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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hourly so please know that while we’ll make every effort to keep information current, there may be times listings are outdated.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.

Free at-home COVID-19 Tests

Community Connections has a limited supply of at-home COVID-19 tests available for the public. Each box contains two at-home tests and there is a limit of one box per person per week. If you would like a box of COVID-19 at-home tests you may visit our office at 9471 Dorothy Blvd Monday-Thursday between 8:00am and 5:00pm. Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis.


If you have a fever or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 please do not enter our building. Please call our office when you arrive and staff will bring a box of at-home tests to you while you wait at the front of our building or in your car.

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.
  • Through CARES Act funding, Community Connections distributed over $2 million to agencies serving Thornton residents. For more information on those agencies, click here.

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: 2/18/2021, 6:15 PM)

 Older Adults

Driver's License Renewal

Please visit https://mydmv.colorado.gov/


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

  • 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.
  • The vaccine is 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 
If you have questions or need help, please feel free to call 303-333-3482 or 1-855-293-6911.  

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

Reserved Shopping Options:

Several retailers off senior and vulnerable shopping hours.  These times have changed throughout the pandemic so for the most current information, please contact your preferred retailer directly. 

  • Dollar General
  • Whole Foods
  • Target 
  • Safeway and Albertsons
  • King Soopers
  • Costco

Senior Hub Food Bank

Service has transitioned to a curbside model.  For more information, including details about Senior Food Boxes (CSFP) please call 303-426-4408. 

Meals on Wheels


  • 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: 3/21/22, 8:30 AM)


Adams County Community Transit (A-Lift) is now Via!           

A-Lift has transitioned to Via Mobility. Via is accepting new riders in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, & Jefferson counties. Service is available Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm. Trips are normally limited to 20 miles each way, and service will be available between communities on select days. Via is offering grocery, pharmacy pickups and delivery. Learn more from Via's website. [drmac-co.us5.list-manage.com] 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.​
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.​
DRMAC is a proud partner of the Ride Alliance program. Ride Alliance is designed for older adults, veterans, & people with mobility challenges. It simplifies requesting a ride by using an online trip exchange that multiple transportation providers see. You can ask for your trip to be submitted to Ride Alliance to see if a transportation provider can fulfill your ride request. Talk to DRMAC [drmac-co.us5.list-manage.com] staff today! 303-243-3113

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


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].
  • RTD LiVE Program - RTD has an income-based discount program! [drmac-co.us5.list-manage.com] This program offers a 40% discount on regular fares once you are qualified. To be eligible individuals must be between the ages of 20 and 64, have a gross household income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level, and live within the RTD service area. Interested riders can apply through Colorado PEAK.
  • RTD & Lyft Partnership- Starting Dec 2nd, riders in the RTD service area can now use their Lyft app to buy tickets! The functionality now allows people to plan their trip, see the schedule, and also buy the RTD fare. Learn more here [drmac-co.us5.list-manage.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.  
***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

Access-a-Ride Administration Office
303-299-2960  TTY: 711
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

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

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
Note: Access-a Ride is not responsible for lost or stolen items

Access-a-Ride Reservations
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 7 days a week

Access-a-Ride Dispatch
303-480-2000, 24 hours/ 7 days a week

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.
***Access-a-Ride has 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.

Uber Rides for Access-a-Ride Customers
Current Access-a-Ride customers can now schedule rides for $2 through the Uber app and RTD will subsidize up to $20 of the fare. There is a limit of 4 rides per day or 60 rides per month and trips must be booked through the Uber app. Learn more here: https://www.rtd-denver.com/services/more-services/access-ride/access-on-demand

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 (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: 8/27/2021, 10:30 AM)


Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Adams County – in partnership with Maiker Housing Partners, Brighton Housing Authority, and Commerce City Housing Authority – may be able to help through the Adams County Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program.

If you meet these criteria:

  • Qualify for unemployment or have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship, directly or indirectly, due to COVID-19.

  • Are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

  • Rent a home in Adams County.

  • Have a household income at or below 80% of the area median income, or AMI (see below).

# of People in Household









Maximum Income (80% AMI)









You may be eligible to receive:

  • Help with past due rent and/or utilities.

  • Assistance includes payment of rent three (3) months forward.

To apply click here.

For more information visit https://adamscountycovid19.org/adams-county-emergency-rental-assistance-program

Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures:

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has extended the eviction moratorium** effective August 3, 2021 through October 3, 2021. This eviction moratorium is intended for tenants who have been impacted by COVID-19 who are unable to pay their rent. If you are are worried about being evicted for failure to pay rent you may follow the steps outlined by the US Interagency Council on Homelessness here. You may also reach out to groups such as COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project (website here) or Colorado Legal Services (website here). The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has additional resources which can be found here.

**The eviction moratorium referenced above was ruled to be unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court on 8/26/21. Currently there is no legal eviction moratorium in effect for Colorado renters. This page will be updated as we learn more about what this ruling means.

Governor Polis has signed an executive order in place which requires landlords to now provide tenants with a thirty (30) day notice of default for any payment that occured on or after March 10, 2020. This 30 day notice must be provided before initiating or filing an action for forcible entry and detainer. The executive order can be found here.

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 being accepted and processed for the Help for Homes minor home 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 Community Connections at 720-977-5800 or Connections@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.

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.

Almost Home's Homeless Prevention Program will prioritize households that are at risk of eviction due to loss of income or an increase in expenses. In an effort to be fair, equitable and prevent households from entering into homeless situations Almost Home will prioritize those that have one of the following: Foreclosure Notice, 10 Day Notice, Demand for Compliance Letter, Notice to Quit, or a scheduled Housing Court Date. 


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 an additional shelter for men at the Denver Coliseum. In order to get a bed there please go the the Lawrence Street Commmunity Center, which is located at 2222 Lawrence St. The daily lottery for the beds at the Denver Coliseum takes place at 2222 Lawrence St at 1:00 PM with overflow bed assignments from 5-6PM. Buses help provide transportation from Lawrence St to the Denver Cloiseum daily at 6:00 PM.

Women experiencing homelessness can go to the Holy Rosary Emergency Shelter at 2301 Lawrence St. Limited beds are available for walk-ins. Women in need of a bed may begin lining up at 4:30 PM at the Samaritan House on Broadway. Beds are assigned each night via lottery which will occur at 5:00 PM.

More information about Denver Shelters can be found Here.

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.

There will be a virtual Eviction Prevention Workshop on April 29th at 6:00 PM. For those interested find more information here: 4-29 COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Workshop.pdf

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.

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.

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: 9/14/2021, 10:00 AM)

Mental Health Resources:

Behavioral Health and Stress Management for Parents, Caregivers Educators, and Adolescents

The Cognitive Learning Center (CLC) is nonprofit organization located in Thornton that created two behavioral health programs to support parents, caregivers, educators, and adolescents during these times of COVID-19.  In March 2020, we all went into quarantine and witnessed and possibly even experienced the struggles of stress, isolation, uncertainty, and grief. By using the CARES Act Funding from the city of Thornton, CLC developed these two online programs so that Thornton families and educators can access the learning materials at no cost. The Behavioral Health Program can assist educators with teaching adolescents the science of behavioral health as well as tools to manage stress. Students will learn life tools to manage impulse control, increase communication skills, learn healthier habits, improve sleep, gain self-acceptance, and develop coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety.  The Stress Management for Parents and Caregivers curriculum pulls from evidence-based models to help individuals understand and identify stress in the body as well as the triggers that cause it. Parents will learn tools, skills, and information to be more resilient as well as self-forgiving, with less stress, to promote healthier lifestyles and family relations.  The course lessons are short and can easily be accessed at the individual's convenience to accommodate busy schedules.  At this time, lessons are in English only.  To create a free membership and to access the learning materials, please visit Cognitive Learning Center's website at https://www.cl-center.org/ or call them at 720-597-8869.      

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

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

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

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



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  • 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/


  • Health First Colorado will cover testing for coronavirus (COVID-19). Members will not have co-pays for testing.
  • COVID-19 treatment is covered by Health First Colorado and CHP+. Contact your doctor or clinic to get treated for COVID-19. Find your primary care provider or health plan’s phone number on your member ID card.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine are free for Adults enrolled in Health First Colorado and CHP+ members. It will take a few months until everyone can get a vaccine due to limited supply. You don’t need to be a citizen to get a vaccine. Your information won’t be shared with anyone, including immigration or law enforcement agency. No vaccine is approved for children or pregnant women right now.

  •  If you  have Health First Colorado or CHP+, please visit colorado.gov/hcpf/telemedicine for updated information.


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


Food (Last updated: 9/14/2021, 10:00 AM)

Food Resources

Inside/Outside Socially Distanced Food Banks:

  • Food Bank of the Rockies Mobile Pantry: Open on the third Thursday of every month in a drive thru setting 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.
  • 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). They will come outside to your car.
  • Growing Home Food Bank: Available Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 3489 W 72nd Ave #112, Westminster, CO 80030. Please call 303.426.0430 for the latest information. They will come outside and place a prepackaged box in your car.
  • Chapel Hill Church in Brighton: Located at 10 Chapel Hill Dr, Brighton. One box of food available per family on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, as well as alternating Saturdays. On Wednesdays, food is available from 4-5:30 p.m. On Saturdays, please arrive promptly at 9:30 a.m., and food will be given out until 10 a.m. For the most up-to-date information, call 720-685-7894. NOTE: For safety and health purposes, they are transitioning to a drive-thru food box pickup. Volunteers will meet you in the parking lot to take your photo ID and check you in while you remain in your car. During the check-in, a volunteer will load your car with a box of food. Please stay in the line of cars, and in your vehicle.
  • Community Baptist Church: Located at 15559 Weld County Road 2, Brighton. Every Tuesday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. No ID required. They will have a drive-up distribution until social distancing is no longer required. Please call 303-659-6487 for the latest information.
  • Thornton Community Food Bank: Located at 8990 York St, Thornton. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-3PM. Serves Zip Code 80229. Please call 303-287-7268 for the latest information.
  • Amazing Grace Community Church Food Bank: Located at 541 E 99th Pl, Thornton. Open Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9-11:45AM. Serves Thornton Zip Codes 80221, 80229, 80233, 80234, 80260 and 80614. Please call 303-280-0444 for the latest information.
  • Holy Cross Pantry: Located at 9371 Wigham St., Thornton. Open the third Thursday of each month at 3PM. Please call 720-878-3563 for the latest information.
  • Regis University Food Pantry: Located at 500 E. 84th Ave., Thornton. Open the first Thursday of each month at 3PM. Please call 720-938-4304 for the latest information.
  • Northglenn Christian Church: Located at 1800 E. 105th Pl., Northglenn 80233. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 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. Please call 303-452-3787 for the latest information.
  • Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church: Located at 10785 Melody Dr., Northglenn. Open Tuesday through Friday from 10-11:45AM. Serves Thornton Zip Codes 80260 and 80234. Please call 303-452-5478 for the latest information.
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Food Bank: Located at 11426 Pearl St., Northglenn. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9-11:30AM. Please call 303-452-2041 for the latest information.
  • Thrive Church: Located at 2820 W. 92nd Ave, Federal Heights. Open Fridays from 11AM-1PM. Please call 303-428-9535 for the latest information.
  • Adams County Emergency Food Bank: Located at 7111 E 56th Ave., Commerce City. Open Wednesday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 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 call 720-878-3563 for the latest information.  
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church: Located at 3990 W. 74th Ave., Westminster. Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2:45-3:15PM and Tuesday from 5:30-6PM. Please call 303-429-8508 for the latest information.

Find a Food Bank Near You

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.


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 May, 2022. 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.


  • 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: 01/11/2021, 2:00 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

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

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

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.


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.
      • 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
      • 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
      • House of Hope
        3301 S. Grant Street Englewood, CO 80113
        Phone 303-762-9525
        Phone: 303-421-9205
      • Homelessness Program
        3805 Marshall Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
        Homelessness Program Help Line: 303-467-2604
      3805 Marshall St., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
      Phone:  303-422-2133
      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

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

Education (Last updated: 2/18/2021, 6:44 PM)

 For Students and Families

 School Supplies - Resources

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

 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: 05/27/2021, 10:30 AM)

Faith-Based Community

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
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 understands that everyone is navigating this time differently and want to be respectful to all, so they’re encouraging those who are comfortable to attend in-person worship to follow attendance guidelines to keep everyone safe upon returning back together.  They also developed an In-person Guideline and FAQ page on their website at https://crossroadsabc.com/in-person-guideline-and-faqs/ If you over 65 years of age and/or you have an underlying health condition, or if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (CDC List of Symptoms), please stay at home and participate in the online worship services.

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
Livestream Services:  https://www.youtube.com/legacychristianfellowship

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

Legacy Christian Fellowship is excited to re-open in-person church. 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

North Metro Church is increasing their 9 a.m. services to 200 people.  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

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


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: 3/17/2021, 10:50 AM)


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: 2/18/2021, 7:12 PM)


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

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. 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

    • Resources for Employees Whose Employers are Closed or Working Fewer Hours If you work for a ski resort or other employer that closed or reduced your hours to help stop the spread of COVID-19, you can file or reopen an unemployment claim.



 Financial Assistance (Last updated: 3/17/2021, 10:55 AM)

Financial Assistance

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 Community Connections at 720-977-5800 orConnections@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: 3/17/2021, 11:00 AM)


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. 


 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


Pets (Last updated: 05/07/2021, 9:00 AM)


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: 05/07/2021, 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: 05/07/2021, 9:00 AM)


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://helpcoloradonow.org/ for more information.


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

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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.