This program allows individuals, families, or community organizations to "adopt" a shelf in our food bank by either contributing monetarily for a specific item or buying the item and stocking the shelf themselves!
Since its initiation in early 2017, we have received thousands of dollars in donations designated for the Adopt-a-Shelf program. Food items have been "adopted" by individuals, families, friend groups, and organizations.
With pre-employment attitudinal and job readiness training, as well as job placement support services, the goal of Power Up is to lead Routt County residents to permanent employment and self-sufficiency. Power Up will serve some of the most "difficult-to-serve" populations in the county including at-risk youth, the homeless, recovering addicts and former prisoners reentering the community.
Power Up will offer an eight-week program with an emphasis on individual accountability. While completing assigned training exercises in the LiftUp Thrift Store, Donation Center, or Food Bank, participants will engage in 80 hours of intensive instruction during which they will break personal barriers to self-sufficiency, obtain new job skills, develop résumés and career plans, and practice interviewing techniques. The Power Up Work Readiness Specialist will supervise the activities of participants, tailoring coaching and training to meet participants' specific needs.
Routt County human service agencies will refer participants to the Power Up program. Criteria for admission will include a willingness to do the hard personal work necessary to overcome barriers to employment. Those barriers might include:
• health/mental health (substance abuse)
• education (lack of training/education necessary to succeed in chosen field of work)
• finance (money troubles leading to lack of transportation, missed work)
• family (abusive/destructive relationships)
Program successfully helped one client re-enter permanent employment in 2016. The program has two current participants.
LiftUp of Routt County offers scholarships to a wide range of students, including those from low-income, first-generation and non-traditional backgrounds. We believe that education is a solid stepping stone to financial self-sufficiency.
Students have been able to use the scholarship money we've given to register and pay for classes at a range of schools.
This fund is available for low-income residents of Hayden up to $300 per household, in collaboration with the Hayden Lions Club.
The Hayden Community Fund serves numerous families with thousands of dollars in financial assistance each year.
This fund is available for once-in-a-lifetime assistance for Routt County residents solely for up to one month's rent or mortgage.
LiftUp expends tens of thousands of dollars annually to help clients remain current on their rent and mortgage payments.
LiftUp of Routt County has its own Utility Assistance Fund to help with critical repeat requests or those who may not be eligible for Energy Outreach Colorado money.
LiftUp expends tens of thousands of dollars annually helping clients pay their utility bills.
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Kids' School Snacks Program: Children from Steamboat, Hayden and South Routt who qualify for free/reduced school lunches receive a week's worth of healthy snacks during the school year.
Kids' Summer Lunch Program: Children from Steamboat, Hayden and South Routt who qualify for free/reduced lunches during the school year receive five lunches a week for 13 weeks. The lunches consist of a sandwich or microwave macaroni and cheese, milk or juice, fresh fruits and vegetables, packaged fruit, and granola bars.
We have families sign up for the program year after year, and while some of the outcomes are difficult to track (trying to find a direct relationship between a decrease in child hunger and an increase in school performance/engagement), the feedback we've received from parents and teachers has been very positive. The community also has been tremendously supportive of our Children's Food Programs, and especially generous with financial donations and volunteer time to pack food bags.
This program helps with emergency healthcare needs including prescriptions, dental visits, medical visits, and eye care.
LiftUp expends over $10,000 annually helping clients pay for medical treatment.
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
The Food Bank provides healthy food and personal products for Routt County residents struggling to attain self-sufficiency.
Nearly 10% of Routt County receives food from our three food bank locations annually, thus promoting their food security.