Family and Intercultural Resource Center

Through education and support, FIRC helps families make healthy choices and provide an environment for children to thrive. By strengthening families, we are strengthening the community.

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Parent Engagement

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Families
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Parents

Description

FIRC provides a variety of classes and support groups to help parents with school-age children stay engaged in their child's life and have conversations around substance abuse and self-harm.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The monthly Spanish Support Group provides a safe environment for parents to share their struggles about their children who show destructive behaviors. The attendance is strong for this group and the feedback from parents has been very positive. FIRC teams up with the Summit School District to offer classes on a variety of topics to help parents guide their children towards making healthy choices.

Health Insurance Enrollment

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

FIRC provides free health insurance enrollment for the Marketplace, CHP+ and Medicaid. We also offer medical bill assistance for people struggling to pay their hospital bills.

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Evidence of Program's Success

FIRC started health insurance enrollment assistance in 2010 and has helped thousands of people sign up for the plans that fit their income level.

FamilySupport

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Families
General Public/Unspecified

Description

FIRC's Family Support program offers rent/mortgage, utility, medical, clothing or food assistance to families and individuals in need who live or work in Summit County, CO. FIRC also works to enroll families in Marketplace or low-cost insurance programs to help ensure children are receiving the support they need and help families avoid large hospital bills in the future. We facilitated 13,601 visits to the Food Market, 517 mental health referrals/peer support for families, 100 families in receiving parenting education, 2,580 households in keeping their homes, and 817 health insurance enrollments (from March 2020-Sept 30, 2021). In short, we helped families remain living and working in Summit County during one of the toughest financial periods our community has faced.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Families and individuals are using our assistance for emergencies only. We are helping families recognize their strengths so they can become more resilient. People who set and achieve their long-term goals. Parents who can provide a stable and safe environment for their children and who can remain living and working in Summit County despite the high-cost of living.

Summit Thrift & Treasure

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

In order to provide a stable income stream for programs, FIRC operates two Summit Thrift & Treasure thrift stores which offers affordable shopping options to Summit County locals. The stores brought in over $500,000 in revenue in 2014, which contributed to 35% of FIRC's operating and program budget.

The low prices offered at the store allow many locals to afford clothes for interviews, school and extra layers for winter in Summit County. Over 1,000 gift certificates were given to clients who couldn't afford the necessities.

The stores are managed by 8 full-time and part-time staff and a large volunteer effort.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Increasing revenue to benefit FIRC programs

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