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Assistance for Families Affected by the Government Shutdown

January 11, 2019

No matter what your political affiliation, the partial government shutdown is affecting families.  Missing paychecks mean that people are having to choose between making rent and mortgage payments and food and necessities.  But several companies are trying to help.  Here is a list of places offering to help families dealing with the political upheaval.  This list will be updated as new offers become available.


Assistance Programs:


Local Alpine Bank is giving interest-free loans to all Colorado federal workers. All workers have to do is bring in their last paystub. There is no catch. They give them two of their paychecks or 30 days worth of pay, and ask them to pay it back within six months.


Bank of America is offering personalized financial assistance to families.  To get help, call 844-219-0609.


The City of Westminister offers a hardship program to support any resident who is having short-term difficulties paying their water bill due to a temporary interruption of income, such as a loss of employment. 


Chase has a special care line at 888-356-0023 available to discuss hardship programs available.  This program is also available for customers who do business with a federal agency affected by the shutdown.


The Credit Union of Colorado is allowing up to three skipped monthly payments on each member's Credit Union of Colorado loans including auto loan payments, lines of credit, personal unsecured loans, recreational vehicles and other secured loans.


The Credit Union of Denver is offering payment deferrals and interest-free loans for furloughed employees affected by the government shutdown.  Bring a valid federal ID badge to take advantage of this offer.


Elevations Credit Union is offering "skip-a-payment" on loans for customers in good standing.


Metrum Credit Union is offering interest-free personal loans equal to a worker's monthly pay.


Navy Federal Credit Union who have direct deposit of federal government pay may be eligible for no-interest loans to help get through this time.  The loans must be repaid within 60 days or when the government processes back-pay, whichever is sooner.


Premier Member's Credit Union is offering a fixed rate loan with no payments for 90 days and a term up to 24 months for any federal employee affected by the shutdown.


Quicken Loans is waiving all late fees for clients who may miss a mortgage payment due to the shutdown.


Sunwest Educational Credit Union is offering payment deferrals and interest-free loans.


In response to the partial government shutdown, the city and county of Denver is offering to help furloughed workers make mortgage payments. Starting Wednesday, January 16, the city and county will pay the next two mortgage payments to help furloughed workers get through the shutdown. The program will pay up to $5,000 in mortgage payments with no repayment necessary. It's designed for moderate-income families. Workers do not have to repay the payments. They only have to prove they qualify by showing a recent financial hardship such as a furlough or temporary layoff. The city says it has enough money in the program to help about 225 families. Officials are encouraging only those who truly need it to submit an application. The city and county are offering the program through a partnership with United Way's 211 call center. To start the application process on Wednesday, text or call 211. For anyone who rents a home or apartment, there is also assistance available for rent and utilities.


Wells Fargo is willing to work with individuals and business banking customers who have been disrupted by the shutdown.  Call 1-800-TO-WELLS or the number on your credit or debit card for assistance.  Mortgage, loan and other credit customers may qualify for forbearance or other payment assistance programs based on their individual circumstances.


Unemployment benefits are available for federal employees affected by the shutdown.


U.S. Bank is advising federal workers to inquire about their client assistance programs that may waive late fees or provide loan modifications.


Wireless Providers:


AT&T customers affected by the shutdown are eligible for flexible payment options.  You can make payment arrangements online.


Sprint will work with qualified customers to maintain service during the shutdown.  Call 888-211-4727 or go online to make arrangements. 


TMobile is providing short-term account assistance for furloughed federal workers including payment deferral and flexible payment options.  Call 877-746-0909 to learn options.


Verizon has flexible payment options and is offering a "Promise to Pay" program.  Just go to their app or website or call 866-266-1445 for more information.


Deals and Freebies:


Furloughed diners at Annette at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora can get a complimentary happy hour grilled cheese, dinner steak frites, or breakfast sandwich.


Antonio's Real New York Pizza at 1560 Big Thompson Ave. is offering free meals for federal workers with a valid ID.  Just ask for the "Help from Friends" order.  You can also donate to a gift card to help pay for these meals by contributing to the "Help from Friends" Fund.


Aperitivo at 5530 Spine Rd. is providing a complimentary meal for any furloughed government employee/contractor and family, up to a family of 4. They will provide a family a meal per week for as long as the political shutdown continues.


"B" Sweet Cupcakes at 425 E 4th St is offering a free mini cupcake or cookie for furloughed employees with an ID card.


The Big Red F Restaurant Group which includes The Post Brewing Co. (all locations), Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar (LoDo), Centro, Zolo, and West End Tavern will be offering a special “Furlough Lunch” Monday through Friday for government employees. The special begins Monday, January 14, and runs through the end of the furlough; not including tax and tip.


The Black Steer at 436 N Lincoln Ave  is offering a free lunch to furloughed federal employees and their immediate family members with a government ID daily between 11 am and 3 pm.


BlueMountain Self Storage at 10255 Dransfeldt Pl. is offering a weekly free community dinner to all federal government employees, contractors and their families every Sunday night from 5 pm to 8 pm.  Please register for this event and bring a valid government ID.


At Bird at 1529 S Pearl St. government employees will get a free entree with discounts for family members through the duration of the furlough.


Citizen Rail at 1899 16th St Mall is offering the kids of furloughed workers a free meal through the end of the shutdown with a valid ID.


Chef Kristin Hazlett, personal chef, is offering a free meal to any furloughed federal employee and their family cooked in their home.  Call 719-660-5065 for more details


Between now and the end of the day Wednesday, January 16, Crafty Fox will give a free meal to those furloughed federal workers who show their employment ID. The meal consists of a 10-inch pepperoni pizza and soda, with a limit of one meal per employee.


At Curry N Kebob at 3050 28th St. they are offering free meals to furloughed employees with federal ID.


Dazzle, the longtime jazz club, is offering free meals to all furloughed government employees through the duration of the shutdown. This includes a free lunch entree on Thursdays and Fridays, Saturday breakfast buffet from 1 pm to 1:30 pm, and Sunday brunch buffet from 2 pm to 2:30 pm.


D.C. Pie Company at 2223 E Colfax Ave. is giving furloughed employees a free specialty cocktail of their choice with a federal ID.


El Dorado Mexican Restaurant at 720 Arapahoe St. is offering a complimentary burrito and soft drink with a valid federal employee ID.


As government workers go another week without getting paid, nationwide restaurant chain Fazoli's is feeding furloughed government employees. The restaurant chain said earlier this week that it will offer a free Pizza Baked Spaghetti with small drink purchase to all federal government workers affected by the shutdown. In order to cash in on the deal, Fazoli's is requiring proof of employment. The deal runs through Sunday, January 13, and is available at participating locations only.


Great Divide Brewing at 2201 Arapahoe St. or 1812 35th St. is offering BOGO beers to any furloughed employee throughout the shutdown


Kachina Cantina at 1890 Wazee St. is offering a free taco plate and non-alcoholic drink to your family for families up to four people.


At Kaos Pizzeria at 1439 S Pearl St., government employees will get a free entree with discounts for family members through the duration of the furlough.


At Le French Cafe at 2525 Arapahoe Ave C-1, government employees affected by the furlough can enjoy a sweet or savory crepe on the house through the end of the shutdown.


Lucha Cantina in Georgetown and in Littleton will be offering free meals for any adult government employees not being paid during the shut down and their children between 11 am and 8 pm daily.


Macaroni Grill in Westminister and in Greenwood Village are offering a free Mom's Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghettie from 11 am to 4 pm until the government shutdown ends.

Mas Kaos Pizzeria + Taqueria

at 4526 Tennyson St is offering government employees a free entree and discounts for family members for the duration of the furlough.


Get a free drip coffee for furloughed federal employees with valid government ID at Mint and Serif Coffee House at 11500 W. Colfax Ave. There is a limit of one coffee per day as long as the government shutdown continues.
Modern Market is offering free grain bowls after 5 pm Friday through Sunday until the shutdown ends.

Moxie Bread Co. is serving free drip coffee to furloughed employees for the duration of the shutdown.


Oblio's at 6115 E 22nd Ave is offering complimentary dinners to employees impacted by the government shutdown.


Papa Johns at 126 B W, E Bridge St Unit B is offering a free meal to any government employee's family impacted by the shutdown.  The free meal includes two 1 topping pizzas and a 2 liter bottle of soda.  You must show your government ID upon pickup.


Parry's Pizza is offering furloughed government workers a free Lil' Avery's Cheese Pizza  between Thursday, January 17, and Sunday, January 20, with a government ID.


Pile High Burgers is giving free meals to furloughed government employees with ID for the duration of the shut down.


Poor Richard's Restaurant at 324 1/2 N. Tejon St. government employees can get a free meal for themselves and their families with a valid ID. 
Precision Pours at 1030 E South Boulder Rd is offering 50% off with a valid ID.

At Punch Bowl Social at both its South Broadway and Stapleton locations, they are offering a 25% discount on all food, beverages, and games (including brunch and daily specials) to any federal government employee. This offer is running until the shutdown is over and does not apply to private parties or merchandise.


Oblio's Pizzeria at 6115 E 22nd Ave is offering a free meal for furloughed government employees. Just show your government issued ID to get your free meal.


Senor Bear at 3301 Tejon St. is offering a free bowl of pozole and a beer from 5 pm to close Mondays through Thursdays throughout the shutdown.


Skylight at 833 Santa Fe Dr is offering free lunch to any furloughed government employees during the shutdown


The Sheraton DTC at 7007 S Clinton St. is offering a free flatbread pizza or house salad with the purchase of a beverage with a government ID.


State 38 Distilling at 400 Corporate Cir B is offering a free shot of Impeach Vodka to furloughed workers.


Sushi-Rama, the popular conveyor-belt sushi restaurant is offering a free lunch to furloughed government employees at its RiNo, Lone Tree, and DTC locations.


U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter said his district office at 12600 West Colfax Avenue, Suite B-400  in Lakewood would begin to offer breakfast and lunch meals, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm for his constituents affected by the shutdown.


The Walnut Cafe is offering a free breakfast to furloughed workers.


Wave the Grain is offering a free small coffee and any item worth up to $5.


Food Banks:


Colorado Pet Pantry is always open to the public. An ID and a filled out registration form are required to receive services.


The Food Bank of the Rockies is also helping people affected by the shutdown. They making sure they have extra food in their mobile pantries and they are planning to extend distribution on Saturday.


The Jewish Family Service Weinberg Food Pantry is waiving normal income requirements for government employees who are currently not being paid.


The Lakewood Action Center at 8755 W. 14th Ave. provides year-round assistance to residents of Jefferson County or those experiencing homelessness. Services include food, clothing, rental and utility assistance, as well as other support services that may help maintain stability.  Currently they are offering assistance to furloughed government workers as well.


The Have a Heart Project at 3455 W 72nd Avenue is providing food and clothing for government employees not getting paid.


Parker Task Force is addressing the hardship that the government shut down has caused people in our community . If you need food assistance they can consider additional resources on a case by case basis, even if you live outside of their service area as needed.


SECORCares is helping any federally furloughed employees affected by the government shutdown. Just bring your federal ID or paystub and you can shop their free food market during this sensitive time.Market hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm and Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm.


Other Services:


Affinity Wellness and Massage in Estes Park is offering a 30 minute appointment for $20 and an hour appointment for $40 with a valid federal ID.


Augustana Arts is offering a free ticket to the Vida Guitart Quartet on Sunday, January 26, at 7:30 pm.  Use code FFE2019


Government employees, Bishop's at 1525 Park Central Dr. is offering free haircuts to those furloughed workers affected by the 2019 federal government shutdown. This offer applies to first time clients and returning clients will receive 25% off haircuts. They will even give you a free beer during your haircut!!!


Centre Hair Salons is offering furloughed government employees and military a free haircut.  You must mention this deal at the time of booking.


The Clyfford Stills Museum at 1250 Bannock St. is offering free general admission to all furloughed federal government employees plus one guest. Furloughed employees should show their federal ID at the museum welcome desk. 


The Colorado Railroad Museum is offering free admission to all furloughed workers and their immediate families. 


The Colorado Symphony at 1000 14th St., #15 is offering two free tickets to all federal employees impacted by the furlough. Choose from the Mendelssohn Double Concerto or the Classical Romance concerts.To reserve tickets, present a valid government ID at the Colorado Symphony Box Office. There is a limit of two complimentary tickets per ID and some restrictions apply. This offer is valid while supplies last and/or through February 17.


The Denver Museum of Nature and Science at 2001 Colorado Blvd. is offering free general admission to all federal employees impacted by the furlough when they show their government ID in person at the museum through the end of January.


The Denver Art Museum at 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. is offering free general admission to all furloughed federal government employees plus one guest through January 31. "Dior: From Paris to the World" is not included in general admission and requires a separate ticket.


The Denver Firefighters Museum at1326 Tremont offering free admission for furloughed government workers with a valid federal ID.
DirecTV is offering flexible payment options.
The El Pueblo History Museum at 301 N. Union Ave. is offering free general admission to all federal employees impacted by the furlough and one guest when they show their government ID in person at the museum through the end of January.
Flex Yoga + Barre is offering free classes to all furloughed federal government employees during the government shutdown.
Four Mile Historic Park is offering free admission to furloughed workers and their immediate families.
Fred Astaire Dance Studio is offering select free group classes to those affected at both metro locations.
Keller Brothers Automotive Repair at 250 E Dry Creek Rd. is offering free flat repair, free brake inspections and 50% off an oil change now through two weeks after the shutdown ends.


The Grafenberg Theater is offering federal employees a free ticket to any of their shows. Just email them to get your ticket. 


History Colorado at 1200 N. Broadway is offering free general admission to all federal employees impacted by the furlough and one guest when they show their government ID in person at the museum through the end of January.

The McDivitt Law Firm will be giving $40 King Soopers gift cards to furloughed Federal employees in Colorado on Tuesday, January 22. Gift cards can be picked up between 8 am and 5 pm at the law firm's downtown Colorado Springs at 19 E. Cimarron St., Aurora at 14261 E. 4th Ave., Suite 300 and Pueblo at 409 North Grand Ave., Suite D locations. Federal employees affected by the shutdown need to provide a valid Federal ID to receive a gift card.


Planned Pethood Plus at 4595 N Harlan St. is offering free exams for pets whose owners are federal workers affected by the shutdown.


The Rocky Mountain Health Club at 1230 Big Thompson Ave is offering free classes to furloughed federal workers.


Jenny Robbins with South Platte Counseling is offering free counseling services to those affected by the government shutdown.


The Trinidad History Museum at 312 E Main St. is offering free admission to furloughed workers during the shutdown.


The Urban Escape Day Spa at 1299 Washington Ave. is offering a free massage or facial with gratuity included Monday through Thursday for the duration of the shutdown.

The Ute Indian Museum at 17253 Chipeta Rd. is offering free general admission to all federal employees impacted by the furlough and one guest when they show their government ID in person at the museum through the end of January.


Windsong Holistic Health at 3333 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg D Suite 160 is offering a free one hour acupuncture treatment.


The Willow Room Hair Studio at 1223 S Pearl St is offering free haircuts to furloughed employees throughout the shutdown with an appointment.










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