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First Presbyterian Church 7 Poncha Blvd, Salida. 719-539-6422 Food Pantry. Thursday, 1:30-3:30 pm

Stone Soup Café Lunch Monday, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

The Grainery 1348 E Street, Salida. 719-530-9050 Food Pantry—Monday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Friday 10 am-4 pm

The Sanctuary–346 G Street, Salida. 719-539-4849 Lunch— Tuesday-Friday, 11-1 pm

Chaffee County Department of Human Services 448 East 1st Street, Salida. 719-530-2500 and 114 Linderman Avenue, Buena Vista. 719-395-0344. Food assistance—Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

Arkansas Valley Christian Mission 122 Cottonwood Avenue, Buena Vista. 719-395-9321. Food Pantry—Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Creekside Gathering Place 203 Cedar Street, Buena Vista. 719-221-6124. Food pantry—Monday and Thursday, 6:00 p.m. Dinner Monday and Thursday, 6:00 p.m.

Loaves and Fishes 241 Justice Center Road, Canon City. 719-275-0593. Food Pantry Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

La Puente Home 913 State Avenue, Alamosa. 719-589-5909. Food Pantry. Every day, 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.



Emergency Winter Shelters for Men and Women Salida 719-539-6422. Open November-April 8:30 pm-8:30 am

Men’s Shelter at the First Christian Church 302 East 4th Street, Salida

Women’s Shelter at the United Methodist Church 228 East 4th Street, Salida

First Presbyterian Church 7 Poncha Blvd, Salida. 719-539-6422 SOS Emergency Assistance Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. by appointment only. Tents and sleeping bags.

SOS Emergency Assistance Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. by appointment only. Tents and sleeping bags.

Community Resource Center 220 West 4th Street, Salida. 719-539-4849 Monday-Friday, 10 am-4:00 pm 

Chaffee County Department of Human Services 448 East 1st Street, Salida 719-667-8862 and 114 Linderman Avenue, Buena Vista 719-395-0344

Temporary Aid to Needy Families Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

La Puente Home 913 State Avenue, Alamosa 719-589-5909 Emergency shelter and transitional housing. Every day, 6:00 am-10:00 pm

Loaves and Fishes 241 Justice Center Road, Canon City 719-275-0593

Emergency shelter and transitional housing. Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm

The Sanctuary at Caring and Sharing  Day Shelter for rest and support. Tues-Fri, 9am-4pm, 346 G Street, Salida



Salida United Methodist Church 228 East 4th Street, Salida. 719-539-2755

Mondays and Thursdays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Showers at the church

Community Resource Center—220 West 4th Street, Salida. 719-539-4849

Shower voucher for Salida Hot Springs Pool Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Buena Vista Congregational United Church of Christ–217 Crossman Ave, Buena Vista. 719-395-2544

Fridays, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.–Showers at the church

Provided: soap, shampoo/conditioner, towels, washcloths, toothbrushes/paste, combs/brush, hairdryer, razors, shaving cream, and nail clippers


First Presbyterian Church 7 Poncha Blvd, Salida. 719-539-6422. SOS Emergency Assistance—Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. by appointment only

Bustang Bus Service 54 Jones Avenue, Salida. 719-530-8980

Daily bus service to Alamosa, Gunnison and Denver, $29, Departs at 7:45 a.m.

Daily bus service to Canon City and Pueblo, $29, Departs at 7:45 a.m.

Mountain Valley Transit 54 Jones Avenue, Salida 719-530-8980

Daily service around Salida, Suggested donation: $2 – $5


Caring and Sharing 220 West 4th Street, Salida. 719-539-3686

Clothing, blankets, sleeping bags and other thrift store type items—Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.—Small cost for items.

Arkansas Valley Christian Mission 122 Cottonwood Avenue, Buena Vista. 719-395-9321

Clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, and other thrift store-type items Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:00 am-2:00 pm Small cost for items.

New Bees Thrift Store 624 Main Street, Buena Vista 719-395-6295

Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


First Presbyterian Church 7 Poncha Blvd, Salida. 719-539-6422

Energy Outreach Colorado Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 pm by appointment only.


Chaffee Community Clinic 

FREE medical, dental, and harm-reduction services.

MONDAYS United Methodist Church 228 East Fourth Street, Salida Noon-4:00 pm

TUESDAYS Community Center 715 East Main Street, Buena Vista 1:00-4:00 pm 719-539-4510

Buena Vista Health Clinic (HRRMC) Drop-In Clinic 28375 CR 317, Buena Vista 719-395-9048

Clinic open Monday-Friday 1:00-5:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Chaffee County Department of Human Services 448 East 1st Street, Salida 719-530-2500 and 114 Linderman Avenue, Buena Vista 719-395-0344.


Chaffee County Public Health 448 East 1st Street, Suite 137, Salida 719-539-4510

Immunizations—providing adult, adolescent, and pediatric vaccines

Oral Health—assistance with dental services

Healthy Communities—assistance with Medicaid, CHP+, and healthcare resources

Connect for Health Colorado—assistance with health insurance



SolVista Health 111 Vesta Road, Salida 719-539-6502 and 28374 CR 317, Buena Vista 719-539-6502. Offers a full range of mental health services. Medicaid and sliding scale.  No-one turned away for financial reasons.

Regional Assessment Center (RAC) - SolVista Health 7166 CR 154, Salida 719-276-5488. Providing mental health and substance use crisis services. 

Colorado Crisis Services 844-493-TALK (8255), or Text TALK to 38255

Start Your Recovery  online resource for individuals who may be struggling with substance use disorder.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1-800-273-8255

The Alliance (Against Domestic Abuse) Emergency services for domestic and sexual violence 24-Hour Crisis Line: 719-539-7347

Planned Parenthood -233 E. 2nd Street, Salida 719-539-7291 Monday 11-2,Tuesday 9-5, Friday 9-5, 

Salida Pregnancy Resource Center 215 East 3rd Street, Salida 719-539-7436

Seniors Emergency Housing Guide from


Churches that can often help with various things.  Call for open hours

First Presbyterian Church 7 Poncha Blvd, Salida 719-539-6422

St. Joseph Catholic Church 320 5th Street, Salida 719-539-6419

United Methodist Church 228 East 4th Street, Salida 719-539-2755 $25 Safeway gift cards

Vineyard Christian Fellowship 1201 Hwy 50, Salida 719-539-3359

Ascension Episcopal Church 4th and E Street, Salida 719-539-4562

First Lutheran Church 1237 F Street, Salida 719-539-4311

Upper Room Church of God 1140 I Street, Salida 719-539-3388



A Continuum of Care is (CoC) is a collaborative approach that helps communities plan for and provide a full range of emergency, transitional, and permanent housing and supportive services to address the various needs of people who are housing insecure. The Colorado Balance of State (BoS) Continuum of Care is organized into 10 regional planning groups, of which Chaffee County, along with Fremont, Custer, Lake, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Park and Teller counties, constitutes the Upper Arkansas Valley group.

The Chaffee County Continuum of Care (CoC) was created in 2022, bringing together community organizations across the county that serve both homeless and housing insecure members of the community. These organizations range from providing veteran and behavioral mental health services, to operating a men's and women’s winter emergency shelter, to empowering individuals impacted by domestic violence. Coordinated by the new CHA Housing Navigator, these groups now come together twice a month to work collaboratively to achieve the primary goal of "housing first, and then access to other needed services and resources for housing insecure community members."


In this Continuum of Care (CoC) Model, a client can “come through the front door” of any participating community organization to access all identified housing and supportive resources. The “inner circle” of organizations from the graphic above are directly involved in case conferencing - a collaborative process to first, identify all resources possible for housing opportunities, and second, to meet any other needs (such as obtaining disability or SNAP benefits, or securing legal documents, etc.)


As a result of participating in this process, community member organizations claim:

“Being involved in the CoC process and working with all these different community organizations has been great because I have learned about a number of resources out there that I didn’t know existed, and now I have those to pass along to those staying at our shelters.”

Mo Zeimet, Chaffee Hospitality Inc.

“Collaborating with the various agencies involved with the CoC has greatly impacted my work with the Head Start families. Housing is a critical need for them and by attending these meetings and learning about new housing developments, opportunities, etc., I am better equipped to advocate for our clients. I am also armed with more resources to share with clients and professional development opportunities for myself and my co-workers (e.g., a training on Mental Health First Aid).”

Sheri Johnson-Horsley, Early Childhood Center

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