Monday, October 3, 2016

Child Welfare Hotline Supervisor and her Team Garner State Recognition

Child Welfare Hotline Supervisor and her team are recognized for their outstanding work in Mesa County. 

Too often we do not take the time to recognize the “Great Job” that people do.  I wanted to
take this opportunity to point out a person on your staff whose work ethic, professionalism and dedication is far above other Child Welfare Supervisors we work with on a daily basis.  Jacque Berry’s exemplary performance is not just a beacon of light on a hill, but a true “Light House” who stands above others, brings light and positive energy to every occasion, and has a rock solid foundation of experience and knowledge that she shares.  She continually strives for perfection regarding the operation of the Hotline in Mesa County, but does so in a very constructive and positive manner.  Just one of the most amazing accomplishments that we really admire is her management of the Pending Queue.  In fact, Mesa County is #1 in the state.  When you consider high call volume in Mesa County that is an amazing accomplishment.   We will be featuring her accomplishment in the next Hotline Newsletter as a Hotline Spotlight recipient.  Thank you for helping keep the children of Colorado safer.  
Jack Hilbert
Colorado State Hotline System Manager

Thursday, September 22, 2016



The Blue Eligibility Team in our Economic Assistance Division is asking for your help !!

DHS is looking for donations of any gently used/new children's books for any age child for a project that we are working on to benefit children.

Boxes will be placed in the Community Services Building and the Workforce Center.

The deadline is Friday, October 28th.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mesa County Workforce Center Highlights Being A Work Ready Community

During September the Mesa County Workforce Center is highlighting their efforts to make Mesa County a Work Ready Community (WRC)

Since becoming a WRC Mesa County is finding and filling skill gaps and quantifying the skill level of the valley’s workforce. The Mesa County Workforce Center is achieving this through the use of the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) which offers to:
  • Help employers attract only qualified applicants for their open positions
  • Reduce the cost of onboarding new employees, while reducing turnover
  • Create career pathways to help inform students of growing industries
  • Identify Mesa County’s skilled labor force and market that to new potential employers
  • Help shrink Mesa County’s skills gaps
  • Allows Mesa County job seekers the ability to use the NCRC as a stackable credential in most industries
Being a Work Ready Community makes Mesa County even more attractive to businesses looking to relocate. Having an available, trained and ready workforce demonstrates that Mesa County is taking economic development seriously.” states Commissioner Scott McInnis.

The Mesa County Workforce Center has been preparing the business community through job profiling, which links job tasks with the NCRC by pinpointing benchmarks for hiring, recruiting, advancement, and training. Once the profile is completed, it is owned by the employer and is legally backed by ACT, a huge benefit for businesses when dealing with future hiring requirements.  

According to Mesa County Workforce Director, John Flanagan, “The Work Ready Communities program has been implemented in other states.  Mesa County has been the first to launch the program in Colorado, Flanagan says. “Mesa County is definitely the leader in this effort.”

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Statement In Regards to Angel Place Lawsuit

Statement via-Tracey Garchar, Executive Director of the Mesa County Department of Human Services. 
"Our sympathies go out to this family and all families who have lost a child due to abuse and neglect. We take all incidents of child abuse and neglect very seriously. Due to pending litigation we are unable to provide any specific response in regards to the Angel Place lawsuit."

Any further inquires on this matter need to be directed to the Mesa County Attorney's Office. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Mesa County Workforce Center Celebrates Workforce Development Month

The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals has designated September as National Workforce Development Month to honor all those individual professionals who play a vital role in local economic recovery efforts.
The Mesa County Workforce Center is hosting several activities to recognize National Workforce Development Month during September.

Commissioner, John Justman states, “The Mesa County Board of Commissioners is proud to support National Workforce Development Month. Economic development and growth in Mesa County is our priority. The Mesa County Workforce Center is a vital component of the success of our economic development efforts. We encourage local employers and job seekers to take full advantage of all the quality services being offered this month and every month at the Mesa County Workforce Center.”

Events Planned for September:
New Workforce Center Website launched at
Job Fair Sept 27th -9:00-9:30am Exclusive to Veterans - 9:30am-2:00pm Everyone
Business Breakfast— Sept 28th 7:30-9am
Workforce Center Magazine Launch-Late September

“The Mesa County Workforce Center is a “One-Stop Shop” designed to efficiently serve the needs of businesses and job seekers in an effort to promote economic development and vitality. Our no-cost services, which include assessments, workshops, recruitment assistance, business services and much more, continue to propel our community into the future with education, training and resources invaluable in making our community prosperous and globally competitive.” according to the Mesa County Workforce Director, John Flanagan.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

No LEAP Applications Processed Locally

LEAP PROGRAM 2016-2017


The Mesa County Low-income Energy Assistance Program is now administered by Discover Goodwill of Southern & Western Colorado.  This notice is to inform LEAP applicants of new procedures in submitting your LEAP application for the 2016-2017 season 

LEAP is a mail-in program only!

DO NOT submit your LEAP application to the Mesa County DHS  
as this will delay the processing of your application.

How do I return my LEAP application?

- Return your completed application in the addressed and stamped envelope provided; or
- Fax your application to 719-633-9098
- Mail to:  LEAP
        P.O. Box 39200
       Colorado Springs, CO 80949
- Email to:

What can I do to help with the prompt processing of my LEAP application?

Please make sure that you ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS on the application and provide all requested documentation/verification with your completed application. Make sure that you read, complete, SIGN and DATE where required.  Failure to provide a complete application and submit required verification will delay the processing timeframe.

Continue paying your heat bill, as LEAP assistance will not pay your entire bill!

Processing your LEAP application takes time, so you must keep your account current by making a payment towards your heat bill on time to avoid disruption of service.  If you receive a shut-off notice or have had your heating service disconnected, please contact our call center at 1-888-775-LEAP (1-888-775-5327).  The Call center will open on November 1st, 2016

Please call 1-866-HEAT HELP (1-866-432-8435) to inquire about the status of your LEAP application and if you have any questions regarding LEAP.   You may also visit the Colorado Department of Human Services’ website at    

Community Grants Application

Attention organization serving low income families. Community grants are being offered to organizations with a plan to develop employment, self sufficiency and strengthening families in Mesa County. The application is due September 30 with an informal informational meeting being held on September 6, 2016. 

Important points: 
$200,000 available for community programs (competitive grant)
One time funding for calendar year 2017
Available to programs that serve low-income families
Emphasis on employment, self-sufficiency, and strengthening families
Informational Meeting on September 6, 2016
Applications due September 30, 2016
Application can be found under Colorado Works in the Quick Links section at: