Success Stories

2-1-1 Colorado

Pictured to the left are Jenne Loffer, 2-1-1 Ft. Collins Call Center Coordinator, and Stephanie Sanchez, 2-1-1 Statewide Director receiving the award from Sarah Garrington, Emergency Preparedness Planner, and Michelle Askenazi, Director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response

Public Health Hero of the Year Award

United Way’s 2-1-1 received the Public Health Hero of the Year Award from the Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) for its role during the aftermath of the Aurora Theatre Shooting.  2-1-1 Served as a single point of contact for families and loved ones by reducing the number of calls to hospitals, reuniting victims with their families which allowed hospitals and victims to focus on healing efforts.  This award was received on June 11th and is given to individuals, businesses or organizations that worked to improve or promote public health in Adams, Arapahoe or Douglas Counties in 2012. 




2-1-1 Colorado Partners with College In Colorado

College In Colorado’s new website, “Own Your Future,” ( was designed to help individuals recently released from correctional facilities to become successful, self-reliant members of their communities. Own Your Future aims to help people who were formerly incarcerated to develop and follow through with plans to pursue educational goals and secure employment, which helps them comply with the terms of their release and reduces the risk of recidivism.

Recognizing that ex-offenders often also require initial support meeting basic needs such as housing, transportation, and food, College in Colorado partnered with 2-1-1 Colorado to utilize and connect individuals in the program with the 2-1-1 network’s comprehensive database of more than 11,000 services statewide. The Own Your Future website educated ex-offenders about the referrals and information available through 2-1-1, and customized the 2-1-1 database to help ex-offenders understand, step by step, how to find social and community resources to meet their needs.

This partnership—involving customizing the database and linking to another organization’s website—is the first of its kind for 2-1-1 Colorado. Indeed, the College in Colorado Own Your Future  website is the first of its kind in the country geared towards reducing recidivism among ex-offenders.

2-1-1 Colorado and College in Colorado have high hopes for the success of this initiative, and believe it has the potential to expand nationwide.



Mile High United Way 2-1-1



2-1-1 Answers Call For Help
64-year-old Chris Cordova is on the mend- recovering from a heart attack. “My doctor says I’m doing great,” says Cordova. “But, being sick and not being able to work has made it pretty tough the last few months.”

Calling For Help
“It’s okay to ask for help,” says Robert Paiz of Denver. “Don’t be embarrassed. Everyone needs a hand up sometimes and 2-1-1 is a good place to look for help.”