Frequently Asked Questions
Screening Site: COVID-19 Testing
The Call Center is only open Monday-Friday from 8am-12pm and 1pm-4pm. To schedule a COVID test for any reason, please reach out to the Call Center and utilize line 1.
The Screening Site is located at Gunnison Valley Health on Monday through Friday. Hours of testing available through the Call Center. Testing requires an appointment ahead of time.
The Screening Site is located in the large north entrance parking lot and operates out of a shed. We ask that you please contact the Call Center in advance to schedule an appointment at 970-641-7660.
Education: Quarantine & Travel Guidance
Information on quarantine and travel guidance for pre and post vaccination individuals can be found here.
Education: COVID-19 Testing
If you have been tested for COVID-19 and would like to know what to do next, please review these Directions for Individuals Waiting for Test Results.
Education: Slowing the Spread
For more information on how to do your part in helping Slowing the Spread, please review and download this flyer.
General Relief Resources
|Gunnison Country Food Pantry • The Pantry has expanded service during the pandemic. Food support provided at no-cost to ANYONE in need. For food pickup, visit the website or call 970-641-4156. To arrange food delivery due to quarantine or high-risk to COVID-19, please call 970-641-7959.|
|Gunnison Food Pantry/ Oh Be Joyful Church in Crested Butte • Emergency food will be available for those in need at Oh Be Joyful Church on the first Thursday of the month from 5 to 6 p.m.|
|Gunnison County Health and Human Services • SNAP Benefits for Income-Qualified Community Members. SNAP is the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. Allotment per household increased for 2021.|
|Young at Heart Meals for Senior Citizens • Full lunch is available for seniors 55 and over on M, W, F for pick-up or delivery. Delivery available for those with high risk to COVID or are experiencing illness. Please order in advance by calling 970-641-8272 and leaving your name, phone number, date you would like a meal and how many meals you’re requesting. |
OR, call 970-641-2107 before 9 a.m. on the day you would like a meal.
|Delivery Assistance Hotline • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolating or quarantined, and you need groceries or prescriptions, call 970-641-7959. |
We can help you arrange deliveries of groceries from City Market’s Pickup program, food bundles from the Gunnison Food Pantry and prescriptions from City Market or Walmart pharmacies.
|The Center for Mental Health • 710 N Taylor St, Gunnison, CO 81230, and 214 6th St. Suite 4, Crested Butte, 970-252-3200. CMH also has a comprehensive document of tips for maintaining your mental wellness during COVID-19.|
|The Center for Mental Health Support and Crisis Line • Call this free, 24-hour support line if you are feeling stressed or anxious, or if you just need to talk with someone. 970-252-6220. A text line is also available. Text TALK to 38255 for free, confidential, professional support.|
|Gunnison Valley Health • Call Joe or Barbara, a peer support specialist who personally experienced a mental health crisis. They can also help connect you to financial resources to assist with care. 970-596-8182.|
|The Colorado Spirit Wellness Program • The CO Spirit Wellness Program can help with immediate emotional support, stress reduction, and resiliency planning. This is a free support-line that is available from 8am – 6pm. Call 970-232-1147 or reach out by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. More info here.|
|Gunnison Valley Family Physicians • Seeing their clients through an integrated behavioral health therapist, 130 E Virginia Ave, Gunnison, CO 81230, 970-641-0211.|
|Counseling Center at Western Colorado University • The counseling center at Western is located in Crystal Hall 104, 970-642-4615.|
|Project Hope (Victim of Violence Advocacy, services in Spanish) • 304 W Tomichi Ave, Gunnison, CO 81230, 970-641-2712.|
|Crested Butte State of Mind • Scholarships available for residents who are uninsured or underinsured to access mental health services. Email email@example.com or fill out a an application.|
|Colorado Crisis Center • You don’t have to go through it alone! Call 1-844-493-TALK(8255) or text TALK to 38255.|
|National Child Traumatic Stress Network • Resources to help families cope with COVID-19.|
|Healthcare Worker Well-Being Support Line • If you’re a healthcare worker and you need to talk about your stress or how COVID-19 has impacted you, Call or Text 303-724-2500. Provided by the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.|
|Gunnison Valley Calendar • Check the Gunnison Valley Calendar to find ways to socialize from a distance.|
|American Foundation for Suicide Prevention • Support for yourself or those who may be at risk of suicide.|
|Joy 4 All • Hotline with recorded jokes, stories and more to spread joy when you’re felling lonely. Call 1-877-JOY-4ALL.|
|Private local therapists providing services through telehealth:|
Monica Bilow (Registered Psychotherapist, Provides Mental Health Services in Spanish): 1018 Co Rd 738, Crested Butte, CO 81224, (970) 901-6129
Marcie Telander (MA, REAT, CGP) East River Counseling, Inc.: 320 North Main Street, Gunnison CO and 160 Lower Allen Road, Crested Butte, PO Box 1101, Crested Butte, CO (970) 349-6509
Garland Middleton (LSW): 407 4th Street, Unit 3, Crested Butte, Colorado 81224 (833) 305-9939
Seastrum Claudia P: 320 N Main Street, Gunnison, CO 81230 (970) 901-6731
Kelly Banas Counseling (Provides Mental Health Services in Spanish): 123 West Tomichi Avenue Suite 8, Gunnison, Colorado 81230 (719) 280-5625
Two Aspens Brief Therapy: 114 North Boulevard Street, Suite 10, Gunnison, Colorado 81230. Call Scott Ziemba (970) 364-4694
Inner Resource Wellness: Nancy Jones, Gunnison, Colorado 81230 (970) 426-0169
Laura Scales (Marriage and Family): 300 Belleview Avenue, Suite 3C, Crested Butte, Colorado 81224 (970) 670-7588.
Christine Osmundson – Child, Adolescent and Family Psychotherapist (Medicaid accepted): The Saltlick Building, 405 3rd Street, Suite F, Crested Butte, CO 81224 (303) 917-4207
Erin Ryan, MA, LPC, LLC: 114 N. Boulevard St. Suite 203. Gunnison, CO 81230, (970) 209- 7707
|Gunnison County Health and Human Services • Community Service block Grant (CSBG) emergency assistance for vulnerable low-income families, seniors, disabled who are experience a crisis.|
HOUSING – RENT/MORTGAGE
|Gunnison County Health and Human Services • You can apply for a grant through Gunnison County Health and Human Services to help cover up to $900 of your housing costs. Call DHHS at 970-641-3244 for more information on how to apply|
|Emergency Rent and Mortgage Assistance • The Colorado Division of Housing has various programs available to homeowners, renters, and landlords. If you, or your tenants, are having trouble with rent or mortgage payments due to the pandemic, check these resources.|
|Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority • GVRHA and the Valley Housing Fund have partnered to create an Emergency Mortgage Assistance Fund. The EMAF is available to help deed-restricted homeowners who may face challenges paying their mortgage.|
|Colorado Homeownership Coalition • The CHC provides mortgage assistance to homeowners experiencing a temporary disruption in income to avoid delinquent mortgage payments and ultimately resume self-sufficiency. They are a financial lifeline for individuals and families in our communities that need a helping hand.|
|Hope for Homeowners • This is a program for people at risk of losing their home due to default and foreclosure. If you are having|
difficulty paying your mortgage, you may be eligible to refinance into a mortgage that you can afford. Participation in the Hope for Homeowners (H4H) program is voluntary, and both lender and borrower must agree to participate.
|Energy Outreach Colorado • You can apply for assistance with utility bills through this site or by contacting our County’s Health & Human Services department at 970-641-3244.|
|Gunnison County Health and Human Services • Energy-assistance for low-income households or those in an emergency situation.|
|Gunnison County Electric Association • GCEA is not charging late fees; the Member Assistance Program is available to help differ pandemic related bill challenges.|
|City of Gunnison • Pay what you can toward your bill. The City is currently waiving shutoff and reconnect fees and will not disconnect your electricity or water due to pandemic related payment challenges.|
|GV-HEAT • The Gunnison Valley Home Energy Advancement Team can get you qualified for free weatherization and energy efficiency programs. The programs will help you save energy and money at your home. Renters and homeowners are eligible.|
|Colorado Department of Labor – Unemployment • COVID-19 specific details for workers. Information about unemployment insurance benefits. File a Claim.|
|File a Claim for Unemployment • If you work for an employer that closed or reduced your hours to help stop the spread of COVID-19, you can file or reopen an unemployment claim|
|Colorado Restaurant Association Angel Fund • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policies and Protocols • Angel Relief Fund grants focused on restaurant, food & beverage, and service hospitality workers.|
|Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay “Colorado HELP” Rules • Temporarily requires employers in certain industries to provide a small amount of paid sick leave to employees with flu-like symptoms who are being tested for coronavirus COVID-19 or, as of March 26, 2020, employees who are under instructions from a health care provider to quarantine or isolate due to a risk of having COVID-19.|
|Executive Order • Limiting Evictions, Forclosures, and Public Utility Disconnections and Expediting Unemployment Insurance Claims Processing to Provide Relief to Colordans Affected by COVID-19|
|Colorado PEAK Assistance Programs • Assistance Programs including TANF and LEAP|
|Connect for Health Colorado Financial Help • Colorado’s Official Health Insurance Marketplace Financial Help|
|Restaurant Workers Community Foundation|
|US Department of Labor|
|H.R.6201 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act|
|Families and Medical Leave Act|
|Bartender Emergency Assistance Program|
|One Fair Wage – emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund|
|Federal Housing Administration|
|Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac|
|Fact Sheet: Unemployment Insurance Provisions in the CARES Act|
|Economic Impact Payments|
|City Market Senior Shopping • M, W, F from 7-8 a.m. for anyone age 60+.|
|City Market Pharmacy • M,W, F will open at 8 a.m. for seniors to access at the end of the special shopping hour.|
|Clark’s Market Senior Shopping • 8-9 a.m. every day for anyone age 60+|
|Safeway Senior Shopping • Tuesday and Thursday 7-9 a.m. is reserved for the elderly, immuno-compromised, pregnant, and others with health conditions|
|Young at Heart Meals • Full lunch is available for seniors M, W, F for pick-up or delivery. Please order in advance by calling 970-641-8272 and leaving your name, phone number, date you would like a meal and how many meals you’re requesting. OR, call 970-641-2107 before 9 a.m. on the day you would like a meal.|
|Delivery Assistance Hotline • Call 970-641-7959 if you need groceries or prescriptions delivered to your home. Deliveries are available throughout the Valley 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.|
|Mountain Roots Programa de Cena Saludable • Comidas de emergencia para las personas necesitadas durante COVID-19.|
|Hispanic Affairs Project • HAP has established the “Western Colorado Immigrant Relief Fund” to support undocumented families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can donate to support the effort through HAP!|
|Center for Adult and Family Education – Gunnison Library District •|
|Gunnison County Multicultural Resource Office • Multicultural Resources provides access to healthcare through multilingual Health Navigation services. As a part of Public Health, Interpretation and Translation services are provided to clients on an as needed basis.|
|Project Hope of Gunnison Valley • Offering a 24/7 Crisis Hotline at 970-275-1193. Staff can be reached Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm at 970-641-2712. If you need to get in touch with an advocate immediately, but you’re not able to physically talk on the phone, you can text the crisis line 970-275-1193, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or send a private message to the Project Hope Facebook or Instagram pages.|
|National Domestic Violence Hotline • The NDVH provides a lot of resources and a hotline for help: 1-800-799-7233|
Local Pet Owners in Need Fund • Local business owner and pet lover, Meg Burns, has started a fundraiser for those with pets who are in need of financial assistance during this crisis.