Our offices will be open for limited hours on Wednesdays from 10am-2pm, starting August 5th. We want to make sure our offices are as safe as possible for both staff and visitors, therefore, visitors and staff must adhere to guidelines informed by the Larimer County Health Department. Please read below, so you know what to expect prior to visiting.
Project Self-Sufficiency asks that visitors call the main office lines before entering the buildings. Visitors will be met by a staff member and will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, per Health Department guidelines.
Loveland – 970.635.5912 | Fort Collins – 970.407.0305
Visitors will be pre-screened before entering by doing the following:
- We will ask the following questions:
- Do you have any of the following symptoms: Cough, Shortness of Breath, Fever, Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell, Vomiting, Diarrhea?
- Do you have knowledge if you have been in contact with someone that has been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
- If a visitor answers ‘yes’ to any of these questions, they cannot enter our offices, but we can help you by phone.
- We will check visitors’ temperature upon entry
- We ask that visitors sanitize/wash hands upon entry
- Visitors must wear masks, if they enter the facility, and will be worn by staff within 6 feet of one another
- Masks will NOT be provided to visitors
For the most current information about COVID-19 and what you can do to keep healthy and safe, visit the Center for Disease Control: COVID-19 Updates.
We know that this is an extremely difficult time for everyone. We have seen increased need for our services and we have risen to meet the needs of our community and our Participants as they deal with the loss of jobs, childcare, and many other supports. We know this crisis isn’t over for our families. Current emergency funding needs include rent assistance, utilities, basic living expenses, and child care costs if day care centers remain closed. Additionally, we are aware that after unemployment benefits return to base levels on August 1st, our families who have been impacted by loss of jobs will have increased financial challenges. We are committed to our families and are prepared to be there every step of the way as our single parents access their Selfpower and achieve their goals of self-sufficiency in the face of seemingly overwhelming challenges.
If you are in a position to help, please consider a donation today to help alleviate the added pressures our single-parent families are experiencing and help them stay on track towards their education and career goals!
How the Pandemic is Affecting our Participants
Since single parents are the sole providers for their families, Participants must support their kids’ education at home and continue to focus on their own studies and work; all while managing day-to-day crises for their family. This is a scary time and with this pandemic, each of our Participants is facing some or all of the following:
- Online school for themselves and their children because of school closures
- Layoffs or a reduction in work hours due to business closures
- Working from home without adequate technology or internet
- Inability to pay monthly bills including rent, utilities, food, car expenses, etc. due to loss or reduction in employment
- Inability to afford the unplanned expense of childcare that could provide them with important time for schoolwork
- Inability to access childcare due to limited slots
- Increased emotional distress
How our Team is Responding
Our team is committed to bringing additional resources to our single parents and being innovative and proactive in responding to critical needs throughout this pandemic. Here are just a few examples of essential supports we have already provided:
- Assisting with unemployment filings for Participants who have been laid off
- Finding open childcare providers with space to accept children
- Bringing emergency funds to parents through the Healthy Families Program to pay bills because of layoffs and reductions in work hours or for emergency childcare expenses
- Talking with families about the fears of the virus and what it means for them and connecting them to mental health supports and online classes
- Bringing technology resources to families that need to connect from home for their classes, their children’s classes, and their work
- Conducting virtual help sessions for Applicants, providing much-needed resource navigation to single parents in our community
In addition to addressing current needs, we are compelled to look ahead and do our best to anticipate the longer-term impacts on families. We can say with a great degree of certainty that with each passing week, with school and childcare closures, and as the economy fluctuates, our families are suffering. We are determined to be here for our families and our community throughout it all and we are so grateful for whatever support you can give at this time.
If you are affected by COVID-19 and looking for resources in our community, our team is keeping this resource document updated. Please review here: Community Resources.
- Masks (adult and child size)
- Disinfecting supplies (hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap, Lysol, disinfecting wipes)
- Toilet paper
- Grocery store gift cards (King Soopers, Walmart)
- Gift cards to local restaurants
- Activity or entertainment kits for kids
If you have items on this wishlist you would like to donate, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970.635.5912 to schedule a time to deliver items, since our offices are currently closed and staff availability is limited.