Back to school supplies and more for Douglas County families in need

August 1 resource fair to take place in Highlands Ranch

School is just around the corner, and not everyone is ready.

School supplies, clothing and other necessities can create a financial hurdle for already-stressed household budgets. Some families simply don’t have the extra money. Attendees seeking school supplies must pre-register with the Foundation for Douglas County School (FDCS)

That’s why the Strive to Thrive Resource Fair was created.  The free biannual event, hosted by Douglas County’s Community of Care Network, is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. August 1 at Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Blvd. in Highlands Ranch.

In addition to providing school supplies, clothing and a hot meal to Douglas County families and residents enduring hard times, and gives them the opportunity to connect with over 30 area organizations on site that have a desire to help.

“Strive to Thrive is a perfect example of the public-private partnerships we assemble that we hope will help return individuals and families to self-sufficiency,” said Douglas County Commissioner Chair Roger Partridge. “The event is truly partnering at its best, and provides our most vulnerable citizens with the opportunity to connect with multiple service providers in one convenient location.”

Attendees will have the ability to learn about employment opportunities, food and nutrition assistance, emergency assistance applications, free resources and more.

For more information on the fair or about Douglas County’s Community of Care Network, please visit or call Community of Care Network Navigator Rand Clark at 303-660-7460. No appointment or registration is required to attend the fair. For free transportation to and from the event, please contact Douglas County First Call at 303-660-7519 by July 27.

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