ACCESS’s small business classes are led by Agnes Talamantez-Carroll who educates and encourages participants to pursue business ideas.
Photo: Cristina Frésquez
By Cristina Frésquez
Family Shelter Program offers shelter for up to 90 days for families with children in private apartment units. Shelter residents receive intensive case management, food, clothing, toiletries, household furnishings and transportation support. This program also provides things like adult education, life skills training on budgeting, parenting, health lifestyles, and much more.
The Home Again Family Support Program supports the transition of homeless families into transitional and permanent housing. Families receive case management, financial assistance for healthcare, education, rent, utility and transportation expenses.
The Steps 2 Success Self-Sufficiency Program offers support to adults in securing and maintaining jobs that pay a living wage. Step One services include GED prep, English language instruction, Citizenship preparation, computer skills training and job search. Step Two services include job placement and job retention support; and other support such as Homebuyer education or Small Business Development classes.
Forget Me Not Summer Camp is a great “summer camp” for children of program participants. The camp seeks to build self-confidence, social skills and trust, specifically for homeless children and youth between 6-18 years of age. Camp offers fun activities like hiking, bowling or a visit to the zoo. The children and youth are also provided mentor support and tutoring, and before school starts they receive backpacks filled with school supplies.
“They’re amazing. Everyone – their entire staff – was so friendly and helpful. They helped me feel okay about my situation,” explained Madrill. “What ACCESS does is so important because people get into unexpected situations. They really helped me get back on my feet.”
For more information, to make a donation, or volunteer, contact 303/289-7078 or visit www.acchouse.org.
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