Need Immediate Help?
Whether you are self-quarantined or are unable to receive basic necessities during the COVID-19 breakout, let us help you get what you need.
Food Assistance Benefits
Food stamp assistance programs free up the food in our community’s food pantries for people who would not otherwise qualify for food stamps. To see if you are eligible to receive food assistance benefits, please fill out an application using one of the methods detailed below. To expedite the processing of your application, provide as much information as possible on your initial application. At the very least, be sure to include: your name, phone number or email, physical AND mailing addresses, and birthday.
Methods to apply:
- Visit the Colorado PEAK website at colorado.gov/PEAK to complete an application on your computer or tablet
- Download the MyCOBenefits app to apply from your smartphone
- Call the Hunger Free Colorado Hotline at 1-855-855-4626 or Mountain Family Center at 970-557-3186
- Print out an application in English, Espanol, or Large-Print. Then send it to us via email: email@example.com, fax: 970-725-3696, or by mail: GCDHS, P.O. Box 204, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Has your income changed? Are you needing more support? You may qualify for WIC (Women, Infants and Children) benefits. Complete the referral form, or call Grand County Public Health at 970-363-6692 and a local WIC staff member will contact you. Currently, all appointments are being completed over the phone so you do not need to leave home!
WIC is the nation’s most successful and cost-effective public health nutrition program. We provide wholesome food, nutrition education, and community support for income-eligible women who are pregnant or postpartum, infants, and children up to five years old. Whether we are lending moms a sympathetic ear, providing them with free and healthy food, or referring them to outside care and social services, it is our goal to give them the resources, knowledge, and tools they need to be the moms they want to be.
Community Resource Guides
If you are wondering where to find resources to supplement lost income because of COVID-19, you can find them on the “Healthy Grand County” website. Healthy Grand County is the result of a community-wide strategic plan for Mental Health; Maternal, Infant and Child Health (MICH); and Health Information and Awareness. The need for greater awareness of existing services in Grand County and the ability for residents and providers to easily find those services is a top priority. www.HealthyGrandCounty.org
The website is maintained by Grand County Rural Health Network, but many healthcare providers throughout the county contribute to it. Together, they have compiled a list of resources for everyone in our community experiencing immediate and long-term needs (English and Spanish) as well as a Local Healthcare Provider Directory. Additionally, you can find links to Grand County Emergency Response Resource Guide Summary (in English and Spanish) and a list of Grand County Businesses’ Operating Status.
Primary healthcare providers throughout the county are offering different options for services. All of Middle Park Health’s campuses, Denver Health in Winter Park, Fraser Medical Clinic, and Byers Peak Family Medicine are offering telemedicine options and in-person care. Please call prior to visiting any provider, as services and operational hours vary. Let your primary care provider know if you are concerned about payment. They can connect you with resources such as A.C.H.E.S. & P.A.I.N.S. vouchers from the Grand County Rural Health Network for our low-income and uninsured residents. For Coloradans who lose their jobs and their health insurance, coverage through the Connect for Health Colorado website is available: www.connectforhealthco.com
Mental Health Resources
If you are stressed, anxious, lonely, depressed, angry, or all of the above, you are not alone. We are in this together, and caring mental health professionals are available if you need to talk. Just call 877-519-7505. MindSpringsHealth.org/COVID and Facebook.com/MindSpringsHealth offer self-guided meditations, soothing self-care exercises, and coping and resiliency skills, with new resources added every day. All Mind Springs Health offices are open for business virtually, providing services by video or over the phone. Call 970-887-2179 to learn more or to make an appointment. You can also call Colorado Crisis Services for free, confidential, professional, 24/7 support (1-844-493-8255; Text “TALK” to 38255).