Social services

Federal insurance program for kids at risk

A 20-year federal health program that benefits children in low-income families could lose funding in December, officials report. The Children’s Health Insurance Program provides health insurance...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Commissioner Julie Westendorff appointed to State Human Services Board

La Plata County Commissioner Julie Westendorff has been appointed to the State Board of Human Services this week, a Wednesday news release announced. Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Westendorff to...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County appoints new human services director

Martha Johnson was appointed director of the La Plata County Department of Human Services this month, after working 25 years in the department, including 10 years as assistant director. Johnson...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study: La Plata County needs improvement on food stamp enrollment

La Plata County’s food stamp program has room for improvement, according to a study released Thursday measuring the efficiency and accessibility of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

A helping hand for those who served

The help a veteran might need may be extensive, from affordable housing to better mental health care. At the Four Corner Veterans Stand Down held at the La Plata County Fairgrounds on Tuesday,...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

More reports of elder abuse investigated

More stringent laws around reporting elder abuse and neglect are driving more serious reports to La Plata County Human Services. Up until last July, Colorado was one of only three states that...

DATE: May 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Developmentally disabled wait no more in Durango

For Georgiana Schmitt, 21, volunteering weekly at the Durango/La Plata County Senior Center is a step toward finding work as a cook and living alone. “Even if it’s hard, I want to do it,” she said....

DATE: Nov. 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Finding help easy as 2-1-1

Unsure how to pay your bills this month? Need a warm place to spend the night? Stuck on the side of the road and need assistance? Residents in Southwest Colorado may find it useful to call 211 from...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

The new thinking on an age-old problem

As local residents and officials mobilize to meet struggling families' needs today, advocates say some big-picture and novel approaches also will be a necessary part of the battle against poverty....

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Solutions hinge on involvement

Even before the recession began hammering family finances, researchers say, many of Colorado's working families were falling fast into poverty. The economic downturn continues to compound the...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Single mom overcomes poverty to earn degree

Nicole Pearson came to town six years ago ready to take on the world. Or at least a degree from Fort Lewis College.If only it had worked out so simply.She met someone. Then came two children....

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

The Durango way: Work lots, still come up short

It's a predicament many Durangoans know well: multiple jobs but still not enough money to pay all the bills. Earnings too high for assistance but too low to really make it.It's hanging onto the...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News