Western Colorado assistance programs.

The counties that make up the western part of the state, including Delta, San Miguel, Gunnison, Montrose, and Ouray Colorado, have numerous assistance programs. There may be help for rent or energy bills from churches or charities, free food or medical care from pantries and clinics, government assistance and more.

Free stuff is also offered. This includes winter clothes, back to school supplies, Christmas gifts or toys, security deposit grants for section 8 housing, and more. Low income and others can get the help they need, whether food or meals, help with mortgages, heating bills, and other financial aid.

Christ’s Kitchen - Serves food and hot meals to the low income, including at the holidays. Dial 970-275-2735. Montrose Colorado.

Montrose County Health and Human Services - All health care counseling and medical care is private and confidential. Free health care is provided regardless of someone’s ability to pay. Receive medications, screening and referral for medical problems, counseling, and more health care. 970-252-5000

Montrose County Housing Authority - This non-profit government agency deals with housing, rent, and landlord issues. They try to help people become self-sufficient. Vouchers can be used to pay rent in counties such as Delta or San Miguel. More on section 8 housing.

West End Services (phone 970-252-5000) offers WIC, health care screening, and information on assistance programs. Some of the programs they offer and administer include:





  • Food Stamps - Free or low cost food and groceries
  • Energy Bill Help - LIHEAP and other programs can help people pay their utilities and heating bills.
  • General assistance - Financial aid and support for expenses, and information is provided on local non-profits, charities, and government programs.
  • Child care assistance
  • TANF (Temporary Assistance For Needy Families) - Food and other resources

Sharing Ministries, Inc., which can be reached at 970-240-8385, offers free food boxes and groceries to low income and struggling people. Information on food stamps are offered too.

Gunnison County Social Services - This government agency can provide the low income, working poor, and struggling families and individuals with access to government programs, financial aid, and various forms of support. 970-641-7940

Colorado Legal Services - Free or low cost legal counseling, advice, resources and information are provided for low income persons in civil legal, matters. 1-800-521-6968. Also click here for more information on Colorado free legal services.





Salvation Army Delta provides food, clothing, and access to other basic needs, including Christmas toys and back to school supplies or uniforms. There is also free advice, and may be able to provide referrals for rent and utility bill help. Call 970-874-4840. Or More on Salvation Army assistance programs in Delta.

By Jon McNamara

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