Programs and Services
Whether you are struggling to cover bills, can’t afford healthy food this month, or are experiencing other hardships, Sister Carmen is here for you! Residents of East Boulder County residing in Lafayette, Louisville, Superior or Erie may qualify for our services. Call 303-665-4342 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
In order to keep supporting our community during the pandemic, we have taken steps to keep our staff, volunteers, participants, and the community at large safe and help prevent the spread of the illness. We are updating our policies to reflect best practices as provided by the CDC and Boulder County Public Health. Our current operations are as follows:
“There is life after despair. I am proof that you can do it.” – Nina, SCCC Participant
Nutrition & Healthy Living
Drive-thru Food Bank
- Food Bank Shopping: The food bank has re-opened to an in-person self-shop grocery model. However, we strongly encourage all individuals over the age of 2 to wear a mask and maintain social distancing according to guidelines set by Boulder County Public Health. Check-in for the food bank is at the small shed outside the East entrance to the building. We will only allow a limited number of shoppers inside at a time. If we are at capacity, we will ask shoppers to wait in their vehicles. For the safety of our community, we ask that all shoppers maintain a safe distance of 6 feet from other individuals. If you do not wish to shop indoors, then let the Food Bank staff member know during check-in and they will ask you about your dietary needs and any special requests your family may have. You may then wait in your vehicle or outside while our staff and volunteers prepare your order for you and load your food into your vehicle. Please have your trunk empty when coming to the Food Bank.
- Food bank hours are:
- Monday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Thursday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- What to bring: please bring a photo ID and proof of residency (such as a utility bill) for Lafayette, Louisville, Superior, or Erie.
- Smoking is not allowed while accessing our food bank. Please respect our staff and volunteers and wait until you exit.
- Options for those without vehicles: If you cannot come to the Food Bank, you may have a family member or friend pick up food for you. Please share your proof of address and ID with that person. Participants living in Lafayette may also use the Lafayette free ride to access the Food Bank. If none of those options work for you or you are not able to make it during our regular hours, please call (303) 665-4342.
Classes (currently on hold due to COVID-19)
- Nutrition and cooking education
- Exercise classes
On-site community garden
- Our community garden on the South side of the building is free and open to the public. Please feel free to wander through and enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of nature. Produce from the garden goes to the food bank. If you would like to work in the garden, please visit our Volunteer Page to get involved.
- Emergency financial assistance for:
- Utility bills (gas, electric and water)
- Rent or mortgage
- Transportation assistance
- Connections to additional resources, such as mental health care, job coaching, Medicare/Medicaid, SNAP, LEAP, and more.
To make an appointment with one of our Advocates, call 303-665-4342.
Sister Carmen can help participants experiencing homelessness in East Boulder County access resources that are available at SCCC and through other Boulder County programs.
We are available to chat at our front desk Monday-Friday from 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm, and at our food bank Monday-Friday 1pm-5pm and Wednesday 1pm-6pm at 655 Aspen Ridge Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026.
The following is a list of some of the resources we may have available at Sister Carmen:
- Bus Tickets
- Thrift Store Vouchers
- Financial assistance to take care of eye needs
- Connections with county resources
- A computer kiosk in our front office
- ID Vouchers
- Shower Passes
- Food, supplies and other possible financial assistance
Community & Family Education
- Nurturing Parenting classes
- Parenting support groups
- Computer classes
- Civic engagement classes
Classes are free and are not limited by our service area. Some classes are offered virtually. To learn more, call 303-665-4342.
Professional Development Trainings
SCCC is a hub for professional development to support our staff and other Family Resource Centers by offering trainings on the Strengths-Based approach to service, the California Quality Standards of Care, Protective Factors, Motivational Interviewing, and the Family Development Credential.
To learn more, call 303-665-4342.
We partner with local agencies to provide timely and meaningful services to our community. We are pleased to share our Aspen Ridge facility with these organizations, whom we also work closely with:
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.ascr.usda.gov/filing-discrimination-complaint-usda-customer, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
- mail:S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
- fax: (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 12
The above is not a complete listing of all of the services, referrals or resources we may be able to provide.
If you are unsure about the type of support you may need, please call us at 303-665-4342 and we can help guide you to the appropriate services.