Increasing Self-Sufficiency

By teaching life skills to help adults gain or maximize independence, helping with daily living essentials for the elderly or disabled and providing assistance with basic needs for those in crisis, United Way of Mesa County increases self-sufficiency in our community by funding the following programs in the 2011-12 funding year:

Center for Independence (241-0315) New Horizons Vocational Center -promotes community solutions and assists people with disabilities of all kinds to live and work independently. 

Child and Migrant Services (464-5226) Hospitality Center -provides and coordinates community services for migrant and settled farm workers and their families in Mesa County. Programa Promoviendo Buena Salud-provides outreach and education to promote overall well-being among farm workers in Mesa County. 

Colorado Discover Ability (257-1222) provides adaptive, integrated outdoor recreation for people with disabilities, and their families.  

Community Food Bank (no phone, 486 Morning Glory Lane) provides a nutritionally balanced, three-day emergency meal supply for Mesa County residents who are temporarily unable to provide for themselves.

Doors 2 Success (245-0388) Calling Mesa County Home- provides foreclosure prevention counseling and intervention.  Housing Advocate/Family Unification–keeps low-income families with urgent needs unified, and prevents placement of children in foster care. Family Self-Sufficiency- trains and assists lower income families in becoming financially self-sufficient.  Next Step Housing- provides housing voucher and intensive case management to help families address the cause of their homelessness and to become self-sufficient. Supportive Services-Low income families receive coordinated case management  to help them overcome the causes of their barriers to self-sufficiency. 

Grand Valley Catholic Outreach (241-3658) Housing Assistance-provides financial aid on a one-time basis to individuals and families who are threatened with eviction from their homes, and helps acquire housing for the homeless by assisting with first-month’s rent; Day Center-assists homeless persons by providing access to laundry, showers, phone & mail services,  and health care. Soup Kitchen provides a complete noonday meal six days a week to individuals and families who are hungry.

Grand Valley Peace & Justice (243-0136) Emergency Overflow Shelter Program- A community collaboration to provide a warm, safe overnight shelter during the winter months.

HomewardBound of the Grand Valley (256-9424) GJ Community Homeless Shelter- provides shelter and a light meal for men, women and families in a safe and respectful atmosphere; helps the homeless transition into self-sufficiency. 

Housing Resources of Western Colorado (241-2871) Emergency Repair Program-provides emergency home repair services for low-income households. 

Karis, Inc (241-1445) The House- A shelter for homeless teens.

Kid's Aid (712-2847) Feeding Friends Backpack Program- Provides School District #51 students with nutritional food for the weekend.

The Literacy Center — MCPLD (245-5522) Free literacy instruction in areas of reading, writing, math, and English as a second language.. 

Mesa County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, Inc.  (243-9839) Handyman Program- Volunteers provide minor home repair service to low-to-moderate income people and those with disabilities.  Senior Scholar Program- places senior volunteers in local and private schools to help children learn.  RSVP-Recruits senior volunteers for placement in local human service agencies. 

Pro Bono Project of Mesa County (243-7940, x 108) a legal referral agency which places persons with an attorney willing to represent them at low/no cost, with priority given to domestic violence issues. 

St. Mary’s Senior Companions (263-9092) recruits, trains and matches senior volunteers age  55+ to assist homebound elderly with grocery shopping, errands and appointments, helping to alleviate isolation and loneliness, and maintain their independence. 

For more information, call (970) 243-5364
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