Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
The Action Center is removing barriers for its participants on many levels. Intervention Services removes barriers to basic human needs through the self-select grocery, clothing bank, personal hygiene items, personal mail services, financial assistance, and much more and establishes pathways to self-sufficiency through community partnerships. It is through this program that the first part of The Action Center's mission comes to life.
Innovative in its approach, the Intervention Services program provides tangible goods and a listening ear. Each participant that comes through The Action Center's doors meets with a navigator or advocate who seeks to not only address the participant's immediate and basic needs of food and/or clothing but also creates an opportunity to find additional ways to meet that person's needs. The Action Center takes pride in providing services through a lens that honors the people receiving that service. Many people find it difficult to ask for help, especially around such basic resources such as food, clothing and hygiene items. They are hesitant to come in - and what they find are caring staff and volunteers who treat them with dignity and respect and in their time at The Action Center, they leave with resources, connections and most importantly, hope.
This approach may connect participants to additional resources in the Denver Metro area. By establishing community partnerships, The Action Center provides on-site access to employment, educational, healthcare, and human service needs to the participants through an easy access, one-stop shop platform. By housing the community partners on site, The Action Center is removing barriers for the participant which allows them to explore options in an environment they are comfortable in and helps them utilizes their resources, such as transportation, more effectively.
In FY17, Intervention Services provided:
• 41,894 individuals received a five-day food supply from the Self-Select Grocery
• 230,211 items of clothing were distributed.
• 26,215 household items
• 2,710 baby items were distributed.
The Self-Sufficiency Pathways Program (Pathways) is designed for people who are motivated to make changes in their lives and need extra supportive services to help them navigate those changes. Those that chose to enroll in the Pathways program will work with a case manager who provides guidance and support to participants as they set goals that will transform their lives.
Participants may be part of the Pathways program for up to six-months. Pathways is an intensive program that lasts up to six months. It offers a constructive, safe place for participants to do transformative work in their lives. It addresses the circumstances that brought the participant to The Action Center and provides problem-solving and goal-setting skills to help elevate the participant from those circumstances. Many of the participants' goals include: education, employment, and stable housing. Through dedicated support from the case-manager, participants work towards their goals. Additionally, participants enrolled in the Self-Sufficiency Pathways program may access The Action Center's other services.
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
The Action Center understands that during certain times of the year, families may be faced with difficult financial decisions. The Seasonal Programs anticipate and try alleviate some of the financial burdens that may accompany Back-to-School needs, Thanksgiving Meals, and Holiday Gifts. Each year The Action Center serves thousands of families through the Seasonal Programs.
School Supply Distribution: Serves over 5,000 Jefferson County students, from pre-school age through 12th grade every August. Each student receives a backpack and school supplies worth nearly $90.
Thanksgiving Distribution: Each year at Jeffco Stadium a line of cars can be seen weaving through the parking lots patiently waiting for a Thanksgiving Food Box filled with all the fixin's one might need for the holiday. Occurring the Sunday before Thanksgiving, The Action Center distributes over two thousand boxes to families all over Jefferson County.
Santa Shop Distribution: Holiday Magic begins at Faith Mountain in mid-December when The Action Center sets up Santa Shop to ensure that over 3,800 Jefferson County children receive new toys during the holiday season. Parents are invited to come and shop for each child in their household. Depending on availability, they might receiving two new toys, two books, one stuffed animal, and two stocking stuffers per child and one game or puzzle per family.
In FY17 The Action Center provided:
• 5,019 Children with School Supplies
• 4,898 Families with Thanksgiving Meals
• 3,853 Children with Holiday Gifts
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Children (4-12 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)
The Food Rescue Program provides an invaluable lifeline to The Action Center, providing nearly 1,000,000 pounds of fresh foods and produce to the organization each year. Through established partnerships with Feeding America, Food Bank of the Rockies, and Hunger Free Colorado, The Action Center connects with six Donor Grocery Stores who supply food that is nearly at its shelf-life. These partnerships help eliminate food waste and address food scarcity issues in Jefferson County.
Five days a week, The Action Center, sends its trucks out to these local stores to collect the food. The Food Rescue Program helps keep the Self-Self Select Grocery well stocked with perishable items and produce. The Action Center also relies on the generosity of the community to supplement dry, canned, and shelf-stable foods for the Self-Select Grocery.
In FY17, the Food Rescue Program collected over 1,000,000 million pounds of food, which resulted in 41,894 individuals receiving five-day meal supplies.