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!
Thornton Community Connections is NOW OPEN. We are happy to serve you during drop in hours Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment after hours. You can reach us by phone at 720-977-5800 or email Connections@ThorntonCO.gov.
Fill A Backpack School Supply Giveaway @ Community Connections
Saturday, August 7th 10 AM - 2 PM
9471 Dorothy Blvd. Thornton 80229
Bring your kiddos to this one-day event where we will be handing out backpacks and other school supplies to kiddos in need—you might even catch Tiny the dinosaur while you're getting your supplies for the new school year. Take what you need. Child must be present and live in Thornton to receive supplies.
Please bring proof of address, which can include: driver's license or other government-issued ID, utility bill or phone bill, car registration, voter registration card, statement from a major creditor, or recent Adams County tax notice—if you're having trouble producing your proof of address, give us a call by August 6th at 4 PM. We want all Thornton residents to be able to receive supplies without barriers.
While supplies last—come early! All supplies have been donated by the Thornton community.
School Supply & Food Drive - July 1-31
Drop off school supplies and non-perishable food items to help local individuals and families in need.
WE ARE COLLECTING:
New and gently-used backpacks, new crayons, markers, #2 pencils, glue sticks, highlighters, college-and wide-ruled loose leaf paper, 3-ring binders of all sizes, spiral notebooks, blue and black ink pens, scissors, rulers and protractors.
DROP-OFF LOCATIONS DURING BUSINESS HOURS:
- Trail Winds Recreation Center, 13495 Holly St., 720-977-5700
- Active Adult Center, 11181 Colorado Blvd., 303-255-7850
- Carpenter Recreation Center, 11151 Colorado Blvd., 303-255-7800
- Thornton Community Center, 2211 Eppinger Blvd., 303-255-7830
- Community Connections, 9471 Dorothy Blvd., 720-977-5800
- Thornton Fire Stations: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
- #1 - 2300 Thornton Pkwy., #5 - 14051 Colorado Blvd., #6 - 13150 Quebec St.
Fill a Belly, Fill a Backpack - July 1-31
Thank you to our church partners this year for helping us to collect even more for our Fill a Belly, Fill a Backpack Challenge!
- Destiny Outreach Ministries, 750 W. 96th Ave.
- Genesis Church, 12301 N. Grant St.
- Grace Fellowship, Thornton 12505 Colorado Blvd.
- Legacy Christian Fellowship, 9200 Hoffman Way
- North Metro Church, 12505 Colorado Blvd.
- Rock AG Church, 8891 Poze Blvd.
- St. John's Lutheran Church, 11040 Colorado Blvd.
Farmer's Markets Are Back
July 13-September 30
Tuesdays at the Anythink Huron, 9417 Huron St. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Thursdays at Anythink Wright Farms, 5877 E. 120th Ave. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
These Healthy Farmer's Markets provides
resources and healthy, fresh produce options that are accessible and affordable
to all in our community. Attendees can also learn more about cooking and
nutrition. Food assistance services like SNAP and WIC are accepted. These
Farmer's Markets are hosted in conjunction with city of Thornton, Tri-County
Health Department, the American Heart Association and Lulu's Farm. For more
information visit www.anythinklibraries.org/farmers-markets.
Portable Playground & A Free Healthy Meal
The Portable Playground van will be visiting a different site each day during the months of June and July! Children will also have an opportunity to enjoy a healthy meal.
JUNE 1-JULY 30 from 1-3:30 P.M.
- Mondays, The Overlook at Thornton • 647 W. 91st Ave.
- Tuesdays, Croke Drive Park • 806 Croke Dr.
- Wednesdays, Redwood Estates • 9595 Pecos St.
- Thursdays, Creekside Place • 9189 Gale Blvd.
- Fridays, The Grove at Alta Ridge • 1201 W. Thornton Pkwy
For more information contact: jenny.dowdell@ThorntonCO.gov • 720-977-5934
Homeless Outreach Team / HOTline
Our Homeless Outreach Team is out and about rain, shine, or snow!
The city of Thornton's Homeless Outreach Team is a group dedicated to investigating encampments, making contact with Thornton's unhoused population, and providing resources to those experiencing homelessness. The team regularly does outreach, taking to the streets and investigating commonly-inhabited areas in order to provide hygiene items and referrals to shelter, food, and any other needed services. The team is an extension of the Community Connections division, which is the one-stop resource shop for people living in Thornton.
If you would like to report an encampment, get resources to individuals you suspect are without homes, or get more information about the Homeless Outreach Team, please contact our HOTline at 720-977-5900 or email us at Connections@ThorntonCO.gov.
For more information on HOT, visit www.gocot.net/HOT.
Brighton Housing Authority Tech program
This program is available to all Adams County residents who do not have access to a computer device in their homes for their use. Their goal is to increase families' and individuals' access to devices in order for them to attend tele med appointments, complete paperwork, access services, job search, fill out applications, navigate social media, attend meetings for themself or family via different platforms. Many students who are doing remote learning have been given devices to complete online learning, however, these devices are not suitable for the entire household and therefore they want to bridge that gap with this tech program. They are able to check devices out for short periods of time generally 4-5 days and longer consisting of 4-6 weeks. During this time they do a follow up with the families to determine if they will need the device for a longer period of time.
Visit http://www.brightonhousingauthority.org/ to fill out a request form.
For more information, contact:
Susana Lopez-Baker, Community Engagement and Outreach Manager
COVID-19 Community Resources: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Home Repair Programs
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.