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Community Services

DC Cares

DC Cares is a self-sufficiency program for residents in Douglas County, Colorado.

DC Cares LogoDouglas County (DC) Cares is a collaborative multi-agency program, funded through the Community Services Block Grant, that provides opportunities for vulnerable residents in Douglas County to achieve self-sufficiency through employment using a caring and supportive process.  Participants engage in a process that identifies their current conditions, are assisted in defining their desired future and work together to overcome barriers to achieving their goals.

Typically, participants enrolled in DC Cares work with a facilitator for 9-12 months.  During this time, a framework of care and support is provided by a facilitator.  A variety of assistance, services, and tools are made available to participants as they work to overcome barriers to achieving stability, capacity, capability and opportunity.  Success is measured by participants who successfully obtain and maintain self-sufficiency, employment, and housing.

Apply for DC Cares

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements for DC Cares:

  • Income of less than 125% of the Federal Poverty Level (approx. $30,000 for a family of 4)
  • Reside legally in the United States
  • Valid Colorado Driver’s License or Identification
  • Resident of Douglas County (for homeless residents the following factors may be considered when determining residency: child enrolled in Douglas County School District school, employment in Douglas County, benefits and services obtained through Douglas County Human Services or documents proof of last permanent residence in Douglas County)

Residents interested in applying for DC Cares should complete the online application or contact one of our partner agencies.  After submission of the application, residents who meet initial screening standards will complete an intake assessment and screening with one of our partner agencies. This process can take up to six weeks.  During this time period, limited emergency assistance may be available to qualified applicants.  All adult members of the household are expected to participate in the application and assessment process.

Framework of Care graphicFramework of Care – DC Cares utilizes a WrapAround framework to provide care and support to families and individuals enrolled in the program.  Facilitators work diligently with each person participating in DC Cares to provide a caring environment that focuses on creating hope, building trust, identifying motivation, causing activation, continual repetition and achieving transformation.

Theory of Change graphicFramework of Support – DC Cares recognizes that transformation is best achieved by participants when certain conditions are in place. A framework of support has been created which helps ensure the stability of the family, increases the capacity of each individual and builds the capability of the participants. This allows the family to capitalize on the opportunities they encounter to become self-sufficient.  A unique set of tools, resources, and services are provided to support each family while working to achieve their identified goals.