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Press Release


5045 West 1st Avenue • Denver, CO 80219

Client Hours
Monday – Thursday
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Closed Fridays

Donation Hours
Monday – Thursday
9:30 am – 2:45 pm
or by appointment

THRIFT CENTER Hours
Monday – Thursday
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Closed Friday thru Sunday


Chief Executive Officer
Michael Bright

Chief Operating Officer
Chris Hill

Medical Office Coordinator
Linda Carabajal

Director of medical services
Volunteer - Karen Hayes

Develoment Director
Donna Webb

Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer - Ana Cruz

Facilities Coordinator
Volunteer - Ron Davis

Job Readiness Coordinator
Volunteer - Angie Medina

Food Bank manager
Craig Hamilton

Phone:
303.935.7389

Fax:
303.935.3397

 

Nearly 1 in 6 Americans in poverty, census says - By Hope Yen
The Associated Press

The ranks of the nation's poor have swelled to a record 46.2 million — nearly 1 in 6 Americans — as the prolonged pain of the recession leaves millions still struggling and out of work. And the number without health insurance has reached 49.9 million, the most in more than two decades.  View the full story

To contact Program Director:
Chris Hill

Services

  • Food
  • Clothing on an emergency need basis
  • Utility Assistance
  • Emergency Shelter Assistance
  • Domestic Violence Aid
  • Prison Assistance
  • ID replacement
  • Job Readiness
  • PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT assist with rent or mortgage

Client Resourse Guide

Focus
Life Intervention for families who find themselves in a crisis situation

Goals
• Secure a minimal level of existence for clients and their families
• Build a platform for stability for families in crisis situations
• Meet the basic human needs of disadvantaged families and individuals

Community
As with most major metropolitan areas, Denver citizens face:

• Cost of living increases
• Unstable economic conditions
• Record high unemployment rate

For our clients these problems are often compounded with language and educational issues. Their situation may heighten to crisis if one of the following occurs:

• Domestic violence
• Job loss
• Death in the family
• Illness

Their crisis may be compounded with financial uncertainties. As can be seen with many of the frontline stories, families worry about how they are going meet their basic needs of food, clothing and housing. Our solution is to temporarily alleviate a few of these worries.

Victims of Domestic Violence receive various kinds of assistance from us. We will try to relocate them to a safe place, pay for lodging, and help them restart their lives by giving the security to make the necessary decision and referring them for further care.

The food bank ensures clients in crisis will not starve. The program provides 3 days worth of balanced meals for any size family.

The clothes project ensures clients stay warm and have clothes for work and school. The program provides ready-to-wear clothes that have been washed and pressed.

Shelter assistance guarantees families do not become homeless for the month that we cover this expense. With funding from state and local sources, as well as our supporters, we provide funds for up to one month if an eviction notice is presented at the interview time.

Utility assistance protects families or older adults from utility shut–offs, helping them maintain heat, hot water and electricity in their homes. Along with over 100 other agencies in the Colorado, ACS Community L.I.F.T. is honored to be a fiduciary agent of Energy Outreach Colorado funds.  Because of the generosity of thousands of Coloradans as well as businesses and government entities who contribute to this utility assistance fund, we were pleased to assist by distributing over $45,000 of EOC funds in 2009.

Family Care Policy to Receive Services
Services are provided without regard to any person’s race disability, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, veteran status or any other classifications.

Clients MUST bring all of following information to receive assistance. If the client does not have the following documents, only food will be given out on the first visit.

Proof of Identity: Photo ID

Proof of Address: Current address on Driver’s License, utility bill or official government documentation.

Proof of Family Members: Birth Certificate, social security card, custody papers, school records showing parent’s name and address or health records.

Proof of Income: Client’s current pay stub or tax return. If they are laid off, a letter from former employer stating as much. If they do not work for medical reason, they must show documentation. (If a client cannot show proof of income, a referral from another agency, a pastor, physician, teacher, social worker, case manager or police official is acceptable.)

Food
If the client lives in the City and County of Denver, it must be 30 days before they can receive food assistance again. If the client lives outside the City andCounty of Denver, it must be 60 days before they can receive food assistance again.

Clothes
Clothing is given on an as need basis. Emergency needs are considered and met. Some examples of emergency needs are: Disaster victims, domestic violence, job interview, prison assistance and others as determined.

Utility Assistance
Clients may access funds only when they are available. This service is by appointment only. No walk ins will be served. Clients must bring their most recent utility bill as well as other required documentation such as LEAP letters-denial or acceptance. Only the past due portion of the bill can be paid and only once per grant year (Nov 1 thru October 31st). The funds are given to ACS by Energy Outreach Colorado and LEAP rules apply.

Disaster
Food and clothing are available any time in the event of a catastrophe (fire, flood, theft, etc where everything was lost or destroyed.) A referral or proof of loss is required.


In most cases, clients will need other resources besides what we have to offer. ACS has put together a very comprehensive resource guide that is constantly being updated for accuracy.

****PRESS RELEASE****

ACS Community L.I.F.T. Receives Daniels Fund Grant

Denver, CO, April, 2013:  

ACS Community L.I.F.T. announced today that it received a $30,000 Daniels Fund grant to support the FamilyCare program, which served nearly 19,000 households in 2012 alone.  That number represents approximately 66,700 individuals who receive a multitude of services in the FamilyCare program, including emergency assistance, food, clothing, personal care items, back-to-school supplies, diapers, as well as help finding employment to aid them in breaking the cycle of dependency and move towards self-sufficiency.

“Our goal at ACS is to not only relieve human suffering by meeting the basic needs of our clients, but to instill in them the desire, skills, and opportunity to gain their own independence,” states Michael Bright, CEO of ACS Community L.I.F.T. 

“By encouraging them to change their current situation and break the cycle they have been living in, we help them move towards their future with hope. One of the ways we do this is by teaching our clients how to look for employment, prepare for interviews, and funnel appropriate job leads their way.”

Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, established the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. One of the guiding principles of the Daniels Fund is in the belief that boundless opportunities can exist for each individual.

 According to Bill Fowler, Senior Vice President for the Daniels Fund, “the work of organizations such as ACS Community L.I.F.T. helps make this a reality.”  For more information on the Daniels Fund, please visit www.danielsfund.org

For more information about ACS Community L.I.F.T., call 303-935-7389, ext: 106, or visit www.acslift.org.

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