COVID Resources

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.

Food Assistance

If you are in need of food assistance, please use the following resources.

Local Food Assistance Support

  • The county is offering delivery for those without transportation, who are ill, or who are in the at risk population (older adults and people of any age with a serious underlying health condition).
  • 970-668-2940 to get food or medications delivered if you are unable to access them

MEDICAL ISSUES

If you or someone in your home is experiencing a cough, fever or shortness of breath please, stay home and call 970-668-2940 to have food or medications delivered to your doorstep. Contact your healthcare provider with concerns and call 911 only in the case of an emergency.

Community Food – Drive Through & Delivery

Family and Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) – NEW HOURS

  • Use our food pantry twice a month and use the other food pantries weekly
  • Breckenridge 1745 Airport Road back of building: 12:00-1:00 p.m. Mon, Wed
  • Silverthorne 251 W. 4thStreet: 12:00-1:00 p.m., Tues, Thurs, Friday
  • Weekend Food Pantry – 12-1 pm

Breckenridge: 1095 Airport Road, Public Works, Bay #28 ǀ Frisco: 1st & Main Building

Dillon: Marina Parking Lot ǀ Silverthorne: Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Parkway

  • Father Dyer: 10am-12pm, Tues/Thurs
  • Dillon Community Church: 4:30-5:30 Mon/Weds or Friday 1:30-2:30
  • Smart Bellies/Summit School District: food for students provided Mon-Fri
    • High School, Dillon Valley Elementary, and Swan Meadow Village Park in Summit Cove: 11-1pm
    • Soccer Fields in Silverthorne 5thAve & Upper Blue Elem: 12:15-1pm
    • Silverthorne Library & Frisco Elementary: 11-11:45am

email smartbelliesco@gmail.com or call 970-368-2848 if you need home delivery

  • Summit Community and Senior Center call 970-668-2940 for:
    • Meals on Wheels
    • Delivery of medication, groceries and meals if you are 60 or older, don’t have transportation or someone in your home is sick
  • Food Bank of the Rockies: Mobile food pantry at Frisco Bus Barn 4/23 10 AM

Community Meals & Day Services

  • Father Dyer: Sunday evening, prepackaged meals 6-7 pm
  • Elks Lodge Community Dinner by Rotary: Tuesday evening, prepackaged meals 5-7 pm
  • Agape Church: Meal to go, showers Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY call 970-453-1247 ext. 101
  • Lord of the Mountains: Meal to go, showers Wed, Friday 1-4 (call FIRC)

Cash & Food Assistance

  • Food Assistance – SNAP – Enrollment: Summit County Human Services at 970-668-9160
  • Food Assistance – WIC – Enrollment: call Public Health English 970-668-9199
  • Xcel Energy – FIRC provides assistance with utility bills. Many are eligible!

Mental Health & Recovery

  • Building Hope:org; 970-389-1151 and Spanish 970-485-6271
  • FIRC Mental Health Navigators: English or Español, 970-262-3888
  • Recovery Support and Alcoholics Anonymous: Call Agape at 970-453-1247 or visit https://www.intherooms.com/home/ or aa-intergroup.org

COVID Rental Relief

Thanks to the support of local governments, we are providing special rent assistance for people who lost their jobs due to COVID-19.

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.

In order to be considered for assistance you need to have a:

  • lease with your name on it
  • photo ID
  • your last paystub
  • 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 at 970-262-3888 and we will get you the information to start your application. All appointments are done over the phone. All checks will be written to your landlord.

We need you to do your part

We strongly encourage you to look into government programs like unemployment and Medicaid that can support you during these uncertain times. The following are ways you can apply for food, health insurance or financial assistance if you have lost your job or income.

It is estimated that two-thirds of Summit County’s workforce has been effected by business closures. FIRC is doing everything we can to support locals during these uncertain times, but we need you to advocate for the government services that you now qualify for. Many of these services take a few weeks to kick in, so please apply as soon as possible. This will help you regain some stability. Thank you for your cooperation and patience during these times.

 More information on Unemployment, Student Loans, Medicaid, Mortgage Payments and SNAP food assistance. 

Coronavirus Testing, Symptoms and Social Distancing

We are in this together. Please follow the following instructions from Summit County Public Health.

Public Health and COVID -19

  • Coronavirus/COVID-19 Help Line: 303-389-1687
  • Summit County Public Health Order Information 970-668-2992

According to Summit County Public Health:

  • Testing:  Call the office of your health care provider before you go.

  • Tell them about your travel or contact and your symptoms. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with others, don’t go out in public and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.
    • 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.
    • Are you or someone in your home experiencing a cough, fever or shortness of breath?  If so, please stay home and call 970-668-2940 to get food or medications delivered to your doorstep. Contact your healthcare provider with health questions or make an appointment. Many offices offer remote appointments.  Call 911 only in the case of a true emergency.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Here is a helpful video for understanding the virus and social distancing

Do you have Health Insurance?

The state of Colorado is opening a special open enrollment period from March 20-April 3 for people who do not have health insurance. FIRC’s Health Navigators can help call for an appointment 970-262-3888. Uninsured Coloradans can enroll during a special enrollment period in response to COVID-19 outbreak.

Did you just lose your job or have a loss of income? – You qualify for lower or no health insurance monthly payments (premiums).

  • If you have a plan on Connect for Health Colorado, you need to go to your online account and adjust your income.
  • If you just lost your insurance from your employer, we encourage you to shop your options. Don’t just take the COBRA plans without shopping. FIRC’s Health Navigators can answer questions or help you shop plans.
  • If you are no longer earning any income, you will typically be able to qualify for Medicaid. Please call and talk with a FIRC Health Navigator.
  • Call 970-262-3888 for questions or to make a phone appointment with a FIRC Health Navigator.

COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period

To ensure that Coloradans have the health coverage they need, especially because of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Connect for Health Colorado, along with the Colorado Division of Insurance, announced a new, 2-week Special Enrollment period for uninsured Coloradans.

Special Enrollment Period Details

Special Enrollment Period dates: Friday, March 20, 2020 to Friday, April 3, 2020.

Coverage effective date: April 1, 2020 (even if customer signs up on April 1, 2, or 3).

Ways Coloradans can enroll:

  1. Online at ConnectforHealthCO.com.
  2. Over the phone at 855-752-6749, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. We’re also extending Customer Service Center hours this weekend and next, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  3. Working with a certified enrollment expert. Many Brokers, Assisters and Enrollment Centers continue to provide virtual and/or phone appointments.
  4. Call FIRC for an appointment with a health navigator 970-262-3888.

Parenting Resources

The following are websites to help parents make the most of their time at home with their children.

Local Mental Health Supports

  • Mental Health Crisis 844-493-TALK
  • Colorado Crisis Services, 1-844-493-8255 or text at 38255. If you or a loved one is in a mental health crisis, call. They provide confidential, professional support 24/7.
  • Building Hope: go to buildinghopesummit.org or call for English 970-389-1151 and Spanish 970-485-6271
  • FIRC Mental Health Navigators: English or Español, 970-262-3888
  • Recovery Support and Alcoholics Anonymous: Call Agape at 970-453-1247 or go to: https://www.intherooms.com/home/ or www.aa-intergroup.org

A Message from FIRC’s Mental Health Navigators:

Now, more than ever, we have an important responsibility to be proactive about our own mental health as well as reach out to support each other when feelings of isolation, despair, or grief arise. We wanted to take a quick moment to let you know that although we have changed settings a bit, we are committed to continue offering mental health support to the community in ways that adhere to recommendations for social distancing but are accessible and timely:

 

Mental Health Navigation – Our navigators are still available to provide support and guidance to the Summit County community. If folks are needing help finding a therapist, connecting with crisis resources, discussing substance use treatment, or figuring out how to afford services, we are here to help. Navigation appointments are available via video or phone. To make a referral for navigation, please complete the following referral: https://www.summitfirc.org/assistance/mental-health-navigation/

 

Spanish-speaking Peer Support (ALMA) – We are excited to welcome Patty Garcia to the FIRC family as our new ALMA coordinator. With her help, we are continuing to accept new referrals  for the ALMA program. To refer someone to ALMA, please complete the following referral form.https://www.summitfirc.org/healthy-living/espanol-alma/. Additionally, we feel that it is critical to continue to provide emotional support to our community of Spanish-speaking women. For this reason, companeras will continue to see their clients and provide skills for coping with stress and managing anxiety. These sessions will be offered via video or phone.

 

Mental Health Resources in the Community – Mental health providers around the county and the world are rising to the occasion to continue to provide services and support especially as folks feel the effects of social isolation, anxiety, and grief. We are proud of all of our partners around the county who have mobilized quickly to ensure continuity of services for existing and new clients. Summit Community Care Clinic, School Based Health, and Mind Springs Health have successfully moved all of their behavioral health support to a telehealth model. New clients can be routed through their front desk for scheduled intakes. Additionally, private providers are collaborating for best practices on telehealth and most can now continue seeing their clients while also practicing safe social distancing through secure video platforms. Mind Springs is even getting creative after having to close the Safe Haven Detox to support clients who need to detox or need support staying sober through phone call check ins and debriefs. Pasted below, Building Hope has compiled an excellent list of resources, both local and national, of mental health and substance use resources for all ages.

 

Tips for Taking Care of your Mental Health – By now, we are all aware of the importance of washing hands, social distancing, and attention good nutrition and sleep for keeping COVID-19 at bay in our families, community, and country. But we know that fear, shame, and despair can be just as contagious as a virus and can often feel just as concerning. Take a quick moment to catch up on hopeful and positive news like this article. Additionally, here are some helpful tips from the CDC for caring for your mental health during this time:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
    (
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html)

Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to support you during this time of unknowns and new rhythms. We are here to support you.

Dealing with Trauma and Grief during this time

That Discomfort you’re feeling is Greif

Building Hope Resources

Building Hope Resources: Our website and social media are full of pertinent mental health resources and COVID-19 tips.

 

Community Connectedness Events: If you’ve come to rely on – or are new to — our free monthly in-person events for mindful activities and community connections, give our virtual alternative a try. Join our Building Hope Summit County Facebook Group for activities like yoga, sound healing and workshops we can all participate in together. Bring friends, join in!

 

Telehealth Therapy: Receiving counseling over a telehealth platform (right in your own home!) is a successful system of support and a great way to protect yourself and your therapist from possible exposure. Your employer or insurance provider likely has telehealth resources or an EAP (Employee Assistance Program) that can be used to get care. Check out the Eagle/Summit Counties Telehealth Therapists database or the  Building Hope’s provider network or to find a teletherapist that could be a good fit for you. Heart Centered Counseling is a large telehealth provider with several therapists to choose from.

 

Building Hope Scholarships: If you’d like the support of a mental health therapist and either can’t afford one or can’t navigate your health insurance, we can help. Our program provides multiple sessions with the therapist of your choice. To see if you qualify, contact Ravi Jaishankar at 970-389-1151.

 

Send an E-card: Friends, co-workers and family members might really appreciate receiving one of our colorful E-cards from you, with messages like “It’s okay to not be okay.” Choose from among many soothing messages in the E-card section of our website.

 

Support for Spanish Speakers: Join our Facebook page for Spanish speakers, updated regularly with info you can use to keep yourself and your families safe. If you need support finding a Spanish-speaking telehealth therapist, contact Milena Quiros, 970-485-6271. Also see below under “Additional helpful articles/links” in Spanish.

 

Recovery Support: Local groups may have their own online platforms, but here are a few additional resources that may help while meetings are suspended: www.aa-intergroup.org, a directory of virtual meetings in different time zones, which are conducted by phone, email, video conference and 24-hour-a-day chat rooms. https://www.intherooms.com/home/ a free online recovery tool that offers 130 weekly online meetings for those recovering from addiction and related issues. All Recovery Meetings are open to anyone who is dealing with substance use, mental health concerns, disordered eating, as well as any other quality of life concerns. (Note: You will need the Zoom application to participate)

 

Additional helpful articles and links:
An opinion piece in Vail Daily by Dr. Casey Wolfington, behavioral health director of Eagle Valley Behavioral Health, about how to respond to and manage the daily updates on COVID-19

Managing Anxiety and Stress amid COVID-19
English: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html
Spanish: Not available yet (internal translation available here)

SAMHSA: Coping with Stress During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

Coping with Disaster or Traumatic Event:
English: https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/index.asp
Spanish: https://emergency.cdc.gov/es/coping/index.asp

Taking care of your emotional health:
English: https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/selfcare.asp
Spanish: https://emergency.cdc.gov/es/coping/selfcare.asp

Resources for Parents/Kids:

Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids about Coronavirus:
English: https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/
Spanish: https://childmind.org/article/como-hablar-con-los-ninos-sobre-el-coronavirus/

The Family Lockdown Guide: How to Emotionally Prepare for Coronavirus Quarantine: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/13/the-family-lockdown-guide-how-to-emotionally-prepare-for-coronavirus-quarantine

Caring for children in a disaster – Helping children cope:
English: https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/helping-children-cope.html
Spanish: https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/es/helping-children-cope.html

Employment Information

Small businesses and employees can gain more information.

Financial Resources

Please sign up for federal programs as soon as possible. It is estimated that most businesses will not be open until July. Federal programs can provide income and assistance to help you remain stable. FIRC is working to fill in the gaps, but we need you to do your part.
  *   Colorado Unemployment Benefits, those out of work due to COVID-19 have the potential to apply for job attached unemployment. To make a claim, visit: http://coloradoui.gov/fileaclaim
        *   For information on eligibility please visit the following website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/eligibility
        *   More information and resources from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/information-and-resources-coronavirus
  *   Small Business Administration, Guidance and Loan Resources: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
CALL YOUR SERVICE PROVIDERS – Mortgage lenders, credit card companies, cell phone providers, auto lenders are offering ways to defer payments. Please contact them directly. Do not just stop paying your bills.
  *   Federal COVID-19 Phase 3 Stimulus Package-H.R. 6201, pending (see attached). This bill, if passed would provide fiscal assistance for households, and implement rules to assist small businesses.