https://www.instagram.com/crossroadsabc/
    • Youth Nights Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
    • Online Prayer Gathering, Thursday 12 p.m.
    • Sunday Services
      • Traditions Sunday 8 a.m.
      • Contemporary Sunday 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Crossroads Church - RE-OPENING PHASES

Crossroads Church will continue with online services and programming, Outdoor Worship Services LIVE on the Patio will begin on June 28. See the schedule and details. During this changing season these will be regularly updated and can change at any time.

Re-opening Timeline link:  https://crossroadsabc.com/opening/


Genesis Church
Call:  303-469-9797
Text 720-878-8899
Worship Location: 11040 Colorado Blvd., Thornton, CO 80233 (St. John's Lutheran Church)
Mailing:  13385 Jasmine St., Thornton, CO 80602
Email:  genesis@genesiscc.net
Website:  https://www.genesiscc.net/

Legacy Christian Fellowship
9200 Hoffman Way
Thornton, CO 80229
303-940-7245
Livestream Services:  https://www.youtube.com/legacychristianfellowship

  • Sundays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

In-Person Church is starting June 14!
Legacy Christian Fellowship is excited to re-open in-person church beginning June 14th. Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. To balance their love for the church and CDC recommendations, they are instituting some new procedures.  Visit their website to learn more:  https://legacychristian.org/.


North Metro Church
12505 Colorado Blvd
Thornton, CO 80241
303-457-8560 ext 312
Website: 
https://northmetrochurch.org/

THEY'RE PHASING INTO RE-ENTRY!
North Metro Church is increasing their 9 a.m. services to 200 people.  September is Fall kick-off season, which means moving into phase three of their campus and churchwide re-entry strategy. They are also planning for the children's and middle school ministries to return to campus later this month.  Registration is required, and be sure to read the details in the weekly update letter here from Pastor James. Continue to join them online during the week (details each week in the letter) and on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
 Web link to online services
Rock AG Church
8891 Poze Blvd
Thornton, CO 80229
303-255-5692

They are excited to share that they will be meeting in person for church services!  Online services will continue to be available.
    • Online services are pre-recorded and shown "live" at 10 a.m. on Sundays via their church website at https://www.rockagchurch.com/
    • This allows participants to watch the services together and share comments together throughout the service.

Thorncreek Church
13801 Garfield Place
Thornton, CO 80241
Website:  www.thorncreek.church
Email:  info@thorncreek.church
Phone:  303-252-7111

 All weekend church services can be viewed online! "ThornCreek Online" is their new video streaming platform. You can see all church services, during regular worship times (Saturday at 6 p.m.; Sunday at 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.). Additionally, you will be able to see their weekend services on Sunday night, Tuesday morning, and Thursday night! Go to: live.thorncreek.church

  • Student Youth Group Night (6th-12th Graders) will continue to meet every Wednesday night at 6:30pm. Go to: live.thorncreek.church
  • Children's Church (1st-5th Graders) will continue to meet every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and in the afternoon at 4 p.m. Go to live.thorncreek.church
Village Church
550 E 128th Ave
Thornton 80241
303-452-3169

Additional Resources:

Boxes of Hope

Boxes of Hope is a way for faith-based communities to stretch out a hand to those that are affected either through illness, quarantine, or just the uncertainty of these times. Local churches partner with this organization to deliver hope to vulnerable families and individuals who have been directly affected by COVID-19.   You can find a church in your area to have a Box of Hope delivered to your home by visiting https://getboxesofhope.com/, or you can learn more about becoming a partner by emailing partner@getboxesofhope.com.

  
Get Help Give Help visit: 

Family resources for kids and youth 


Communication (Last updated: 10/20/2020, 11:20 AM)

Communication

Ding - All fees removed

    • In light of COVID-19, Ding has removed all processing fees, making it easier to stay in touch. As the number one international mobile top-up platform in the world, Ding has been delivering mobile top-up to millions keeping people connected since 2006. Please visit https://www.ding.com/topup

Internet Essentials by Comcast

PCs for People

  • Income eligible recipients can receive technology and services. Please visit https://www.pcsforpeople.org/get-technology/

Link - Federal Lifeline Program in Colorado

  • On a limited income? You can save money with Lifeline services from CenturyLink. This government assistance program can help you save on your monthly local phone service or qualifying broadband service.
  • Lifeline provides a discount of $9.25 on monthly service for qualified subscribers.
  • Lifeline eligibility is determined by the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Lifeline National Verifier. Qualifying customers (or a qualifying member of a household) must have household income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participate in one of the following programs:
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance
    • Food Stamps
    • Medicaid
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefits

 

Employment (Last updated: 10/01/2020, 4:00 PM)

Employment

Onward Colorado - OnwardCO.org

    • OnwardCO.org is the one-stop resource for the people of Colorado impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This is an initiative of companies, foundations, and humans to get Colorado workers connected to essential life services, retraining opportunities and back to work as quickly as possible. 
    • 3 simple steps to meet people where they are: 
      • STEP 1: Connect to Essential Life Services (Money, Food, Shelter, etc.)
      • STEP 2: Connect to Retraining Opportunities
      • STEP 3: Connect to Your Next Job

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC)

    • What: New federal benefits passed by Congress, provides additional $600/week on top of your regular benefit amount.
    • Who: All unemployment benefit recipients.
    • When: Available today and begin seeing the additional $600 after your next payment request dateo This additional payment will be retroactive to March 29, 2020 (if applicable to your employment timeline) and available through July 25, 2020.
    • How: No action is needed by the claimant. Will be automatically added to your weekly benefit amount.

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE)

    • Colorado workers affected by temporary closures due to COVID-19 are eligible to receive unemployment benefits, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced Monday. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has a variety of resources for workers and resources for employers who are impacted by the Coronavirus.
      • If your employment has been interrupted, you may be able to get help. Contact the Colorado State Unemployment Office at 303-318-9000 or, en español, 303-318-9333.
      • The best way to submit a claim is through their website.
      • CDLE suggests, to those submitting a claim online, to hit the “save and finish” button every five minutes.

Request for return phone call

    • New claimants for unemployment insurance: Do you need help filing an unemployment claim but cannot get through to the call center?
      • Please complete a request for a return call instead at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/ui/new-claimant
      • You may submit a request only during business hours, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      • Submit your information only once for a return call
      • Once you submit a request, wait for a representative to call you back
      • Only requests for help with filing a claim can be submitted thorough this system

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

 

 

 Financial Assistance (Last updated: 10/20/2020, 11:20 AM)

Financial Assistance

Mile High United Way Subsistence Line

  • Community Connections has partnered with Mile High United Way to provide emergency financial assistance to Thornton residents affected by COVID-19. Eligible residents can receive financial assistance of up to $1,000 per month for up to three months to cover essential services such as childcare, transportation, utilities, medical bills, funeral expenses, and more. If you have experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19 and your household earns less than 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI) which for a family of four is $120,000 annually, you may be eligible.  Call the Thornton Subsistence Line which is open Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and speak to a resource specialist. 720-251-2047.  This line is managed by Mile High United Way and this program is made possible by the City of Thornton and CARES Act funding. Please see the program flyer here.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)/Colorado Works

  • TANF provides temporary cash assistance, and other assistance options to families with children under age 18 who meet the requirements of the program. TANF is not an entitlement program and is subject to availability of funds. For more information about receiving TANF in Adams County, please call 303-227-2700.

2020 Recovery Rebates

  • The United States government is offering a $1,200 "stimulus" check to each resident with a social security number. There is an additional $500 for children in the household that qualify for the child tax credit, and the rebate is reduced for each $100 made over the "phase-out threshold" of $75,000. The amount is completely phased out with single filers' incomes being over $99,000, $146,500 for head of household filers with one child, and $198,000 for joint filers with no children. For a summary of the 2020 recovery rebate, please click here: https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/IN/IN11282
  • The FDIC has developed resources that will make it easier for unbanked consumers to open a bank account online so they can receive their stimulus check securely and timely. For more information visit Receiving IRS Economic Impact Payments [fdic.gov]

Emergency Rent/Mortgage and Utility Assistance

  • Community Connections partners with several agencies to provide emergency rent/mortgage and utility assistance to income-eligible households. Please contact Adam Lyons, Grant and Housing Supervisor, at 720-977-5812 or adam.lyons@ThorntonCO.gov for more information, or click here to see a comprehensive list of service providers.
  • For REFUGEES who may be overwhelmed by these changes or are recently underemployed in the new workplace, WE ARE THERE to provide them with emergency assistance, housing support, and employment services.
  • The City of Thornton's Economic Development Office has put together a resource page to support businesses in Thornton who might need assistance during the pandemic. Please click here for more information.
  • The State of Colorado's Office of Economic Development & International Trade has a resource page for Colorado businesses during the pandemic, and for economic recovery. Please click here for more information.

  • The Small Business Administration is providing disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Please visit the PEAK website for a faster process to apply for or inquire on benefits such as medical, food, cash, and early childhood assistance programs. https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/
  • Resources for Coloradans facing poverty while preparing for the coronavirus.  Visit https://cclponline.org/cclp_blog/resources-for-coloradans-facing-poverty-while-preparing-for-the-coronavirus/
  • Northern Hills Church has launched a public Facebook page to connect neighbors with requests and offers to help.  A time to rise to the occasion and be compassionate and generous during these unprecedented times. Reach out to your neighbors in ways of needing support, or to lend a helping hand.  For more information visit Love your Neighbor Adams County [facebook.com]
  • Operating remotely, the Center for People with Disabilities can provide core services in independent living skills, advocacy, information and referral, and peer support. Their staff is available to assist you in developing a plan for achieving your goals of being independent.  Visit their website https://cpwd.org/ or give them a call at (303) 442-8662

 

Immigration (Last updated: 10/20/2020, 11:20 AM)

 Immigration

Public Charge

The Public Charge rule does not restrict access to testing, screening, or treatment of communicable diseases, including COVID-19. In addition, the rule does not restrict access to vaccines for children or adults to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases. USCIS encourages all those, including aliens, with symptoms that resemble Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) to seek necessary medical treatment or preventive services.  Such treatment or preventive services will not negatively affect any alien as part of a future Public Charge analysis. 

https://www.uscis.gov/greencard/public-charge


 For Refugees

Lutheran Family Services
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains serves members of our community most at risk by COVID-19, and are committed to caring for these groups regardless of the circumstances.

Metro Denver Location:  363 S. Harlan Street, Suite 200 Denver, CO 80226
Phone:  303-922-3433 or 1-800-579-9496
https://www.lfsrm.org

 

Pets (Last updated: 10/23/2020, 9:00 AM)

Pets

COVID-19 and Pets

The CDC has published information for people with animals here.

Senior Hub Companion Care Program

The Senior Hub's Companion Care program provides pet supplies to seniors in need. Call the Senior Hub at 303-426-4408 for more information.

Community Pet Hospital

Community Pet Hospital is still offering curbside service and telemedicine. For more information, call 303-451-1333 for Washington St. or 303-501-1555 for Holly St. or visit https://www.cphvets.com/.

Guardian Angel Veterinary Care

Guardian Angel Veterinary Care is taking extra steps for safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please visit http://gavccolorado.com/.


Thornton Businesses (Last updated: 10/23/2020, 9:00 AM)

Thornton Businesses

City of Thornton Economic Development

  • The City of Thornton Economic Development Office is here to support your business through this unprecedented and difficult time. Information on services and resources available can be found here.

 

 

Volunteers (Last updated: 10/23/2020, 9:00 AM)

Volunteers

Help Colorado Now

Help Colorado Now is connecting volunteers who want to help during the pandemic with nonprofits who could use a hand. Please visit https://covrn.com/ for more information.

NextDoor

NextDoor is a great way to see who in your neighborhood is looking help. Visit www.nextdoor.com to join your neighborhood's group.

Love Your Neighbor Adams County

Love Your Neighbor is a local effort to help people reach out to their neighbors and ask for help; likewise, it is a way for prospective volunteers to offer their services in these unprecedented times. Visit www.facebook.com/groups/lynadamscounty/ for more information or to join the group.

Food Banks:

  • Senior Hub Food Bank: Open Monday – Friday:  APPOINTMENT ONLY from 9am – 3:30pm. Call to make an appointment at 303-426-4408. Serves our senior community.  They also have Senior Food Boxes (CSFP).
  • Growing Home Food Bank: Monday - Saturday, 10am-noon. 3489 West 72nd Avenue #112 in Westminster. Call 303-426-0430 or visit www.growinghome.org for the latest information.
  • Food Bank of the Rockies Mobile Pantry: Still operating on the third Thursday of every month in a drive thru setting (walk ups will not be turned away) at 9065 Grant St - Parking lot on the northwest corner of Grant St and Russell Blvd.  Distribution begins 1:00 pm and ends when all the food is distributed, usually in about an hour. Arriving no later than 1:30 is recommended.

  • Thornton Community Food Bank: Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-3PM. Serves Zip Code 80229. Call 303-287-7268 for the latest information.

  • Amazing Grace Community Church Food Bank:Open Monday-Wednesday from 9AM-12PM. Serves Thornton Zip Codes 80221, 80229, 80233, 80234, 80260 and 80614. Call 303-280-0444 for the latest information.

  • Adams County Emergency Food Bank: Is open for supply food during these challenging times.  Due to COVID-19 all of their food bank distribution will be outside the building. They will be open unless it’s raining, snowing, or very cold outside. If any of these bad weather situations happens, avoid going to the food bank that day.  

    Please contact them if you’d like to volunteer, donate or have any inquiries.
    Location:  7111 E 56th Ave., Commerce City, CO 80022
    Phone: 720-878-3563
    Business Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    https://adamscountyfoodbank.org/ [adamscountyfoodbank.org


Other Resources (Last updated: 10/23/2020, 9:00 AM)

Additional Resources

SCAMS COVID-19 - Stop Fraud Colorado

 

 Additional COVID Links  (Last updated: 10/23/2020, 9:00 AM)

Information on the number of COVID-19 cases in Adams County and the City of Thornton can be found here.


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If you are in need of other resources, please contact us at 720-977-5800 or at Connections@ThorntonCO.gov.

Any of the community-based resources or service providers listed on the Thornton Cares website (http://thorntoncares.com), or to which City staff has provided a referral by email, phone or otherwise, should not be seen as an endorsement or recommendation by the City. Nor can the City guarantee the availability of any such resources or service providers.