A video guide to seven simple ways you can be more inclusive of persons who live with a disabling condition. (Source: Microsoft.)
HealthFirst, Colorado’s Medicaid program, offers a non-emergency transit system called IntelliRide. It can be used for medical appointments only. It does require some required preliminary paperwork before using this free transportation service. For additional information, or an application to participate, visit their website, or call (855) 489-4999.
Residents of southern Weld County who live with a disabling condition can secure free rides from Via Mobility Services. They provide transportation to and from the following communities:
Via can transport residents living in that service area to:
Operating hours for this service is Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Riders who would like to get started can register to use this new service by calling a Mobility Specialist with Via at (303) 444-3043. During the registration process, the Mobility Specialist will walk the rider through how to book a trip.
Greeley nonprofit 60+ Ride of Weld County provides free transportation to Weld County residents who are 60 years of age and older. Persons who live with disabling conditions can also schedule services.
Rides are available seven days a week, both days and evenings, depending on the availability of volunteers. Most rides need be scheduled with the agency a minimum of two weeks in advance. Non-medical related rides may be available on shorter notice.
60+ Ride of Weld County also provides free delivery of groceries and essential items. Delivery is typically within one to five days from the date of order.
The Greeley Evans Transit paratransit system for Weld County requires pre-approval to use this transportation service. It can be used for any transportation reason in Greeley and Evans. As of March 2021, a round trip ride costs $6.00, or $3.00 one way. Call (970) 350-9290 for an application or questions, or visit their website.
In northeastern Colorado, the Prairie Express bus system in Sterling provides fixed route service in the city, along with demand-response service Mondays through Fridays. In Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma counties, the County Express bus system provides response-based service. Transportation is also available to northern Front Range destinations like Denver, Fort Collins and Greeley.
Lifeline is a federal program that offers a monthly benefit of up to $9.25 towards phone or internet services for eligible subscribers. Consumers can qualify for the federal Lifeline program benefit if their income is 135 percent or less than the federal poverty guidelines, or if they participate in SNAP, Medicaid, or other federal programs. Learn more.
EveryoneOn is a nonprofit dedicated to creating social and economic opportunity by connecting low-income families to affordable internet service and computers, and delivering digital skills trainings. Use an online search engine to find programs specific to your community.
Unite Colorado is a coordinated care network of health and social service providers to address people’s social needs and improve health across communities.
Partners in the network, including Connections for Independent Living, are connected through the Unite Us shared technology platform, which enables them to send and receive electronic referrals, address people’s social needs and improve health across communities.
To connect for services near you, complete Unite Colorado’s online form and a Resource Navigator will contact you.
Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. is a leading higher education institution specifically for persons who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. It offers online a series of free videos and courses teaching basic American Sign Language (ASL).
Career coach and educator Patti Sanchez has created a YouTube channel with practical, useful content about finding a career. The videos on the ASL Employment Curriculum channel are specifically created for the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing/DeafBlind community. All videos are presented in American Sign Language (ASL) with closed captioning and voice-over to reach a broad community.
The State of Colorado’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) can provide rental assistance for both tenants and landlords. This program provides financial assistance for individuals who have experienced financial hardship owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. A maximum of 15 months of assistance is available. Documentation from the tenant and the landlord is required in the application process.
211 Colorado includes several agencies that can provide rent assistance. Adjusting the map will highlight agencies that can offer assistance within your specific region of the state.
Catholic Charities in Greeley provides emergency assistance to Weld County residents. These programs include rent assistance and past due gas and electric bills.
Hope House of Northern Colorado provides assistance specifically for teenaged mothers. This Windsor-based nonprofit offers a variety of services, including rent assistance.
Seniors and individuals with balance issues through injuries are at risk for falling. The National Council on Aging offers a video suggesting six steps to prevent a fall.
Help.org is a group of Colorado medical professionals. Based on conversations they’ve had with addiction experts across the United States, the majority of people who need treatment for substance abuse disorders do not seek it. Though there are many barriers that discourage people from getting the help they need, cost is a significant factor. They created an online guide that provides comprehensive information on available care options and financial support, along with free Colorado resources.
The organization has also created a comprehensive guide listing top-rated and low-cost rehab centers to make it easier for those in need to get on track from substance abuse.