Community Resources

As we all work together to decrease the spread of COVID-19 in Montrose, the following is a selection of resources available to assist, should you or your family be impacted by the effects of COVID-19. From information about how to access extra food supplies to tips for talking to kids about stress, we hope to help you find the services you need in our community and beyond.  

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  1. Financial & Unemployment Assistance
  2. Food Access Resources
  3. Medical and Safety
  4. Child Care Services
  5. Mental Health
  6. Recursos en español
  7. Seniors
  8. Utilities Assistance

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment 

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment handles unemployment matters in the State of Colorado. Visit website

They have created a variety of resources for workers and employers affected by COVID-19. For common unemployment questions, changes made as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and other information for workers and employers, visit their website.

If you are not working or are working fewer hours as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may file an unemployment claim. To file a claim, go to www.coloradoui.gov.

Helpful facts about unemployment benefits

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) and Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The United States Federal Government signed the CARES Act into law and worker benefits were made available through the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. 

This Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act created historic increases to unemployment benefits, increased the amount claimants receive, and increased eligibility for unemployment benefits. This includes the self-employed, contract workers, and those who haven’t accrued qualifying wages. 

Please check the www.coloradoui.gov webpage for the latest information about unemployment benefits available through these programs. For Frequently Asked Questions and to learn about the variety of assistance that the Acts provide, please click here.  

Montrose Workforce Center 

The Montrose Workforce Center provides services to both job-seekers and employers. Their office is taking calls and emails from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, and can be reached at 970-249-7783 or by email at montrose@state.co.us. 

Current job openings can be found at www.connectingcolorado.com as well as online resources to help with an individual with their job search. Job-seeker services include career guidance and training, retraining assistance to help workers who have been laid off for no fault of their own and more. 

For assistance and information on unemployment insurance benefits, please go to www.coloradoui.gov or call the Montrose Workforce Center for general information and assistance in filing a claim. 

Business services include assistance in recruiting, screening and retaining workers, and information on tax credits, the local labor market, hiring trends, demand occupations, and average wages. 

Region 10

Region 10 is a local nonprofit organization that offers programs and services to address regional community, business and senior needs.  

Some of the resources offered for businesses are:  SBDC COVID-19 Small Business Response Resources, SBA Small Business Guidance, OEDIT Business Resources, Region 10 Business Loan Fund and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). They are also a resource for COVID-19 related services to include: Small Business guide to the CARES act, SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), CDL Resources for Workers + Employees, CDC Guidance for Businesses + Employers.

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Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation 

A nationwide community dedicated to making the restaurant industry more hospitable to everyone, and offering direct financial assistance to individual restaurant workers and 0% interest loans to help restaurants get running again. This assistance is available to workers in restaurants in all states.

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USBG National Charity Foundation 

A National Charity dedicated to being a resource for hospitality industry employees.  While offering several philanthropic services, the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program is for bartenders and servers who serve alcoholic beverages who need immediate assistance with food, shelter and medical bills. This assistance must be applied for online.  

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