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Candace, a local Denver resident, felt helpless as bills continued to mount and income became more and more limited. This situation happens all too often, and can even raise the question, “How am I going to feed my family tonight?” Instead of waiting until it was too late, she decided to take action and received the resources she needed to put food on the table.

Hearing of her family’s troubles, it was Candace’s aunt who suggested she call the Mile High United Way 2-1-1 Contact Center, a free and confidential community referral service that connects callers with resources providing food, shelter, rent assistance, clothing, child care options and other types of community support. Although reluctant at first, all hesitation was quickly erased once she was on the phone with a 2-1-1 referral specialist, who was able to suggest multiple food banks in her immediate area. Through 2-1-1 and its community partner agencies, Candace was able to attain food from local churches, including First Church of the Nazarene, and provide meals for her family.

“I found 2-1-1 to be helpful because I didn’t have to search through a phone book or the internet for places I’ve never heard of. 2-1-1 is able to give more direct answers and I know the services are reputable,” Candace recalled.

Candace’s family’s recent dilemma is not uncommon. Last year, Mile High United Way 2-1-1 received nearly 4,000 calls seeking food assistance in the metro Denver area. With your support, 2-1-1 works with over 1,500 agencies to provide referrals to more than 4,500 services for people like Candace, who are simply in need of a hand up, not a hand out.

Learn more about Mile High United Way's 2-1-1 and how we are helping the community.