Mountain Family Center

MFC is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization serving Grand and Jackson Counties. MFC counts over 11,000 annual visits to its food pantries, serving just over 3500 unique individuals with 22% representing children. MFC addresses basic needs for at-risk and under-served populations.

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Thrift Store/ Clothing Closet

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Families
General population
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Thrift Store provides affordable clothing, housewares, shoes, seasonal clothing, and furniture.
The store also serves as a free clothing closet for individuals in need of items housed within the thrift store.
MFC distributes over 500 coats each year in addition to other winter clothing for children, adults and seniors.

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Meeting the need of lower income households by providing access to quality clothing, shoes, housewares, furniture at affordable prices. Individuals who have met with an MFC Family Development worker have access to gift cards to shop for free in the store.
Working primarily with under-served, at risk households/families, MFC uses the Colorado Family Support Assessment 2.0 to track a households progress through barriers that they may face (transportation, child care, health care, employment, education, domestic violence, food insecurity, housing, etc).

Grand County Council on Aging/ MFC Grand Seniors (Transportation & Wellness)

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
At-Risk Populations
Disabled
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Grand County Council on Aging (now Grand Seniors) formerly merged under MFC in July 2018.
Grand County Council on Aging assists seniors and low income people with disabilities to find support and services that allow aging well in the community you love with dignity and respect. Find assistance with Transportation, Senior Meal Programs, Fitness, Recreation and so much more.
During COVID-19 relief efforts, our senior transportation office called our senior clients each week to check on their well-being and to offer meal/grocery delivery as well as pharmacy pick up and delivery. While most transportation was halted for 8 weeks, those with more immediate chronic medical care were still offered transportation. Between March 16th and June 30th, MFC provided over 425 senior citizen assists. In 2021, MFC continues to offer grocery and pharmacy delivery paired with other transportation needs for overall health and wellness for under-served, lower-income seniors and serving individuals with a disability when possible.
www.mountainfamilycenter.org/seniors/

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Grand County Council on Aging (GCCA) merged under Mountain Family Center's (MFC) non-profit umbrella in late July 2018. MFC continues to honor the legacy and uphold the mission of GCCA.

Holiday Programs

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Families
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Single Parents
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

MFC,with the support of our general public, provides Thanksgiving and Christmas/Holiday baskets for families.
The Thanksgiving Program provides all the fixings for a full Thanksgiving meal based on household size. Typically, 400 households are served over Thanksgiving.

The Christmas/Holiday program recruits community members to sponsor a family that may not otherwise have the means to celebrate the holidays- 125 families and 300+ children are able to enjoy the holidays by participating in this program.

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Families are able to celebrate the holidays with their families creating and or recognizing their own cultural celebrations.

Backpack School Supplies

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

MFC partners with the Grand County Board of Realtors to raise funds and gather supplies to outfit 350-400 children in grades K-12 with backpacks and school supplies. By ensuring that children have the supplies to go back to school, they are prepared, confident and ready to learn. Children who do no have access to school supplies (among other basic needs), struggle socially and emotionally.

For 2020 school supply needs, MFC provided school districts with supplies to distribute for in school and at home learning.
Returning to school, in person in 2021, has increased the supply drive also providing additional supplies to local schools and teachers.

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It has been proven that social, emotional determinants of health can effect a child's overall well-being. Not being prepared for school can cause extreme stress under these determinants. The backpack school supply program builds confidence and prepares a child for learning in a positive re-entry into school.

Cancer Financial Support Services

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Disabled
People/Families of People with Health Conditions

Description

Providing financial support for cancer related services. Any Grand County resident undergoing diagnosis or treatment of any type of cancer is eligible for Mountain Family Center's services regardless of income or insurance status.

Reimbursement provided for expenses related to:
Travel expenses/Mileage and Meals
Hotel stays during out-of-county screenings, treatment and follow-up appointments
Prescription and over-the-counter pharmacy needs
Other expenses may be considered upon request
Preventative cancer screenings
Assistance towards paying insurance deductibles

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Evidence of Program's Success

Remission and/or cancer free status!

Weekend Food Totes Program for children

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Female Children (5 - 14 years)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

This weekend food totes program operates 37 weeks during the school year. Forty percent of students are eligible for the free and reduced meal programs at school. These meals often provide the main meal of the day for many children. Grand County students have a 4-day school week leaving many children hungry over the long 3-day weekends. Each Thursday afternoon children enrolled in the Totes Program receive a bag filled with nutritious snacks to help them get through the weekend. It cost $150 to feed one child for during the 37 week program. The program continues through the summer months and now includes fruit baskets at local libraries and fruit stands at each Grand County school.

During COVID-19 relief efforts, MFC was distributing 400-600 weekly totes to children who exhibited food insecurity at home. MFC distributed just over 25,000 children's food totes in 2020.

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MFC is now in its 6th year of this program. The pilot program started in Kremmling serving 75 children in grades K-5. It has now expanded to cover 5 elementary schools and 2 middle schools serving just over 450 children in Grand County. The middle school students volunteer to stuff the totes each week. This spirit of volunteering among the students also curtails the stigma that can accompany assistance type programs. MFC has also expanded this program into Jackson County serving 75-85 of the 170 school children. MFC is proud to support this good neighbor outreach program.

Rent, Mortgage and Utility Asssistance

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
General Public/Unspecified
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

This is a one-time annual assistance program that assists residents who have lived in Grand County for 12 months or longer. The program can provide up to one month's assistance with rent, mortgage or utility bills. The focus is to help an individual or family get over the unexpected loss of income due to work, medical, conditions or other untimely, large household expense. Resident must complete an application which includes providing a detailed budget and paycheck stubs. Resident must meet with a Family Development Specialist to review finances and develop a plan to outline sustainable economic resources for the coming months further developing their household's goal of building self-reliance.
COVID 19 Relief efforts have doubled our housing assistance efforts as compared to 2019.
In 2020, MFC helped just over 550 households with rental and/or utility assistance during COVID and the East Troublesome Fires.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Program successes are measured when individuals and families rise above current situations and move towards independence and financial stability.

Health, Nutrition and Fitness Programs

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

MFC offers educational classes with an emphasis on fitness and nutritional choices. Programs are targeted for children and adults.

Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) is an after-school program offered in Kremmling, CO. For 27 years, CATCH Programs have guided kids on how to be healthy for a lifetime and it is now the #1 health promotion and childhood obesity prevention program available

EAT PLAY GROW EatPlayGrow™ is a new early childhood health curriculum developed in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) adapted the We Can!® obesity prevention program (originally for ages 8-13) creating EatPlayGrow™ to teach children ages 6 and younger and their adult caregivers how to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices. This curriculum combines the latest science and research from the NIH with CMOM's holistic arts and literacy-based pedagogy to engage families and adults who work with young children with creative programs and consistent health messages in informal and formal learning environments.

Exploring Foods Together
Exploring Food Together is a toolkit of simple activities that adults who work with young children can use, in the classroom or in the home, to help kids learn about new foods and start building the skills to make healthy food choices. All of the toolkit activities were designed to integrate with overall curriculum objectives in early childhood education settings. The educator guide is designed to support a wide range of potential users, such as early childhood educators and nutrition staff, community nutritionists, culinary professionals, Extension agents, and environmental educators serving families in need. Parents will also enjoy doing these activities with their kids at home.

Cooking Matters
The participants in Cooking Matters courses are moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers, kids and teens who want to make healthy meals on a budget. They learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals.

MFC has adapted its programs to meet safety protocols during the pandemic. However, we have been able to re-introduce classes outdoors and with smaller numbers to keep children and families engaged.

During the Pandemic, MFC incorporated virtual classrooms to keep children and families engaged. MFC also provided grocery delivery to quarantined households and safer at home senior citizens. MFC also purchased a Mobile Food Pantry in July 2020 to help address the growing food insecurity needs.

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Evidence of Program's Success

MFC uses evidenced based programs as defined by Family Resource Center Association and The Colorado Health Foundation. These program also focus on further developing the Strength Based Family model also a credentialed program.
Community Gardens
Cooking Matters (Share Our Strength) & Exploring Foods Together
Summer Food Programs
Senior Commodity Programs
Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH)
Eat Play Grow
Healthy Snacks in School / Nutritional Education
Tower Gardens

Food Pantries

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

MFC operates two food pantries one in Kremmling and the other in Granby. Kremmling is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Granby is open daily: Monday- Thursday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and Fridays from 9:00 am to noon.
Pandemic and East Troublesome Wildfire created need for expanded access to groceries. MFC purchased a Mobile Food Pantry in July of 2020.
In 2020, MFC counted over 11,000 food pantry visits between Grand and Jackson Counties.
In 2019, MFC counted 7,714 visits between its three food pantries.
In 2018, MFC counted 7,494 visits between its three food pantries.
In 2017, MFC counted 6,819 visits between its three food pantries.
In 2016, MFC counted 5,175 visits between its two food pantries.
In 2015, MFC counted 4,927 visits between its two food pantries.
In 2014, MFC counted 4,805 visits between its two food pantries.
In 2013, MFC counted 3,800 visits between its two food pantries.
In 2012, MFC counted 2,851 visits between its two food pantries.

Since, MFC moved its main office from Hot Sulphur Springs to Granby programs and organizational budget has grown by over 100%. This location has proven to be a more accessible; better serving the needs in our community.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Individuals and families have access to healthy nutritional food. Those receiving free groceries are often able to pay other household bills helping their family stay in their home.

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