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Community Services and Resources

Resources are changing at a rapid rate due to COVID-19 and local needs. We will update this resource guide as we learn more information.

Southwest Colorado Disaster Assistance

Southwest Colorado Disaster Assistance (SWCODA) website is up! This community site offers up-to-date resources available across La Plata County.


Click here to access SWCODA.




As of March, 26, 2020, the Colorado State Emergency Operations Center activated 2-1-1 Colorado to connect Coloradans with human service resources statewide.


Coloradans can reach 2-1-1 Colorado online at 211Colorado.org, by dialing 2-1-1 or texting your Zip Code to 898-211.


2-1-1 provides navigation services to resources such as: 

  • Housing, including shelters and transitional services.
  • Rent and utility assistance.
  • Applying for SNAP benefits by phone.
  • Childcare.
  • Food/meals.
  • Transportation.
  • Clothing/personal/household needs.
  • Mental health and substance use disorders.
  • Employment.
  • Education.
  • Medical clinics.
  • Dental clinic.
  • Other government/economic services.
Durango Mutual Aid Form

This form can be used to support Durango residents with either offering a service or requesting a need. It will allow families to easily connect with community-based services and resources, as well as offer their support, during this challenging time.


  • Housing
  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Health Care
  • Emotional/spiritual support
  • Storage
  • Pet/Child Care
  • Other


Click here to access the form.



Mental Health Support


Please still use SAFE2Tell if you want to report a student in crisis or connect with crisis response services.


Axis 24 hour Crisis

970-247-5245. Call and talk with a local therapist 24 hours/daily.

Axis Crossroads (Crisis) is still seeing patients in person.

Address: Medical Center at 1125 Three Springs Blvd. Durango, CO 81301


Colorado Crisis Services

24/7 support

1-844-493-TALK  or for text support text “TALK” to 38255



Internet Services

Monday, March 16, they are offering free access to internet and WiFi for 60-days for new Pre-K to 12, college student and teacher households who don't currently have internet or WiFi service. This discount will be applied as a credit for your first two months of internet services. Installation or pre-payment fees will be waived to help get you started.

You can qualify for this offer if you:

  • Have a student of qualifying age at your service address with remote education needs
  • Have not subscribed to our internet services within the past 30 days
Call (855) 243-8892 to sign up for this offer.

Food Assistance

Durango School District 9-R Meal Services

  • Go to: durangoschools.org to fill out a Meal Services Request Form and see logistics for drop off locations and times


Manna Soup Kitchen

  • Still serving meals 7days/week
  • Dining room is closed
  • Manna is providing sack lunches and to go meals every day 9-11am. Pick up food at the back entrance of their soup kitchen: 970-385-5095
  • Manna will continue to partner with Durango 9-R on their backpack program to provide families meals outside of child meal plan
  • Address: 1100 Avenida Del Sol


Durango Food Bank

  • Contact: 970-375-2672
  • They are continuing to provide food to families in need. Call the number provided if you need assistance.




VOA Shelter

  • Currently accepting men.
  • They have a seperate quarantine room for sick patients, so women and children have been sent to the SAFE house.
  • Address: 1055 Avenida Del Sol (across the st. from Manna Soup Kitchen)


SAFE house (battered women’s shelter)

  • Currently accepting all women and children.
  • Be honest about experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms because they will screen upon arrival and are accepting sick patients. They have a separate quarantine room.
Other Services

La Plata Youth Services

  • Serving youth and families with challenges in school system, home, or court.
  • Working remotely due to COVID-19, call for support: 970-385-4440
Grief Center of SW Colorado

As school nears its end, we at The Grief Center of SW CO are accepting referrals for our summer grief programs for children and teens.  We have scheduled two week-long grief camps for La Plata County and one for Montezuma County at the end of the summer. We are preparing for the possibility of a different approach this year, and our child therapists are currently holding our ongoing groups online and meeting with bereaved kids by phone or video in many creative and successful ways.

Please reach out to us at [email protected] if you or your child would benefit from grief services at this time.  Although we work primarily with children bereaved by death of a loved one, we are expanding our services to include children bereaved by family illness, abandonment, deportation and loss of homes during this challenging time.  

Axis Health 

Watch Bright Spot with Shelley Millsap, our Behavioral Health Manager. This week’s mindfulness topic is focused on cultivating loving kindness for self and others. Shelley says, “It’s a most important message during stressful times, when we might overlook taking the time to do so.” Video is 12 minutes.

Watch What Teachers Know with KD Bryant, LPC at Cortez Integrated Healthcare. This week she describes talking about fairness when teaching children at home. Video is 2 minutes.

Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing

Please see the included informative handout for families to reference should they need health care coverage during this time. This includes links to further information regarding enrollment in Medicaid through Health First Colorado, Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) or support for financial assistance to buy private health insurance.