Supporting thousands of families per year in the Denver area, the non-profit Urban Ministries can help provide for basic needs. A wide range of services, referrals, and emergency assistance is administered by the agency, with a focus on seniors, the unemployed, and the very low income that are working towards self-sufficiency. Other information in offered on government benefits as well, such as food stamps or LEAP.
Food programs including groceries and items from the Choice Food Pantry as well as SNAP applications cn be applied for. Denver Urban Ministries wants to ensure residents have their nutritional needs met, including children. Residents of the Adams, Jefferson, and Arapahoe have even used the center.
The Choice Food Pantry from DenUM allows people to “shop” for only what they need and will use. This is available and is a better system then passing out a pre-packaged allocation of groceries or canned goods. Families now have the ability to make their own choices about what items they want to take home. There are even more healthier offering, such as low-sugar, low-sodium, whole grain options and fresh produce or vegetables.
Note it can only be used at most once per month, and there is a maximum number of visits allowed per year for those that qualify. The pantry will also promote nutrition and meet the health and cultural needs of those from the region.
Help with SNAP Enrollment is provided by DenUM staff. Case managers will offer assistance with applying for the food stamp (SNAP) program. It is offered in partnership with the Hunger Free Colorado staff. Be sure to bring proof of income, ID, expenses, any government benefits, and your financial data.
Job and Employment Services are available from an onsite center. The non-profit coordinates supportive services for those seeking a new job or the unemployed that are seeking employment. Get information on job openings in the area, including the counties of Jefferson, Adams, and other towns.
Examples of past job seekers that turn to Denver Urban Ministries for help have included people returning to the workforce after a break, the long term unemployed, individuals recently released from DOC, the homeless, and even those that are facing barriers to being employed.
There are orientations and workshops that are held. Any job placement, resume review services and career counseling is limited and offered on a first come, first served basis. Other employment services from DenUM are Basic Computer Classes, Writing Cover Letters, Resume Preparation, Legal Counseling, and Career Assessment. There is also access to equipment, and this may include Telephones and Fax Machine, Hygiene Products, Clothing, and even services to help get IDs & Birth Certificates.
Utility bill and heating assistance is offered, mostly by referrals. There may also be information on housing or rental assistance, however funds are not issued for rent. The Urban Ministries in Denver has a call in line service for requests or referrals to non-profits and various programs. When funding or grants are available, the information will be taken from those seeking financial assistance. Note that clients must apply for LEAP before receiving assistance from DenUM. All aid is offered on a first-call, first-served basis for those that qualify. Call 303-991-3977 for more details.
Referrals may be offered too. Some of the programs include Energy Outreach Colorado, which offers information. The federal resource is known as Colorado LEAP, and this is a county-administered system designed to assist with paying winter heating costs. Another option is the Xcel Income-Qualified Weatherization Programs, which helps with conserving energy.
Get assistance with obtaining Identification, Birth Certificates, and Colorado state IDs. Case managers offer this service. In addition, any needed applications for out-of-state documents will be completed during this particular weekly clinic.
Health and medical care is offered as part of Denver Urban Ministries clinic. This is offered every other week from a certified RN Facilitator, Nurse Practitioner and with additional support from several Denver School of Nursing students. Together they offer wellness and health coaching, perform blood pressure checks and more. Other health services include information on nutrition for pregnant women and infants, Pre-diabetes/Diabetes, how to live on healthy diet on a budget, and there may be some assistance for medications.
Almost all of the Denver Urban Ministries programs are offered first come and served to those that qualify. The main office is at 1717 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80218. Call (303) 355-4896 for intake or information.
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