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Employment Services of Weld County


Connecting to Resources After a Disaster

Workforce Challenge

The September 2013 flooding resulted in widespread devastation for many Front Range residents. John, his wife, and three of their grandchildren were displaced from their mobile home in Milliken and could not even gain access to the home for ten days because of safety concerns. Upon returning, John discovered that all of their possessions were destroyed and the home was severely damaged. He was unsure if they would be able to keep their home and make the necessary repairs.

Workforce Solution

Employment Services of Weld County (ESWC) case managers helped connect John with critical federal, state, and community resources. The family received assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and were granted money from the Disaster Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) fund. They were assisted in applying for United Way Flood Relief assistance, and staff connected the family with other community resources, as well. The Town of Milliken temporarily placed John's family with another local family and later notified him that he would be able to rebuild their family home.

Outcomes & Benefits

After going through several different channels, John was also able to obtain the title to the mobile home. The family has since moved back into their home. United Way is providing the family with furniture through the House-In-A-Box program and $3,000 for appliances. A local faith-based organization is also helping restore the house. ESWC case managers were proud to play a role in this team effort to help Weld County families get back on their feet after the flooding.


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