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Tri Lakes Cares

Rating: 4.98 stars   49 reviews 812

Address:

235 Jefferson Street (Mailing - PO Box 1301) Monument CO 80132 USA

Mission:

Tri-Lakes Cares is a community based, volunteer supported, resource center whose purpose is to improve people’s lives through emergency assistance, self-sufficiency and relief programs.

Results:

From our beginnings as a small food pantry and thrift shop in 1984, we have grown to become a comprehensive human services agency serving the Tri-Lakes region of Colorado. While this region appears affluent, there are hidden pockets of poverty in which households must choose between putting food on the table or keeping the lights on, between getting medical care, clothing, and school supplies or paying the rent. Tri-Lakes Cares resolves these difficult questions by providing free access to basic human services to income-qualified residents of northern El Paso County (those earning 185% of federal poverty level or less). Last fiscal year (October 2014 to September 2015), TLC provided 11,735 service visits, benefiting 1,689 people in 568 households, including 649 children and youth, 107 senior citizens, 56 veterans and 129 people with disabilities. We provided the following services to our clients and the community: • An average 185 children per week received snack packs every weekend during the school year, helping alleviate weekend hunger. TLC provided over 8,300 packs of food through this program. • An average of 53 senior citizens each month received a bag of groceries tailored to their specific dietary needs. TLC gave out 637 bags of food containing 13,389 lbs. of food last year through this program. • On average, 79 households per month received supplementary groceries through our food pantry and 120 households (some duplicated) per month received food commodities, helping relieve food insecurity. Our pantry program gave out 70,788 lbs. of food last year, and commodities gave out 31,633 lbs. of food. • 177 children (K-12) received grade-appropriate school supplies, helping them to engage in classwork and learn in school. TLC provided $7,952 worth of school supplies. • 166 households received a bag of Thanksgiving groceries and a grocery store gift certificate to help them prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal. 180 households received a bag of groceries and certificate to help prepare a Christmas meal. • 60 households received $41,222 in housing assistance, helping them stay in their homes and afford other expenses by decreasing their housing burden. • 168 households received $53,993 in utility assistance, helping them keep their homes safe and warm. • Over 200 individuals were provided with over 650 client services for medical needs, either through financial assistance for medical expenses or with referrals and other in-kind services.

Target demographics:

low-income individuals and families who live at 185% of the federal poverty guidelines or less who live in TLC's primary service area.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

An average of 600 households impacting an average of 1,700 individuals including adults, children/youth, senior citizens, veterans and the disabled.

Geographic areas served:

the Tri-Lakes Region of Colorado (northern El Paso County) and selected areas of northern Colorado Springs

Programs:

Food, clothing, medical assistance program, financial assistance for rent (to prevent eviction), utilities (to keep lights and heat on), transportation needs, and self-sufficiency programs including Getting Ahead classes, financial budgeting classes, post-secondary education or professional certification and childcare.

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719-481-4864
www.tri-lakescares.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Tri-Lakes Cares is a wonderful organization in the Tri-lakes region helping those in our community who find themselves in need. Tri-Lakes Cares offers emergency services, relief programs and encourages clients to move towards self-sufficiency. The staff and volunteers have a heart for service, community and helping others. We are grateful to Tri-Lakes Cares for everything they do for our community.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

The people of the TRI Lakes area are a FAMILY......and family takes care of family.....I am a pantry volunteer that's bags groceries for clients and senior clients.....Extremely rewarding to be part of the TLC organization....Thanks to the supporting businesses and donors, PT/FT staff, all clients, and all volunteers........I highly recommend becoming a volunteer and become a part of our family.....

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have volunteered for Tri-Lakes Cares for about 4 years. The changes I have seen have been amazing. The help they provide for the Tri-Lakes community cannot be measured in money. I am humbled by the gratitude of our clients. On days when we don't have as many donations in the food area they still say "thank you for what you have"! The organization no only distributes edible food, but also advice, a shoulder to cry on & a hug & pat on the back when forward strides are made. It is an amazing organization & I leave my volunteer position every time with a feeling I have made a small difference.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Our family used to donate regularly to Tri-Lakes Cares, and due to a sudden employment situation, our family became clients of the organization. We cannot say enough good things about TLC, as they provide such services to help families in crisis get by, such as providing school supplies for our children, food at Thanksgiving, food and gifts at Christmas, and supplemental food for the family, if necessary, throughout the year. There are two social workers employed there to help people locate other services in and around the community that they may need, and I believe they also provide assistance in finding jobs. Twice a week, TLC opens a food pantry with donated food from various businesses in the area, and clients can take whatever is available that day. Another food benefit available at TLC is the monthly "commodities", or various food packages provided by the federal government. Besides food assistance, there is assistance with utilities available, and TLC offers some kind of rent/mortgage assistance, as well. Last year, our family was fortunate enough to have TLC's volunteer staff figure our taxes for us, and that was definitely a big help. Furthermore, each year TLC offers a class to its clients who want to move forward with their lives and get back on their feet. I was able to get into the class this year. So far it's an excellent class, and I'm learning a lot. Our family is very grateful to have such a helpful organization available to us, and what's even better is that Tri-Lakes Cares serves our local community, keeping us from having to drive all the way down to Colorado Springs in order to participate in the services available. Finally, every member of the staff at Tri-Lakes Cares is extremely helpful, courteous, professional, friendly, kind, and, most importantly, compassionate. Tri-Lakes Cares is definitely a valuable asset in the greater Monument community.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Tri Lakes Cares has been very helpful for us. They go beyond just being friendly. The people they have working there and the volunteers are so friendly. They are always friendly and don't make you feel like less of a person. They help anyway they can. If they don't have the answer, they refer you to someone who usually can.
When you are on limited income the senior bags they distribute and they low income bags are so very helpful.
They help with other groups for things people need like oil changes for your car.
They let you know about upcoming events that can help health wise or something for the family to do.
They are so stretched for helping so many. The people from the Black Forest Fire., and so many moving to this area. If they weren't up here a lot of people would have to go without.
The little food they can help with makes a huge difference.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Putting “Care” in context – that is what Tri Lakes Cares is all about. It is life circumstances, unfortunate situations or life changing event when TLC can help. As our community continues to grow, so does the need for additional assistance. Hunger has many faces and poverty can fall on any of us. Tri Lakes Cares also wants to “bridge the gap” by providing self-sufficiency awareness. We are prepared through our programs to assist. We can’t do any of this without our staff, volunteers and donors. We have staff and volunteers that are there for the community to assist those that come through our doors. We do all of this with dignity and respect to be effective contributors and ambassadors of TLC! It is an honor to be part of the TLC family leading our mission that brings out the best in so many. Please come and learn about us by visiting our website or stopping by TLC or Hangers to Hutches. I hope you too will want to volunteer or make a donation, but most important, become part of our family that is made up from our community.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Through community involvement, this organization provides much needed food, medical, housing and education services to those in need. The need could be in response to a short-term crisis or a reflection of just needing a little help to get by. They serve households, children, seniors and veterans. It is all done employing a "neighbor helping neighbor" attitude of kindness and without judgment. Clients repeatedly tell us that non-judgment combined with the level of care they receive is what sets Tri-Lakes Cares apart. I'm proud to be a member of the board and privileged to work with staff and volunteers that are professional and caring.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I am currently serving as Treasurer for the Board of Directors. In that capacity, I have great insight into the financial health of this organization. Each dollar that is received is maximized in its return to Tri-Lakes Cares clients. Every effort is made to operate on a very tight administrative budget. The outreach by the staff to solicit donations of services for the clients helps reduce expenses that would have otherwise been incurred. Every transaction is made with full transparency. Rest assured that if you donate money or time to Tri-Lakes Cares, the Clients will receive the fullest benefit possible.
Before serving on the Board of Directors, I was familiar with this organization as a volunteer for 10 years for the program that provides holiday gifts for client children. It was this experience that propelled me to volunteer for the Board. Indeed, even though I serve on the board, I continue to volunteer for that holiday program. This is an organization that improves the lives of so many.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I began volunteering with Tri Lakes Cares when I moved here a year and a half ago. I thought they were a "food bank." I had no idea how much one organization, staffed with mostly volunteers, could accomplish in a community. I see their accomplishments, when students leave my school on Friday with a supply of nutritious snacks for the weekend. I see joy in a child's face when they pick up a "birthday bag" complete with toy and cake mix during their birthday month. I hear the thank yous of the adults who have been invited to self qualify for federal TEFAP program. I watch the volunteer help participants fill out paperwork for relief with their heating bills. They were there providing clothes and household goods for the victims of the Black Forest fires.
I could go on and on.
Tri Lakes Cares: Not just a food bank.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Tri- Lakes Cares is the most helpful organization in Monument to help people get on their feet and back on track. They have many useful resources for the community and actively help many people. I am very grateful for all their many services for this area.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

TLC touches our community in many amazing ways! People have been fed, families have received school supplies and students receive snacks. The Hangers resale shop effectively raises money from selling donations (clothes, furniture, housewares) to support the TLC programs.

 
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