Services and Programs for Older Adults
Larimer County’s Office on Aging offers several resources, guides and voucher programs geared towards older adults and caregiver support in our community. Currently, three voucher programs exist for in-home services, household chores, and family caregiver support. Visit the Office on Aging webpage to learn more and apply.
Market Days! for Older Adults addresses food insecurity among older adults while supporting local agriculture. Market Days! buys food from local Larimer County Farmers’ Market vendors, volunteers bag up the produce, and recipients either pick up or receive their produce by delivery from a volunteer. Participants receive $15 worth of fresh produce bag every other week from June until the end of October. To learn more or to sign up, visit: www.larimer.gov/extension/larimer-county-farmers-market/marketdays
Youth and Young Adult Programs, Services and Educational Opportunities
I Matter Program offers Colorado kids up to six free mental health sessions.
Mental health challenges in children across Colorado are widespread, and the pandemic has increased feelings such as sadness and hopelessness in kids. In response to this mental health crisis, the State of Colorado has launched the I Matter program to provide access to three free therapy sessions for youth in Colorado.
- All Colorado youth ages 18 or younger—or 21 and younger if receiving special education services—are able to receive free services.
- Youth 12 and older can sign up for counseling sessions without a parent or guardian’s consent.
- Youth and their parents can visit the platform at IMatterColorado.org to take a confidential online survey about their mental health and schedule sessions with a licensed therapist, primarily via telehealth.
- A Spanish language version of the program can be found at YoImportoColorado.org, and the program has clinicians who can provide sessions in Spanish.
- If you have general inquiries about the program, please email [email protected].
SNAPP provides empowerment for teens through resources, mentorship, teen-driven curriculum, group activities, and peer-to-peer programs designed to create community, build relationships, and strengthen the sense of self needed to navigate today’s culture and process their lives. In addition to programming, SNAPP features online resources for parents and teens. SNAPP sessions are FREE semester-long programs where participants meet weekly and engage in guided discussions. Topics are teen driven and may include stress, body image, friendship, bullying, anxiety and more!
To learn more about the program, visit snapp4teens.org or to apply now, visit snapp4teens.org/apply
To qualify as a recipient of a free bed, you must be the legal guardian of the child or children ages 3-17 years old receiving the bed. Please submit this online SHP Application Form mentioned above. Visit the shpbeds.org website to learn more about qualifications, and if applicable, complete their online application.
College Plans Sidetracked by the Pandemic?
Finish your education, at no cost to you, with a Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) Grant
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many students either paused their college enrollment or delayed plans to attend. To help Colorado students complete their degree and get back to work, Front Range Community College is now offering two grant opportunities at no cost to participating students. These grants help students re-enroll and pay for the rest of their schooling, as well as provide support services, to ensure they can complete their program of study.
The “Finish What you Started” grant is geared towards re-engaging students who have either been out of school for more than two years, or who have applied to the college but did not enroll in classes during the pandemic. Meanwhile, the “Back to Work” grant supports workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic, including those who were laid off, lost earnings, had offers rescinded or were unable to enter the workforce due to adverse economic conditions. This program aims to support Coloradans who have been out of school and are now studying in programs aligned with Colorado Top Jobs, including fields such as health care, education, early childhood, and information technology.
To learn more about eligibility and to apply for these grants, visit frontrange.edu/finish.
Community Programs and Reduced Fee Services
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new federal benefit that helps pay for high-speed internet service and devices. Eligibility is based on State of Colorado income qualifications (See below). Sign up now and you could receive:
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)
- A low-cost or no-cost high-speed internet service plan that may be fully covered through the ACP.
Get FoCo is an all-in-one application portal to the discounted services and municipal benefits offered by the City of Fort Collins, for income eligible residents. Get FoCo is a partnership between Fort Collins’ Connexion and the City of Fort Collins’ income eligible programming. Some of the programs include:
- The Grocery Rebate Program is accepting applications starting August 1, 2022. This program is year round. One application per household each calendar year.
- Connexion Discount Program: Digital Inclusion Program is an income-qualified rate of $20 per month for 1 gig-speed of internet plus wireless. Applications are accepted all year.
- Recreation Reduced Fee Program: Provides income-eligible families and residents reduced cost access to recreation programs, classes, and facilities across the community. Applications accepted all year.
This mental/behavioral health resource guide for Larimer County includes options for affordable providers.
Larimer County Digital Roots for Job Seekers is a community program designed to help you grow your digital skills. They have resources and support to help you with:
- Creating an email account
- Completing an online job application
- Using virtual meeting platforms
- Updating or reformatting resumes
- Navigating online job searches
- Developing a career profile on indeed, LinkedIn and others
- Researching in-demand jobs in Northern Colorado
To get started, complete the Digital Roots Program Form.
The MAP program provides reduced medical electric rates to customers who:
- Require the use of medically necessary equipment in their household, or
- Have medical conditions requiring air conditioning during the summer billing months
- Maximum household income of 60% of the area median income
- Licensed physician’s authorization of the medically necessary equipment or condition requiring air conditioning during the summer billing months
- Lawful presence in the United States
Visit for more information on the City of Fort Collins’ Medical Assistance Program:
Auto Repair Services
A service provided by the Ministry out of Timberline Church. Typically has a wait of 4+ weeks after application.
Second Saturday of each month at 1201 Riverside Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Contact: [email protected] | 970.484.5999 | 970.498.8685 (fax)
Heavenly Sent Handy Man (Loveland Only)
Available 24 hours a day. Hardship and Senior Discounts – Car and Home Repair
Jim Hawker: 970-402-9913 [email protected]
Pet/Support Animal Services and Programs
Dumb Friends League has a list of locations for receiving subsidized veterinary care as well as a short-term Pet Assist Program that helps those in need of a temporary safe place for their pet to live due to a variety of factors that leave them unable to care for their animals and when no other assistance is available.
The Colorado Pet Pantry will temporarily feed Colorado pets, allowing families to increase their ability to care for pets with the goal of keeping them out of shelters and with their families. Find a Pet Food Bank near you.
Elder Pet Care provides affordable, top quality veterinary services to Northern Colorado residents aged 60 years and older. Services offerings include wellness exams, microchipping, vaccinations, minor surgery, spay and neuter, dental care and adoption services. Visit their site to learn more.