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Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos!

If you are in need of assistance, please contact us at 720-977-5800 or at Connections@thorntonco.gov. ¡Se habla español!

What's new?  

  • Overdose Awareness Day 2019 is on August 31st. It aims to raise awareness around overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related death, while also providing the opportunity to lobby politicians about overdose and demand better community responses. There will be an event on August 28th from 10 AM to 11:30 AM at the 84th Avenue Neighborhood Health Center at 2551 8th Avenue in Westminster. For more information, please click here.
  • In partnership with the Tri-County Health Department, Anythink Libraries, and the American Heart association, the city of Thornton will be hosting Healthy Farmer's Markets at Anythink Huron Street and Anythink Wright Farms. Anythink Huron Street's markets will take place on Tuesdays from July 9 to October 8 from 9 AM to 1 PM and Anythink Wright Farms' markets will take place on Thursdays from July 11 to October 10 from 3 PM to 6:30 PM. SNAP is accepted, and there are WIC coupons and RTD vouchers available to those who qualify! For more information, please click here.

Outreach Events

If you would like Thornton Community Connections to attend a resource fair or event, please send an email to Connections@thorntonco.gov or call 720-977-5800.

Community Connections:

Please click on the topics below to learn more about each program or initiative.

 Information and Referral to Community Programs

Information and Referral

Community members can call our main number when in need of resources. Connections to information on programs and services in the community, and the Denver Metro Area, are provided by our team through our Thornton Cares database powered by United Way 2-1-1.

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.

 People Experiencing Homelessness

Resources for People Experiencing Homelessness

If you are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless, please click here to view a brochure with resources you may be able to use, or give us a call at 720-977-5800 if you'd like to chat or schedule an appointment to come see us. We believe that asking for help is a sign of strength, and we're here for you.

 Get Involved

Drives

The city of Thornton hosts three separate drives:

  • Random Acts of Kindness - This February drive seeks to encourage Thornton community members to embrace the importance of kindness by donating food to local food banks and pet supplies to give to companion pets of local seniors.
  • Food and School Supply Drive - This drive in July and August, just before the start of the back to school season, collects food and school supplies to distribute to local food banks and agencies that distribute school supplies to children and youth in need.
  • Mayor's Holiday Food and Sock Drive - This drive that starts right around Thanksgiving, seeks to distribute food for holiday meals and socks to Thornton's homeless community at a time when they are most needed.
For more information on drives, please contact Community Connections at 720-977-5800.

Perfect Holiday Gift

The Perfect Holiday Gift program pairs generous donors, who donate gifts and meals, with families in need of a little help during the holiday season. Families in need are added by case managers from local agencies. For more information on the Perfect Holiday Gift program, please visit the program website here. If you are interested in volunteering with the Perfect Holiday Gift program, please send an email to Krista Berkey at Krista.Berkey@thorntonco.gov.

Community Gardens

The city of Thornton is home to ten community gardens! All of the Thornton community gardens accept gardeners of all ages and abilities, and they are all open to Thornton residents. Click here for more information.

If you're looking to start a community garden, you may qualify for a water rebate! Click here to apply.

If you have any questions about community gardens or about starting your own garden, contact Community Connections at 720-977-5800 or Connections@thorntonco.gov.


 

 Food Access

If you're hungry in Thornton...

If you're looking for food resources in Thornton please click here for information about local food banks and other food related resources. Please don't hesitate to give us a call at 720-977-5800 for additional assistance.  We want to help.

Farmers' Market

The City of Thornton, in partnership with the Tri-County Health Department, the American Heart Association, and Anythink Libraries, holds a summer farmer's market series at Anythink Huron Street, to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to the neighboring community at an affordable cost. Local artisans and small businesses come to sell their crafts and share information.

WIC, SNAP, and RTD coupons are available for those who qualify!

For more information on the Farmers' Market, please contact Community Connections at 720-977-5800. 

Community Gardens

See the "Get Involved" section above for more information on community gardens.


  

 Seniors 

 

Adams County Aging Network Conference

The City of Thornton, with other area agencies that serve seniors, helps to plan the annual Adams County Aging Network Conference, which provides resources and opportunities to Adams County seniors in need. 

For more information on the Adams County Aging Network Senior Conference, please click here or contact Jesús Quintana Martínez at 720-977-5816.

Senior Peer Counseling

The City of Thornton, with Community Reach Center, trains volunteer peer-counselors in listening skills so that they can help to reduce isolation through making regular visits to the home of a senior in need.  No experience is necessary and both the training and ongoing support are provided to peer counselors.  

For more information on Senior Peer Counseling, please click here or contact Jesús Quintana Martínez at 720-977-5816.

17th Judicial District  Senior Law Day

Senior Law Day is a full-day spring conference aiming to provide seniors with legal resources including probate law, retirement planning, real estate, reverse mortgages, wills, and more.   The ever-popular Senior Lawday Handbook is distirbuted to all attendees and free "Ask a Lawyer" sessions are provided by appointment.

For more information, please call 303-500-7059.

Alzheimer's Support Group

The City of Thornton coordinates with the Alzheimer's Association to provide monthly support groups for family members of those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or other dementia.

For more information, please call 1.800.272.3900 or visit www.alz.org/co.

 

 Kinship/Relatives Raising Children

Relatives Raising Children Conference

The Relatives Raising Children conference provides resources, networking opportunities, and information to those raising children not biologically their own.

To learn more about the Relatives Raising Children conference, please contact Jesús Quintana Martínez at 720-977-5816.

Kinship Support Groups

Community Connections co-facilitates monthly support groups for relatives raising non-biological children. Childcare and a light breakfast are provided at these support groups.

To learn more about the kinship support groups, please contact Jesús Quintana Martínez at 720-977-5816.

 

 Learning Opportunities

Classes at Anythink Libraries

Community Connections offers, with Anythink Libraries, biannual classes at Anythink Huron Street, with a wide variety of topics, ranging from natural health to happiness to getting in touch with nature. Check back here in spring and fall to learn more about our class schedule.

For more information about these classes, please contact Community Connections at 720-977-5800.

 

  

 Water Assistance Program

Water Assistance Program

The Thornton Water Assistance Program helps low-income individuals and families struggling to pay their water bill. Thornton Water customers and residents living in apartment complexes, manufactured home parks, condominiums and townhomes that receive water through the City of Thornton can apply for the program once per calendar year. Those who meet the program qualifications will receive a credit on their water account.

For more information, please click here.

 


 Home Repair Programs

Home Repair Loans

This loan, offered through Brothers Redevelopment, is a 0% interest loan for major repairs related to health, safety or accessibility. Thornton residents must live in their home and meet income and other program critieria. For more information, click here or contact Community Connections at 720-977-5800 or Connections@thorntonco.gov.

Help for Homes

This City program helps low-income homeowners in Thornton with minor home repairs, including accessibility modifications, plumbing repairs or electrical repairs. For more information, click here or contact Community Connections at 720-977-5800 or Connections@thorntonco.gov.