Mission Arvada strives to build and maintain mutually supportive collaborations with several organizations and agencies in the City of Arvada, Jefferson County, and within the Denver Metro Area to assist homeless individuals. Mission Arvada collaborates with approximately twenty other organizations that are involved in homeless ministry or outreach. A short list of these significant collaborations include:
Mission Arvada Staff work directly with these organizations in order to facilitate client’s in obtaining housing options through various voucher programs. Our desire is to see homeless gain sustainable housing and subsequently no longer be living on the streets.
Mission Arvada maintains a cooperative relationship with the Police Department to provide safe and effective treatment and care of homeless individuals in the community using resource-based solutions. We have an especially close relationship with the CORE team which is tasked with the Police Department’s relationship with the Homeless Community.
Mission Arvada works with the Arvada Public Library to market services and programs for those in need; partner to host events including the annual Point in Time Survey and Vulnerability Index-Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VISPIDAT) survey.
Mission Arvada provides space for Benefits in Action to work with clients to obtain public benefits that are available to their vulnerable population, most specifically to incur Medicaid and Food Stamps.
Mission Arvada provides space and administrative support for the Christian Legal Society which offers legal counseling pro bono for homeless and low income individuals.
Mission Arvada collaborates with staff at Community Table to assist clients with obtaining identification and other resources offered there.
Once a month, Mission Arvada hosts a dental hygienist to provide free dental care to individuals in need. Not only are clients provided with cleanings, but they are also evaluated for additional needs and referred to Medicaid doctors and dentists who can assist them with necessary and at times life saving or life altering dental and oral-facial care.
The Mission Arvada Director works closely with Denver Rescue Mission staff to assist clients in getting into the New Life Program, a long term drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation program.
Mission Arvada regularly communicates with Dr. Jon, our Medical Consultant regarding client health and medical issues that arise. Dr. Jon is also available to our nurse as a consultant when needed.
Mission Arvada works with Family Tree with referrals to provide homeless individuals with supportive services, especially low-income housing options.
Mission Arvada has worked with the Food Bank of the Rockies to provide homeless and low income individuals and families in the Arvada community with non-perishable and perishable goods free of cost. Mission Arvada disperses non-perishable food every Saturday as well as participates in FBTR’s Grocery Rescue program and disperses perishable food every Monday and Friday.
Mission Arvada serves as a location where homeless families and individuals who do not meet SWSN criteria can receive hotel vouchers on severe weather days. Mission Arvada also provides space for Jefferson County Public Health to provide Hep-A vaccines as well as Hep-C/HIV screenings to this vulnerable population.
Since May 2019, Mission Arvada supplied space two days a month for a JCMH mental health clinician to provide mental health evaluation and treatment. Due to high needs, the number of days increased in October 2019 to every Thursday. Currently, Mission Arvada is a site where clients can access mental health services through our JCMH kiosk via zoom five days a week during our open hours on demand!
Mission Arvada provides space for Valerie Delgado, RN to hold a medical clinic for clients on a weekly basis. Nurse Valerie is able to take vitals, test blood levels, and treat illnesses with over the counter medications and supplements. Nurse Valerie along with Mission Arvada staff have made life saving decisions to transport clients to the Emergency Room on an as needed basis.
Mission Arvada collaborates with leaders to provide additional support and resources for homeless individuals seeking to gain employment and housing.
Mission Arvada serves as one of the key registration locations in north Jefferson County for those who want to access the SWSN for overnight sheltering on severe weather nights. Mission Arvada staff also assist families in obtaining hotel vouchers on severe weather nights for Jefferson County Human Services.
Mission Arvada works with a contact at the U.S. VA office for homeless vets to connect veterans with additional supports and benefits, including housing.