Pueblo Cooperative Care Center

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Food Sack

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Homeless
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Pueblo Cooperative Care Center is widely known for its Food Sack program which provides foods such as beans, rice, flour, sugar, meats, breads, cereals, canned goods and other items to clients. The contents of food sacks are carefully planned and prepared to ensure nutritional value.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Food distributions in 2020 rose to new heights in the wake of SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus) or COVID-19. Pueblo Cooperative Care Center provided services to the equivalent of 37.8% of Pueblo County's population (U.S. Census: 168,424 in 2019) by providing 63,810 services to individuals and families. Our programs were critically impaired by COVID-19 and the Feeding of the 5,000 and NALC and U.S. Postal Service "Stamp Out Hunger" food drives were officially canceled. In 2020 Pueblo Cooperative Care Center had identified increases of 85.1% in the number of new clients, 46.3% in the number of individuals served and 36.3% in the number of households served. Two new programs offering food resources were also added, the Nutrition On Wheels program serving homebound seniors and the Homeless Mobile Shower program serving homeless and indigent communities.

Nutrition On Wheels (NOW)

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
At-Risk Populations
Females
Males
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

The Nutrition On Wheels (NOW) program was established in February 2020 with a goal to support 150 home bound senior citizens (ages 60+) with foods two times monthly in its first year of development. Commencing operations in March 2020, the arrival of SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus) or COVID-19 pandemic elevated risks to senior citizens. The program made 192 deliveries in March and by December 31st made 8,155 deliveries. Foods are delivered to individual homes as well as senior housing complexes lacking adequate food resources. Pueblo Cooperative Care Center is working with hospitals, multiple agencies, the local fire department and others to address critical needs. In 2020 the NOW program had 732 enrolled clients with more being referred every day.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Mobile Shower Program (MSP)

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Females
Homeless
Males
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

The Mobile Shower Program (MSP) for the homeless was a newly developed program in 2020 offering health, hygiene and other services to the homeless population residing in Pueblo County. This program improves community health and welfare, and is designed to instill a sense of dignity into people's lives who receive services. The detrimental outcomes from an unhealthy community can be devastating and this program offers individuals experiencing housing instability with safe and supportive services. Similar resources are highly deficient in Pueblo County and the program combines a shower, clean clothes and access to key resources as an extension of hope for those in need. In November 2020 the Mobile Shower trailer unit was vandalized and temporarily sheltered until repairs could be completed. The increased risks associated with SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus) or COVID-19 have prevented reopening but while the mobile shower program is still in its early development it provided services to 1,042 individuals in 2020. The Mobile Showers will reopen in 2021 as deemed appropriate in regard to client health and welfare.

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Evidence of Program's Success

NALC "Stamp Out Hunger"

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

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

Description

In support of the U. S. Postal Service and National Association of Letter Carriers "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive. Resources will be used in all food resources.

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Evidence of Program's Success

For over 10 years the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and U.S. Postal Service (USPS) have dedicated their efforts to support Pueblo Cooperative Care Center in the annual "Stamp Out Hunger" community food drive in Pueblo County.

Clothing

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Homeless
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Pueblo Cooperative Care Center historically provides gently used or new donated clothes to men, women and children residing in Pueblo County. Clothing is available for newborns through adults and made available Monday's through Friday's. Distribution hours normally align with the Food Sack program, but as a result of SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus) or COVID-19 pandemic, clothing operations were sheltered. Pueblo Cooperative Care Center reopened clothing services in January 2021 with new and revised COVID-19 protocols being enforced. All clothing items are provided free to individuals who need clothing for day to day living, to report to a job interview or job, to go to court or just for daily survival.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Pueblo Cooperative Care Center is well known for having clothing available through our "Olive's Closet" free clothing store. Olive's Closet provides a comfortable place for people to find clothing they may be able to use, and select it in an atmosphere that provides hope and purpose. The value for clothing distributions in 2019 was $475,510 and Pueblo Cooperative Care Center provided services to 23.2% of Pueblo County's population (U.S. Census: 165,123) by serving 8,336 individuals and reaching out to 26.3% of households (U.S. Census: 62,899). In 2019, the value of all services provided by the Center was over $3.2 million. As a result of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, Pueblo Cooperative Care Center has identified increases of up to 168% in the provision of services to residents of Pueblo County.

Medical Prescription Assistance

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Homeless
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Households being served are allowed assistance with paying for medical prescriptions through the Medical Prescription Assistance program.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Every household is allowed assistance paying for medical prescriptions. This program is especially beneficial for senior citizens, veterans and children who have difficulty with a co-payment. The total medical prescription assistance in 2017 was valued at $6,645. Year to date (2018) Pueblo Cooperative Care Center has identified increases of 5% in the number of new clients, 5% in the number of individuals served, 8% in the number of households served and 28% in the number of homeless served.

Hygiene Essentials

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Homeless
People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Pueblo Cooperative Care Center emphasizes good personal hygiene practices in an effort to help clients lead healthier lives. Every household is allowed assistance with personal hygiene products (toothbrush, toothpaste, body soaps, shampoo, cleaners, toilet paper etc.) as a way to improve their quality of life with resources being distributed equitably as available.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Every household is allowed personal hygiene product assistance as available. This program is especially beneficial for the homeless, senior citizens and veterans. The personal hygiene product assistance in 2017 was valued over $7,500. Year to date (2018) Pueblo Cooperative Care Center has identified increases of 5% in the number of new clients, 5% in the number of individuals served, 8% in the number of households served and 28% in the number of homeless served.

Transportation

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Homeless
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Pueblo Cooperative Care Center provides emergency transportation to clients in the form of inner-city bus tokens. Clients can access inner-city transportation to see a doctor or to seek medical assistance, acquire medical prescriptions, attend a funeral for an immediate family member or go to a job interview. Every client is allowed assistance with these services being primarily utilized by senior citizens. In 2020 the SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus) or COVID-19 pandemic removed costs for public transportation in Pueblo and transportation services were not needed. It is projected that this program will be fully utilized as COVID-19 becomes less of a risk in our community. Transportation services are not provided in greater Pueblo County at this time and are limited to Pueblo city limits.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2017, the value of all emergency transportation services provided by Pueblo Cooperative Care Center was $3,000. Year to date (2018) Pueblo Cooperative Care Center has identified increases of 5% in the number of new clients, 5% in the number of individuals served, 8% in the number of households served and 28% in the number of homeless served.

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