Ouray County Response Fund
Through the generosity of the residents of Ouray County, the Telluride Foundation has created the Ouray County Response Fund which has been set up specifically to support individuals residing in Ouray County. Additionally, the Good Neighbor Fund (GNF) is also available to individuals who work or live in Rico or west Montrose, Ouray or San Miguel counties. Both funds are considered emergency hardship funding programs available to help community
members who may have short-term emergency financial needs due to illness, health care costs, lack of work, or having to care for children or family members. To apply for financial support through either fund, complete the GNF Application. Prior to filling out the application, residents are encouraged to read the Good Neighbor Fund Qualifications and Criteria.

Ouray County Response Fund Contribution: Interested in donating? Donations to Ouray County Response fund can be made to the e-fund by clicking the DONATE button at this link and selecting the Ouray County Response Fund when making your donation. Donations to this fund are being matched dollar for dollar (up to $200,000). For more information about donating to the Ouray County Response Fund, contact april@telluridefoundation.org.

Good Neighbor Fund

During this time, The Telluride Foundation is aware that many resident (San Miguel AND Ouray County) families and individuals may have short-term emergency financial needs due to illness, health care costs, lack of work, or having to care for children or family members. The Foundation has operated the “Good Neighbor Fund (GNF),”for 15 years; GNF is a one-time emergency hardship funding program available for the workforce in San Miguel, Ouray, and west Montrose counties. We anticipate that there could be a ramp up in demand due to the coronavirus and the corresponding economic impacts, and we will try to meet this demand. For more information about donating to the Good Neighbor Fund, contact gnf@tchnetwork.orgFor more information on the fund or how to apply please contact the Tri-County Health Network, email gnf@tchnetwork.org or call 970-596-4764. 

To apply online, use this link: https://tchnetwork.org/gnf-application/

Housing Assistance

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to shut down U.S. cities and forces individuals into semi-isolation, some people are already out of work for the foreseeable future and others are likely to become so. How will those suddenly without income be able to keep a roof over their heads?

The federal government and states are starting to step in to provide protection for homeowners and renters. These initiatives are in their early stages and as COVID-19’s economic impact spreads, these relief programs will likely spread too.

This list will be updated regularly as new programs and initiatives come on line.


Federal Relief Programs
FHA-Insured Mortgages
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was ordered by President Trump on March 18 to suspend evictions and foreclosures for the next 60 days. The moratorium only applies to homeowners with mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), a part of HUD that insures home loans made by FHA-approved lenders. The moratorium only covers FHA mortgages for single family homes. 

The order not only prevents new foreclosure actions but also suspends all foreclosure actions currently in process. 


Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which oversees Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan banks, is providing payment forbearance to borrowers impacted by the coronavirus for up to 12 months due to hardship.

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19 - details here.

Utility Assistance

  • LEAP is a federally funded program that helps eligible hard-working Colorado families, seniors and individuals pay a portion of their winter home heating costs. Our goal is to help bring warmth, comfort and safety to your home and family by assisting with heating costs. Call HEAT HELP at 1-866-432-8435 for more information.

  • Century Link: We are proud to share that we’ve taken the Keep Americans Connected Pledge. This means that for the next 60 days, we’ve committed to waive late fees and to not terminate a residential or small business customer’s service due to financial circumstances associated with COVID-19. We are also suspending data usage limits for consumer customers during this time period due to COVID-19.

  • San Miguel Power Association: We encourage any member experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus outbreak to call us during regular business hours. We will work with you individually to create a plan that works for you. In general, SMPA will not shut off power to people in this circumstance, however, the power still has a cost associated with it and it must be covered. Please call if you need help.

  • Black Hills Energy Assistance Program

    • Black Hills Cares: Black Hills Cares helps eligible customers in need pay their Black Hills Energy bills or emergency energy-related expenses. The program uses voluntary tax-deductible donations from our customers and employees. We match those contributions dollar for dollar.  More Here.

    • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program: The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program keeps families safe and healthy by helping with energy costs. Learn how and where to apply for energy assistance here.

  • Verizon: 

    • Reinforces pledge to Keep Americans Connected and goes further to protect most vulnerable.

    • Waives overage charges and late fees to support customers who may be financially affected by the COVID-19 crisis:

    • Announces two months waived internet and voice service charges for current Lifeline customers and new affordable internet option for low-income households.

    • Adds 15GB of high speed data for wireless consumer and small business customers to be automatically applied with no customer action necessary.

    • Provides first responders with priority and preemption abilities for voice and data.

    • No data caps for Consumer and small business Fios and DSL broadband internet plans

  • AT&T: As of March 13, 2020, and for the next 60 days, we will waive domestic wireless plan overage charges for data, voice or text for residential or small business wireless customers incurred because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Community Resources

Food Assistance

Colorado Governmental Resources:


Local Resources:

Ouray County Food Pantry: Open every Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Food donations can be dropped off during those hours. Anyone wanting to donate money can do so on our website or send a check to PO Box 903, Ridgway.  info@ouraycountyfoodpantry.org, 970-626-4273 or 970-626-5872

Ridgway Schools:  The school is working to provide lunches for eligible Ridgway students. Stephanie Lyons- stephlyons@ridgway.k12.co.us, Jennifer Donovan- jdonovan@ridgway.k12.co.us

Ouray Student LunchesStudent lunches will be provided at the Ouray Library for the entire summer -- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12 to 1 pm. Pick up lunch outside City Hall. To order, please call or email the day before. 

970-325-4616 ProgramsOurayPL@gmail.com

Taco Del Gnar: Free bean & cheese burrito with carrots to kids, and 15% service industry discount to works in food & bev, police, fire, military, teacher, and medical facility staff. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00-7:00 pm.

Ouray Brewery: 12-8 pm all days of the week. Delivering free meals to seniors staying in. If you know of a senior in need of a meal please call us (970) 325-7388

Neighbor to Neighbor: The County is home to a fiercely independent population of Senior, homebound and disabled individuals who want very much to stay in their homes, but cannot do so without help. Neighbor to Neighbor is truly an effort of neighbors helping neighbors by being fresh eyes and ears, providing companionship, transportation, a hot meal, monthly social events, handyman services, bookkeeping help and access to other resources that may be beyond their reach. Each Thursday we provide transportation to and from medical appointments and shopping in Montrose. http://ourayneighbor.com/

Church of The San Juans: In addition to being mindful to continue our congregation support, we are aware of the financial impact our community’s preventative measures might have on hourly workers and others that depend on weekly paychecks to make ends meet. If you are aware of anyone who is struggling because of the impact of social distancing, please have them contact Pastor Pam. Our discretionary fund is available to provide emergency support to people in need. If you have any
questions during our period of suspension, please call Chuck Anderson at 970-626-2270.

Praise Him Ministries: Providing four rolls of toilet paper free to any family or community member in need.  Call or email and let them know that you're coming.  Pick up at the site or contact them if you need delivery. 970-626-5243 or events@praisehimministries.org

Women's Club of Ouray: If you are a resident of Ouray County, we have volunteers that are willing to help you if you are home sick, elderly or have a medical issue and you cannot go out into the community at this time! If you need groceries or a prescription (these items must be purchased at a Ouray County business (Duckett's, Mountain Market or Stacie's Apothecary Shoppe in Ridgway. Volunteers will not be going to Montrose). You can reach out to the WCOC by using the Contact Form on the website, email womansclubouray@gmail.com OR call 970-787-0510

Ouray Public Library: *This service has been suspended through April 11. Curbside delivery (books, movies, audio books). Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm, We also are issuing library cards over the phone so that people can access all the free digital resources (e-books, digital audio, and databases). Contact at OurayPL@gmail.com or 970-325-4616

Ridgway Library was also offering curbside service to their library patrons, but with shelter in place noticing we have to suspend the service until state mandates allow us to resume services to our patrons again.

Center for Mental Health: The Center is still open for business.  Ridgway and Montrose offices still have someone at the front desk.  Offering video and telehealth options.  Expanding crisis support (Crisis Walk-In center is open).  Currently taking new clients.  Center therapists are continually working with youth clients in the schools. In Crisis: Call 970-252-6220 or to Make an appointment call 970-252-3200.  NEW:  Call The Center Support Line for help with behavioral health challenges. We are here 24/7 to answer questions and provide mental health support - 970-252-6220.

Mountain Medical Center  - OPEN, please call ahead (970) 626-5123. Also, if you are an established patient at MMC, we also have an integrated behavioral health therapist on site (Nathan Wagner, PsyD) and he offers TeleHealth services as well.

Mutual Aid Forum - Where citizens will be connected with patrons who are able to give to those who have immediate needs and are requesting help. https://www.pandemicoflove.com/

Domestic Violence and Abuse Helphttps://www.violencefreecolorado.org/stand-up-colorado/

Ridgway/Ouray Helping Hands Facebook Page - click

Ouray County Cleaning:  Dave Turner would like to donate his cleaning supplies that he is not using at this time to low income families in Ouray. He also has a few cases of paper goods and trash bags that he will donate. Free to low income families
Contact Turner: ouraycountycleaning@gmail.com, 970-596-6958


Ouray County Department of Social Services:  Family Resources for eligible families and community members.  1.) EBT cards are being mailed from Social Services office in Ridgway rather than from the state, to reduce the time the clients receive their cards, 2.) Disaster TANF available. 970-626-2299