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When things go haywire, these groups are here to help

Even when you're already dealing with what feels like a mountain of issues, life's difficulties can creep up at the worst of times. Thankfully, our area is home to several organizations that provide a social safety net for whatever challenge might come your way. For more information or for ways to help with local nonprofits and other community-based organizations, catch the Indy Give! story here.


Pikes Peak United Way


Provides referrals for assistance with rent/mortgage, utilities or medical/prescriptions, housing/shelter, senior services and family support.

Suicide Prevention Partnership of the Pikes Peak Region

596-LIFE (5433)

Counsels callers through crisis and connects them with resources to help steer away from suicide.

TESSA (domestic violence/sexual assault advocacy)


Provides intervention, information and community referral services to victims.

Animal Welfare

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region

610 Abbott Lane, 473-1741, hsppr.org

Handles cruelty and welfare investigations, and provides adoption services.

Community Health

While Memorial and Penrose-St. Francis hospitals, and multiple urgent care facilities, serve the whole community, a few options exist specifically for those who are low-income, uninsured or underinsured.

El Paso County Department of Health and Environment

301 S. Union Blvd., 578-3199, elpasocountyhealth.org

Provides health services and referrals by appointment, offering sliding-payment scales.

El Paso County Department of Human Services

1675 Garden of the Gods Road, 636-0000, dhs.elpasoco.com

Offers temporary food assistance, responds to child abuse/neglect leads, and more.

Peak Vista Community Health Centers

Multiple locations, 632-5700, peakvista.org

Offers medical and dental care and behavioral services for qualifying low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals and families.

SET Family Medical Clinics

825 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Bldg. 29, 776-8850, setofcs.org

Provides basic medical services, by appointment, for qualifying low-income, uninsured and underinsured people.

Disaster/Emergency Relief

American Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter

1040 S. Eighth St., #200, 632-3563, pparc.org

Offers training and awareness for CPR/AED, and disaster relief and training.

Employment Assistance

Colorado Department of Labor and Unemployment

Denver, colorado.gov

Accepts unemployment claims at 866/422-0401.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center

2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 667-3700, ppwfc.org

Provides job listings, training, workshops, a resource room and résumé-writing assistance. Scheduled to move to DHS' Garden of the Gods Road location around August 2011.

Equality Advocacy

Citizens Project

4360 Montebello Drive, citizensproject.org

Works in advocacy for civic equality. Offers the public nonpartisan voting guides, and other political information.

Colorado Springs Branch NAACP

603 S. El Paso St., 475-7255, coloradospringsnaacp.org

Advocates for social, educational and civic equality for underrepresented persons.

Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region

1322 N. Academy Blvd., #201, 634-1525, springsurbanleague.org

Advocates for the equality of the African-American community, other minority communities and the socioeconomically disadvantaged.

Homeless Services

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Colorado Springs

519 N. Tejon St., 329-1244, ihn-cos.org

Provides short-term transitional housing for families with children in homeless situations.

Peak Vista Homeless Health Center

117 W. Rio Grande St., 471-2789, peakvista.org

Provides health/dental and behavioral health services for homeless persons.

Salvation Army

R.J. Montgomery New Hope Center, 709 S. Sierra Madre St., 578-9190, tsacs.org/services.html

Offers meals, day-to-day needs, and transitional housing resources.

Springs Rescue Mission

5 W. Las Vegas St., 632-1822, mysrm.org

Assists the homeless through an interdenominational service program.

Hunger Relief

Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado

2605 Preamble Point, 528-1247, careandshare.org

Provides food to hundreds of area nonprofits; no individual distribution, but local referrals offered.

Marian House

14 W. Bijou St., 475-7314, ccharitiescs.org

Serves food to the needy Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sundays, 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m., as an arm of Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs.

Legal Services

Colorado Legal Services

617 S. Nevada Ave., 471-0380, coloradolegalservices.org

Helps provide access to civil legal services for qualifying low-income persons.

LGBTQ Services

Colorado Anti-Violence Program

Denver, 888/557-4441 (24-hour hotline), coavp.org

Provides resources and support in response to discrimination and violence within and against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities.

Pikes Peak Gay and Lesbian Community Center (the Pride Center)

2508 E. Bijou St., 471-4429, ppglcc.org

Provides health and wellness resources, and Internet café, while offering HIV testing on third Thursday of each month (and at other times by appointment).

Mental Health SERVICES


Multiple locations, 572-6100, aspenpointe.org

Formerly Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group, assists qualifying clients with behavioral health and substance abuse services.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

825 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 477-1515, dbsacoloradosprings.org

Offers free support groups for people with mood disorders (as well as their family and friends), depression screenings, a resource library, and more.

Suicide Prevention Partnership of the Pikes Peak Region

704 N. Tejon St., 573-7447, pikespeaksuicideprevention.org

Runs 24-7 hotline for those contemplating suicide (see "24-7 Hotlines" above), and provides education, intervention and "postvention."

STI and Infectious Disease Services

El Paso County Department of Health and Environment

301 S. Union Blvd., 578-3199, elpasocountyhealth.org

Provides low-income patients with STI testing, including rapid HIV testing, by appointment only and with a sliding-scale payment system.

Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP)

1301 S. Eighth St., #200, 578-9092, s-cap.org

Offers confidential testing by appointment only, as well as client support and referral. Raises community awareness and educates on prevention.

Veterans' Issues

American Legion

Multiple locations, legion.org

Advocates for, and provides support and companionship for, all veterans.

Disabled American Veterans

3754 E. LaSalle St., 380-8005; 6880 Palmer Park Blvd., 591-8787, dav.org

Advocates and provides resources for all disabled veterans.

El Paso County Veteran & Military Affairs

105 E. Vermijo Ave., first floor, 520-7750, adm.elpasoco.com

Advises and assists veterans on benefits and other related resources.

VA Homeless Program

25 N. Spruce St., #207, 667-5588, va.gov/homeless

Helps qualifying veterans find temporary housing assistance.

Retired Enlisted Association

834 Emory Circle, 596-0927, trea.org

Advocates for veterans, with chapter locations statewide.

VA Colorado Springs Clinic

25 N. Spruce St., 327-5660, va.gov/health

Provides primary care services for veterans in the Colorado Springs area.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Multiple locations, vfw.org

Supports and advocates for veterans who were involved in conflict overseas.

Victim Advocacy

Colorado Springs Police Victim Advocacy Program

705 S. Nevada Ave., 444-7529, springspolice.com

Ensures that victims understand their rights and have their needs met throughout the criminal justice process.

Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA)

Denver, 800/261-2682, coloradocrimevictims.org

Provides advocacy, education and resources for crime victims statewide.

Violence/Rape Crisis


435 Gold Pass Heights, 633-1462, tessacs.org

Runs 24-7 hotline for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault (see "24-7 Hotlines," above), a kids crisis line (243-7818), and a safehouse and advocacy services providing all kinds of support to victims.

Youth Resources


P.O. Box 49296, Colorado Springs, CO 80949, 520-7435, safe2tell.org

Accepts anonymous and safe reporting of threatening behavior, for young people only.

Urban Peak

423 E. Cucharras St., 630-3223, urbanpeak.org

Assists young people only ages 15 to 20 in need, even providing limited beds and transitional housing services.

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