Family & Intercultural Resource Center

Strong Families
Strong Community.

Through education and support, FIRC helps families make healthy choices and provide an environment for children to thrive. By strengthening families, we are strengthening the community.


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We are here for you

FIRC is working closely with community partners to provide families and individuals with the support needed to remain healthy during these uncertain times. We hope you find the following resources helpful. We will continue to update this page as things change during the coronavirus COVID-19 response. Please remember our staff is taking phone appointments for health insurance, mental health navigation, supportive services and parenting support. Please call 970-262-3888.
Rental relief for locals who lost jobs or income due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Rental relief for locals who lost jobs or income due to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • FIRC is assisting people with rental relief that live and work in Summit County and have been laid off or lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You need to have a lease with your name on it, photo ID and your last paystub in order to be considered for assistance. Please note that prior to assistance, FIRC will communicate with your landlord to advocate on your behalf. We are experiencing a high volume of calls, your patience is appreciated. Please call FIRC and we will get you the information to get started.
  • APPLY ONLINE or call 970-262-3888 to make an appointment

Programa Especial de Asistencia de Renta

Programa Especial de Asistencia de Renta

  • El FIRC está ayudando a las personas con asistencia de renta que viven y trabajan en el Condado de Summit y han sido despedidos o perdieron ingresos debido a la pandemia de COVID-19.
  • aplicar en línea o llamar 970-262-3888

Donate Today

Donate Today

  • In efforts to provide locals with the basic needs of food, housing, access to mental health and healthcare support, FIRC’s staff has quickly reorganized to address this unprecedented demand. As a result, we went from serving 200 people on a normal week to 1,977 people LAST WEEK. We anticipate this number to grow and we will continue to do our best to be here for our community. Thank you to all of the donors who are making our work possible. Donations allow us to keep providing this work.

Food, Public Health, Parenting, Mental Health, Health Insurance Resources for the COVID-19 Response

Food, Public Health, Parenting, Mental Health, Health Insurance Resources for the COVID-19 Response

We have gathered details around many of the resources you need to manage these uncertain times.

FIRC Food Pantry Hours - We are offering drive or walk thru services

      • 12:00-1:00p.m.
      • 1745 Airport Road Breckenridge. Behind the Thrift Store.
      • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
      • 251 W. 4th Street Silverthorne

     

      • NEW WEEKEND FOOD BANK LOCATIONS: Saturday and Sunday 12:00-1:00 p.m.

     

    • Breckenridge: 1095 Airport Road, Public Works, Bay #28
    • Frisco: 1st & Main Building
    • Dillon: Marina Parking Lot
    • Silverthorne: Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Parkway
    • If you want to make non-perishable food donations please drop them off between 8:30-10:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday at the Summit Middle School. Please drive round the back past the basketball court. This is our food preparation area during the COVID response. Please leave on the table outside the door. If you have any other questions please email Caitlinj@summitfirc.org
      • 630-310-9277

Phone/Virtual Office Hours

      • For appointments with Supportive Services, Access to Care or Families United, please call during our virtual office hours. To encourage social distancing during the COVID-19 response we are not taking any in-person appointments.
      • Please call9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or by appointment
      • 970-262-3888

FIRC and Summit Thrift & Treasure Response to COVID-19

In efforts to best serve our community and support the efforts of the COVID-19 response, FIRC and Summit Thrift & Treasure will be implementing the following over the next few weeks:

          • Our offices and thrift stores are closed through March. Food banks are operating normal hours and we will be handing out pre-made boxes. We are still working with clients over the phone, so please call if you want to make an appointment. 970-262-3888.
          • FIRC supportive services remain open with limited face-to-face contact. We know the economic and medical impacts of this pandemic are affecting local families. Our Supportive Services, Access to Care and Families United team will be available for appointments over the phone or video conference so we can continue to assist families.
          • We will provide drive through food pantry options. We will prepackage food essentials and encourage the community to use food assistance support during these challenging times.
          • We have canceled all events indefinitely.
          • Summit Thrift and Treasure will be closed for the rest of March. WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING DONATIONS. PLEASE DO NOT DROP DONATIONS OUTSIDE THE DOORS. Any donations left outside the doors will be thrown away and is a labor intensive process.
          • We are working closely with Public Health to ensure we are supporting our clients and staff with best practices to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone healthy.
          • How you can help – We know the upcoming weeks and months are going to be very challenging times for the members of our community. If you are able to make a financial donation, it will be used to help us provide housing, medical and food assistance for local families. Please give online.

Message from Summit County Public Health about COVID-19

March 17, 2020 – FIRC is working closely with Public Health to keep our community and staff healthy.

          • Public health has confirmed the presence novel coronavirus (or COVID19) in our community.
          • About 80 percent of people infected by the novel coronavirus experience only mild symptoms. However, they can give the virus to high-risk individuals, who are older or have serious underlying health conditions such as cancer, lung disease or heart disease. For these high-risk individuals, COVID-19 can be life threatening, which is why we need to work together to protect one another.
          •  It is critically important that our community members practice rigorous social distancing: maintaining at least 6 feet of separation from other individuals and avoiding groups
          • Please help protect your friends, family, and neighbors by following these social distancing guidelines:
            • Limit your exposure to and physical interactions with other people.
            • Avoid groups, socialization and gatherings with people outside of your household.
            • Stay connected with friends, family and neighbors via remote communication technology such as email, text, video chat and phone.
            • Get outside – alone or with members of your household. Take in fresh air, exercise and enjoy Summit County’s spectacular natural environment.
            • People who have difficulty leaving their homes are encouraged to find ways to stay active indoors, such as using online exercise videos.
            • Be kind to one another and remotely check in on friends, neighbors, family members and colleagues. We will get through this together.
            • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water.
          • Testing:
            • Mildly ill patients should be encouraged to stay home and contact their healthcare provider by phone for guidance. Patients who have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, should seek care immediately. Older patients and individuals who have underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their physician early in the course of even mild illness.
            • People who have mild symptoms or no symptoms are not eligible for testing COVID19. In fact, testing these individuals takes up valuable resources which has negative impacts on a health care provider’s ability to provide care for others who have more serious illness or whose test is needed to return to work providing healthcare.
            • **we have more messaging to develop here.. we may send something out tomorrow.. **
          • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
            • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
            • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
            • New confusion or inability to arouse
            • Bluish lips or face
            • *This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

 

          • Take everyday actions to protect yourself and those you love
            • There are effective ways to reduce the risk to yourself and the people you care about.
            • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
            • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
            • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
            • Stay home if you’re sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.
            • Clean surfaces in your home, and personal items such as cell phones, using regular household products.

 

What to do if you are sick:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fsteps-when-sick.html

 

People at high risk:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

 

This models why there is a need to limit gatherings, close schools, close businesses and restaurants:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/

 

Stay informed: anyone can call this number:

 

CO HELP: COVID-19 hotline

          • For answers in many languages including English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more:
            • Call 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911
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Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance

Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance

We can help

Open enrollment for the Marketplace is open November 1- January 15. There are a lot of changes with plans this year and our health team is here to help. We provide free enrollment assistance to determine if you qualify for Medicaid, CHP+ or discounted plans for the Marketplace.
Families of Summit County

Read stories from local families who have made Summit County home. Learn about the different ways FIRC has helped make their dreams of raising their children in the mountains a reality.
Early Childhood Support

Early Childhood Support

Parenting Support for children ages 0-5

FIRC offers a variety of resources for parents with children ages 0-18. Our staff empowers parents to provide a safe and nurturing
environment during the most critical years of development, which results in school readiness, emotional wellbeing and lifelong success.
The Families United program offers free home visits for parents with children ages 0-5. The visits focus on improving the parent-child bond and giving parents the support and education to be the best teacher for their child.
Parents with children ages 0-18

Parents with children ages 0-18

Parenting Workshops and Support

FIRC offers a variety of resources and support for parents with children ages 0-18. Our staff empowers parents to provide a safe and nurturing environment during the most critical years of development, which results in school readiness, emotional well-being and lifelong success.
The Parent Engagement program provides parents with school-aged children with the education and support to improve communication, address issues and help your child become a successful adult.
Family Support

Family Support

Housing, Medical, Budgeting and Goal-Setting Support

Family Support focuses on helping people overcome the challenges caused by the high cost of living in Summit County. The purpose of our programs are to assist you with setting goals, one-on-one budgeting and establishing connections to community resources.
We provide education and support to ensure families’ basic needs of housing, food, physical and mental health are met to help you thrive.
Give your Summit County home a new purpose. Help the local workforce live local. Year- long studios, one and two bedroom properties needed for the Housing Works Program.
Mental Health Support

Mental Health Support

Connection to mental health resources and connection events

FIRC is home to the Building Hope Initiative to help people struggling with mental health access the care and support they need.
FIRC Food Pantry available in Silverthorne & Breckenridge

FIRC Food Pantry available in Silverthorne & Breckenridge

Food Assistance

The high cost of living in Summit County makes it difficult for people to afford the basic needs. FIRC’s Food Assistance programs help over 4,000 people keep food on the table each year.
FIRC's owned and operated thift stores

FIRC's owned and operated thift stores

Summit Thrift & Treasure

When you shop or donate at Summit Thrift and Treasure stores, you are helping to support FIRC’s programs. Our stores offer an affordable shopping option for the community.
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Help us provide the education and support families need to give children the best start to life and remain living and working in Summit County. Your gift helps us strengthen families and our community.

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Serving Summit County, Colorado

Through education and support, FIRC helps families make healthy choices and provide an environment for children to thrive. By strengthening families, we are strengthening the community.

People Served Every Year

4300

Helping people achieve stability.


By providing education and support, we can help families set and achieve goals so they can be stronger parents and members of our community.
  • “I believe that being a stronger parent raises a stronger child."
    Attendant of the Parenting of Teens class