EFAA helps those in our community whose immediate needs for food, shelter and other basic necessities cannot adequately be met by other means, and supports their efforts toward financial stability or self-sufficiency.
"I have been able to raise a healthier, smarter daughter due to EFAA's help with food and electricity. It has helped me to create a stable home." - Janine, single mother
"Thank you so much for your help with rental assistance. You can't imagine the feeling of relief that washed over me when I received your call. And thanks for being so kind, friendly and compassionate. May the world smile upon you ten-fold. - Mark
Notes to Case Managers:
"You have been the best advocate, counselor, and motivator. I'm so thankful for all of our talks and your belief that I can do it. I also appreciate you being nonjudgmental and a rational mind when mine was going a million miles a minute. You have been amazing!"
"I want to personally thank you for your time and compassion. This has been a nightmare and your assistance helped me to come out of my depression that momentarily consumed me. I know I will look back and laugh at what a mess my life was during this time, but I will also look back at those who were in service when I needed help. To you I am grateful, and will never forget the impact you made at a time when I was in despair." - Melissa
In an eerie foreshadowing of our current situation, back in 1918 the Spanish flu was ravaging the country and locally the collapse of the mining industry left many miners' families destitute. Concerned Boulder residents organized relief efforts, planting the seeds for what became the Emergency Family Assistance Association. In the following decades, the association's focus expanded to meeting the needs of all low-income mothers and their children. We incorporated in 1953, received IRS tax-exempt status in 1962, and adopted our current name in 1977. In 1979 we expanded to include housing for homeless families with children. In 2017, EFAA officially became a Family Resource Center and joined the Colorado FRC Association. Today, after more than a century of service, EFAA's programming serves as the gold standard for community safety nets, with new self-sufficiency programs that build longer-term economic resilience for families.