Family Supportive Services

Alphabet Soup Family Support Group

  • Alphabet Soup Family Support Group is a support group for parents, caretakers or guardian of children with special needs or challenging behaviors.

  • The group meets monthly on the 1st Thursday of the month, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, at The Piñon Project, 210 E Main St., Cortez.

For more information please contact Maggie Tevault at 970-564-3802.

Colorado Community Response Program (CCR)

  • The Colorado Community Response Program is implemented through a grant from the Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood.

  • The program's goals include the enhancement of comprehensive voluntary services for families reported to child protective services but screened out; the increased awareness of the link between poverty and maltreatment, which allows us to connect families to vital economic and other support services.

  • Financial Health education guides people to become more aware of how they use their finances and economic resources and ultimately how their decisions, behaviors, routines and habits impact their overall well-being. Participants also become more aware of the individuality of their goals and personal values; and what factors, personal behaviors, and decisions in their daily lives affect the achievement of those goals.

For more information, please contact Felicia Folsom at 970.564.3810.

Emergency Services

  • The Montelores Emergency Assistance Coalition (MEAC) provides financial assistance to residents of Montezuma and Dolores Counties who are usually self-sufficient but are experiencing a one-time emergency.

  • The Piñon Project serves as the fiscal agent and administrator for the MEAC program.

  • The program's Board is made up of representatives of various local service agencies and organizations working together in a community-based effort.

  • Typical assistance is for rent/mortgage, utility payments or car repairs (vehicle cannot be more than 10 years old).

  • To apply, please download a MEAC application or pick one up at our office at 210 E Main St. Cortez.

    • Please note you will need to call 970.564.1195 to schedule an appointment with a Family Support Specialist. 

    • At the time of your appointment you will need:

      • a Colorado Driver's License or Identification Card

      • income verification

      • supporting documentation, and

      • completed MEAC application. 

For more information, please contact Della Gray at 970.564.3817.

Fatherhood Initiative

  • The Fatherhood Initiative is a course destined to help fathers develop the skills needed to be successful parents.

  • All fathers are welcome to join this program at any time.

  • Fathers will receive support in communicating effectively; being a loving father, spouse or partner; how to deal with children's challenging behavior.

For more information, please contact Geof Byerly at 970.564.3814.

Incredible Years Parenting Group

  • The Incredible Years Parenting Class is a weekly, 8-14 week long course for parents with children 0 to 12 years of age.

  • All classes include a fee meal for the family, free transportation for those who qualify, and free childcare and social emotional instruction for participating children.

  • Classes teach parent positive ways of interacting with their children. 

  • Discussion sessions include topics such as:

    • current challenges parents are facing

    • social skills development and academic coaching

    • ways to reinforce desired behaviors 

    • positive discipline techniques

    • resource connections within the community

  • Classes may be held in Cortez, Mancos, Dolores, Dove Creek or Towaoc.

  • Curriculum can also be offered as an individual home visit format.

For more information, please contact the Early Childhood Programs Department at 970.564.3800.

Strengthening Families Parenting Program

  • The Strengthening Families Parenting Class is a weekly, 12-13 week long, course that give families an opportunity to build a more positive relationship with their 7-17 year old children.

  • Families learn skills to develop positive interactions with each other; support their teens in positive social situation; and effective ways to share knowledge, resources and experience with other families.

  • The class is for teens and parents.

  • Dinner and childcare for children under 7 are provided free of charge. 

For more information please contact Maggie Tevault at 970-564-3802.

Successful Families (SuFam)

  • This program is designed for expectant parents and parents of children, birth to age five (5). Program participants meet Monday through Thursday, and lunch is provided.

  • The SuFam program components include: 

    • "Survive, Strive, Thrive" - Keys to Healthy Family Living curriculum, a 15-unit curriculum that takes teens and adults from day-to-day surviving to thriving at home, at school, at work and in their communities by teaching basic life skills.

    • Employment Readiness

    • Financial Health

    • Parenting - The Incredible Years (IY) Curriculum is designed to promote nurturing and competent parenting that fosters positive social behaviors in children. 

    • Cooking and Nutrition - Eating Smart Being Active (ESBA), an eight (8) week cooking and nutrition class. Participants cook delicious meals on a budget, as well as getting small gifts to put what they have learned into practice. 

​For more information, please contact Hilary Erickson at 970.564.3815.

Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange

  • The Supervised Visitation Program provides a safe, monitored environment for child(ren) to maintain or establish a relationship with a non-custodial parent while the parent resolves court or lifestyle issues. 

  • The Safe Exchange Program provides a neutral location in which child(ren) may be exchanged from one parent to another without being exposed to the conflict of their parents.

For more information, please contact Kelli Unrein at 970.564.3811.

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