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​Community Connections           Enlaces Comunitarios                           

Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos!

Our Mission: Enhancing lives through connection.

Our Vision: Building a foundation of community empowerment where all in Thornton reach their maximum potential.

If you are in need of assistance, please contact us at 720-977-5800 or at Connections@ThorntonCO.gov. ¡Se habla español! If you would prefer to self-serve, please visit ThorntonCares.com for resources. Thank you!

COVID-19 Community Resources-bill payment, free counseling, rent, mortgage, utility, food & other assistance is available!

If you are in need of resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.gocot.net/covid19resources or contact us for more information.

Coronavirus Relief Funds

The City of Thornton is expected to receive approximately $11 million from Adam County, distributed to Thornton in three installments as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, commonly called the CARES Act.  The Community Connections Division has been charged with distributing over $1 million to organizations that serve Thornton residents in the areas of food, subsistence payments, housing/shelter, and mental health services. Funds must be directed exclusively toward service to Thornton residents and must be used for necessary expenditures that are incurred due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

For more information on how your organization can participate, please click here.

What's new?

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.

Every Tuesday July – October

3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Thornton High School (Baseball Fields Parking Lot)


Keeping Thornton Safe

Currently operating Thornton businesses and nonprofits can apply for the new Thornton CARES (COVID-19) 'Keeping Thornton Safe' Grant to help offset the cost of providing necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and other safety-related supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are in addition to any other COVID-19 grant funding received from the city of Thornton. The maximum grant is $5,000. Click here for more information and to apply today.

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 Adams County Aging Network Conference provides resources and opportunities to Adams County seniors in need. 

For more information on the Adams County Aging Network Senior Conference, please visit their website at http://acanonline.org/. 

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 distributed 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 Community Connections at 720-977-5800.

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 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 criteria. 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.