The following links are provided to various organizations that provide resources for food, shelter, and other services in the Grand Valley. The list is updated as new information becomes available (note dates).
Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act - Below is a link for action in support of a bill to put more power into the hands of indigenous peoples to administer their own food justice programs.
Issues of food scarcity and affordability were everyday challenges in Indian Country long before COVID-19. One of the most meaningful ways to support food security and sovereignty in Indian Country is to allow Tribes to administer federal nutrition programs.
Please join us in urging Congress to reintroduce and pass the Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act, which would enable Tribes to administer child nutrition programs in Indian Country fighting food insecurity and allowing for culturally appropriate food to be available.
Grand Valley Peace & Justice Resource Guide (updated December 2021) - a list of resources (PDF) that details what help is available in the Grand Valley community, especially for those without a home. Everyone is welcome.
Housing Reports from City of Grand Junction (May 2021) - Follow these links to two reports released recently describing the efforts being done to expand affordable housing in the Grand Valley region. Click here for the "Grand Valley Housing Needs Assessment" executive summary. Click here for the "Grand Valley Housing Policy and Action Items Framework" document.
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains (July 2021) - The LFS Colorado Spirit Wellness program is operated in conjunction with the Colorado Spirit Crisis Counseling Program to provide support and resource connection to those impacted by COVID-19. The program offers:
- anonymous, confidential support at no cost
- help understanding your current situation and reactions
- techniques to reduce stress and other reactions that are impacting your daily life
- assistance in reviewing and accessing community resources to help in your recovery
- guidance to help you develop and utilize healthy coping strategies
- connecting you with people or other agencies who can help you and your family in your recovery process
State of Colorado / Area Agencies on Aging (C4A) - Senior Initiative Resources information - The C4A-Colorado website has a wealth of information, from reports to brochures to surveys and many other resources, too. Click here to explore the website and learn about what is available to assist you as you age.
Tents to Tiny Homes project (4/11/2021) - A live presentation by Sherry Cole at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Grand Valley (UUCGV). Sherry talks about a project to help the houseless in the Grand Valley area, spearheaded by Grand Valley Peace & Justice. This video [36:53 min] describes the reasons behind this project, steps being taken now, and how it can improve our Grand Junction community.
Mutual Aid Partners / GJ Mutual Aid Distribution & Resource Day (updated 11/18/2020) - Food and resources available every Tuesday at 536 Ouray Ave (Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley church) - throughout the winter. Visit the parking lot or inside church, depending on weather conditions and COVID guidelines. Curbside pick-up also an option. Donations accepted starting at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Distribution starts at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Visit the Mutual Aid Partners website for more information and to sign up as a volunteer.
Support Our Local Food Banks/Church Pantries (updated 8/1/2020)
Those who were able to obtain COVID-19 Emergency funding have received huge amounts of financial help. (Huge equaling $50,000 alone to Kids Aid, over $80,000 in new funds to Catholic Outreach Emergency Committee, and the Community Food Bank total is astronomical.)
There are two organizations that did not receive special COVID-19 funding for food over $5000. Both of them were denied other funding because they were church-affiliated. They are Grand Valley Peace & Justice (affiliated with the Diocese of Pueblo) and Clifton Christian Church Food and Clothing Pantry.
Community Resources Spreadsheet to support clients
Mesa County Public Health Department has compiled a COVID-specific list of community resources to help support clients. This is being maintained for people who are giving one-on-one support or referrals to community members in need. As the information about COVID changes rapidly, for any questions on this resource, please contact Sarah Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org