Supplies, more offered to families in need


School is just around the corner, and not everyone is ready.

School supplies, clothing and other necessities can create a financial hurdle for already-stressed household budgets. Some families simply don't have the extra money.

That's why the Strive to Thrive Resource Fair was created. The free biannual event, hosted by Douglas County's Community of Care Network, is from 4 to 6 p.m. July 31 at Southeast Christian Church, 9650 Jordan Road in Parker.

In addition to providing school supplies, the fair offers food and nutrition assistance, emergency assistance applications, employment opportunities and more to Douglas County families and residents enduring hard times and gives them the opportunity to connect with more than 20 area organizations on site that have a desire to help.

“Strive to Thrive is a perfect example of the public-private partnerships we assemble that we hope will help return individuals and families to self-sufficiency,” Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas said in a recent news release. “The event is partnering at its best and provides our most vulnerable citizens with the opportunity to connect with multiple service providers in one convenient location.”

For more information, visit Douglas County's Community of Care Network at or call Community of Care Network Navigator Rand Clark at 303-660-7460. No appointment or registration is required to attend the fair.  


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