Facing Challenges Together
Some challenges cannot be overcome alone. As PPCC faculty and staff work to serve our students’ academic needs, we recognize the importance in connecting our community with information and resources during their times of need.
Due to public health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, PPCC has been taken measures to assure student and employee safety by closing campuses and liming in-person support services. Find out more on the college's COVID-19 information page.
Nearly 1 in 11 Coloradans (9.1%) struggle with hunger, not always having enough money to buy food. Food insecurity is serious problem across Colorado and the country - and is an even greater problem during times of uncertainty and adversity.
Consider the following resources if you or someone you know is facing food insecurity:
- Emergency Food Resources - [Hunger Free Colorado]
- Apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Colorado Food Assistance FAQ [Colorado Department of Human Services]
Thousands of residents of Colorado Springs and El Paso county face homelessness or the stress of paying rent during challenging times. Community and government partners can assist in stabilizing precarious housing situations and assisting in housing transition.
Consider the following resources if you or someone you know is facing housing insecurity:
- Emergency Assistant with Rent, Mortgages, and Bills [Salvation Army]
- Partners in Housing - Emergency Resources
- Colorado Springs Housing Authority [Government Housing Assistance]
- Free Comcast Internet Service for 60 Days
Unemployment & Job Resources
Losing one's job or struggling financially during difficult times can be some of the most stressful events in our lives. There are community resources available that provide job support and unemployment support.
Consider the following resources if you or someone you know is facing unemployment or seeking job resources:
- Unemployment Resources and Information [Colorado Department of Labor and Employment]
- Pikes Peak Workforce Center
- Employment Information During a Pandemic [U.S. Department of Labor]
Being uninsured or underinsured during times of crisis can force those in need to make challenging decisions between necessities and their own health. There are free or low-cost healthcare resources available to lessen the strain of healthcare challenges.
Consider the following resources if you or someone you know are experiencing healthcare challenges:
- Peak Vista Community Health Centers
- Free or Low-Cost Medical Clinic Directory
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Pandemic Information
Mental Health Resources
As many focus on their physical well-being, an often overlooked facet of our wellness is mental healthcare. Taking care of our mental health is just as important as our physical health - never be afraid to ask for help and remember that help is always available if you seek it out.
Consider the following resources if you or someone you know are in need of mental health information or assistance:
- Mental Health Colorado Resource Directory
- Mental Health & Coping with Stress During Challenging Times [CDC]
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)