Project Description

Our Basic Emergency Services staff assists vulnerable individuals and families out of crisis to achieve self-sufficiency, greater security, and stability in their lives. BES serves diverse client populations including those who are homeless, victims of domestic violence, low & moderate-income families, veterans, people re-entering society from incarceration, LGBTQ+ community, senior citizens, mixed-status households, and anyone who is having trouble making ends meet. BES helps families not have to choose between paying rent or having food in their cupboard or keeping their children safe by having the appropriate child safety seat. The BES program is a dynamic and malleable program that adjusts to the needs of the community. For example, BES has provided fruit and vegetable seeds and transplants to over 300 families to assist families in growing sustainable and healthy food. BES is a program that struggles to find funding, so it completely relies on financial donations, volunteers, and support from partnering agencies. Partner agencies that assist year-round include: We Don’t Waste, Food Bank of the Rockies, A Precious Child, St. Anthony’s Food Bank, Heinrich Hispanidad, and many more. To access any of BES services, please call us at 303-458-5851.

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Food Pantry

The BES food pantry is available to anyone that needs food assistance making sure that families and individuals can focus on becoming or remaining stable and thriving. BES staff work to ensure the food pantry provides healthy food options for clients including non-perishables, frozen meats, and fresh vegetables and fruit. In the summer months, BES opens Market Mondays, where anyone from the community can pick and shop for fresh vegetables and fruit. Food baskets are made with the client in mind and to fit their needs, such as whether or not they have access to a kitchen. The food pantry is available to anyone that needs it by appointment on Wednesdays and Fridays. Emergency food baskets are also available. Please call 303-458-5851 to make an appointment.

Clothing Bank

Individuals and families are welcome to “shop” for clothing at the BES clothing bank. Clothing is donated by community members, sorted and made available to clients that are in need of clothing for themselves or their family. Clients have accessed the clothing bank when they are in need of work clothes, children’s clothes, and warm clothing and jackets for the cold winter months. BES has partnered with A Precious Child, who helps to keep the clothing bank stocked with clothing for all ages and offers a wide variety of assistance for families that clients can access through BES.

Community Resource Events

BES works to provide extra assistance to individuals and families during financially straining times including Back to School, Thanksgiving, and Christmas/winter Holidays. Before the new school year begins, BES provides backpacks filled with age-appropriate school supplies to families. At our holiday events, food baskets that include a full-size turkey or ham, and all of the fixings to cook a full holiday meal are given to individuals and families in November and December. This is made possible by fundraising efforts by BES and SDLR staff to obtain donations from the community and assistance from partners like A Precious Child, We Don’t Waste, etc.

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

 The BES Program is always in need of event day and/or long-term volunteers as well as college-level interns. Large groups such as offices or school groups are welcome! Please contact us at to inquire about current volunteer and internship opportunities!

To learn more about BES, contact Juanita Montoya at


JUANITA MONTOYA Program Coordinator