COC COALITION – ESTABLISHED January 19, 2011
Participation and Partner Contact List Updated Sept 2016
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Community Outreach Center
328 10th Street, Calhan, CO 80808
(On the El Paso County Fairgrounds)
“Building bridges and linking services to our rural communities through support, resources and referrals”
To promote and stabilize positive human growth through respect, responsibility, trust, caring, and community. Collaborative partnerships are pursued to provide education and promote self-sufficiency.
We serve as a “hub” for services and resources that sustain a strong, vibrant, healthy community on the rural plains of eastern El Paso County.
Serving the residents of: Falcon, Calhan, Peyton, Ramah, Simla, Matheson, Limon, Ellicott, Rush, Yoder, Edison, Hanover, Elbert, Elizabeth, and Kiowa,
There are over 20 agencies that meet monthly as part of a “Coalition” and are willing to provide services to our rural communities. (Third Wednesday of month, 1:30-3:00pm) The Community Outreach Center (COC) is located at 328 10th Street on the El Paso County Fairgrounds in Calhan, Colorado just inside the north gate. Coalition members occupy office space to meet with residents and provide education and assistance as they offer services. Several agencies are not able to send a staff member out, although they are willing to provide assistance, education, and screenings from their Colorado Springs locations.
The following agencies currently have office hours at the COC:
El Paso County Dept of Human Services – Every Wednesday, 10am-4pm, 719-520-7897 (Closed for Lunch 12:30-1:30)
Pikes Peak Workforce Center – Every Wednesday, 9am-4pm, 719-520-7895 (Closed for Lunch 12:30-1:30)
The Independence Center – Walk-ins welcome on Wednesdays, M, T, TH & FR by appointment, 719-659-3635
TESSA – Rural Advocate – Available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays. For appointments call: 719-243-4833
TESSA – Rural Therapist – By Appointment – Tuesdays and Fridays, 719-551-0931
ALL OFFICES CLOSE AT 12:30PM EVERY THIRD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
TO ATTEND THE NETWORKING MEETINGS.
The COC Coalition offers the following services to our rural communities:
- Career planning, resume assistance & job search guidance
- Outreach to those with short & long term disabilities
- Outreach to Youth
- Outreach and Relief for individuals with low or no income; (Medicaid, food assistance)
- Computer Access
- Emergency Assistance Referrals
- Domestic abuse assistance and education
- Free income tax services, household income requirements
- Referrals for free or discounted screenings offered by partner agencies
- Referrals for free meal assistance through Project Angel Heart, and Silver Key Meals on Wheels
- Free health & education fair held annually in Calhan
The majority of these services have no age requirements.
This organization is organized for charitable and educational purposes under section 501C(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or of corresponding section of any future federal tax code. 501C3 designation – January 2010 / Coalition established – January 2011.