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 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

Drive-thru Food Bank

  • Food Bank Shopping: The food bank has re-opened to an in-person self-shop grocery model. We still strongly recommend all individuals over the age of 2 to please wear a mask and maintain social distancing according to guidelines set by the CDC and Boulder County Public Health. To shop at the food bank, please add yourself to the waitlist at the iPad at the food bank entrance and pickup a beeper. You may wait anywhere on the Sister Carmen property until your beeper goes off. When your beeper goes off, check-in with one of the Advocates at the desks in the food bank waiting area (inside). We will only allow a limited number of shoppers to shop at one time. If we are at capacity, we will ask shoppers to wait in their vehicles or on the benches outside. For the safety of our community, we ask that all shoppers maintain a safe distance of 6 feet from other individuals.
  • If these hours do not work or if you need delivery, please call (303) 665-4342 and we will work with you and your situation.
    • 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.


  • Nutrition and cooking education
  • Exercise classes: checkout our Facebook page for upcoming class times

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: rent or mortgage, utility bills, and other essential expenses.
  • Transportation assistance
  • Connections to additional resources and supports, such as mental health care, job coaching, Medicare/Medicaid, SNAP, LEAP, and more.
  • In addition to financial assistance, our Advocates can assist with goal setting and support through enrollment in the Family Development Services, which can assist and provide in:
    • Self-care tips
    • Improving self-esteem
    • Long-term and short-term goals set by you!
    • Check-ins depending on capacity levels for both the participant and the Advocate
    • Resource referrals

Appointments are required to meet with an Advocate for financial and other assistance. Please call (303) 665–4342 to make an appointment. Appointments are available in person or by phone.

Sister Carmen does not provide housing, but we can help participants experiencing homelessness in Lafayette, Louisville, Superior, and Erie access resources that are available at SCCC and through other 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
  • Bikes
  • Food, supplies and other possible financial assistance
  • 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.

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:, 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

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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.

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