Financial, food and clothing assistance

FIRC understands the stress a crisis can put on a family and we offer a variety of resources to help you get back on your feet. When a job is lost, a child gets sick or an urgent medical issue arises, it can become almost impossible to afford the basic needs. Results from an income crisis can be eviction, disconnection of heat or the inability to afford medical care. FIRC’s Family Support program offers financial assistance through mortgage and rent assistance, utility assistance and urgent medical assistance. We also offer a food bank and clothing assistance through our Summit Thrift & Treasure Thrift Stores.

Our goal is to help you realize your strengths and help you gain self-sufficiency.

Programs working toward self-sufficiency:

  • one-on-one budgeting education
  • connection to resources for employment, housing, domestic violence, medical and more depending on your situation
  • family goal-setting
  • assistance with higher education or obtaining GEDs
  • money saving tips to lower energy bills
  • loan modifications on mortgages
  • partial payment assistance with urgent dental, vision or upcoming medical procedures

Do you qualify for financial assistance?

  • do you have children living with you?
  • do you have a job or will you be starting a job soon?
  • are you receiving social security disability?
  • are you 55 or older?

Mortgage and Rent Assistance:
If you are facing eviction, unable to pay your upcoming rent or mortgage payment, or if you need help with a deposit on a new apartment, FIRC may be able to help with a portion of your payment.

Utility Assistance:
FIRC can assist with heating and electricity bills only, other utilities do not apply. You will need to provide a copy of your late or disconnection notices.

If you need assistance between the months of November thru April, you must file an application with LEAP through Summit County Social Services first. For questions, you can call Social Services at (970) 668-9160. Then you can contact FIRC for an appointment to see if we can help.

Medical Assistance:
If you are in need of urgent medical treatment for medical, dental, or vision issues, FIRC may be able to help. It is best to speak with FIRC before undergoing the medical procedure to determine if we can help. You will need to bring in a letter from your medical provider explaining the treatment required and the cost. Recommendations from the Summit Community Care Clinic are also helpful.

Clothing Assistance:
If you are in need of clothes for a job interview, school or winter in Summit County, FIRC can help. Vouchers for FIRC’s Summit Thrift & Treasure Thrift Store are available twice a year. Hours for vouchers are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or by appointment at the FIRC Office. A photo ID must be provided. You must be specific about your needs.

Make an Appointment

Items to bring to your appointment:

  • Photo ID
  • Two most recent pay-stubs
  • Documents pertaining to your emergency

Other ways we can help

There are usually multiple things that lead to a crisis. FIRC provides a variety of programs to help you get back on your feet.