Mesa County assistance programs.
Organizations and resources that can help pay bills and provide aid
There are several places people can turn to in Mesa County to get help. They include the groups below. If an agency can’t help with the applicant’s needs, then they may offer referrals.
The Grand Junction Community Food Bank - This is possibly the largest local food pantry in the area, and it serves families and individuals in Mesa County. They provide food assistance to over 2,000 people per month. This Food Bank distributes food to people in need from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The warehouse is located at 486 Morning Glory Lane, and you can call them at 243-0551.
The Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies - This organization provides free and discounted food to many pantries in the region, and they can also direct people to local resources if they are in need of food aid.
The Salvation Army - Volunteers and staff at this group have provided clothing to low income people and they pass out free groceries from a food pantry. As funding allows, some funds may be offered to pay for rent or transportation or energy bills. There is also a free Christmas toy and school supply giveaway event, homeless shelter, case management, and substance abuse services. The Mesa Salvation Army is located at 1235 N. Fourth St. (242-7513). Continue with Mesa County and Grand Junction Salvation Army assistance programs.
There are other food banks and clothing closets in Mesa County. The non-profits can offer emergency food as well as information on government benefits. Other services may be clothing for work or school, referrals to financial aid or grant programs, and more. Locate food pantries in Mesa County.
Rent and housing assistance
Grand Valley Catholic Outreach - This group provides money for rent and housing expenses to as many people as possible. The need for housing help is growing as a result of the weak economy, and demand for the organizations services has increased greatly. They provide rental assistance to stop evictions, and help about 65 families per month. In addition, they offer a soup kitchen that provides about 6,000 meals per month. They are located at 245 S. First St., Grand Junction 81501, and the phone number is 241-3658.
Mesa County DHS provides applications to federal and state of Colorado assistance programs. Whether it is a cash grant from TANF (for paying rent, food, or security deposits), disability applications, low income housing, or health care from Medicaid, there are programs available. The main office is in Grand Junction, and call 970-241-8480.
In addition to the food bank mentioned above, the Grand Junction Salvation Army offers other support. While funds are limited, there may be some money or no interest loans for emergency expenses. Case managers will also help families and children with employment needs, transportation to a job interview, or Christmas toys and meals. The location is 1235 N 4th Street, Grand Junction, Colorado, 81501. Call 970-242-7513 for details.
Heating and energy bill assistance in Mesa County
Mesa County and Grand Junction residents can get help from the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP). This federal government funded program provides grants to Colorado residents to help them pay their winter utility bills. People can apply for this program annually from November 1 to March 31. The LEAP program also offers a free energy and heating bill Crisis Intervention Program, which allots grants that can be used to to replace or repair broken furnaces and furnaces that are health hazards, and the money can also be used to replace or repair broken windows. Dial 970-241-8480.