Broomfield Event for Furloughed Workers Still Planned
If you go
What: Show the Love
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday
Where: Broomfield Health and Human Services, 100 Spader Way
Cost: free to attend; donations accepted
More info: Visit Broomfieldvoice.com/showthelove
An event planned to help furloughed government workers still is moving forward.
Broomfield’s “Show the Love” event is an opportunity for people who need food, clothing and assistance with rent or utilities. People who want to contribute can drop off items or make donations.
City officials, including those with public health and senior services, also will be at the Saturday event to talk about programs.
Assistant City and County Manager Jennifer Hoffman said the city also will advertise an emergency-funds program that began last year. Broomfield officials ensure each year there is $75,000 set aside for residents to apply to receive emergency assistance.
Residents can call and set up an appointment to begin the process. It is typically not a repayment program, but officials are asking furloughed employeeswho receive retroactive pay to return what they are given so that money can help additional families.
Funds could be used to pay for thing such as car repairs, rental assistance or utilities.
The program kicked off in October, and the last three months of the year served 12 people at an expense of $22,000, Hoffman said. So far this year, a few residents have received help, but there still is more than $70,000 in the fund.
“It’s case by case,” Hoffman said. “We try to fill that gap until you get back on your feet.”
It is difficult to know how many Broomfield residents were affected by the shutdown, Hoffman said, but as of late January, the city saw 10 individuals who identified as furloughed workers come in and file for unemployment.
“It’s one thing to miss one paycheck, but it’s totally different to miss two,” Hoffman said. “The majority of these people never had to have any type of service.”
A number of nonprofits, such as A Precious Child, St. Vincent De Paul, The Refuge, Broomfield FISH and the Broomfield Community Foundation, were present at a Jan. 23 meeting to discuss what could be done to help furloughed workers.
“Our community is so open, engaged and willing to help,” Hoffman said. “It’s really about finding that common partnership between the nonprofits and the government.”
WIC representatives and immunization officials will be there as well.
Pamela Boaz, a licensed clinical social worker at Forward Family Therapy, said free group therapy sessions will be held as long as furloughed workers need them. The sessions are from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 2095 W. 6th Ave. Suite #212.
She and Cameron James, also a licensed clinical social worker, will conduct the therapy sessions.
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