Las Animas Helping Hands

We live in an underserved area of southeastern Colorado where 80% of our students qualify for the Free and Reduced lunch program. The long drought and the recent pandemic have caused many to seek addtional resources to meet basic life needs. In 2020, we assisted an average of over 800 people monthly

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Food Pantry

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Beneficiary Code 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Families
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

We help anyone who says they need food. We provide a variety of food, canned meat & vegetables, frozen meat & chicken, fresh produce (in season), staples such as bread, flour, sugar, salt, beans, rice, pasta, oil, crackers, soups, other seasonings, peanut butter, jelly, etc. We occasionally have milk, eggs, & butter. We adjust what they receive according to the amount of people in their household.

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Evidence of Program's Success

During COVID, families have been particularly needy.
1. One family had just moved to our community forgot to come one week. We welcomed them the next week and they said that they were so sorry they forgot because they had been starving! I explained all of the ways they can reach us and they have been coming regularly since and thriving.
2. Another man who is a recent widower has learned to make tortillas for his family from the staples we provide. He is proud of his accomplishments and we are too. He is becoming more self-sufficient by being able to feed his daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. He has gained confidence in his ability to provide for his household.

USDA Commodities Program

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Beneficiary Code 

Beneficiaries

Families
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Single Parents
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

We administer the TEFAP & CSFP Commodities Programs for Bent County.
On the 2nd Monday of the each month, we serve an average of 210 household at the Bent County Garage through a drive through distribution to protect them and us while providing food for the needy. Volunteers fill bags or boxes with allocated food from the USDA. This program has provided abundantly through the COVID19 pandemic.

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Evidence of Program's Success

People start lining up about 7:30am for a drive through distribution in Las Animas that doesn't open until around 9:30am. People all overjoyed at the quantity of food available at this distribution and at our food pantry. We, also distribute food for Hasty and McClave, CO the same day.

Utility Assistance

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Beneficiaries

General population
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Emergency assistance with a family's heat source-electricity, natural gas, propane, wood, wood chips. Typically, we can help individuals or families in need with electricity and their heat source.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Las Animas City Treasurer has said that we have kept people from freezing to death in the winter. During COVID when the Utility office was closed, we took applications over the phone to protect the applicants and ourselves and continued to provide services. Many people have needed assistance for the first time.

Gasoline Assistance

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Beneficiary Code 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities
General population
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

We help people to get to doctor appointments and also look for jobs. In southeastern Colorado, people need to drive long distances to get to doctor appointments.

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Evidence of Program's Success

People have been able to get to needed appointments and find jobs.

Noncontrolled Prescriptions

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Beneficiary Code 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities
General population
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Noncontrolled prescriptions are provided and some over the counter medications when needed.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Many times people will be released from the hospital without money to pay their co-pay on their prescriptions. Others, simply don't have the funds to pay for their regular medications during a crisis. Their healthcare needs are being met.

Other Emergencies

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Beneficiary Code 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities
General population
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

This program is for all of emergencies that don't fit within our other programs. They are unusual and needed.

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Evidence of Program's Success

This program has helped people with emergency housing, car parts, special uniforms or shoes for work, We consider all requests.
Once a disabled person needed a new carburetor. They had found one for $20 at a wreck yard. Her son could put it in and because of our assistance, she was able to have transportation. Another time, a disabled veteran's basement flooded and he need emergency housing for a few days.

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