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Wheelchair and Assistive Technology Users ATTENTION: PRECAUTIONS for COVID-19

Do you know what COVID-19 precautions to take with your wheelchair? Basic steps can help you stay safe through cleaning & distance:

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Round 2 of the Denver Emergency Food Relief Fund: Applications Open Until September 16, 2020 at 5 pm MT

The Denver Emergency Food Relief Fund will assist nonprofit organizations, including food pantries, faith-based organizations, and emergency food providers, in distributing food to seniors, those with disabilities, people with underlying health conditions and families or households where a member has contracted the COVID-19 virus. 

The grants will prioritize serving communities in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods with higher rates of food insecurity. Nonprofit organizations that are incorporated as a 501(c)3 and are located in Denver and serving Denver residents are eligible to apply.

For more information and to apply, visit the Denver Emergency Food Relief Fund and be sure to review the Frequently Asked Questions. The deadline to apply is Wednesday September 16, 2020 at 5 pm MT.

Questions can be directed to Marion Kalb at the Denver Department of Health and the Environment at, or 720-865-5511.

Apply Today
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CARES Funding for Denver Youth

The Denver Office of Children's Affairs has issued a one time funding opportunity from CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) dollars to support youth serving organizations in Denver.

Important Information

Your organization must meet all of the requirements in the Request for Proposals (RFP) to apply. Here is some important information and dates:

  • This is funding for the 2020 calendar year it must be spent by 12/31/2020
  • Deadline to Apply: 9/21/2020 by 3 pm MT (when the system will automatically close)

Here is the full solicitation on BidNet and all documents

Bringing sight to blind and low-vision people

Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.

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Receive SSA, RRB, or VA benefits? There’s more time to use the Non-Filers tool on to provide #IRS info and get $500 Economic Impact Payment per qualifying child. The tool is available from Aug. 15 thru Sept. 30.

Photo: A man wearing sun glasses in a beige button up shirt reading a braille book in the park. A picture of a man in a kitchen with a blue and green coffee cup wearing a blue button up shirt. Text: Single Entry Point Town Hall Meeting For People Receiving Services Wednesday, September 22, 2020 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. We want to hear from you! Please join us for this virtual presentation and to hear us answer your questions. RSVP at To request translation services or any additional accomodations, contact or 303-636-5968 You can questions in advance to or submit them live using the chat function.
Housing Resources

Low Income Housing Guides for Renters

If you regularly struggle to pay your monthly rent, there are housing programs that help relieve that stress for qualified applicants. The Low Income Housing Guide for Renters has all the information needed for Americans who are in need of federal housing programs provided by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Applying for affordable housing can be involved and complicated, and this guide has been written to make that process easy to understand.

Coronavirus Resources for Low-Income Households

Affordable Housing Online will continue monitoring the state's and federal government's response to the COVID-19 outbreak and maintain a list of resources to help low-income households navigate critical services during this unprecedented time.

Food Resources

Food Resource Hotline

Call the bilingual Food Resource Hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626or in 

Metro Denver at (720) 382-2920

It’s open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Messages left after-hours or on a weekend will be returned the next business day. (If you need TTY, call at
7-1-1 or 1-800-659-2656.)

Food Assistance at Pantries

The majority of pantries are still open to the public but have shifted to a “drop off” model at vehicles, such as the Action Center in Lakewood.

Additionally, many pantries such as Metro Caring are allowing folks to come on behalf of those unable to come—just make sure you have the client’s name and birthday to receive their benefits.

For providers, and/or those looking for support around food, you should call the Hunger-Free Hotline for the most up to date, specific information: 855-855-4626 (toll-free) 720-382-2920 (metro Denver).

Smaller pantries may be closing because many volunteers are over the age of 65+, please call ahead to confirm open hours. 

List of open food pantries

Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado Office is a visible and trusted source of information on the full range of long-term services and support options available to older adults. All older Coloradans seeking assistance getting nutritious food can call 1-844-COL-ADRC (1-844-265-2372) for more information.

Meals On Wheels delivers to home-bound seniors. Call 303-297-0408 for more information.

Mental Health Resources


1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) - English
1-877-SUICIDA (1-877-784-2432) - En español

Providers of Color Directory (Colorado)

Crowd-sourced list of providers who identify as BIPOC and/or LGTBQ+. This list was compiled by Dr. Tara Jae with YouthSeen in Colorado.

The Colorado Center for Anxiety and Stress-Related Disorders 

A specialty psychology and behavioral medicine practice. The center specializes in assessment and treatment of the full spectrum of anxiety disorders, as well as physical health conditions, behaviors, and other emotional states that have a stress-related component.

Speaking of Wellness

Exploring all things wellness – encompassing body, mind, spirit, and community – through the lens of the Colorado Mental Wellness Network, with hosts Angie Bledsoe, Rachel Sedell, and Silvia Flores.

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Colorado General Election is November 3, 2020!
Early Voting: Oct 26, 2020 - Nov 2, 2020 In-Person Absentee Voting: Not available

Voter Registration Deadline:

Request for Postal Ballot by Mon Oct 26, 2020

Election Day Registration & Voting Tue Nov 3, 2020

For more information on voter registration and other voter, info visit the Rock the Vote website found here.
Current Events by Maryann C.

As of 9/01/2020: 59,487 cases

1,973 deaths among cases
(1,866 due to COVID-19)

To read more use this website:

Gov. Jared Polis has extended the mandatory statewide mask order for another 30 days from August 14, 2020.

The Modeling COVID-19 in Colorado app was released. This app allows the user to generate projections of COVID-19 cases, hospital needs and deaths in Colorado under scenarios that can be altered interactively.

Denver Public Schools is again delaying the start of in-person classes over concerns about COVID-19, extending remote learning for most students through at least mid-October.

On August 26, 2020, Governor Jared Polis issued Executive Order B2020 006 to establish a temporary task force with the Department of Local Affairs that examines housing instability and works to prevent evictions due to COVID-19 hardship.

Denver's COVID-19 Testing Site. Pepsi Center. 1000 Chopper Circle. Enter at 7th Ave. & Auraria. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 7 days per week. Closed holidays. *Gates close at 4 p.m.* Denver The Mile High City logo
Free testing located at the Pepsi Center and other locations.  Visit the state's map of testing sites here.

If you experience an accessibility issue please email our Associate Director, Anaya Robinson at

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  • The Chronicles Peer Support:

    First and third Thursdays of the month from 11:00am - 12:00pm (MT). **August 6 & 20, 2020**

  • Self-Empowerment Peer Group:
    Every Thursday, from 11:00am - 12:00pm (MT).

  • Youth Connect Call:
    Every Friday, from 1:00-2:00pm (MT).

  • Art Group:
    First Wednesdays of the month, from 10:00am-12:00pm (MT).

RSVP to Peer Support groups by emailing Mollie at
or call (303) 733-9324

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To be added to the group send an email to
with Drum and Drinks in the subject line.

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"HARD OUT HERE FOR A GIMP" - Wheelchair Sports Camp [official video]

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What you can expect from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. What you can expect from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 4-part series provides:

  • – An Overview of the ADA; and
  • – Information about the ADA in school settings;
  • – Medicaid services; and in
  • – Community settings.

Disclaimer: This material has been prepared for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, medical or legal advice. You should consult your own medical or legal advisors for specific and personalized advice.

Watch the vodcast and listen to the podcast here!

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Be sure to check out Denver Parks & Recreation's YouTube channel for on-demand workouts, science and art activities, tips for outdoor recreation and much more!

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